Editors: "Vaclav Vetvicka", "Miroslav Novak"

Beta-glucan, Structure, Chemistry and Specific Application

Volume 2

Personal Book: US $69 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $153
Printed Copy: US $119
Library Book: US $276
ISSN: 2589-2851
eISSN: 2211-0526 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-301-8
eISBN: 978-1-60805-260-8 (Online)
DOI: 10.2174/97816080526081130201

Introduction

Despite of the efforts of pharmaceutical researchers to find new medicaments, nature offers many substances with healing properties—beta-glucans belong to this group of compounds. The second volume of the e-book series, Biology and Chemistry of Beta-Glucan, provides new knowledge about these important polysaccharides.

In order to understand the role of beta-glucans, it is necessary to control the purity and to determine their composition and structure. This volume presents modern chemical and separation methods which are applied in structural analysis of glucans. As a result of structural analyses, it can be concluded that beta-glucans of different origin vary in chain length, number and types of branching. The book further discusses the biological effects of tailored oligomers and synthetic beta-glucans, including innovative use of enzymatic processes in the synthesis of these compounds.

This volume also discusses a hypothesis of beta-glucans’ increasing impact on the photodynamic therapy. In spite of many scientific papers describing the positive role of beta-glucans in protection against diseases, certain epidemiological data suggest that specific illnesses can be related to beta-glucan exposure. The fact of whether or not beta-glucan is an accompanying substance of these biologically active agents is also questioned.

Biology and Chemistry of Beta-Glucan: Volume 2 focuses on the strictly scientific basis on the effects of beta-glucan on human health as well as other possibilities of beta-glucan application, such as protection of aquaculture against diseases.

Foreword

- Pp. i-ii (2)
Jana Copikova
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Preface

- Pp. iii-v (3)
Vaclav Vetvicka and Miroslav Novak
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List of Contributors

- Pp. vi-viii (3)
Vaclav Vetvicka and Miroslav Novak
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Structural Analysis of Fungal Glucans

- Pp. 3-28 (26)
Andriy Synytsya and Miroslav Novak

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Insights into the Physicochemical Characterization, Chemistry, Structure and Synthesis of (1 →3,1 →6)- β-Glucans

- Pp. 29-82 (54)
David L. Williams, Douglas W. Lowman, Mike Reale and Harry E. Ensley

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Chemical Synthesis of Oligo-(1→3)-β-D-Glucans

- Pp. 83-101 (19)
Vincent Ferrières, Laurent Legentil, Balla Sylla, Karine Descroix, Caroline Nugier-Chauvin and Richard Daniellou

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Contribution of Biocatalysis to the Synthesis of β-(1,3)-Glucans

- Pp. 102-111 (10)
Vincent Ferrières, Laurent Legentil, Balla Sylla, Karine Descroix, Caroline Nugier-Chauvin and Richard Daniellou

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Modulation of Photodynamic Therapy by β-Glucan

- Pp. 112-130 (19)
Dalia Akramienė

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Human Exposures to β-Glucan in the Environment

- Pp. 131-153 (23)
Ragnar Rylander

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Biological Roles of β-Glucans in Invertebrates

- Pp. 154-172 (19)
Petr Šíma and Vaclav Vetvicka

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The Role of Glucans in Protection of Shrimp Against Disease

- Pp. 173-194 (22)
Yu-Chi Wang, Cheng-Fang Chang and Houng-Yung Chen

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Index

- Pp. 195-202 (8)
Vaclav Vetvicka and Miroslav Novak
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