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Inulin (Code C61506)

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Preferred Name: Inulin

Definition: A naturally occurring, indigestible and non-absorbable oligosaccharide produced by certain plants with prebiotic and potential anticancer activity. Inulin stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon, including Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, thereby modulating the composition of microflora. This creates an environment that protects against pathogens, toxins and carcinogens, which can cause inflammation and cancer. In addition, fermentation of inulin leads to an increase in short-chain fatty acids and lactic acid production, thereby reducing colonic pH, which may further control pathogenic bacteria growth and may contribute to inulin's cancer protective properties.

CRCH Definition: Class of oligosaccharides produced by plants that are polymers mainly comprised of fructose (generally 2 to 140) units usually with a glucose end. These units are joined by beta-(2-1) glycosidic links.

Label: Inulin

NCI Thesaurus Code: C61506 (Search for linked caDSR metadata)  (search value sets)

NCI Metathesaurus Link: C0021936  (see NCI Metathesaurus info)

Synonyms & Abbreviations: (see Synonym Details)

External Source Codes: 
CAS Registry Number 9005-80-5 (see NLM ChemIDplus info)
ChEBI ID CHEBI:15443 (see ChEBI info)
PDQ Closed Trial Search ID 486745
PDQ Open Trial Search ID 486745 (check for NCI PDQ open clinical trial info)
UMLS CUI C0021936

Other Properties:
     Name Value (qualifiers indented underneath)
Chemical_Formula C18H32O16(C6H10O5)n
code C61506
Contributing_Source CRCH
Contributing_Source FDA
Legacy_Concept_Name Inulin
Semantic_Type Organic Chemical
Semantic_Type Pharmacologic Substance

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Defined Fully by Roles: No  


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