Influence of yeast-derived 1,3/1,6 glucopolysaccharide on circulating cytokines and chemokines with respect to upper respiratory tract infections

The Dove Clinic, Winchester, United Kingdom.
Nutrition (Impact Factor: 2.93). 03/2012; 28(6):665-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2011.11.012
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Wellmune WGP is a food supplement containing a refined 1,3/1,6 glucopolysaccharide that improves the antimicrobial activity of the innate immune cells by the priming of lectin sites. This study aimed to investigate whether Wellmune decreases the frequency and severity of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) symptoms over 90 d during the peak URTI season in healthy university students. The secondary aims included an assessment of plasma cytokine and chemokine levels.
This was a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial lasting 90 d. One hundred healthy individuals (18-65 y old, mean age ~21 y) were randomized to 250 mg of Wellmune once daily or to an identical rice flour-based placebo. Health was recorded daily and two or more reported URTI symptoms for 2 consecutive days triggered a medical assessment and blood collection within 24 h. The URTI symptom severity was monitored. Plasma cytokines and chemokines were measured at day 0, day 90, and during the confirmed URTI.
Ninety-seven participants completed the trial (Wellmune, n = 48; placebo, n = 49). The Wellmune tended to decrease the total number of days with URTI symptoms (198 d, 4.6%, versus 241 d, 5.5% in the control group, P = 0.06). The ability to "breathe easily" was significantly improved in the Wellmune group; the other severity scores showed no significant difference. Cytokines and chemokines were not different between the groups at study entry or day 90, but monocyte chemotactic protein-1 was lower in the Wellmune group during the URTI.
Wellmune may decrease the duration and severity of URTI. Larger studies are needed to demonstrate this.

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    • "Even though there was no statistically significant difference in the total number of days with reported URTIs (β-glucans 198 days in 4.6%, versus 241 days in 5.5% in the control group, p = 0.06), the symptoms tended to be lesser in the β-glucan group. Of all assessed symptoms, only the item “ability to breathe easily” was significantly better in the β-glucan group than in the placebo group [47]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Beta-glucans are a heterogeneous group of natural polysaccharides mostly investigated for their immunological effects. Due to the low systemic availability of oral preparations, it has been thought that only parenterally applied beta-glucans can modulate the immune system. However, several in vivo and in vitro investigations have revealed that orally applied beta-glucans also exert such effects. Various receptor interactions, explaining possible mode of actions, have been detected. The effects mainly depend on the source and structure of the beta-glucans. In the meantime, several human clinical trials with dietary insoluble yeast beta-glucans have been performed. The results confirm the previous findings of in vivo studies. The results of all studies taken together clearly indicate that oral intake of insoluble yeast beta-glucans is safe and has an immune strengthening effect.
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    • "A proprietary insoluble yeast beta-glucan supplementation reduced the symptoms associated with upper respiratory tract infections but not the incidence in marathon runners [19]. Likewise, the same preparation did not impact the incidence of common cold in healthy subjects in two independent studies [20, 21]. Even though the number of infections was not different, none of the subjects supplemented with beta-glucan missed school or work due to colds as opposed to placebo in the study conducted by Feldman et al. [21]. "
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    • "Talbott and Talbott (2009) conducted a study in marathon runners treated with insoluble yeast β-glucan and observed a significant reduction in the incidences of upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in the active group[17]. In a recent clinical trial, treatment with yeast β-glucan decreased the total number of days with URTI symptoms[18]. Another study evaluated the efficacy of a topical medical device, based on colloidal silver and carbossimetyl β-glucan, in a group of 100 children with viral rhinitis. Treatment with topical β-glucan resulted in a significant improvement of the global symptomatic score compared to children treated with a saline solution[19]. "
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