Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by sustained hyperglycemia. The primary causes of the disease are insulin secretion deficiency resulting from pancreatic β-cell impairment and hyposensitivity to insulin (Tfayli et al., 2009; Talchai et al., 2012). Diabetes may lead to systemic complications and premature death (Long and Dagogo-Jack, 2011). The number of diabetes cases worldwide has risen steadily in recent decades. Most hypoglycemic agents have undesirable side effects such as inducing hypoglycemia, weight gain, and dementia (Harsch et al., 2018). To find safe and novel hypoglycemic materials is becoming more important.

Mushroom polysaccharides have been studied extensively in the fields of biological chemistry and medicine. Studies during recent decades have revealed beneficial biological effects of various mushroom polysaccharides, including immunomodulatory, antitumor, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, and anti-radiation effects (Yuan et al., 1998; Hwang et al., 2005; Zhang et al., 2006; Sun et al., 2008; Bin, 2010; Zhang et al., 2011; Xiao et al., 2012; Li et al., 2019; Guo et al., 2020a; Guo et al., 2020b). These polysaccharides are generally nontoxic and do not have significant side effects when ingested.

The biological functions of mushroom polysaccharides are based on their structures. The structural characterization of polysaccharides, including molecular weight, monosaccharide composition, glycosidic bond configuration, and functional groups, is very important (Moradali et al., 2007). The immunomodulatory and antitumor effects of lentinan (from Lentinula edodes) are based on its main chain consisting of β-(1→3)-D-glucan (Meng et al., 2016). Grifola frondosa polysaccharide (composed of glucose, mannose, galactose, arabinose, xylose, and fucose) also displays antitumor activity by activating macrophages and T cells (He et al., 2017). Li et al. (2019) chelated chromium ions and Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide (GLP) into the Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide chromium (III) [GLP-Cr(III)] complex, which had better hypoglycemic effects than GLP. The primary sites of chromium (III) binding in GLP were O-H groups and C-O groups. For the hypoglycemic activity of mushroom polysaccharides, there is little investigation into the relationships between the structure and function. Analyzing the relationship between the function and structure is helpful to improve the application of mushroom polysaccharides in hypoglycemia.

Hohenbuehelia serotina is considered as one of the most delicious edible mushrooms. Investigations about the effects of H. serotina polysaccharides (HSPs) on antioxidant and anti-radiation activities have been going on, and some primary structures of HSPs with antioxidant activity were explored (Li et al., 2013; Li et al., 2017). However, there has been no detailed structural analysis of purified HSPs with hypoglycemic effects especially.

Here, we characterized one purified water-soluble neutral HSP (NHSP) by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), HPAEC-PAD, FT-IR, NMR (1H and HSQC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses and investigated the hypoglycemic effect of NHSP in a type 2 diabetic mouse model.

Materials and Methods


Dry H. serotina fruiting bodies were obtained from a mushroom farm in Jilin Province, China. D301 and D152 ion exchange resins were from Anhui Wandong Resin Technology Co. DEAE-Cellulose Fast Flow, bovine serum albumin (BSA), and streptozotocin (STZ) were from Sigma-Aldrich Co. PL pullulan polysaccharide standards (peak average MW 783, 12,200, 100,000, and 1,600,000) were from Polymer Laboratories. L-arabinose, D-glucose, D-galactose, D-mannose, D-xylose, glucuronic acid, and galacturonic acid were from Dionex. Metformin hydrochloride (MET) was from Beijing Coway Pharm Co. The glucose-reagent kit was from Beijing Yicheng Biological Electronic Technology Co. All other reagents were of analytical grade, from Sinopharm Chemical Reagent Co.

Isolation and Purification of Neutral Polysaccharides

Dry H. serotina fruiting bodies were ground to powder (40–60 meshes), extracted with boiling water (sample/water = 1:12 w/v) for 3 h, and centrifuged at 10,000 × g (15 min, 20°C) (Radzki et al., 2016). The supernatant was precipitated with three volumes of ethanol and stored overnight at room temperature. The precipitate, crude polysaccharides, was collected by centrifugation at 8,000 rpm for 15 min and dissolved in deionized water. Proteins in the crude polysaccharides were removed with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and butyl alcohol. After centrifugation at 8,000 rpm for 20 min, the supernatant was dialyzed (MWCO 3,500 Da) exhaustively with deionized water for 48 h. The retained portion was a crude HSP solution without proteins.

