Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 23, Issue 17, pp 1361–1366 | Cite as

Extracellular Tremella polysaccharides: structure, properties and applications



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.

glucuronoxylomannan hypoglycemic immuno-modulatory Tremella aurantia Tremella fuciformis Tremella mesenterica yeast polysaccharides 


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

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