(1-->3)-beta-D-glucan may contribute to pollen sensitivity.

Author

Rylander R, Fogelmark B, McWilliam A, Currie A

Date

3/1999

Journal

Clin Exp Immunol

Abstract

The amount of (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan in pollen from different plants was evaluated using the Limulus assay with a specific lysate. The amount ranged from 79 to 1800 ng/10(6) pollen. A calculation of the inhaled dose suggests that the amount of (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan present during periods with a high pollen content in the air exceeds levels that cause airways inflammation.