Biology and Chemistry of Beta Glucan Volume Title: Beta-Glucan, Structure, Chemistry and Specific Application

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β-Glucan is generally considered to be a very safe immunomodulator. It is a well-known biological response modifier (BRM) that has been used as an adjuvant therapy for cancer since 1980, mostly in ...
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Human Exposures to β-Glucan in the Environment

Pp. 131-153 (23)

Ragnar Rylander

Abstract

Environmental exposure to β-glucan is ubiquitous. A review of different cellular reactions induced by β-glucan demonstrates a complex pattern of inflammatory reactions depending upon the molecular structure, the dose, and the duration of exposure. Epidemiological data suggest that airways inflammation, atopy, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and sarcoidosis are related to β-glucan exposure although causality cannot be ascertained. Treatment and health promotion benefits by β-glucan are less clear cut.

Keywords:

Glucan, environment, allergy, dust, yeast, lung, endotoxin, LPS, environment, spores, exposure, airborne, mannan, Limulus, inhalation, airways, antibody, asthma, sarcoidosis, IL-6.

Affiliation:

jörkåsvägen 21, 433 91 Lerum, Sweden