Magic mushroom chemical may be a hallucinogenic insect repellent

Little fungi pack a punch: “Magic mushrooms” of the Psilocybe species produce psychoactive compounds that alter perception when ingested. Recently, the effects on the neuronal system caused by their ingredient psilocybin have attracted the interest of pharmacologists. German scientists have now identified four of the enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of psilocybin. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, they describe the biosynthetic pathway and introduce a synthetic route that could form the basis of biotechnological production.

Magic mushroom chemical may be a hallucinogenic insect repellent

These fungi influence our brains by producing a compound called psilocybin, but the origin of this chemical may have little to do with discovering fundamental truth

Wed 23 Aug 17 from Newscientist

After a half-century of attempts, psilocybin has finally been synthesized in the lab

A team of researchers at Friedrich Schiller University Jena has figured how out to make psilocybin, the chemical responsible for creating hallucinations in people who consume the mushrooms that ...

Wed 16 Aug 17 from Medical Xpress

‘Magic mushroom’ enzyme mystery solved

Researchers unravel the biosynthesis of the psychoactive drug psilocybin, making large-scale production a possibility

Sat 19 Aug 17 from CandEN

Scientists figure out the “recipe” for magic mushrooms

Psilocybin has repeatedly shown promise in treating some mental issues -- this might usher in a new age of testing.

Fri 18 Aug 17 from ZME Science

Scientists unravel the recipe for 'magic mushrooms'

Researchers from Friedrich Schiller University Jena have characterized the enzymes mushrooms use to make psilocybin, in a major step toward medical 'magic mushrooms.'

Tue 15 Aug 17 from Daily Mail

Magic enzymes in 'magic' mushrooms analyzed

Little fungi pack a punch: 'Magic mushrooms' of the Psilocybe species produce psychoactive compounds that alter perception when ingested. Recently, the effects on the neuronal system caused ...

Fri 25 Aug 17 from ScienceDaily

Magic Enzymes: Enzymatic synthesis of psilocybin, the ingredient of magic mushrooms, Fri 25 Aug 17 from AlphaGalileo

Magic enzymes, Fri 25 Aug 17 from Eurekalert

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