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International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
Black Hoof Medicinal Mushroom Phellinus linteus (Agaricomycetes) Extracts Protect Against Radiation-Induced Hematopoietic Abnormality in Mice
Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Department of Nutrition, Nantou Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Nantou City, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Department of Anesthesiology, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Biotechnology Center, Grape King Bio Ltd., Chung Li, Taiwan, ROC
Department of Oncology, Jan-Ai Hospital-DaLi, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Agricultural Biotechnology Center, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.
We investigated the effects of Phellinus linteus extracts (PLEs) against radiation damage in mice. First, BALB/c mice were irradiated once with γ-rays at 4, 5, 6, or 8 Gy and allowed to recover for 20 days. Results reveal that 8-Gy radiation caused death in 100% of mice on day 13, and 6-Gy radiation caused death in 86.7% of mice (13/15) at the end of the experiment, whereas 4- and 5-Gy radiation did not result in any death. We then used 5-Gy γ-ray radiation to examine the protective effects of PLEs. Mice were orally administered a PLE (500, 1000, and 1500 mg/kg) daily for 2 weeks before radiation and for 6 weeks after radiation. γ-Ray radiation significantly decreased body weight starting from week 2 after radiation. Supplementation with a median and high dose of PLE significantly restored body weights starting at weeks 5 and 3, respectively. The radiation-protective agent WR2721 (200 mg/kg intraperitoneally) restored body weights starting at week 4. White blood cells, platelets, red blood cells, and hemoglobin were significantly decreased by radiation, and PLEs (primarily at high doses) and WR2721 significantly prevented hematologic abnormality. These results suggest that PLE has potential as a radioprotective agent.
KEY WORDS: &gamma, -ray radiation, hematologic parameters, medicinal mushrooms, Phellinus linteus extracts
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