At the Crossroads between Nutrition and Pharmacology

Book Series: Frontiers in Bioactive Compounds

Volume 2


María Victorina Aguilar Vilas, Cristina Otero Hernandez

DOI: 10.2174/97816810842991170201
eISBN: 978-1-68108-429-9, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-68108-430-5
ISSN: 2468-6395 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-6409 (Online)

Indexed in: EBSCO.

Functional foods (foods with known bioactive properties) have shown potential for preventive and therapeutic treatments. However, this...[view complete introduction]
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Bioactive Properties of Sugar Fatty Acid Esters

- Pp. 124-145 (22)

Ran Ye and Douglas G. Hayes


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.

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