Fungi as Sources of Polysaccharides for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications

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Abstract

Biodegradable and biocompatible polysaccharides of fungal origin, such as cell wall polysaccharides (e.g., chitin, chitosan, glucans, mannans) and extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) (e.g., pullulan, scleroglucan), have been widely studied and proposed for a wide range of applications. Due to their properties, such polysaccharides have attracted increasing interest for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications, including in immunology and drug delivery systems. Many polysaccharides of fungal origin are currently being investigated for such uses in in-vitro and in-vivo clinical trials. Moreover, there are already several commercial fungal polysaccharides available, although most of them are marketed as natural products and their clinical use is still not widespread.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Polymers for Pharmaceutical Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationBiodegradable Polymers
PublisherWiley
Pages61-103
Number of pages43
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic)978-111904145-0
ISBN (Print)978-111904142-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2015

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Keywords

  • Chitin
  • Chitosan
  • Fungi
  • Glucans
  • Mannans
  • Polysaccharides
  • Yeast

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Freitas, F., Roca, C., & Reis, M. A. M. (2015). Fungi as Sources of Polysaccharides for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications. In Handbook of Polymers for Pharmaceutical Technologies: Biodegradable Polymers (Vol. 3, pp. 61-103). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119041450.ch3
Freitas, Filomena ; Roca, Christophe ; Reis, Maria A.M. / Fungi as Sources of Polysaccharides for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications. Handbook of Polymers for Pharmaceutical Technologies: Biodegradable Polymers. Vol. 3 Wiley, 2015. pp. 61-103
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Freitas, F, Roca, C & Reis, MAM 2015, Fungi as Sources of Polysaccharides for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications. in Handbook of Polymers for Pharmaceutical Technologies: Biodegradable Polymers. vol. 3, Wiley, pp. 61-103. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119041450.ch3

Fungi as Sources of Polysaccharides for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications. / Freitas, Filomena; Roca, Christophe; Reis, Maria A.M.

Handbook of Polymers for Pharmaceutical Technologies: Biodegradable Polymers. Vol. 3 Wiley, 2015. p. 61-103.

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Freitas F, Roca C, Reis MAM. Fungi as Sources of Polysaccharides for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications. In Handbook of Polymers for Pharmaceutical Technologies: Biodegradable Polymers. Vol. 3. Wiley. 2015. p. 61-103 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119041450.ch3