1985 Volume 33 Issue 4 Pages 1367-1374
The MeOH extract of Ganoderma lucidum has an inhibitory action on histamine release from rat mast cells. From the physiologically active fraction of the extract, along with the known triterpenes ganoderic acids A and B, two new triterpenes were isolated and named ganoderic acids C and D. The structures of ganoderic acids C and D were determined to be 3β, 7β, 15α-trihydroxy-11, 23-dioxo-5α-lanost-8-en-26-oic acid and 7β-hydroxy-3, 11, 15, 23-tetraoxo-5α-lanost-8-en-26-oic acid respectively. Ganoderic acids C and D were shown to inhibit histamine release from rat mast cells. Quantitative analysis of these triterpenes was performed for the purpose of crude drug quality control.