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J Prev Med Public Health. 2014 Mar;47(2):124-128. English. Brief Communication.
Hwang SH , Yoon CS , Park JB .
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
Institute of Health and Environment, Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the monthly variation in the airborne (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan level throughout one year and its relationship with climatic factors (temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, hours of daylight, cloud cover, and pollen counts). METHODS: A total of 106 samples were collected using a two-stage cyclone sampler at five outdoor sampling locations (on top of 5 university buildings). The kinetic limulus amebocyte lysate assay was used to obtain (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan levels. RESULTS: Airborne (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan levels were significantly higher in the spring, particularly in April, and temperature was significantly related to (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan levels (r =0.339, p<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan levels may be highest in the spring, and outdoor temperature may influence (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan levels.

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