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Beta Glucans

Wenjing Wan, Baojun Xu
BACKGROUND: We aimed to develop a beverage using beta-glucan and whey protein isolate (WPI). Furthermore, we evaluated the sensory attributes and changes of the physiochemical properties (pH value, total acidity, total soluble solids, sugar-acid ratio, color, viscosity, turbidity, and browning index) of the beverage during 48-hour storage by comparison with the commercial product and blank sample. RESULTS: The developed beverage had similar sweetness, smoothness, and overall acceptance as those of the commercial and blank samples...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Regla M Medina-Gali, María Del Mar Ortega-Villaizán, Luis Mercado, Beatriz Novoa, Julio Coll, Luis Perez
The antiviral effects of beta-glucan, an immunostimulatory agent were studied in zebrafish both in vitro and in vivo. Here we show that zebrafish ZF4 cells as well as whole fish primed with yeast β-glucan zymosan exhibited increased cytokine expression and elevated response to spring viremia of carp virus (SVCV) infection. In vitro, previous treatment of β-glucan enhanced ZF4 cell viability against SVCV infection which is associated to the activation of interferon signaling pathway and inflammatory cytokines gene expression...
March 7, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Walburga Engel-Riedel, Jamie Lowe, Paulette Mattson, J Richard Trout, Richard D Huhn, Michele Gargano, Myra L Patchen, Richard Walsh, My My Trinh, Mariève Dupuis, Folker Schneller
BACKGROUND: BTH1677, a beta-glucan pathogen-associated molecular pattern molecule, drives an anti-cancer immune response in combination with oncology antibody therapies. This phase II study explored the efficacy, pharmacokinetics (PK), and safety of BTH1677 combined with bevacizumab/carboplatin/paclitaxel in patients with untreated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: Patients were randomized to the BTH1677 arm (N = 61; intravenous [IV] BTH1677, 4 mg/kg, weekly; IV bevacizumab, 15 mg/kg, once each 3-week cycle [Q3W]; IV carboplatin, 6 mg/mL/min Calvert formula area-under-the-curve, Q3W; and IV paclitaxel, 200 mg/m2 , Q3W) or Control arm (N = 31; bevacizumab/carboplatin/paclitaxel as above)...
February 27, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Jiansong Chen, Lili Hu, Longhua Sun, Borong Lin, Kun Huang, Kan Zhuo, Jinling Liao
Plant-parasitic nematodes can secrete effector proteins into the host tissue to facilitate their parasitism. In this study, we reported a novel effector protein, MgMO237, from Meloidogyne graminicola, which was exclusively expressed within the dorsal esophageal gland cell and markedly up-regulated in parasitic third/fourth stage juveniles of M. graminicola. Transient expression of MgMO237 in protoplasts from rice roots showed that MgMO237 was localized in the cytoplasm and nucleus of the host cells. Rice plants overexpressing MgMO237 had an increased susceptibility to M...
February 27, 2018: Molecular Plant Pathology
Mohamed A Attia, Cassandra E Nelson, Wendy A Offen, Namrata Jain, Gideon J Davies, Jeffrey G Gardner, Harry Brumer
Background: Xyloglucan (XyG) is a ubiquitous and fundamental polysaccharide of plant cell walls. Due to its structural complexity, XyG requires a combination of backbone-cleaving and sidechain-debranching enzymes for complete deconstruction into its component monosaccharides. The soil saprophyte Cellvibrio japonicus has emerged as a genetically tractable model system to study biomass saccharification, in part due to its innate capacity to utilize a wide range of plant polysaccharides for growth...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
David G Calatayud, Haobo Ge, Navaratnarajah Kuganathan, Vincenzo Mirabello, Robert M J Jacobs, Nicholas H Rees, Craig T Stoppiello, Andrei N Khlobystov, Rex M Tyrrell, Enrico Da Como, Sofia I Pascu
The encapsulation of CdSe nanocrystals within single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) cavities of varying dimensions at elevated temperatures under strictly air-tight conditions is described for the first time. The structures of CdSe nanocrystals under confinement inside SWNTs was established in a comprehensive study, combining both experimental and DFT theoretical investigations. The calculated binding energies show that all considered polymorphs [(3:3), (4:4), and (4:2)] may be obtained experimentally. The most thermodynamically stable structure (3:3) is directly compared to the experimentally observed CdSe structures inside carbon nanotubes...
