Optimization for Mycelial Growth and Inhibitory Effect on Nitric Oxide Production of Cordyceps nutans Pat.

노린재동충하초의 배양 최적화 및 NO 생성 저해 효과

  • Lee, Ki-Man (College of Pharmacy and Institute of Chronic Disease, Sahmyook University) ;
  • Lee, Geum-Seon (College of Pharmacy and Institute of Chronic Disease, Sahmyook University) ;
  • Nam, Sung-Hee (Department of Agricultural Biology, National Academy of Agricultural Science, Rural Development Administration) ;
  • Lim, Sung-Cil (College of Pharmacy, Chungbuk National University) ;
  • Kang, Tae-Jin (College of Pharmacy and Institute of Chronic Disease, Sahmyook Univer)
  • 이기만 (삼육대학교 약학대학 및 만성병연구소) ;
  • 이금선 (삼육대학교 약학대학 및 만성병연구소) ;
  • 남성희 (농촌진흥청 국립농업과학원 농업생물부) ;
  • 임성실 (충북대학교 약학대학) ;
  • 강태진 (삼육대학교 약학대학 및 만성병연구소)
  • Received : 2011.09.23
  • Accepted : 2011.10.14
  • Published : 2011.12.30


Cordyceps (vegetable wasp and plant worm), an entomopathogenic fungi, has been used as a herbal medicine in Asian countries since ancient times. Cordyceps nutans is common but there is little research on this species. This study investigated the optimal culture conditions of C. nutans and the inhibitory effect on nitric oxide (NO) production in RAW 264.7 cell treated culture broth. The optimal conditions for the mycelial growth were $25^{\circ}C$ and pH 7.0-8.0. Mycelial growth was highest on mushroom complete medium (MCM), V8 juice agar (V8A), and yeast malt dextrose (YMD) medium. Mycelial growth on mushroom minimal medium (MMM) did not occur, so nutrient source was essential. Dextrose and sucrose as carbon sources, and ammonium citrate as a nitrogen source were satisfactory for mycelial growth. Cytotoxicity of C. nutans culture broth was not found in RAW 264.7 cells. C. nutans culture broth suppressed NO production of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW 264.7 cell in a dose-dependent manner. Thus, our results provided the optimal conditions for cultivation of C. nutans and showed that C. nutans may have excellent physiological activities.


Mycelial growth;Cordyceps nutans;Cultivation;Cytotoxicity;Nitric oxide;NO


Supported by : 서울장학재단


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