The crude HSP solution was subjected to a D301 anion exchange resin column and D152 cation exchange resin column in series and eluted with deionized water. The unabsorbed fraction (DD) was subjected to a DEAE-Cellulose Fast Flow column and eluted stepwise in 0 mol/L and 0.5 mol/L NaCl solutions. Most of the DD was not absorbed in the DEAE-Cellulose column. This unbound fraction was collected and named DC. The DC was dialyzed with water and then precipitated with ethanol. The precipitate was lyophilized to obtain the polysaccharides termed NHSP (Figure 1).

FIGURE 1. Purification scheme of Hohenbuehelia serotina polysaccharides.

Carbohydrate and Protein Content

The total carbohydrate content of NHSP was determined by the phenol–sulfuric acid method using D-glucose as the standard (Dubois et al., 1956). The protein content of NHSP was measured using the Bradford method using bovine serum albumin as the standard (Bradford, 1976).

Monosaccharide Component Analysis

The monosaccharide composition of NHSP was analyzed by high-performance anion exchange chromatography (HPAEC) coupled with a pulsed amperometric detector (PAD). Neutral sugars and uronic acids were released by hydrolysis with 10% H2SO4 for 2.5 h at 105°C. The NHSP was then diluted 50-fold, filtered, and injected into an HPAEC system (Dionex ISC 3000; United States) with an amperometric detector, AS50 autosampler, CarbopacTMPA-20 column (4 × 250 mm; Dionex), and guard PA-20 column (3 × 30 mm). Neutral sugars and uronic acids were separated in isocratic 5 mM NaOH (carbonate free and purged with nitrogen) for 20 min and then subjected to a NaAc gradient (0–75 mM) in 5 mM NaOH for 15 min. The columns were washed with 200 mM NaOH for 10 min to remove carbonate and eluted for 5 min with 5 mM NaOH for re-equilibration before the next injection. The total analysis time was 50 min and the flow rate was 0.4 ml/min (Bian et al., 2012). Calibration was performed using standard solutions of L-arabinose, D-xylose, D-glucose, D-mannose, D-galactose, glucuronic acid, and galacturonic acid.

Molecular Weight Determination

The molecular weight of NHSP was determined by GPC on an Agilent 1200 HPLC system equipped with a PL aqua gel-OH 50 column (7.7 × 300 mm) and differential refractive index detector (Polymer Laboratories). NHSP (5.0 mg) was dissolved in 1.0 ml buffer (0.2 mol/L Na3PO4, 0.02 mol/L NaCl, pH 7.5) and filtered through a membrane (0.22 μm). NHSP solution of 20 μL (0.1 mg NHSP) was injected in each run and eluted with buffer at a flow rate of 0.5 ml/min at 30°C. The molecular weight was calculated using a calibration equation obtained from PL pullulan polysaccharide standards.

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Analysis

FT-IR spectra were recorded using an FT-IR microscope (model iN10, Thermo Nicolet Corp.; Madison, WI), equipped with a liquid nitrogen-cooled MCT detector, in the range 700–4,000 cm−1. A dried NHSP sample (2 mg) was mixed with 200 mg KBr, ground to a diameter of 2 μm using a ball mill, then pressed in a micro compression cell made of diamond. The pressed sample was placed on the FT-IR microscope stage and analyzed with pressed KBr as the blank control.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Measurements

Solution-state 1H-NMR and heteronuclear single quantum correlation (HSQC) spectra of the NHSP sample were recorded using a 400-MHz spectrometer (model AV-III, Bruker; Germany) at 25°C. For 1H-NMR measurements, a 15-mg NHSP sample was placed in a 5-mm NMR tube and dissolved in 1.0 ml D2O, and observed chemical shifts were calibrated relative to the signal of D2O at 4.7 ppm (Peng et al., 2010). HSQC spectra were acquired in a gradient-enhanced (GE) experiment mode, using a 20-mg NHSP sample dissolved in 1.0 ml D2O. Spectral widths were 1800 Hz for the 1H dimension and 10,000 Hz for the 13C dimension. The delay between transients was 2.6 s, and the delay for polarization transfer was set to correspond to the estimated average 1H-13C coupling constant of 150 Hz. Data were processed using the Bruker Topspin-NMR software program (Peng et al., 2010; Li et al., 2011).

