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Professor Kim Ki-hyeon Finds Anticarcinogen from Poisonous Mushrooms
Amanita spissacea imai (Snake-skin-clown-mushroom) (news.sbs.co.kr)

On August 2nd, the National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) announced the discovery of new high-value materials that inhibit the proliferation of lung cancer cells in a poisonous mushroom called “Amanita spissacea imai (known as Snake-skin-clown-mushroom in Korea)”, which causes gastrointestinal poisoning. The research was conducted in collaboration with Professor Kim Ki-hyeon from the College of Pharmacy. During the research process, the research team extracted six natural materials from Amanita spissacea imai. By conducting additional research on these materials, it was confirmed that two of these materials are effective in reducing the growth of lung cancer cells. Previously, in a study conducted by the NIFoS from 2019 to 2020, a powerful anticarcinogen of breast cancer was found in the highly poisonous mushroom called “Podostroma cornu-damae (known as Red-antlermushroom in Korea)”. Like this, there are many other studies done that prove the existence of materials preventing the proliferation of cancer cells. An official from NIFoS said, “We have also confirmed that these materials are involved in the process of killing cancer cells, and it is expected to be used for real treatment after several clinical trials.” This study was published in the 35th volume of Natural Product Research, an international scientific journal specializing in natural products.

양희태  yht0648@g.skku.edu

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