Abstract

Introduction: Hericium erinaceus is known as a medicinal edible mushroom owing to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-tumor and immunomodulatory effects. Helicobacter pylori infection is one of the major health concerns worldwide due to its high rate in global populations, frequent recurrence, and rapid emergence of drug-resistant strains. The present study aims to investigate antioxidant anti-H. pylori and urease inhibitory activities of solvent fractions from H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate.


Methods: H. erinaceus mycelium was purely cultured in a liquid medium. A polysaccharide fraction was obtained from the culture filtrate by precipitation with ethanol. The mycelium and culture filtrate were extracted by liquid extraction to obtain solvent-soluble fractions. The antibacterial effects of these fractions were determined using paper disc diffusion and broth microdilution assays. Urease inhibition was determined using the salicylate-hypochlorite method. The antioxidant activity of H. erinaceus was evaluated via 2,2,1-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activity.


Results: The ethyl-acetate (EtOAc) fractions derived from H. erinaceus culture filtrate (fEtOAc Fr.) and mycelium (mEtOAc Fr.) showed the strongest anti-H. pylori activity with MIC (MBC) of 1.25 – 1.5 (5.0 – 7.5) mg/mL and potential urease inhibitory activity with IC50 of 0.34 – 0.35 mg/mL. In addition, fEtOAc Fr. exhibited the greatest antioxidant activity (IC50, 11.83 mg/mL), which was slightly stronger than that of mEtOAc Fr. (IC50, 14.75 mg/mL). Moreover, our study also found that the water fractions from the culture filtrate (fWater Fr.) and the mycelium (mWater Fr.) displayed considerable inhibitory activities against bacterial urease (IC50, 1.26 – 1.40 mg/mL), although they had low or no anti-H. pylori activities and low antioxidant properties.


Conclusion: The present study revealed that the EtOAC fractions derived from the H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate potentially have anti-H. pylori, anti-urease and antioxidant activities. These results suggest that H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate could be utilized to develop functional foods and nutraceuticals to prevent H. pylori infection. More research is needed to prove the safety of the H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate fractions and their in vivo efficacy in the treatment of H. pylori infection.


Introduction

Hericium erinaceus (Bull.) Pers., known as lion’s mane mushroom, grows on old or dead hardwood trees in America and Asia and is widely consumed due to its nutritional qualities and health benefits. The mushroom has long been used as a folk medicine to treat various human diseases in several East Asian countries1. It provides numerous essential nutrients, and bioactive constituents such as polysaccharides, proteins, lectins, phenols, isoindolinones, hericenones, erinacine terpenoids, and sterols possess various pharmacological properties2, 3, 4. H. erinaceus extracts showed to be effective in stimulating the synthesis of immune system components2, 5, which contribute to inhibiting tumor cell growth6. The mushroom displayed clinical potential in relieving inflammatory bowel disease by regulating gut microbiota and immune system7. Polysaccharide fraction derived from H. erinaceus has also induced immunomodulating and anti-tumor effects6, anti-gastritis activity, and significantly enhanced skin antioxidant enzymes that help retard skin aging8. In addition, the fruiting body of H. erinaceus has been traditionally used to ameliorate gastrointestinal disorders and treat symptoms related to gastric ulcers7, 9, 10. H. erinaceus extracts were found to have antimicrobial activities against both Gram-positive and -negative pathogenic bacteria11, 12, and both antibiotic-resistant and -susceptible Helicobacter pylori13, a human gastrointestinal pathogen involved in gastritis, duodenal ulcers, and gastric cancer14, 15. Ethanol extracts from H. erinaceus fruiting bodies were reported to exhibit growth inhibitory effects on H. pylori by in vitro and/or in vivo studies9, 10, 13.

Besides, extracts derived from the mycelium culture of H. erinaceus were reported to be active against pathogenic bacteria11, hepatocarcinoma cells16, stimulate nerve growth factor synthesis17, and prevent oxidative stress in human gastric mucosa epithelium cell18. The pure culture of H. erinaceus mycelium has been recently being studied and developed, especially for the production of nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. However, there is less information focusing on the antibacterial activity of H. erinaceus mycelium against H. pylori. Therefore, the present study was aimed to assess the possible antioxidant effect and growth-inhibitory, bactericidal, and urease inhibitory activities of the polysaccharide and solvent fractions extracted from mycelium and culture filtrate of H. erinaceus toward H. pylori.