Thermogravimetric Analysis

TGA and DTG were conducted with a simultaneous thermal analyzer (STA449F3, Netzsch, Germany). Approximately 8 mg of NHSP powder was placed in a platinum crucible. Nitrogen as the purge gas was used at a flow rate of 50 ml/min. The heating rate was 10°C/min in the temperature range of 30–800°C (Rozi et al., 2019). Data were analyzed by the use of Origin

Scanning Electron Microscopy Analysis

The dried NHSP sample was sputter-coated with gold using a sputter-coater (IB-3, EiKo, Japan) before observation. The shape and surface characteristics of the NHSP were collected at an accelerating voltage of 10.0 kV with magnifications of ×100, ×500, ×1,000, and ×2000 using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) (S-3400N, Hitachi, Japan) under high vacuum conditions (Cui et al., 2019).

Hypoglycemic Effects in Type 2 Diabetic Mice

Male BALB/c mice (age 6 weeks, weight 18–20 g) from Beijing HFK Bioscience Co. (SCKK 2014-0004) were acclimatized for a week before experiments. The mice were maintained under controlled conditions: temperature 25 ± 2°C, humidity 50 ± 5%, and 12 h light/12 h dark cycle.

The mice in the control group were fed a standard diet (Beijing Keaoxieli Feed Co.), and referred to be group NC. Mice in the diabetic model group were fed a high sugar/high fat diet (59% standard feed, 20% sucrose, 15% lard, 5% cholesterol, and 1% cholate) (Beijing HFK Bioscience) for 4 weeks, and then the mice were intraperitoneally injected with freshly prepared 1% STZ (40 mg/kg) in citrate buffer (pH 4.3) for 5 days (Liu et al., 2018). After 24 h of the last injection, the fasting blood glucose (FBG) was measured and stable for a week. Mice with FBG ≥11.0 mmol/L were considered a successful type 2 diabetic mice model (Wu et al., 2017).

All the mice, normal mice and type 2 diabetic mice, were divided into six groups (each n = 5) as follows:

Group NC: normal, normal saline (10 ml/kg, i.g., for 3 weeks).

Group MC: model, normal saline (10 ml/kg, i.g., for 3 weeks).

Group MET: model, positive, metformin (40 mg/kg, i.g., for 3 weeks).

Group NHSP (100): model, NHSP (100 mg/kg, i.g., for 3 weeks).

Group NHSP (200): model, NHSP (200 mg/kg, i.g., for 3 weeks).

Group NHSP (400): model, NHSP (400 mg/kg, i.g., for 3 weeks).

During feeding, FBG and body weight were recorded for all groups on days 0, 7, 14, and 21. At the end of the experiment, all mice were anesthetized by i.p., injection of 3% sodium pentobarbital (50 mg/kg) and then killed, and the liver, kidneys, spleen, and pancreas were removed and weighed. For each of these visceral organs, an index (mg/g) was calculated as the weight of the organ (mg) divided by the body weight (g) (Guo et al., 2013). All experiments were previously approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee of China Agricultural University (No. CAU20180420-5) and were carried out in accordance with the international standards and the ethical guidelines on animal welfare.

Statistical Analysis

All data were analyzed using SPSS (20.0) by one-way ANOVA, and p < 0.05 was regarded as a significant difference. All results are presented as the means ± S.E.


Isolation and Purification of Neutral Polysaccharides

Crude H. serotina polysaccharides (CHSPs) (30.62 g) were obtained from 3,000 g of dried H. serotina fruiting bodies by hot water extraction, with a yield of 7.02%. CHSP were subjected to deproteinization, dialysis, and D301/D152 resin ion-exchange chromatography, and the unabsorbed fraction DD was further subjected to DEAE-cellulose column chromatography. The unbound fraction DC eluted with water from the DEAE-cellulose column was collected. The fraction DC was further subjected to dialysis and lyophilization, resulting in the respective production of NHSP (white powder, 20.02 g). NHSP had high total saccharide content (97.63%) and low protein content (1.98%).

