Frontiers in Bioactive Compounds

Frontiers in Bioactive Compounds

Volume: 2

At the Crossroads Between Nutrition and Pharmacology

Indexed in: EBSCO.

Functional foods (foods with known bioactive properties) have shown potential for preventive and therapeutic treatments. However, this potential must be safely determined before they enter the ...
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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.


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


Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee, 2506 E.J. Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-4531, USA.