February 2018: ChemistryOpen
Jéssica Luana Chechi, Tarsila Franckin, Lidiane Nunes Barbosa, Fernanda Cristina Bérgamo Alves, Aline de Lima Leite, Marília Afonso Rabelo Buzalaf, Lucilene Delazari Dos Santos, Sandra de Moraes Gimenes Bosco
Pythium insidiosum is the etiologic agent of pythiosis, a life-threatening disease that affects human and animals, has difficult diagnosis, and therapy. Studies on protein characterization of P. insidiosum are scarce, so we aimed to determine the protein profile of P. insidiosum by mass spectrometry and bioinformatics strategies targeting in proteins that may act as putative virulence factors. Therefore, an extraction protocol was standardized to obtain the total proteins of P. insidiosum. By the analysis of Image Master 2D Platinum software, it was found that 186 spots ranging between 12 and 89 KDa and isoelectric point from 4 to 7...
January 23, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Anton M Kolomeyer, Kathleen M Murphy, Anastasia Traband, Ian Frank, Benjamin J Kim
PURPOSE: To review the literature on beta-D-glucan (BDG) testing in fungal endophthalmitis. METHODS: Review of primary literature using PubMed through April 2017 and presentation of an illustrative case report. A total of 231 articles were identified and 43 were ultimately chosen for review based on relevance and presence of ophthalmologic examination and objective data. RESULTS: Beta-D-glucan is a major component of fungal cell walls. It is quantified using a calorimetry-based Fungitell assay based on modification of the limulus amebocyte lysate...
January 23, 2018: Retina
F Koc, Z Erısgın, Y Tekelıoglu, S Takır
We investigated the histopathological effects of methotrexate (MTX), a chemotherapeutic agent, and beta glucan (BG), an antioxidant, on rat testis. We used four groups of Sprague-Dawley male rats: MTX, MTX + BG, BG, and control. The MTX group was exposed to a single dose of MTX on the first day of experiment. The MTX + BG group was exposed to a single dose of MTX and BG on the first day of experiment followed by BG for 4 additional days. The BG group was exposed to BG for 5 days. The control group was given saline for 5 days...
January 24, 2018: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
Zahra Mohebbi, Aziz Homayouni, Mohammad Hossein Azizi, Sayyed Javad Hosseini
White wheat flour is a poor source of dietary fiber. Therefore a demand exists for enrichment of bread with non-digestible prebiotic ingredients that exert health-promoting effects. In this study, the effects of beta-glucan (BG) and resistant starch (RS) on the dough properties and bread-making characteristics were investigated. The water absorption of doughs increased with increasing BG and RS levels. Also, development time and farinograph quality number of BG-enriched doughs remained similar to that of the control while the doughs stability decreased, and all of these values decreased when the RS was added...
January 2018: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Yinjuan Wang, Céline Viennet, Adeline Jeudy, Ferial Fanian, Li He, Philippe Humbert
BACKGROUND: Sensitive skin is frequently complaint in dermatology consultation with cutaneous manifestations such as stinging, redness, dryness, and burning sensation that affect the quality of life. Its pathogenesis is mainly related to dysfunction of neurosensory, skin barrier, and also immune activity. The treatment is generally based on continuous and topical therapy by nonirritating complex. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the antisensitive function of a new complex cream composed by Yunnan Portulaca oleracea extract, Prinsepia utilis oil, beta-glucan, and sodium hyaluronate extracted from mushroom...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
N Kareem, E Yates, M Skidmore, D Hoole
The rapid emergence of drug resistance, unfavourable immunosuppression and mounting evidence to suggest the deleterious accumulation of drug breakdown residues within animal tissues has driven a strong desire to move away from these current methods of disease control. Some natural products such as β-glucan, which are extracted from, for example, plants and fungi, are able to modulate the immune system and increase protection against diseases. However, these products are heterogeneous and their effects can be variable thus limiting their applicability and reliability...
