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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Production of Hydroxy Fatty Acids by Biocatalysis

item Hou, Ching
item Kuo, Tsung Min
item Lanser, Alan

Submitted to: Synthesis of Novel Fatty Acid Derivatives
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: October 23, 1998
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Hydroxy fatty acids are important industrial materials. The hydroxy group gives a fatty acid special properties, such as higher viscosity and reactivity. Presently, imported castor oil is the only commercial source of industrial hydroxy fatty acids. Production of hydroxy (including keto) fatty acids through biocatalysis has drawn more attention recently. There are many reports on the production of monohydroxy fatty acids by various microbial species. Conversion of oleic acid to dihydroxy unsaturated fatty acid was also demonstrated. Most recently, the production of trihydroxy unsaturated fatty acid which resembles the plant self-defense substances was also reported.

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