Medicinal mushrooms as a source of antitumor and immunomodulating polysaccharides

  title={Medicinal mushrooms as a source of antitumor and immunomodulating polysaccharides},
  author={S. Wasser},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
  • S. Wasser
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Abstract. [...] Key Result These polysaccharides are of different chemical composition, with most belonging to the group of β-glucans; these have β-(1→3) linkages in the main chain of the glucan and additional β-(1→6) branch points that are needed for their antitumor action. High molecular weight glucans appear to be more effective than those of low molecular weight. Chemical modification is often carried out to improve the antitumor activity of polysaccharides and their clinical qualities (mostly water…Expand Abstract
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