Materials — Methods

Reagents

Brucella broth (BB), brain heart infusion broth (BHIB), and bacto-agar were purchased from Becton Dickinson, Inc. (Franklin Lakes, NJ). Newborn bovine serum (NBS) was purchased from Hyclone (Longan, UT). Tryptone and yeast extract were provided by Merck (Kenilworth, NJ) and glucose was provided by HiMedia Laboratories (Kennett Square, PA). Amoxicillin (≥ 98%) was provided by Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc. (Dallas, TX). Solvents, hexane 96%, ethyl acetate (EtOAc) 99.8%, absolute ethanol (EtOH), and methanol (MeOH) 99.9% were purchased from Scharlab (Spain). All other chemicals and reagents used in this study were of analytical grade quality and available commercially.

Broth culture of H. erinaceus and solvent extraction of the mycelium and culture filtrate

Hericium erinaceus mycelium was provided and identified by Dr. Pham Thanh Ho, Laboratory of Biotransformation, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, VNUHCM University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The mycelium was cultured and stored at 4°C in the laboratory; the fruiting bodies were produced both in the lab and under growing house conditions.

Four pieces of H. erinaceus mycelium (1 cm2/each) from 8 day-old culture on agar medium were inoculated in 500 mL bottles containing 200 mL liquid medium with the following composition: 20% potato extract, 2% glucose, 0.2% yeast extract, and 0.2% tryptone. The broth cultures were incubated at 25 ± 2°C and shaken at 150 rpm for 7 days11. After that, the culture broths were filtered to obtain the mushroom mycelium and culture filtrate for solvent extraction, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1 . Broth culture of H. erinaceus and solvent extraction of the mycelium and culture filtrate.

The dry mycelium was disrupted by liquid nitrogen in 30 minutes. The mycelium was then finely grounded and extracted with 200 mL hexane for 1 day (3 times) and further extracted sequentially with 200 mL EtOAc for 1 day (3 times) and 500 mL hot water for 2 hours. The extracts were filtered, and a rotary evaporator was used to remove the solvents to obtain a hexane-soluble fraction (mHexane Fr.), EtOAc-soluble fraction (mEtOAc Fr.), and water-soluble fraction (mWater Fr.) (Figure 1).

The culture filtrate was precipitated with 4 times volume of cold absolute EtOH (1 °C) overnight and then centrifuged to obtain the crude polysaccharide fraction (precipitant). The polysaccharide fraction (PS Fr.) was dissolved in NaiP buffer (30 mM, pH 7) to a 200 mg/mL stock concentration and stored at – 20 °C until further use. After the precipitation, the filtrate was then fractionated sequentially three times with an equal volume of hexane for 2 hours, and then three times with an equal volume of EtOAc for 2 hours using the liquid-liquid method. The solvent-soluble fractions were condensed to dryness by a rotary evaporator at 42 °C to gain the hexane fraction (fHexane Fr.), EtOAc fraction (fEtOAc Fr.), and water fraction (fWater Fr.) (Figure 1).

H. pylori strain and culture condition

The H. pylori strain (ATCC 43504) was provided by the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam (OUCRU-VN) and identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). The bacterial strain was stored in BHIB medium supplemented with 25% glycerol and placed in a nitrogen liquid container until use.

The H. pylori strain was cultured on Brucella agar supplemented with 10% NBS, and then incubated at 37°C in 3 days under microaerophilic condition created by a 2.5 L Oxoid anaerojar and Oxoid Campygen sachet (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA). The bacterial suspensions used for bioassay were suspended in Brucella broth supplemented with 5% NBS using a 72-h subculture of H. pylori on Brucella agar. Bacterial density was determined using McFarland turbidity standards.

Antibacterial assay

Paper disc diffusion assay

The antibacterial activity of the fractions extracted from the H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate was evaluated using paper-disc diffusion method, as previously described19. In brief, 100 µL of H. pylori suspensions (108 CFU/mL) were evenly spread on Brucella agar medium in petri plates (Ø 90 mm, SPL Life Sciences, Korea). Sterile paper discs (1 mm thickness, 6 mm diameter) from Whatman/ GE Healthcare (UK) impregnated with 20 µL of respective test material (500 µg/µL) in DMSO were placed on the plate surface. DMSO (20 µL/disc) and amoxicillin (10 µg/disc) were similarly prepared and used as negative and positive controls, respectively. The test and control plates were incubated at 37 °C under the microaerophilic condition for 3 days. After incubation, the inhibition zone was measured. The assay was performed in duplicate three times. The inhibitory responses were classified as follows: very strong response with inhibition zone diameter > 28 mm, strong response with inhibition zone diameter of > 17 – 28 mm, moderate response with inhibition zone diameter of > 13 – 17 mm, weak response with inhibition zone diameter of 8 – 13 mm, and little or no response with inhibition zone diameter < 8 mm.

