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A review on the preparation of chitosan oligosaccharides and application to human health, animal husbandry and agricultural production

  • Yuan, Xubing
  • Zheng, Junping
  • Jiao, Siming
  • Cheng, Gong
  • Feng, Cui
  • Du, Yuguang
  • Liu, Hongtao
Publication Date
Sep 15, 2019
Institutional Repository of Institute of Process Engineering, CAS (IPE-IR)
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<p>Chitosan oligosaccharides (COS) are the degraded products of chitin or chitosan prepared by chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis. As compared to chitosan, COS not only exhibit some specific physicochemical properties such as excellent water solubility, biodegradability and biocompatibility, but also have a variety of functionally biological activities including anti-inflammation, anti-bacteria, immunomodulation, neuroprotection and so on. This review aims to summarize the preparation and structural characterization methods of COS, and will discuss the application of COS or their derivatives to human health, animal husbandry and agricultural production. COS have been demonstrated to prevent the occurrence of human health-related diseases, enhance the resistance to diseases of livestock and poultry, and improve the growth and quality of crops in plant cultivation. Overall, COS have presented a broad developmental potential and application prospect in the healthy field that deserves further exploration.</p>

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