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American Journal of Drug Discovery and Development
Year: 2011  |  Volume: 1  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 58 - 69

Biosurfactants in Pharmaceutical Industry (A Mini-Review)

Eshrat Gharaei-Fathabad    

Abstract: Biosurfactants can be served as green alternatives in a variety of applications including bioremediation, pharmaceuticals, agricultural disease control and cosmetics. Biosurfactant mixtures produced by microbes and they are genus- and sometimes species-specific. Because of their short fatty acid tails and polar head groups, biosurfactants are highly sticky and both hydrophilic and hydrophobic. In pharmaceutics, biosurfactants can be used for gene delivery and recovery of intracellular products as well as they can be served as antimicrobial substances and emulsifying agents.

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