How are fungi used to make drugs that help people?

Answer

A wide variety of methods make the chemicals in fungi that humans use as medicinal drugs. The fungi use the substances in their daily life. Fortunately, they can be used as a disease treatment in humans as well.

Cyclosporine is one medicinal chemical in fungi. It's a peptide made by joining amino acids together. The form of lovastatin that's used as a medicine is a lactone and is produced by a different method. Penicillin has a different structure from either lovastatin or cyclosporine, and is made by yet another method.

Updated on April 16, 2018

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Medicines From Fungi: Penicillin, Lovastatin, and Cyclosporine
By Linda Crampton
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