Characterization of the Effects of the Shiitake Culinary-Medicinal Mushroom, Lentinus edodes (Agaricomycetes), on Severe Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Rats

Int J Med Mushrooms. 2017;19(11):991-1000. doi: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.2017024498.


This study evaluated the protective effect of Lentinus edodes in rats with streptozotocin-induced gestational diabetes mellitus (STZ-GDM) when administered orally. The rats received from the 1st to the 19th day of gestation daily doses of 100 or 200 mg/kg of lyophilized and reconstituted L. edodes; the animals in the saline control group and diabetic control group received a saline solution (DS). Gestational diabetes mellitus was induced by streptozotocin (80 mg/kg, administered intraperitoneally) on the fourth day of pregnancy; blood glucose > 180 mg/dL was considered to indicate STZ-GDM. L. edodes reduced catalase in plasma. We also observed reduced glucose in plasma, urea, triglycerides, and aspartate aminotransferase. There was a decrease in preimplantation loss when compared with the DS group. The doses of L. edodes used here had a protective effect on the preimplantation parameters in STZGDM. However, the mushroom was not able to reverse the deleterious effects caused by streptozotocin throughout the evolution of pregnancy.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Animals
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental / therapy*
  • Diabetes, Gestational / therapy*
  • Diet / methods*
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Female
  • Pregnancy
  • Rats
  • Shiitake Mushrooms*
  • Treatment Outcome