Terpenoids and Squalene: Biosynthesis, Functions and Health Implications

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Alexander R. Bates (Editor)

Series: Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: SCI007000

Terpenoids represent the largest and most widely distributed class of natural, high-value chemicals, comprising more than 55,000 distinct molecules. Besides the wide range of biological properties, these natural compounds have found significant commercial value as pharmaceuticals, flavours and fragrances, commodity chemicals, and, more recently, as potential biofuels. Squalene is a natural lipid belonging to the terpenoid family and a precursor of cholesterol biosynthesis. Squalene has attracted increasing attention during the past few years due to their biological activities and natural abundance and is potential targets for the food and pharmaceutical industries. This book discusses the molecular properties, applications, functions and health implications of terpenoids and squalene. (Imprint: Novinka)

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Preface

Chapter 1 – Integrated Bioprocess Approaches for the Microbial Production of Terpenoids (pp. 1-24)
Marco Antonio Mirata, Hendrik Schewe, and Jens Schrader (Speciality Ingredients, Research & Technology (RSI), Lonza Ltd, Visp, Switzerland, Hendrik Schewe and Jens Schrader, DECHEMA Research Institute, Biochemical Engineering, Frankfurt/Main, Germany)

Chapter 2 – Biologically Active Triterpenoids Usable As Prodrugs (pp. 25-50)
Milan Urban, Miroslav Kvasnica, Niall J. Dickinson and Jan Sarek (Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Palacky University Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic, and others)

Chapter 3 – Terpenoids of the Saharan Medicinal Plants Launaea Cass. Genus (Asteraceae) and Their Biological Activities (pp. 51-70)
Abdelkrim Cheriti and Nasser Belboukhari (Phytochemistry & Organic Synthesis Laboratory, Bioactive Molecules & Chiral Separation Laboratory, University of Bechar, Algeria)

Chapter 4 – Squalene: Molecular Properties, Biological Importance and Applications (pp. 71-82)
Ghayth Rigane, and Ridha Ben Salem (Laboratoire de Chimie Organique-Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Département de Chimie, Université de Sfax, Tunisie)

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