MIC and MBC assay

The minimal inhibitory concentration (MICs) and minimal bactericidal concentration (MBCs) of the fractions extracted from H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate towards H. pylori were evaluated using broth microdilution method, as reported previously19. Briefly, the fractions in DMSO (10 µL each) at various final concentrations (0 – 10 mg/mL) were added to each well of sterile 96-well plates, which contained 40 µL of Brucella broth medium supplemented with 5% NBS. Subsequently, 50 µL bacterial suspension (5´106 CFU/mL) from cultures on Brucella agar was seeded into each well. DMSO and amoxicillin served respectively as negative and positive controls and were similarly prepared. The plates were incubated at 37°C in a gas jar under microaerophilic conditions and shaken at 50 rpm for 48 hours. MIC values were determined as the lowest concentrations that showed bacterial growth inhibition using resazurin as an indicator. MBC values of the test fractions were performed following the MIC assays in 24-well plates with Brucella agar medium as previously described20. Samples were tested in triplicate, and the MIC and MBC assays were performed three independent times.

Preparation of H. pylori urease and in vitro inhibition of urease activity

H. pylori urease crude extract was prepared as reported previously21 with slight modification. Briefly, an amount of 500 mg of H. pylori cell mass from 72-h cultures on NBS-supplemented Brucella agar was spread as thinly as possible on the wall of a polypropylene tube and stored in a nitrogen liquid container for 15 minutes. The cell mass was then thawed at room temperature and added with 5 mL of 20 mM sodium phosphate buffer (pH 7.3) containing EDTA (1 mM). Finally, the mixture was centrifuged at 12,000×g, 4°C for 30 minutes, and the supernatant was filtered using a 0.22 µm Millex GV Millipore filter. The protein content was determined using Bradford protein assay. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was used as a protein standard.

H. pylori urease inhibitory activity of the fractions extracted from H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate was assayed in 96-well plates using the salicylate-hypochlorite method with minor modification22. In brief, 50 µL of 0.25 µg H. pylori urease crude preparation (0.04 urease units) in EDTA-sodium phosphate buffer (pH 7.3) was added to each well containing 50 µL of the test fraction at various concentrations. The plates were preincubated at 37°C and shaken at 50 rpm for 90 minutes. An amount of 50 µL of 5 mM urea in phosphate buffer saline (PBS) was added into each well. After 30 minutes of incubation, a stop solution consisting of 35 µL of solution A (146% Na salicylate + 0.1% sodium nitroprusside) and 65 µL of solution B (1.78% NaOH + 11.57% Na citrate + 0.54% active NaOCl) were supplemented in sequence to each well. The plates were incubated for 30 minutes at 37°C for color development. The ammonia production released from the hydrolysis of urea by urease activity was quantified by measuring absorbance on the microplate reader at 625 nm using ammonium chloride as a standard. Thiourea as a standard reference was similarly prepared. Inhibition rate (I%) was calculated by the following formula: I (%) = [1 – (OD625 test sample – OD625 corresponding background)/(OD625 control – OD625 blank)] × 100. Urease inhibition activity of the fractions was displayed as 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50), which was defined as the concentration of the fractions required to decrease urease activity to 50% of the control value. The assay was performed in duplicate three times.

DPPH free radical scavenging assay

The antioxidant activities of the fractions extracted from H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate were evaluated via 2,2,1-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical scavenging activity with slight modification11. The experiment was performed in 96-well plates. The fraction solutions in MeOH at various concentrations from 0 – 50 mg/mL were placed in the wells, and 150 µL of 380 µM DPPH in MeOH was then added to each well. Blank and background wells, which contained MeOH and the fractions, respectively, without DPPH, were also prepared. The plates were placed in the dark and incubated at 37°C with rotation at 75 rpm for 30 minutes. Subsequently, the absorbance measurements were determined at 515 nm on a Microlisa Plus microplate reader (Micro Lab Instruments, India). Acid ascorbic (0 – 0.5 mg/mL) served as a positive control and was similarity prepared. The percent radical scavenging activity was calculated as follows: percent scavenging effect (%) = [1 – (ODtreatment — ODbackground)/(ODcontrol — ODblank)] × 100, where ODcontrol, ODblank, ODtreatment, and ODbackground are absorbance values of the controls, blanks, fraction treatments, and background wells, respectively.

