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A polysaccharide yielding glucose on hydrolysis; for example, callose, cellulose, glycogen, starch, dextrins.
Synonym(s): glucan


/glu·can/ (gloo´kan) any polysaccharide composed only of recurring units of glucose; a homopolymer of glucose.


A polyglucose; e.g., callose, cellulose, starch amylose, glycogen amylose.
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Biothera has developed a new analytical method to characterize a key structural attribute of beta 1,3/1,6 glucans, which will aid researchers developing this immune-enhancing carbohydrate for pharmaceutical applications.
Neutral in both taste and colour, PromOat[TM] oat-based beta glucans can be used in a wider range of food and drink products not usually associated with oats.
My original intention in developing oat beta glucan into a food ingredient was to provide people with a convenient and palatable way to lower their cholesterol," said Dr.
Fungitell -D Glucan is the only FDA-cleared test for Candida, a yeast that can act as an opportunistic pathogen in patients with compromised immune systems and lead to Invasive Candidiasis.
Derived from the cell walls of yeast, fungi and other sources, beta 1,3/1,6 glucans are polysaccharides characterized by a basic structure of chains of glucose molecules that have a beta 1,3 linked backbone and 1,6 linked branches.
However, the beta glucan extraction process is highly complex, requiring state-of-the-art biotechnology plus highly trained technicians to ensure total success.
Vyta Corp owns a 50% interest in BioAgra, LLC, a joint venture to manufacture and sell Agrastim[R], a purified yeast beta-1,3/1,6-D glucan product with a high bioactivity level of 80% or greater.
A number of studies have repeatedly demonstrated that beta glucan effectively enhances the immune system by activating the white blood cells, including the macrophages, T cells, and natural killer cells," says Shiu-Nan Chen, Ph.
BioAgra will be preparing a patent application to be filed with the United States Patent Office for the proprietary process and related proprietary technology to manufacture a purified yeast beta-1,3/1,6-D glucan known as Agrastim[R], which BioAgra has developed.
It acts by inhibiting glucan synthase, the enzyme responsible for maintaining the fungal cell wall and is thus fungicidal against a broad range of pathogens including those that have become resistant to currently-used antifungal drugs.
June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Glucan Corporation and Anderson Global Group, LLC have teamed to launch Polycan(TM) Black Yeast Beta Glucan for the North American Dietary Supplement, Personal Care, Animal Care and Food industries.
Vaclav Vetvicka of the University of Louisville compared the immunostimulating properties of two different maitake mushroom glucan extracts, one being Tradeworks Group, Inc.