Selected physiological activities and health promoting properties of cereal beta-glucans. A review

Dominika Suchecka , Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska , Ewa Żyła , Joanna Harasym , Michał Oczkowski


Cereal beta-glucans are linear homoglucose polymers found in endosperm and sub-aleurone layer of grain, consisting mostly of water-soluble fraction and exerting different specific biological activities. In this review beneficial effects of oat and barley purified beta-glucans on immunity, gastrointestinal tract health and inflammatory diseases treatment in animals are presented. Oat and barley beta-glucans interact with innate immune system cells and affect pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines production leading to alleviation of inflammation. Few recent in vitro and in vivo studies showed also a prebiotic effect of cereal beta-glucans due to fermentation of these polysaccharides by beneficial gut microbiota. Barley and oat beta-glucans stimulate growth of Lactobacilli and positively affect large intestine content of short-chain fatty acids, faecal water content, pH value and decrease ammonia level in animals. Studies on farm animals, especially pigs, show that cereal beta-glucans can beneficially affect gastrointestinal tract functions and immunity of animals mainly due to their prebiotic activity and interactions with immune cell system. Beta-glucans tend to reduce body weight gain and may help to prevent obesity. The health-promoting properties of barley and oat beta-glucans should be taken into account when formulating diets for farm and companion animals
Author Dominika Suchecka - Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW)
Dominika Suchecka,,
, Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska - Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW)
Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska,,
, Ewa Żyła - Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW)
Ewa Żyła,,
, Joanna Harasym (EaE / IChaFT / DBaFA)
Joanna Harasym,,
- Department of Biotechnology and Food Analysis
, Michał Oczkowski - Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW)
Michał Oczkowski,,
Journal seriesJournal of Animal and Feed Sciences, ISSN 1230-1388, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishcereal beta-glucans, prebiotic effects, receptors, immune response, animal nutrition
ASJC Classification1103 Animal Science and Zoology; 1106 Food Science
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)20
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Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 3; WoS Citations = 3; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.834; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.9 (2) - 2017=0.857 (5)
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