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Fan L.,Zhejiang University | Fan L.,Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Food Microbiotechnology Research | Zhang J.,Zhejiang University | Zhang J.,Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Food Microbiotechnology Research | And 10 more authors.
Shengwu Gongcheng Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Biotechnology | Year: 2013

Mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs), mainly produced by Ustilago and Pseudozyma, are surface active compounds that belong to the glycolipid class of biosurfactants. MELs have potential application in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries due to their excellent surface activities and other peculiar bioactivities. In recent years, the research field of MELs has regained much attention abroad. However, MELs are rarely studied in China. In this review, the producing microorganisms and production conditions, diverse structures, biochemical properties, structure-function relationship and biosynthetic pathways of MELs are described. Some research problems and prospects are summarized and discussed as well. © 2013 Chin J Biotech, All rights reserved.

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