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.

Contributors

Editor(s):
Vaclav Vetvicka
University of Louisville
USA


Miroslav Novak
Institute of Chemical Technology
Czech Republic




Contributor(s):
Miroslav Novak
Institute of Chemical Technology
Prague
Czech Republic


Vaclav Vetvicka
University of Louisville
Department of Pathology
MDR Bldg.
Louisville
KY
USA


Dalia Akramienė
Institute of Physiology and Pharmacology
Medical Academy
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Kaunas
Lithuania


Yu-Chi Wang
Department of Biological Science and Technology
I-Shou University
Kaohsiung, 824
Taiwan


Cheng-Fang Chang
Center of Biotechnology
Taiwan Fishery Research Institute
Pingtung, 928
Taiwan


Houng-Yung Chen
Institute of Marine Biology
National Sun Yat-sen University
Kaohsiung, 804
Taiwan


Andriy Synytsya
Institute of Chemical Technology
Prague
Czech Republic


Ragnar Rylander
BioFact Environmental Health Research Center
Lerum
Sweden


Petr Sima
Institute of Microbiology
Czech Academy of Sciences
Prague
Czech Republic


Vincent Ferrières
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes
CNRS, UMR 6226, Université européenne de Bretagne
France


Laurent Legentil
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes
CNRS, UMR 6226, Université européenne de Bretagne
France


Balla Sylla
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes
CNRS, UMR 6226, Université européenne de Bretagne
France


Karine Descroix
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes
CNRS, UMR 6226, Université européenne de Bretagne
France


Caroline Nugier-Chauvin
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes
CNRS, UMR 6226, Université européenne de Bretagne
France


Richard Daniellou
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes
CNRS, UMR 6226, Université européenne de Bretagne
France


David L. Williams
Department of Surgery
Quillen College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City
Tennessee
USA


Douglas W. Lowman
Department of Surgery
Quillen College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City
Tennessee
USA


Mike Reale
Department of Chemistry
Tulane University
New Orleans
Louisiana
USA


Harry E. Ensley
Department of Chemistry
Tulane University
New Orleans
Louisiana
USA




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