Beta-Glucans: Applications, Effects and Research


Martha Coleman (Editor)

Series: Chemistry Research and Applications
BISAC: SCI013000

Polysaccharides (ƒÀ-D-glucans) are a group of compounds belonging to the class of agents known as biological response modifiers, and have a potential therapeutic role in atherosclerosis, inflammatory diseases, and cancer. ƒÀ-(1¨3)-Glucans can be cellular structural polysaccharides or polysaccharides secreted on the surfaces of mushrooms or fungi. There are many types of ƒÀ-glucans from different sources; some of them have been studied more precisely as potential therapeutic compounds for medical applications. The authors of this book review and discuss new research on the applications and effects of beta-glucans. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Finding a Novel Beta-(1¨3)-D-Glucan/Polynucleotide Complex and its Application to an Immunocyte-Targeting Delivery
Noriko Miyamoto, Shinichi Mochizuki, Seiji Shinkai, and Kazuo Sakurai (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan, and others)

Chapter 2. Supramolecular Wrapping by Beta-(1¨3)-D-Glucans toward Polysaccharide-Based Functional Materials
Munenori Numata, Kouta Sugikawa, Shuichi Haraguchi, Tomohiro Shiraki, Shun-ichi Tamaru, Shingo Tamesue, and Seiji Shinkai (Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Kyoto Prefectural University, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, and others)

Chapter 3. Beta-Glucan-Induced Macrophage Stimulation and Role of Chitotriosidase as a Biomarker
T. A. Korolenko, T. P. Johnston, A. B. Shintyapina, I. D. Ivanov, E. Korolenko, and E. E. Filjushina (Institute of Physiology and Basic Medicine, Novosibirsk, Russia, and others)

Chapter 4. The Cellulomonads as an Alternative Source of the Bacterial Exopolysaccharide Curdlan
William J. Kenyon (Department of Biology, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, USA)


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