Extracellular Tremella polysaccharides: structure, properties and applications
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- De Baets, S. & Vandamme, E. Biotechnology Letters (2001) 23: 1361. doi:10.1023/A:1011645724220
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Tremella sp. is a yeast-like fungus from which polysaccharides can be isolated from either the yeast or the fungus phase, depending on the species. All of the polymers synthesized by these organisms consist of a mannan backbone to which small xylose side chains and glucuronic acid are attached. The main interest in these glucuronoxylomannans is their application in medicine to enhance the immune system.