Volume 19 Part 1 Article 133: In vitro Prebiotic Activity of Pleurotus Ostreatus Polysaccharides

Volume 19 Part 1 Article 133
Year 2016
Title: In vitro Prebiotic Activity of Pleurotus Ostreatus Polysaccharides
Author: Esra Türsen, Mustafa Yamaç, Zeki Yıldız

Abstract:
Prebiotics are nondigestible food components or ingredients mainly including oligosaccharides such as fructo-oligosaccharides, gluco-oligosaccharides, and mannan-oligosaccharides which positively influence the host by their selective growth or activation of certain number of bacterial species present in intestines.

Mushrooms have prebiotic activity that are rich in nondigestible dietary fibres belonging to β-Glucan, chitin, mannan, xylan, galactose and hemicellulose etc. They may prevent viral infection by enchaning the growth of probiotic bacteria in the large intestine. β-Glucans, homo-glucans, and hetero- glucans with β(1→3), β(1→4), and β(1→6) glucosidic linkages were thought to be responsible for their bioactivity.

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