Morchella Angusticeps

Mushrooms especially morels like Morchella (Morchella angusticepes) in a natural state.
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Morchella angusticepes Peck (M. angusticepes Peck) is a very interesting fungus as well as being a Morel. It is a member of the Morchellaceae family which is distributed through most temperate regions. All these members can be found in Asia, Europe especially the Mediterranean countries and  North America (Emery & Barron, 2010). It is however a true native of the USA.


Morchella generally contains a variety of compounds which have nutritional and pharmaceutical benefits. We find compounds such as amino acids, polysaccharides including galactomannans, various trace elements, dietary fiber, vitamins and a number of aromatics and other unusual pharmaceuticals. 


Morchella angusticepes Peck is a traditional Chinese food and a medicine which is used to treat coughs, various chest infections and gastrointestinal conditions (Duncan et al., 2002). Some of the polysaccharides have been modified to improve their cholesterol lowering activity in rats (Li et al., 2017). These particular compounds also have potent antioxidant activity and can even prevent the proliferation of various cancer cell lines such as human hepatoma cells (HepG2) and human colon cancer cells (Caco-2) (.


Duncan, C. J. G.Pugh, N.Pasco, D. S., & Ross, S. A. (2002). Isolation of a galactomannan that enhances macrophage activation from the edible fungus Morchella esculentaJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry50(20), pp. 56835685

Emery, M. R., & Barron, E. S. (2010). Using local ecological knowledge to assess morel decline in the U.S. Mid‐Atlantic regionEconomic Botany64(3), pp. 205216

Li, Y.Yuan, Y.Lei, L.Li, F. H.Zhang, Y. Q.Chen, J. L., … Ming, J.(2017). Carboxymethylation of polysaccharide from Morchella angusticepes Peck enhances its cholesterol‐lowering activity in ratsCarbohydrate Polymers172, pp.  8592

Litchfteld, J. H.Vely, V. G., & Overbeck, R. C. (1963). Nutrient content of morel mushroom mycelium: Amino acid composition of the proteinJournal of Food Science28(6), pp. 741743

Tang, Y., Chen, J., Li, F., Yang, Y., Wu, S., Ming, J. (2019 Antioxidant and Antiproliferative Activities of Modified Polysaccharides Originally Isolated from Morchella Angusticepes Peck. J. Food Sci., 84(3)  pp. 448-456

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