Current Bioactive Compounds

Adriano Mollica
Department of Pharmacy, University ”G. d' Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara
Via dei Vestini 31
Chieti, 66100


The Possible Mechanisms for β-glucans to Prevent Atherosclerotic Lesions

Author(s): Tiphaine Gislette, Kong-Nan Zhao, Wenyi Gu, Jiezhong Chen.


Foods enriched in β-glucans including oat and edible fungi as well as some purified β-glucans have been shown to reduce atherosclerotic lesions. The multiple mechanisms may be involved to affect several aspects of the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis such as phagocytosis of macrophages, NO production, epithelial cell functions and blood levels of cholesterol. Structurally different β-glucans may have different effects in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The study of structure-function relationship may provide an approach for optimizing β-glucans to be used in the prevention of atherosclerosis.

Keywords: Atheroslerosis, β-glucans, macrophages, NO production, LDL-cholesterol, Wound healing, phagocytosis, immune resposnes, fungi, plants.

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Article Details

Year: 2012
Page: [146 - 150]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/157340712801784796
Price: $58