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nirav parekh Grade:
        steroid production from fungus?
7 years ago

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Dear nirav,

Steroids originate from plants as well as animals. The steroids of plant origin can be obtained cheaper and by less expensive technique.

 Steroids of plant origin can be transformed into steroids like those of animal origin. This transformation is done by using the fungus Rhizopus stotonifer through the process of hydroxylation and dehydrogenation. Such steroids can than be used for man and other animals. Such steroids are used

1. As anti–inflammatory drugs.


2. As anti-cancer drugs.


3. For developing immunity against asthma.


4. For organ transplantation.


5. For family planning.


Some of the microorganisms can produce certain chemical substances which inhibit the growth of other organisms or kill them altogether. Such chemical substances are called antibiotics. Walkman was the first to use the term antibiotics. In the third decade of the 20 th century, Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin from the fungus penicillin.

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