Molecular Weights and Monosaccharide Components

The MWs of NHSP were determined by GPC. According to the calibration curve with standard pullulan, the weight-average molecular weight (MW) and the number-average molecular weight (Mn) of NHSP were 1,821 and 820.55 kDa, respectively. The polydispersity index (PDI) (MW/Mn) of NHSP was 2.21, which indicated that NHSP had high homogeneity.

According to the HPAEC-PAD analysis, NHSP were composed of glucose, galactose, and mannose in the molar ratio of 2.6: 2.1: 1.0 (Table 1). This indicated that NHSP were heteropolysaccharides, and glucose might be the major unit of the main backbone of NHSP for its highest content.

TABLE 1. Monosaccharide compositions of NHSP.

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Analysis

The FT-IR spectrum was used to identify the NHSP based on their functional groups (Figure 2). The wide and strong peaks at 3,300–3,500 cm−1 and a sharp peak at 2,921 cm−1 were derived from O-H stretching and C-H stretching vibrations, respectively. The bands at 1,642 and 1,423 cm−1 were attributed to the anti-symmetric and symmetric stretching vibrations of the C=O in the carboxyl group. Specific peaks at 1,362 cm−1 result from an O-H variable angle vibration. The band at 1,251 cm−1 resulted from the C-H variable angle vibration (Zhang et al., 2014). The band at 1,151 cm−1 reflects C-O-C stretching vibration. Strong absorption peaks at 1,073 cm−1 are due to the presence of the pyranose form of a glucosyl residue (Wu et al., 2017). The absorption peaks at 890 cm−1 and 798 cm−1 indicate the co-existence of α- and β-glycosidic bonds, especially carbohydrate C1-H deformation and ring-stretching frequency are characteristics of dominant β-glycosidic linkages between sugar units (Bao et al., 2013). Glucose and mannose are dominant in NHSP, and glucose is the backbone unit which is consistent with the composition of monosaccharides in NHSP (Liu et al., 2020; Yang et al., 2020).

FIGURE 2. FT-IR spectra of NHSP.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Measurements

1-D NMR spectra (1H) and 2-D NMR spectra (HSQC) of NHSP were obtained to further clarify structural features. In the 1H NMR spectrum of NHSP (Figure 3A), there were 16 anomeric hydrogen signals at δ 4.3–5.9. The anomeric proton signals at 3.49–4.10 ppm suggested that the configuration of NHSP was β-glucan in abundance. The signals at 4.20, 4.48, 4.49, 4.7, and 4.96 ppm indicate the presence of a large number of β-anomeric configuration residues, consistent with the presence of the 890 cm−1 peak on the FT-IR spectra. The weak signals at δ 5.01, δ 5.07, δ 5.14, and 5.34 were attributed to the anomeric α-pyranose configuration (Li et al., 2020; Liu et al., 2020; Yang et al., 2020).

FIGURE 3. 1H NMR spectra (A) (in D2O) and HSQC spectra (B) of NHSP.

In the HSQC spectrum of NHSP (Figure 3B), six cross-peaks of 5.12/98.5, 3.51/73.0, 3.62/73, 3.84/77.8, 4.01/70.1, and 3.74, 3.80/6 1.0 ppm were assigned to H-1/C-1, H-2/C-2, H-3/C-3, H-4/C-4, H-5/C-5 and H-6(a), and H-6(b)/C-6 of the →4) β-D-Glcp-(1→ residue, respectively. 1H/13C chemical shifts at 4.98/97.9, 3.96/71.98, 3.76/75.6, 3.85/69, 3.95/77, and 3.89/67.2 ppm were assigned to H-1/C-1, H-2/C-2, H-3/C-3, H-4/C-4, H-5/C-5, and H-6/C-6 of →6)-β-D-Manp-(1→ units, respectively, and cross peaks at 4.49/103, 3.32/73.1, 3.48/75.5, 4.21/69, 3.61/69.6, and 3.69/67 were assigned to H-1/C-1, H-2/C-2, H-3/C-3, H-4/C-4, H-5/C-5, and H-6/C-6 of →1)-β-D-Galp-(6→ units, respectively. The cross peaks at 4.75/102.7, 3.74/84.0, and 3.44/69.9 ppm were assigned to H-1/C-1, H-3/C-3, and H-4/C-4 of →3)-β-D-Glcp-(1→, respectively, while those at 5.10/102.8, 3.71/74.8, 3.79/73.6, and 3.76/68.2 corresponded to H-1/C-1, H-2/C-2, H-3/C-3, and H-6/C-6 of →6)-α-D-Manp-(1→ residues existing in NHSP (Kono et al., 2017; He et al., 2020; Li et al., 2020; Liu et al., 2020; Yang et al., 2020). These results agree with the FT-IR and 1H NMR results.

