Frontiers in Bioactive Compounds

Volume: 2

Bioactive Properties of Sugar Fatty Acid Esters

Author(s): Ran Ye and Douglas G. Hayes

Pp: 124-145 (22)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681084299117020009

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Sugar fatty acid esters are biodegradable and biocompatible nonionic biobased surfactants or emulsifiers, obtained from abundant renewable resources. They have a dozen of applications in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. In this book chapter, we briefly reviewed the enzymatic synthesis of sugar fatty acid esters in solvent-free system and their bioactive characteristics, including antimicrobial activity, anti-tumor activity and anti-insect activity. In addition, we compared the antimicrobial and antitumor properties of sugar fatty acid esters synthesized from enzyme with commercial sugar fatty acid ester produced and purified from a chemical reaction.

Keywords: Anti-insect activity, Antimicrobial activity, Antitumor or anticancer activity, Sugar fatty acid esters.

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