A review of isolation process, structural characteristics, and bioactivities of water-soluble polysaccharides from Dendrobium plants

Xing, X.-H., Cui, S.W., Nie, S-P., Phillips, G.O., Goff, H.D., and Wang, Q. (2013). "A review of isolation process, structural characteristics, and bioactivities of water-soluble polysaccharides from Dendrobium plants", Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fibre, 1(2), pp. 131-147. doi : 10.1016/j.bcdf.2013.04.001  Access to full text

Abstract

Dendrobium officinale and many other Dendrobium plants have been used as herbal medicines and nutraceutical products since ancient time in China. The past three decades witnessed increasing investigation of the polysaccharides isolated from Dendrobium herbs. Bioactivities, such as immuno-modulatory, anti-tumor, anti-diabetic, and antioxidant properties, have been found for Dendrobiumpolysaccharides. A diversity of structures has been proposed for several polysaccharides isolated from various Dendrobium varieties. This paper reviews the isolation methods, structural elucidation, and bioactivity of Dendrobium polysaccharides.

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