Bioactive Glucans from Edible Mushrooms: A Review

Kaushik Ghosh1 and Soumitra Mondal2,*

1Department of Chemistry, Ghatal Rabindra Satabarsiki Mahavidyalaya, Ghatal, Paschim Medinipur-721212, India

2Department of Chemistry, Panskura Banamali College, Panskura, Purba Medinipur-721152, India

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Health promoting glucans are natural polysaccharides obtained from fungi, yeast, bacteria and plants. The glucans showed different pharmacological activities like immunomodulatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antitumor/cancer effects. A high level of biological activity was found in glucans, especially β-(13)-D-glucans, β-(16)-D-glucans and β-(13), (16)-D-glucans from some edible mushrooms and branched glucans having large molecular weights can also activate immune cells. The (1→3)-β-glucans are attractive materials not only in biotechnology but also in nanotechnology due to its strong helix-forming character. This review summarized the available knowledge of the structure of glucans, along with biological activities from different mushrooms.


Glucans, Polysaccharides, Mushrooms, Bioactive.

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