Data analysis

All bioassays were repeated three to five times in triplicate. The inhibition zones of the test fractions were presented in mean values (± SD). DPPH IC50 and urease IC50 (half maximal inhibitory concentration) values were calculated using GraphPad Prism 5 software program (GraphPad Software, Inc., La Jolla, CA, USA). The IC50 values of the treatments would be declared significantly different if their 95% confidence limits did not overlap.

Results

Solvent extraction of the mycelium and culture filtrate of H. erinaceus

After 7 days of incubations, the culture broths of H. erinaceus were filtered to obtain 57.7 g dry weight of the mycelium and 24 L of its culture filtrate. Solvent-soluble fractions obtained from the dry mycelium and culture filtrate are presented in Figure 1.

From the dry mycelium (57.7 g), the three fractions of mHexane Fr., mEtOAc Fr. and mWater Fr. were obtained, and weighed as 0.162, 0.091 and 0.509 g, respectively (Figure 1).

From 24 L of the culture filtrate, the four fractions of PS Fr. (26.4 g), fHexane Fr.(0.12 g), fEtOAc Fr. (11.04 g) and fWater Fr. (72.48 g) were obtained (Figure 1). The yields of the Hexane and EtOAc fractions were lower than those of the PS and Water fractions. This implied that there were very few non-polar components in the mycelium and culture filtrate.

Antibacterial assays

Table 1.

Antibacterial activities of H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate fractions against H. pylori ATCC 43504

Test material (10 mg/disc) Inhibition zone* (mm) MIC (mg/mL) MBC (mg/mL)
fEtOAc Fr. 18.8 ± 0.75 b 1.25 5
mEtOAc Fr. 17.7 ± 1.03 b 1.5 7.5
mHexane Fr. 12.3 ± 0.82 c 7.5 10
PS Fr. 9.3 ± 0.52 d 7.5 > 10
fHexane Fr. 10 > 10
mWater Fr. > 10
fWater Fr. > 10
Amoxicillin** 37. 5 ± 2.51 a 0.032 0.063

The results from the paper disc diffusion method are summarized in Table 1 and Figure 2. The results revealed that the EtOAc fractions from both the mycelium (mEtOAc Fr.) and filtrate (fEtOAc Fr.) had strong anti-H. pylori activity with inhibition zones of 18 – 19 mm, while mHexane Fr. and PS Fr. showed weak activity with 12 and 9 mm inhibition zones, respectively. However, mWater Fr., fHexane Fr. and fWater Fr. showed no inhibitory activity (Table 1). All fractions displayed weaker inhibitory activity than the positive control amoxicillin (inhibition zone of 37.5 mm).

Figure 2 . Antibacterial of H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate fractions toward H. pylori ATCC 43504 using paper disc diffusion assay. Inhibition zones of mHexane Fr. (A), mEtOAc Fr. (B), mWater Fr. (C), fHexane Fr. (D), fEtOAc Fr (E), fWater Fr. (F), PS Fr. (G), negative control DMSO (H), and positive control amoxicillin (I).

The MIC and MBC results also yielded similar results (Table 1). The fractions mEtOAC Fr. and fEtOAC Fr. showed strong anti-H. pylori activity with MIC (MBC) values of 1.5 (7.5) and 1.25 (5.0) mg/mL, respectively. However, mHexane Fr. and PS Fr. displayed weak anti-H. pylori activity with MIC (MBC) values of 7.5(≥ 10) mg/mL, while fHexane Fr., mWater Fr. and fWater Fr. showed no inhibitory activity (MIC ≥ 10 mg/mL). The H. pylori ATCC 43504 strain was susceptible to the positive control amoxicillin with MIC (MBC) values of 0.032 (0.063) µg/mL.

Urease inhibition

Table 2.

