Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: October 5, 2004
Publication Date: December 1, 2004
Citation: Piazza, G.J. 2005. Production of fatty polyols by epoxidation of vegetable oil derivatives by oat seed peroxygenase. In: Research Signpost. Recent Res. Devel. Biotech. Bioeng.. Kerala, India. 6:43-50. Technical Abstract: The purpose of the research described here is to find new uses for fats and oils using chemical and enzymatic catalysis to produce lipid materials with increased oxygen content. In the method described here, the enzyme peroxygenase from oat (Avena sativa) seeds was used to prepare fatty epoxides. These were hydrolyzed to give a number of different polyol products. A principle that relates the structure of the polyol to the structure of the precursor epoxide shows that increasing the degree of epoxidation in the lipid precursors does not always lead to increased formation of alcohol groups in the hydrolyzed products due to the formation of tetrahydrofuran derivatives during the hydrolysis of adjacent epoxides.