Chemical properties and physiological activities of stromata of Cordyceps militaris

Y. Kwan-Won, H. J. Suh, S. H. Bae, C. S. Lee, S. H. Kim, C. S. Yoon

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The chemical properties and physiological activities of the freeze-dried stromata of Cordyceps militaris were examined. A proximate analysis exhibited that the stromata consisted mainly of crude carbohydrate (74.3%), crude protein (11.5%), and moisture content (8.7%), with a low content of crude ash (4.2%) and fat (1.3%). The carbohydrate was mostly composed of glucose (88.6%). A large quantity of essential fatty acids, including linolenic acid (31.9%) and linoleic acid (12.3%), and unsaturated fatty acid of oleic acid (33.8%) was also observed. An analysis of the component amino acid showed a relatively high ratio of the essential amino acids, lysine (101.2 mg/g), methionine (62.7 mg/g), and acidic amino acids of glutamic acid (57.5 mg/g) and aspartic acid (43.9 mg/g), whereas a low of tyrosine content (4.7 mg/g). An examination of the cordycepin content indicated that the stromata and mycelium-embedded media (silkworm pupae) contained 0.2% and 0.5%, respectively. From the examination of the physiological activities, based on methanol extract (M), ethylacetate extract (EA), and hot-water extract (HW) fractions of the stromata, the hot-water extract (HW) fraction showed the most potent intestinal immune modulating activity, anticoagulant activity, and anticomplementary activity, whereas the ethylacetate extract (EA) fraction exhibited a radical scavenging activity. Therefore, the results from the present study indicate that the stromata of C. militaris contain various healthy chemical ingredients, and that especially boiled water extract of whole body would apprear to provide beneficial physiological activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-274
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of microbiology and biotechnology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Cordycepin
  • Cordyceps militaris
  • Physiological activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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