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Process for producing, methods and compositions of cholesterol lowering agents from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms

Wasser, S.P.; Reshetnikov, S.V.

Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patents 1257(3)

2002


ISSN/ISBN: 0098-1133
Accession: 035559648

The present invention describes new and distinct strains of higher Basidiomycetes mushrooms, and a process for growing them in submerged culture. Specifically, the new strains of species of the genus Pleurotus offer superior yields of mushroom biomass and concentrations of biologically active compounds, for example, cholesterol-lowering compounds, lectins, proteins, essential amino acids, vitamins or polysaccharides. The process includes use of defined media and a simple one-step procedure of separating the lovastatin-containing nutriceuticals from culture broth.

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