REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 307-311

Slime fungi: the brainless super microorganism


Department of Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products, Pharmaceutical Industries Researches Division, National Research Centre, El Buhouth Street, Dokki, Giza, Egypt

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PhD Waill A Elkhateeb
Department of Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products, Pharmaceutical Industries Researches Division, National Research Centre, El Buhouth Street, Dokki 12311
Egypt
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DOI: 10.4103/epj.epj_18_20

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Myxomycetes, commonly known as plasmodial slime molds, are unique organisms which take an intermediate position between plant and animal kingdoms. They can form a jelly-like plasmodia which feed on bacteria and are able to move by a synchronized perpendicular flow of their protoplasm. Slime molds can be classified into three groups: cellular, plasmodial, and net slime molds. These interesting organisms are novel sources of several bioactive secondary metabolites with anticancer, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activities. In this review, the ecology, occurrence, and secondary metabolites secreted by these unique organisms are highlighted.


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