H. pylori urease inhibitory activity of H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate fractions

Test material Slope ± SE Urease IC50, mg/mL (95% CL a )
mEtOAc Fr. 0.81 ± 0.056 0.34 (0.30 – 0.39)
fEtOAc Fr. 1.25 ± 0.118 0.35 (0.31 – 0.40)
mWater Fr. 1.56 ± 0.269 1.26 (1.02 – 1.55)
fWater Fr. 0.47 ± 0.077 1.40 (1.12 – 1.74)
PS Fr. 1.59 ± 0.265 29.67 (26.12 – 33.70)
mHexane Fr. 2.13 ± 0.173 30.26 (28.53 – 32.10)
fHexane Fr. ND
Thiourea 1.65 ± 0.215 0.055 (0.049 – 0.062)

Based on urease IC50 data presented in Table 2, mEtOAc Fr. and fEtOAc Fr. displayed strong urease inhibitory activity with IC50 values of 0.34 and 0.35 mg/mL, respectively, with a non-significant difference (p > 0.05). This was followed by the inhibitory activity of mWater Fr. and fWater Fr. (IC50 values of 1.26 and 1.40 mg/mL, respectively). Besides, both mEtOAc Fr. and fEtOAc Fr. caused a steep dose-response curve of the percentage of urease inhibitory activity and produced a complete inhibition against the urease at 2.5 mg/mL, whereas mWater Fr. and fWater Fr. showed a complete inhibition against the urease at 3 and >5 mg/mL, respectively (Figure 3). Moreover, PS Fr., mHexane Fr. and fHexane Fr. gave very weak or no inhibitory activity towards the enzyme. All the fractions exhibited lower urease inhibitory activity than the positive control thiourea (IC50, 0.055 mg/mL) (Table 2).

Figure 3 . H. pylori urease inhibitory activity of H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate fractions.

DPPH free radical scavenging

Table 3.

DPPH free radical scavenging activity of H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate fractions

Test material Slope ± SE DPPH IC50, mg/mL (95% CL a )
fEtOAc Fr. 2.322 ± 0.339 11.83 (10.48 – 13.36)
mEtOAc Fr. 2.972 ± 0.421 14.75 (13.52 – 16.09)
PS Fr. 3.217 ± 0.256 26.04 (24.77 – 27.38)
mWater Fr. 3.03 ± 0.365 28.66 (26.6 – 30.87)
fWater Fr. 1.879 ± 0.211 34.51 (31.90 – 37.34)
mHexane Fr. ND
fHexane Fr. ND
Acid ascorbic 2.712 ± 0.567 0.057 (0.048 – 0.065)

Based on DPPH IC50 values presented in Table 3, fEtOAc Fr. displayed the greatest antioxidant activity in the DPPH assay (IC50 of 11.83 mg/mL), followed by mEtOAc Fr. (IC50 of 14.75 mg/mL), with a significant difference (p < 0.01). Moreover, PS Fr., mWater Fr. and fWater Fr. showed weak or very weak antioxidant activity (IC50, 28.66 – 34.51 mg/mL). In addition, fEtOAc Fr. caused a steep dose-response curve of percentage of DPPH radical scavenging activity and complete inhibition at 40 mg/mL (Figure 4). Fractions mHexane Fr. and fHexane Fr. had no radical scavenging activity. Overall, all of these fractions showed significantly weaker DPPH radical scavenging activity than the positive control acid ascorbic (IC50 of 0.057 mg/mL) (Table 3).

Figure 4 . DPPH free radical scavenging activity of H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate fractions toward H. pylori ATCC 43504.

Discussion

Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation have been known to play critical roles in the pathogenesis of gastritis and gastric ulcers caused by various stimuli, including H. pylori23. Various physiological effects of H. erinaceus (lion's mane mushroom) have been presented, including anti-aging, anti-cancer, anti-gastritis, and anti-metabolic disease properties1, 6, 7, 8, 24. The mushroom's bioactive components, such as erinacines and hericenones, were extracted or concentrated as nutraceuticals because they have been revealed to act as the active principles for nerve growth factor synthesis and in neuroprotective function25, 26, 27. H. erinaceus is quite rare in the wild. However, by artificial cultivation techniques, its fruiting body and mycelium are nowadays being produced as raw materials for culinary and medicinal use. H. erinaceus has become attractive as a disease-preventing functional food and as a source of medicines. H. erinaceus aqueous and 50% EtOH extracts were demonstrated to possess immune-stimulatory activity to protect infected mice against Salmonella Typhimurium12. Methanolic extract from a pure culture of H. erinaceus mycelium was reported to produce weak inhibitory activity against Bacillus cereus, B. subtilis, Enterococcus faecalis, Salmonella sp., Shigella sp. and Plesiomonas shigelloides11. However, EtOH extract from fruiting body of H. erinaceus has been shown to exhibit similar growth inhibitory effects on several strains of H. pylori9, 10, 13. Petroleum ether, chloroform, and EtOAc fractions from the fruiting body extract were reported to exhibit a stronger growth inhibitory activity than the crude extract against H. pylori9, 13. In our present study, mEtOAc Fr. and fEtOAc Fr. from mycelium and culture filtrate of H. erinaceus displayed stronger anti-H. pylori activity than the polysaccharide, hexane and water fractions.

