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Gastroenterology

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Xyloglucan, a Plant Polymer with Barrier Protective Properties over the Mucous Membranes: An Overview

Núria Piqué, María del Carmen Gómez-Guillén and María Pilar Montero

Disruption of the epithelial barrier function has been recently associated with a variety of diseases, mainly at intestinal level, but also affecting the respiratory epithelium and other mucosal barriers. Non-pharmacological approaches such as xyloglucan, with demonstrated protective barrier properties, are proposed as new alternatives for the management of a wide range of diseases, for which mucosal disruption and, particularly, tight junction alterations, is a common characteristic.

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New scientific publication on Mucoprotection and diarrheal processes.

Szajewska H, Kołodziej M, Łukasik J. Drug development and acute gastrointestinal infections. Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2017 Dec 26:1-6

Clarifying the role of intestinal mucus in reducing inflammation and infection has led to the development of ‘mucosal protectors’. These agents form a bioprotective film in the gastrointestinal tract and potentially may prevent microorganisms from crossing the mucus barrier. To date, the most widely studied substances include xyloglucan (Xilaplus®) and gelatin tannate (Tasectan®, Gelenterum®). 2 new clinical studies are about to start to increase the body of evidence of those substances. Szajewska H, Kołodziej M, Łukasik J. Drug development and acute gastrointestinal infections. Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2017 Dec 26:1-6

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2020, Nov 18

EWMA 2020

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