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Biosurfactants: promising bioactive molecules for oral-related health applications

Elshikh, M, Marchant, R and Banat, Ibrahim (2016) Biosurfactants: promising bioactive molecules for oral-related health applications. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 363 . pp. 1-7. [Journal article]

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URL: http://femsle.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/09/11/femsle.fnw213

DOI: 10.1093/femsle/fnw213

Abstract

Biosurfactants are naturally produced molecules that demonstrate potentially useful properties such as the ability to reduce surface tensions between different phases. Besides having similar properties to their artificial chemical counterparts, they are regarded as environmental friendly, biodegradable and less toxic, which make them desirable candidates for downstream applications. The structure–activity-related properties of the biosurfactants which are directly correlated with potency of the biosurfactants as antimicrobial agents, the ability of the biosurfactants to alter surface energies and their ability to increase bio availability are particularly what attract researchers to exploit their potential use in the oral-related health applications. Current research into biosurfactant indicates significant future potential for use in cosmetic and therapeutic oral hygiene product formulations and related medical device treatments.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:biosurfactant; bioactive molecules; oral hygiene; oral formulation; dental plaque; medical devices
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
ID Code:36154
Deposited By: Professor Roger Marchant
Deposited On:15 Nov 2016 11:57
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:26

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