Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 102, Issue 12, pp 4987–4994 | Cite as

Medicinal components in Termitomyces mushrooms

  • Huei-Mei Hsieh
  • Yu-Ming Ju


Termitomyces is a genus of edible mushrooms commonly consumed in Africa and Asia among the mushrooms collected from the wild. Termitomyces mushrooms grow as symbionts in the termite nests, where they produce various enzymes to help termites digest lignocellulosic substrates. Many species of Termitomyces are used by different ethnic groups with ethnomedicinal knowledge. Bioactive components that Termitomyces mushrooms contain have potential uses as antioxidants, immunomodulators, antitumors, and antimicrobials. Termitomyces also has a potential for treating neurodegenerative disorders. Here, we review the bioactive compounds from Termitomyces species that have been isolated and assayed in vitro and/or in vivo for their medicinal properties.


Ethnomedicine Phenolic compound Polysaccharide Cerebroside Serine protease Ergostane Saponins Fatty acid amide 



The authors thank the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan for the Grant MOST 105-2621-B-001-006-MY2.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Human and animal studies

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Plant and Microbial BiologyAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan

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