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Publicado: 2024-04-30

Xylans as a promising prebiotic agent: a brief review

Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Federal University of Pernambuco
Xylans, polysaccharides, prebiotics, functional foods.


Xylans are the most abundant hemicelluloses in nature, constituting components of the secondary cell wall of plant cells.They are polysaccharides with versatile properties, which can be used in various industrial sectors.Several biological activities have been identified in different xylans, such as antioxidant, antitumor, antimicrobial, emulsifying, anticoagulant, and immunomodulatory activities. Among these applications of xylans, its use as a prebiotic stands out, composing functional foods. Xylans form non-digestible dietary fibers that serve as a source of energy for beneficial microorganisms, modifying the intestinal microbiome and bringing a general improvement to the health status of those who consume them. The literature reports the use of xylooligosaccharides as promoters of the growth of probiotic microorganisms, such as species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, in addition to treating dysbiosis and reducing intestinal inflammation. Due to their structural diversity, abundance in nature, and a wide range of biological properties, xylans are valuable components that can be used to create various products aimed at enhancing human health


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Oliveira, I. M. de ., Correia Filho, D. J. N. ., Queirós, M. E. de O. ., sa, C. Ávila dos A. ., Miranda, J. F. de O. M. ., Arruda, P. O. F. ., … Cruz Filho, I. J. da. (2024). Xylans as a promising prebiotic agent: a brief review. Scientific Electronic Archives, 17(3).