An insight into anti-inflammatory effects of fungal beta-glucans

Bin Du, Chengyuan Lin, Zhaoxiang BIAN*, Baojun Xu

*Corresponding author for this work

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β-Glucans from fungi exhibit a broad spectrum of biological activities including anti-tumor, immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-inflammatory effect is mediated through the regulation of various inflammatory cytokines, such as nitric oxide (NO), interleukins (ILs), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF)-α, interferon gamma (INF)-γ as well as non-cytokine mediator, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). Up to now, the anti-inflammatory activity of β-glucans has received little attention. It is worthwhile to investigate the anti-inflammatory properties of fungal β-glucans in a separate review, discussing invitro studies, animal studies and human studies on anti-inflammation effects of fungal β-glucans, as well as the structure-anti-inflammatory activity relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science


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