Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mode of action of Cordycepin (a drug from cordyceps mushroom) established.....

We know that Cordycepin, or 3'-deoxyadenosine (known polyadenylation inhibitor),   was initially extracted from fungi of genus Cordyceps, (Cordyceps is a strange parasitic mushroom that grows on caterpillars). 3'-Deoxy adnosine has shown to possess diverse activities such as anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory effects. Properties attributed to cordyceps mushroom in Chinese medicine made it interesting to investigate and it has been studied for some time. In fact, the first scientific publication on cordycepin was in 1950 . Now it can be prepared from a cultivated form and also by synthetically. The problem was that although cordycepin was a promising drug, it was quickly degraded in the body. Now researcher Dr. de Moor has come up with interesting explanation about how the drug works.

The team has observed two effects on the cells: at a low dose cordycepin inhibits the uncontrolled growth and division of the cells and at high doses it stops cells from sticking together, which also inhibits growth. Both of these effects probably have the same underlying mechanism, which is that cordycepin interferes with how cells make proteins. At low doses cordycepin interferes with the production of mRNA, the molecule that gives instructions on how to assemble a protein. And at higher doses it has a direct impact on the making of proteins. More interestingly, the team has developed a very effective method that can be used to test new, more efficient or more stable versions of the drug in the Petri dish...

Ref : http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/media/releases/2009/091223-new-insights-mushroom-derived-drug-for-cancer.html

1 comment:

Ariful Islam said...

Wow, you describe the positive uses of cordyceps powder which are useful for good health and people can take this cordyceps mushroom without any hesitation.