Mycena pura

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Mycena pura
Scientific classification
M. pura
Binomial name
Mycena pura
Mycena pura
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Mycological characteristics
gills on hymenium
cap is conical
hymenium is adnate
stipe is bare
spore print is white
ecology is saprotrophic
edibility: not recommended

Mycena pura, commonly known as the lilac bonnet,[1] is a species of mushroom in the family Mycenaceae. First called Agaricus prunus in 1794 by Christian Hendrik Persoon, it was assigned its current name in 1871 by German Paul Kummer.[2] Mycena pura is known to bioaccumulate the element boron.[3]

Bioactive compounds[edit]

Mycena pura contains the chemical puraquinonic acid, a sesquiterpene. This compound induces mammalian cells (specifically, the cell line HL60) to differentiate into granulocyte- or macrophage-like cells. The fungus also contains the mycotoxin muscarine, and the antifungal metabolite strobilurin D, the latter previously found in Cyphellopsis anomala.[4] Despite this, some guides list M. pura as edible.[5]

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  1. ^ "Recommended English Names for Fungi in the UK" (PDF). British Mycological Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-16.
  2. ^ Kummer P. (1871). Der Führer in die Pilzkunde. Zerbst. p. 107.
  3. ^ Vetter Y. (1995). "Boron content of edible mushrooms of Hungary". Zeitschrift für Lebensmittel-Untersuchung und -Forschung. 201 (6): 524–27.
  4. ^ Becker U, Erkel G, Anke T, Sterner O (1997). "Puraquinonic acid, a novel inducer of differentiation of human HL-60 promyelocytic leukemia cells from Mycena pura (Pers. Ex Fr.)". Natural Product Research. 9 (3): 229–36. doi:10.1080/10575639708048319.
  5. ^ Phillips, Roger (2010) [2005]. Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-55407-651-2.