Special Issue "Recent Advances in Drug Discovery Based on β-Glucans"

A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247). This special issue belongs to the section "Biopharmaceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2023 | Viewed by 114

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Diego Morales
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Guest Editor
Nutrigenomics Research Group, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
Interests: bioactive compound extraction; metabolic syndrome; bioactive polysaccharides; phenolic compounds; biological rhythms; mushrooms
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

β-glucans constitute a highly diverse group of polysaccharides composed of β-linked glucose monomers that can be mainly found in plants, fungi, bacteria, and seaweed cell walls. In addition to the different nature of the sources, their particular structure is varied depending on the specific linkages (β 1,3, β 1,4, β 1,6), the branching and polymerization degree, the molecular weight, etc. In recent decades, interest in these molecules has noticeably increased because of their relevant biological activities that have led to a plethora of studies to develop novel drugs and food supplements based on β-glucans. Among these bioactivities, hypocholesterolemic ability has been described by reducing cholesterol intestinal absorption, scavenging bile acids, or stimulating microbiota short-fatty acid production. Moreover, a potent immune-modulatory action has been observed for β-glucans, being associated in many cases with anti-inflammatory and antitumoral activities. In addition, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, and wound-healing effects have been reported. In this sense, pharmaceutical approaches have been carried out exploring the effectiveness of β-glucans considering administration routes, side effects, mechanisms of actions, etc. The versatility of these polysaccharides places them not only as active ingredients but also as biodegradable carriers for other bioactive compounds targeting controlled release and bioavailability enhancement. The aim of this Special Issue is to investigate the latest findings and insights related to β-glucans-based drugs and supplements and to elucidate future perspectives.

Dr. Diego Morales
Guest Editor

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  • β-glucans
  • hypocholesterolemic
  • hypolipidemic
  • immune system
  • cancer
  • novel drugs
  • bioavailability
  • nutraceuticals
  • inflammation
  • microbiota

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