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glucans (gloo´kans),

n.pl the polyglucose compounds such as cellulose, starch, amylose, glycogen amylose, and callose.
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Colwyn Bay-based JRBiomedical, has launched Finvita Beta (1,3) (1,6) Glucan to support the body's immune system - the first line of defence against viruses.
Subtle differences in the molecular structure of various beta 1,3/1,6 glucans can significantly affect their ability to enhance innate immune system responses, according to new research from Biothera presented recently at the National Cancer Institutes' Frontiers in Basic immunology 2009.
Vigor increased after 2 and 4 weeks of 500mg BETA GLUCAN, but no change in vigor occurred in the 250 mg dose group.
In fact, beta glucans have been used as an immunoadjuvant therapy (an immune system stimulant) for cancer since 1980, mostly in Japan.
Coccidioides immitis dimorphism involves the construction and rupture of the spherule, or tissue form, for which chitin and glucan synthetases and hydrolases are key enzymes.
Kim Y-T, Kim E-H, Chejoon C, Williams DL, Kim C-W, Lim S-T (2000) Structural characterization of [beta]-D-(1 [right arrow]3, 1[right arrow]6)-linked glucans using NMR spectroscopy.
Actually, correlations between the amount of dust sampled and glucans, endotoxins, mite allergens, and total culturable molds were very high.
A new study published today as the cover story in the journal Nature features Biothera's beta glucans and new discoveries about how these unique immunodulating compounds prime the innate immune system to protect the body.
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.
The glucans in these products came from different sources: yeast, mushrooms, and cereals.
The GlgE research revealed a previously unknown enzymatic pathway by which TB bacteria convert the sugar trehalose (consisting of two glucose molecules) into longer sugar molecules known as alpha glucans - building blocks that are essential for maintaining bacterial structure and for making new microbes through cell division.
Beta glucans are molecules that activate a strong response to the immune system.