North American Journal of Medical Sciences

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 580--588

The effects of β - glucan on fish immunity


Vaclav Vetvicka1, Luca Vannucci2, Petr Sima2 
1 Department of Pathology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
2 Department of Immunology, Institute of Microbiology, Prague, Czech Republic

Correspondence Address:
Vaclav Vetvicka
Department of Pathology, University of Louisville, 511 S. Floyd, Louisville, KY 40202
USA

Administration of glucans through immersion, dietary inclusion or injection has been found to enhance many types of immune responses, resistance to bacterial and viral infections and to environmental stress in many fish species. Although the efficacy of the glucan varies with types and administration, glucan used as an immunomodulatory and mostly immunostimulatory additive has been found satisfactory in eliciting immunity in commercial aquaculture. Development of more efficient administration methods will facilitate the routine and prophylactic use of glucans as natural immunostimulants of fish. Using a PubMed search, this review has an extensive literature on glucan in fish immunity.


How to cite this article:
Vetvicka V, Vannucci L, Sima P. The effects of β - glucan on fish immunity.North Am J Med Sci 2013;5:580-588


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Vetvicka V, Vannucci L, Sima P. The effects of β - glucan on fish immunity. North Am J Med Sci [serial online] 2013 [cited 2022 Jun 25 ];5:580-588
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