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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Biological Roles of β-Glucans in Invertebrates

Pp. 154-172 (19)

Petr Šíma and Vaclav Vetvicka


Our knowledge of β-glucan effects on invertebrate immunity is still limited. However, more attention is being focused due to the ongoing importance of invertebrate farming for agricultural and nutritional exploitation. Aquacultures of shrimp and shellfish represent an important source of human nutrition and unprecedented growth of aquaculture production in the past decade has caused an increased demand in the prevention of infectious diseases among farmed animals. As a result, new ways to improve the resistance and treatment of diseases are being researched.


Invertebrates, glucan, cell wall, cancer, infection, MRM, shrimp, fish, farming, aquaculture, lectins, bacteria, immunity, infection, nutrition, prevention, hemolymph, molecule, defense, evolution.


University of Louisville, Department of Pathology, MDR Bldg, Louisville KY, 40202, USA