Polysaccharide and extracts from Lentinula edodes: structural features and antiviral activity

Virol J. 2012 Feb 15;9:37. doi: 10.1186/1743-422X-9-37.


Background: Lentinula edodes, known as shiitake, has been utilized as food, as well as, in popular medicine, moreover, compounds isolated from its mycelium and fruiting body have shown several therapeutic properties. The aim of this study was to determine the antiviral activity of aqueous (AqE) and ethanol (EtOHE) extracts and polysaccharide (LeP) from Lentinula edodes in the replication of poliovirus type 1 (PV-1) and bovine herpes virus type 1 (BoHV-1).

Methods: The time-of-addition assay was performed at the times -2, -1, 0, 1 and 2 h of the infection. The virucidal activity and the inhibition of viral adsorption were also evaluated. Plaque assay was used to monitor antiviral activity throughout.

Results: The AqE and LeP were more effective when added at 0 h of infection, however, EtOHE was more effective at the times 1 h and 2 h of the infection. AqE, EtOHE and LeP showed low virucidal activity, and the inhibition of viral adsorption was not significant.

Conclusions: The results allowed us to conclude that AqE, EtOHE and LeP act on the initial processes of the replication of both strains of virus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antiviral Agents / chemistry*
  • Antiviral Agents / isolation & purification
  • Antiviral Agents / pharmacology
  • Herpesvirus 1, Bovine / drug effects
  • Microbial Viability / drug effects
  • Poliovirus / drug effects
  • Polysaccharides / chemistry*
  • Polysaccharides / isolation & purification
  • Polysaccharides / pharmacology
  • Shiitake Mushrooms / chemistry*
  • Virus Attachment / drug effects
  • Virus Replication / drug effects*


  • Antiviral Agents
  • Polysaccharides