Ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum ameliorates lipid metabolic disorders and modulates the gut microbiota composition in high-fat diet fed rats

Food Funct. 2018 Jun 20;9(6):3419-3431. doi: 10.1039/c8fo00836a.


The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum (GL95) on hyperlipidaemia and gut microbiota, and its regulation mechanism in Wistar rats fed on a high-fat diet (HFD). UPLC-QTOF MS indicated that GL95 was enriched with triterpenoids, especially ganoderic acids. The results of the animal experiment showed that oral administration of GL95 markedly alleviated the dyslipidemia through decreasing the levels of serum total triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and inhibiting hepatic lipid accumulation and steatosis. Furthermore, GL95 supplementation altered the composition of gut microbiota, in particular modulating the relative abundance of functionally relevant enterotypes compared with the HFD group. The Spearman's correlation analysis revealed that Alistipes, Defluviitalea, Peptococcaceae and Alloprevotella were negatively correlated with serum and hepatic lipid profiles. Meanwhile, the GL95 treatment regulated the mRNA expression levels of the genes involved in lipid and cholesterol metabolism. The findings above illustrate that Ganoderma triterpenoids have the potential to ameliorate lipid metabolic disorders, in part through modulating specific gut microbiota and regulating the genes involved in lipid and cholesterol metabolism, suggesting Ganoderma triterpenoids as a potential novel functional food for the treatment or prevention of hyperlipidaemia.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacteria / classification
  • Bacteria / genetics
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification
  • Cholesterol, LDL / metabolism
  • Diet, High-Fat / adverse effects
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Hyperlipidemias / drug therapy*
  • Hyperlipidemias / etiology
  • Hyperlipidemias / metabolism
  • Hyperlipidemias / microbiology
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / isolation & purification
  • Lipid Metabolism / drug effects*
  • Male
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage*
  • Plant Extracts / isolation & purification
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Reishi / chemistry*
  • Triglycerides / metabolism


  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Hypolipidemic Agents
  • Plant Extracts
  • Triglycerides