American Journal of Immunology


Natural products, useful in preventing or even treating diseases, have been sought throughout the history of mankind. One of the most promising molecules fullfilling these aims is Β-glucan. The better use of Β-glucan is slowed by the same problem common to other natural products: in nature, they represent a complex mixture of individual ingredients. Therefore, the evaluation of glucan properties has to focus not only on biochemical characteristics and biological activities, but also on adequate isolation techniques offering us the highly purified molecules. This Special Issue represents a comprehensive review of several topics important for the understanding of Β-glucan biological and biochemical activities. In addition, several less known effects such as role in gene regulation or effects as probiotics are covered.

Guest Editors

Dr. Vaclav VetvickaProfessor, University of Louisville, United States

Research Article

Regulation of Gene Expression by β-Glucans

Pages : 1-10

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2017.1.10

Published On : April 12, 2017

From Hyperthermia to Immunomodulating Polysaccharides

Pages : 11-18

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2017.11.18

Published On : March 30, 2017

β-Glucans and Probiotics

Pages : 34-44

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2017.34.44

Published On : April 12, 2017

Glucans and the Poultry Immune System

Pages : 45-49

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2017.45.49

Published On : April 12, 2017

Lentinan Properties in Anticancer Therapy: A Review on the Last 12-Year Literature

Pages : 50-61

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2017.50.61

Published On : April 12, 2017

Review Article

Promising Effects of Beta-Glucans on Metabolism and on the Immune Responses: Review Article

Pages : 62-72

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2017.62.72

Published On : March 29, 2017

β-Glucan in Allergies

Pages : 73-80

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2017.73.80

Published On : March 30, 2017

Glucan Supplementation Regulates Secretory Immunity and Stress

Pages : 81-85

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2017.81.85

Published On : March 30, 2017