Some Novel Pharmacological Properties of Lentinan
Lentinan (LTN), a natural polysaccharide isolated from the mushroom Lentinus edodes, is known to have a number of biological activities. Lentinan augments the host resistance to bacterial and viral infections and shows an antitumor activity (Suga et al. 1986). No exact mechanism of its activity is known, it is, however, suspected that the compound augments the reactivity of immunocompetent cells to major lymphokines and possibly also to some hormones and neurotransmitters. Lentinan has been reported also to increase markedly the synthesis of several protein components (Suga et al. 1986).
KeywordsToxicity Lactate Polysaccharide Alanine Cyclophosphamide
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