Findings on the mechanism of H. erinaceus action against H. pylori have indicated that the mushroom extracts helped prevent oxidative stress in human gastric mucosa epithelium cell18 and inhibit the adhesion ability of H. pylori to the host cell, thereby contributing to reduction of the bacterial infection in the stomach of test mice10. The urease-producing ability of H. pylori has been known to play a crucial role in infection and survival of the pathogen in the stomach. Therefore, inhibition of the urease activity has also been considered as an alternative strategy for the treatment of the H. pylori infection. Hot water extracts, ether and EtOAc fractions of some mushrooms, such as Ganoderma lucidum, Coriolus versicolor, Agaricus bisporus and Gyrophora esculenta, were reported to possess growth inhibitory activity against H. pylori, but these extracts and fractions showed no inhibitory effect on H. pylori urease activity28. Several studies have reported on the inhibitory effect of plant preparations and phytochemicals on H. pylori urease19, 22, 29. However, no information was reported on the inhibitory activity of H. erinaceus preparations or its constituents against urease activity of H. pylori. In our present study, the EtOAc fractions from both mycelium and culture filtrate of H. erinaceus exhibited growth inhibitory activity against H. pylori. They had a stronger inhibitory urease than the water fractions, while the polysaccharide and hexane fractions showed no effect.

MeOH extracts from fresh fruiting body and mycelium of H. erinaceus were found to have antioxidant activity in DPPH free radical scavenging, and the activity was not due to phenolic compounds in H. erinaceus extracts11. It was reported that polysaccharides purified from liquid culture of H. erinaceus mycelium enhanced the growth of rat adrenal nerve cells and improved the extension of neurites of PC12 cells30. The polysaccharide fraction from H. erinaceus mycelium was found to possess anti-ulcer and anti-gastritis activities31, 32. Moreover, the antioxidant capacity of the polysaccharide fraction from H. erinaceus mycelium was higher than that of hot water extract from H. erinaceus fruiting body18. In our present study, the polysaccharide fraction from the culture filtrate of H. erinaceus showed a lower antioxidant effect than the EtOAc fractions from both the mycelium and culture filtrate. These results indicate that the EtOAC fractions from the mycelium and culture filtrate of H. erinaceus could exert growth-inhibiting and urease inhibitory effects on H. pylori to enhance antioxidant defense and protect the human stomach from H. pylori infection. More research is needed to prove the safety of the H. erinaceus mycelium and culture filtrate fractions and their in vivo efficacies in the treatment of H. pylori infection.

Conclusion

The present study revealed that the EtOAC fractions derived from the mycelium and culture filtrate of H. erinaceus exhibited pronounced antioxidant and inhibitory effects against H. pylori. The results suggest that the in vitro culture of mycelium and culture filtrate of H. erinaceus could be further studied to develop potent antibacterial products for the treatment of H. pylori infection.

Abbreviations

ATCC: American Type Culture Collection

CFU: Colony forming units

MIC: Minimal inhibitory concentration

MBC: Minimal bactericidal concentration

mHexane Fr.: Hexane fraction derived from mycelium

mEtOAc Fr.: Ethyl acetate fraction derived from mycelium

mWater Fr.: Water fraction derived from mycelium

PS Fr.: Polysachaccride fraction derived from culture filtrate

fHexane Fr.: Hexane fraction derived from culture filtrate

fEtOAc Fr.: Ethyl acetate fraction derived from culture filtrate

fEtOAc Fr.: Water fraction derived from culture filtrate

Acknowledgments

All authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from Vietnam National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) under grant number 106-YS.06-2015.17.

Authors' Contributions

LTM Ngan, TT Hieu and PT Ho conceived and designed the experiments. LTM Ngan, TT Hieu, NT Vi, DTM Tham and LTT Loan performed the experiments. LTM Ngan, TT Hieu and NT Vi analyzed and interpreted the data. LTM Ngan and TT Hieu participated in drafting and writing the article. All authors read and approved the manuscript.

Funding

Vietnam National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) under grant number 106-YS.06-2015.17.

Availability of data and materials

Data and materials used and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

Ethics approval and consent to participate

Not applicable.

Consent for publication

Not applicable.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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