Yeast glucan as normally prepared by various treatments of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) cell walls to remove mannan and glycogen is still heterogeneous. The major component (about 85%) is a branched β-(1→3)-glucan of high molecular weight (about 240000) containing 3% of β-(1→6)-glucosidic interchain linkages. The minor component is a branched β-(1→6)-glucan. A comparison of our results with those of other workers suggests that different glucan preparations may differ in the degree of heterogeneity and that the major β-(1→3)-glucan component may vary considerably in degree of branching.

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