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Anticancer and Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Chitin and Chitosan Oligosaccharides

Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tottori University, 4-101 Koyama-minami, Tottori 680-8553, Japan
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J. Funct. Biomater. 2015, 6(1), 33-49; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfb6010033
Received: 4 December 2014 / Accepted: 9 January 2015 / Published: 14 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomedical Applications of Chitin and Chitosan)
Previous reports indicate that N-acetyl-d-glucosamine oligomers (chitin oligosaccharide; NACOS) and d-glucosamine oligomers (chitosan oligosaccharide; COS) have various biological activities, especially against cancer and inflammation. In this review, we have summarized the findings of previous investigations that have focused on anticancer or anti-inflammatory properties of NACOS and COS. Moreover, we have introduced recent evaluation of NACOS and COS as functional foods against cancer and inflammatory disease. View Full-Text
Keywords: oligomers; glucosamine; N-acetyl-d-glucosamine; chitin; chitosan; cancer; anti-inflammatory; inflammatory bowel disease oligomers; glucosamine; N-acetyl-d-glucosamine; chitin; chitosan; cancer; anti-inflammatory; inflammatory bowel disease
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Azuma, K.; Osaki, T.; Minami, S.; Okamoto, Y. Anticancer and Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Chitin and Chitosan Oligosaccharides. J. Funct. Biomater. 2015, 6, 33-49.

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