Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 23, Issue 17, pp 1361–1366

Extracellular Tremella polysaccharides: structure, properties and applications


DOI: 10.1023/A:1011645724220

Cite this article as:
De Baets, S. & Vandamme, E. Biotechnology Letters (2001) 23: 1361. doi:10.1023/A:1011645724220


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.

glucuronoxylomannanhypoglycemicimmuno-modulatoryTremella aurantiaTremella fuciformisTremella mesentericayeast polysaccharides

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Biocatalysis, Department of Biochemical and Microbial TechnologyGhent UniversityGentBelgium