Thermal Analysis

Thermostability is an important parameter for further applications of polysaccharides. The weight loss (TG) curve and derivative thermogravimetric (DTG) curve of the sample are presented in Figure 4. The process of mass loss of samples could be divided into two stages. A weight loss (∼10%) was observed from 30–150°C, which was attributed to the vaporization and removal of bound water in NHSP, which indicated the characteristic of moisture sorption for NHSP induced by the abundance of hydroxyl radical. Then, with the change of functional groups and the depolymerization of structure fractions, there occurred a significant loss (∼68%) of NHSP weight, indicating a severe decomposition within a temperature range (250–450°C). NHSP showed an onset degradation temperature (T0) at 282°C and a maximum degradation temperature (Tmax) at 316°C.

FIGURE 4. Weight loss percentage and derivative thermogravimetric curves of NHSP.

Microstructure Analysis

The microstructure of dialyzed NHSP is shown in Figure 5. Twisted ribbons with a smooth surface and some fibrous filaments existed in the purified NHSP, which might result in high viscosity (Zhou and Kang, 2018).

FIGURE 5. Scanning electron micrographs of NHSP [(A): ×100; (B) ×500; (C) ×1,000; and (D) ×2000].

NHSP Reduced FBG Without Effects on Body Weight in Diabetic Mice

NHSP can lower the FBG levels of the type 2 diabetic mice model in all model groups (groups NHSP 100, NHSP 200, and NHSP 400) after 14 days but could not reach the effect of MET (group MET), and could not recover the FBG levels of normal mice (Group NC) (Figure 6A). Moreover, there was no dose-dependent effect of NHSP for FBG lowering in the type 2 diabetic mice model groups, and implied NHSP might reach its best effect in FBG controlling at some optimal dose range for NHSP intake. In another way, a relatively long time (>14 days) was needed for NHSP to lower FBG levels in the type 2 diabetic mice model, which indicated NHSP lowering FBG in vivo was not an immediate action mode. However, NHSP did not change the body weights for all groups significantly compared with groups NC, MC, and MET in 3 weeks (Figure 6B), which indicated that NHSP could be useful for the weight controlling of type 2 diabetic patients.

FIGURE 6. Effects of NHSP treatment on a type 2 diabetic mouse model. (A) Effect of NHSP on weight. (B) Effect of NHSP on FBG. Values are presented as mean ± S.D. *p < 0.05 for comparison with MC group. **p < 0.01 for comparison with MC group.

Moreover, the liver index was significantly (p < 0.05) lower in NHSP groups (groups NHSP 100, NHSP 200, and NHSP 400) than in NC, MC, and MET groups; but kidney, pancreas, or spleen indices had no evident changes (Table 2).

TABLE 2. Effects of NHSP on visceral indices.


H. serotina has many bioactivities to protect human health, but few works were done to evaluate the relationships between the hypoglycemic effect and its structures based on the pure H. serotina polysaccharides. In this work, the pure neutral polysaccharides from H. serotina fruiting bodies were purified and characterized, and their hypoglycemic effect was evaluated in the type 2 diabetic mouse model. This research suggested that neutral H. serotina polysaccharides (NHSP) can be a blood sugar-adapting potential functional food based on their special structures of links among sugars.

