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Extraction, Structural Characterization, and Biological Functions of Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides: A Review

by Xiaojing Tian 1,2,†, Tisong Liang 1,2,†, Yuanlin Liu 1,2, Gongtao Ding 1, Fumei Zhang 1,2 and Zhongren Ma 1,2,*
1
China-Malaysia National Joint Laboratory, Biomedical Research Center, Northwest Minzu University, Lanzhou 730124, China
2
College of Life Science and Engineering, Northwest Minzu University, Lanzhou 730124, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Biomolecules 2019, 9(9), 389; https://doi.org/10.3390/biom9090389
Received: 30 July 2019 / Revised: 18 August 2019 / Accepted: 19 August 2019 / Published: 21 August 2019
Lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBPs), as bioactive compounds extracted from L. barbarum L. fruit, have been widely explored for their potential health properties. The extraction and structural characterization methods of LBPs were reviewed to accurately understand the extraction method and structural and biological functions of LBPs. An overview of the biological functions of LBPs, such as antioxidant function, antitumor activity, neuroprotective effects, immune regulating function, and other functions, were summarized. This review provides an overview of LBPs and a theoretical basis for further studying and extending the applications of LBPs in the fields of medicine and food. View Full-Text
Keywords: Lycium barbarum polysaccharides; structural characterization; antitumor activity; antioxidant activity; immune regulation Lycium barbarum polysaccharides; structural characterization; antitumor activity; antioxidant activity; immune regulation
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Tian, X.; Liang, T.; Liu, Y.; Ding, G.; Zhang, F.; Ma, Z. Extraction, Structural Characterization, and Biological Functions of Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides: A Review. Biomolecules 2019, 9, 389.

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