, Volume 23, Issue 17, pp 1361-1366

Extracellular Tremella polysaccharides: structure, properties and applications

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Abstract

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.