To yield the NHSP with high quality, the scheme was designed based on its characters with little electric charge. Here, the NHSP was purified with anion- and cation-chromatography consecutively, the unabsorbed fraction was eluted in one system at the same time, and collected at the final (Figure 1). The purification was completed at a low cost of time and the high purity polysaccharides were based on the characters with little electric charge.

Compared with previous research, the composition of crude HSP were glucose, galactose, mannose, ribose, and arabinose in a molar ratio of 14.24: 5.47: 9.35: 0.65: 0.69 (Li et al., 2013), and the purified HSPA1 with a small molecular weight of 0.809 kDa was composed of arabinose, mannose, glucose, and galactose in a molar ratio of 4: 16: 28: 11 (Li et al., 2017). NHSP with a similar composition to monosaccharides had been speculated have high bioactivity. NHSP was composed of glucose, galactose, and mannose in the molar ratio of 2.6: 2.1: 1.0. The composition of sugars in NHSP was simpler than that in HSP, and the proportion of glucose and galactose was higher. The neutral polysaccharide of Armillaria mellea had obvious hypoglycemic effects, and mannogalactoglycan was the main active area (Yang et al., 2019). The proportion of galactose in NHSP was higher, indicating that galactose played a major role. In general, mushroom polysaccharides with a molecular weight of around ×106 kDa play the better role in inducing bioactivities. The results related to the composition of monosaccharides and the molecular weight in this experiment agreed with previous research.

Meantime, the high β-glycosidic bond content was the dominant structure in many mushroom polysaccharides that displayed high bioactivities, such as lentinan (from Lentinula edodes) based on its main chain consisting of β-(1→3)-D-glucan (Meng et al., 2016) and Grifola frondosa polysaccharides (He et al., 2017). The investigations in vivo for NHSP to control FBG indicated that the NHSP has hypoglycemic activity, coinciding with the high β-glycosidic bond content of NHSP. The result was similar to some polysaccharides with β-glycosidic bonds from other studies (Zhu et al., 2013; Liu et al., 2018).

Interestingly, type 2 diabetes and liver index are closely related (Firneisz, 2014). The liver index was relative to fat buildup in diabetes to some degree, which suggested that NHSP might help prevent hepatic steatosis or hepatomegaly associated with diabetes (Kasturiratne et al., 2013). In addition, NHSP can change the organ index. The neutral polysaccharides from Hohenbuehelia serotina can prevent apoptosis of splenocytes (Li et al., 2015). The spleen can activate T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes and play an important role in the body’s immune response.


We characterized the neutral polysaccharides (NHSP) extracted from the mushroom H. serotina. NHSP was with higher total saccharide content (75.43 g/100 g) and lower protein content (1.98 g/100 g), and high homogeneity, indicated that the NHSP purification strategy was better. The monosaccharide component analysis showed that NHSP was composed of glucose, galactose, and mannose in molar ratio 2.6: 2.1: 1.0. FT-IR and NMR (1H and HSQC) spectroscopic analyses revealed that NHSP contained mainly 1,3-linked β-D-glucose, 1,4-linked β-D-glucose, 1,6-linked β-D-mannose, 1,6-linked α-D-mannose, and1,6-linked β-D-galactose. NHSP at a dose of 200 mg/kg for 21 days displayed hypoglycemic effects significantly in the type 2 diabetic mouse model, and NHSP could protect the liver by lowering the liver index. In summary, NHSP can play hypoglycemic and liver-protective roles based on its chemical structures, and this will provide a useful basis for further research on NHSP in its possible clinical applications.

Data Availability Statement

The original contributions presented in the study are included in the article/Supplementary Material, further inquiries can be directed to the corresponding author.

Ethics Statement

The animal study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee of China Agricultural University (No. CAU20180420-5).

Author Contributions

All authors listed have made a substantial, direct, and intellectual contribution to the work and approved it for publication.


This study was supported by grants from the National Key R&D Program of China (Project No. 2018YFD0400200) and China Agriculture Research System (No. CARS-20-08B).

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

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The authors are grateful to S. Anderson for English editing of the manuscript and to the members from the laboratory animal center in China Agricultural University for their assistance in animal care.



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