Biologically active polysaccharides in medicinal plants

Yves S.Y. Hsieh, Shih Fen Liao, Wen Bin Yang

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Biologically active polysaccharides from medicinal plants have been studied for many years. In addition to immuno-modulating effects, human clinical studies have shown that some polysaccharides have certain benefits for human health. Most studies have focused on the side chains of pectic rhamnogalacturonan I (RG-I), particularly the Type II arabinogalactans, which have been isolated and shown to have anti-complementary and other immuno-activities. These studies have provided valuable information about how carbohydrate moieties induce certain biological events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-233
Number of pages17
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Forestry Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cell wall polysaccharides
  • Glucomannans
  • Heteroxylans
  • Medicinal plant
  • Pectins
  • Rhamnogalacturonan i
  • Xyloglucans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science


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