December 28, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Waseem Anani, Michael R Shurin
Myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSC) represent only a minor fraction of circulating blood cells but play an important role in tumor formation and progression. They are a heterogeneous group of cells that influence the tumor microenvironment by depletion of amino acids, oxidative stress, decreased trafficking of antitumor effector cells, and increased regulatory T and regulatory dendritic cell responses. Investigational treatment strategies targeting MDSCs have attempted to inhibit MDSC development and expansion (stem cell factor blockade, modulate of cell signaling, and target MDSC migration and recruitment), inhibit MDSC function (nitric oxide inhibition and reactive oxygen and nitrogen species inhibition), differentiate MDSCs into more mature cells (Vitamins A and D, all-trans retinoic acid, interleukin-2, toll-like receptor 9 inhibitors, taxanes, beta-glucan particles, tumor-derived exosome inhibition, and very small size proteoliposomes), and destroy MDSCs (cytotoxic agents, ephrin A2 degradation, anti-interleukin 13, and histamine blockers)...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Wai Li Lim, Helen M Collins, Rohan R Singh, Natalie Aj Kibble, Kuok Yap, Jillian Taylor, Geoffrey B Fincher, Rachel A Burton
Hull-less barley is increasingly offering scope for breeding grains with improved characteristics for human nutrition; however recalcitrance of hull-less cultivars to transformation has limited use of these varieties. To overcome this, we have sought to develop an effective transformation system for hull-less barley using the cultivar Torrens. Torrens yielded a transformation efficiency of 1.8%, using a modified Agrobacterium transformation method. This method was used to over-express genes encoding synthases for the important dietary fibre component, (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan (mixed-linkage glucan), primarily found in starchy endosperm cell walls...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Kayla R Stover, Rachel M Kenney, Travis S King, Alan E Gross
As antimicrobial stewardship increasingly receives worldwide attention for improving patient care by optimizing antimicrobial therapy, programs are evaluating new tools that may augment antimicrobial stewardship activities. Biomarkers are objective, accurate, and reproducible measures that provide information about medical conditions. A systematic literature search using PubMed/MEDLINE databases was performed to evaluate the use of novel biomarkers as additions to the antimicrobial stewardship armamentarium...
December 15, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
Justin L Carlson, Jennifer M Erickson, Julie M Hess, Trevor J Gould, Joanne L Slavin
Prebiotic dietary fiber supplements are commonly consumed to help meet fiber recommendations and improve gastrointestinal health by stimulating beneficial bacteria and the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), molecules beneficial to host health. The objective of this research project was to compare potential prebiotic effects and fermentability of five commonly consumed fibers using an in vitro fermentation system measuring changes in fecal microbiota, total gas production and formation of common SCFAs...
December 15, 2017: Nutrients
Percy Pacora, Roberto Romero, Offer Erez, Eli Maymon, Bogdan Panaitescu, Juan Pedro Kusanovic, Adi L Tarca, Chaur-Dong Hsu, Sonia S Hassan
INTRODUCTION: A bioassay based on the detection of beta-glucan, a constituent of the cell wall of fungi, has been successfully used to diagnose fungal infections in a variety of biological fluids but not yet in the amniotic fluid. OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic performance of a beta-glucan bioassay in the detection of Candida species in the amniotic fluid of women who either did or did not have an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) in place during an episode of spontaneous preterm parturition...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
R-A O'Leary, S Einav, M Leone, K Madách, C Martin, I Martin-Loeches
OBJECTIVE: The global burden of invasive fungal disease is increasing. Candida albicans remains the leading cause of fungal bloodstream infections, although non-albicans candidal infections are emerging. Areas of controversy regarding diagnosis and management are hampering our ability to respond effectively to this evolving threat. The purpose of this narrative review is to address current controversies and provide recommendations to supplement guidelines. DIAGNOSIS OF INVASIVE CANDIDIASIS: Diagnosis of invasive candidiasis requires a combination of diagnostic tests and patient risk factors...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
Noriko Miyamoto, Shinichi Mochizuki, Kazuo Sakurai
A β-1,3-d-glucan called Schizophyllan (SPG) can form a novel complex with homo oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) via the combination of hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interactions. Dectin-1 is a major receptor involved in the recognition of β-1,3-d-glucans and expressed on antigen presenting cells (APCs) including macrophages, dendritic cells, monocytes, neutrophils, and a subset of T cells. Therefore, the SPG/ODN complex can be used as APCs cell-specific delivery of functional ODNs including unmethylated CpG sequences (CpG-ODNs)...
January 2, 2018: Vaccine
Mette S Mikkelsen, Morten G Jensen, Tina S Nielsen
There is an unmet need for appealing and functional barley β-glucan (BG) food matrices that can provide sufficient and active BG doses to consumers. We investigated how molecular mass and oligomer structure important for BG food and health properties affected plasma lipids and gut parameters in hypercholesterolemic rats. Following 3 weeks on a high-cholestrol diet, rats were given a high-cholesterol diet supplemented with either cellulose (control) or purified barley BGs with low (100 or 150 kDa; glucagel or lowBG, respectively) or medium (530 kDa; mediumBG) molecular masses varying in cellotriosyl/cellotetraosyl oligomer ratio for 4 weeks...
November 22, 2017: Food & Function
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