Advances in bacterial exopolysaccharides: from production to biotechnological applications

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Abstract

A vast number of bacterial extracellular polysaccharides (EPSs) have been reported over recent decades, and their composition, structure, biosynthesis and functional properties have been extensively studied. Despite the great diversity of molecular structures already described for bacterial EPSs, only a few have been industrially developed. The main constraints to full commercialization are their production costs, mostly related to substrate cost and downstream processing. In this article, we review EPS biosynthetic and fermentative processes, along with current downstream strategies. Limitations and constraints of bacterial EPS development are stressed and correlation of bacterial EPS properties with polymer applications is emphasized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-398
JournalTrends In Biotechnology
Volume29
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • SPHINGOMONAS-PAUCIMOBILIS ATCC-31461
  • RESPONSE-SURFACE METHODOLOGY
  • XANTHAN GUM PRODUCTION
  • GLYCEROL BY-PRODUCT
  • GELLAN GUM
  • EXTRACELLULAR POLYSACCHARIDE
  • FERMENTATIVE PRODUCTION
  • STRUCTURAL-CHARACTERIZATION
  • RHEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
  • CELLULOSE PRODUCTION

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