Promising anticancer activity of polysaccharides and other macromolecules derived from oyster mushroom (Pleurotus sp.): An updated review

Cancer Prevention Oyster


Cancer dominates among many causes of mortality worldwide. Traditional chemotherapeutic agents are powerful anti-cancer agents employed for treatment of this deadly disease. However, they are always associated with toxic side effects and immunosuppression making person more vulnerable to tumor relapse and fatalities. A promising alternative could be identification, isolation and transfer of naturally occurring bioactive macromolecules to the tumorigenic population. Oyster mushroom, a major source of nutraceuticals, belonging to class basidiomycetes of kingdom Mycota is known to have immense therapeutic properties. It is a reservoir of macromolecules like β-glucan, α-glucan, resveratrol, concanavalin A, cibacron blue affinity protein, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, ergosterol, linoleic acid etc. that are responsible for mediating anti-tumor, immunomodulatory, antioxidant, and anti-diabetic roles. Various studies have shown that extracts derived from oyster mushroom is rich in polysaccharides like β-glucan and other macro molecules which have an anti-proliferative effect against cancer cell lines, without harming the normal cells. This review presents a brief highlight of the work covering the overall significance of oyster mushroom in different types of cancer treatment. It also explores the immunomodulatory effects of polysaccharides, proteoglycans and polypeptides derived from oyster mushroom that boosts the immune system to overcome the limitation of traditional cancer therapies.