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Peypoux, F ; Bonmatin, JM ; Wallach, J

Recent trends in the biochemistry of surfactin

Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 51 (5) 553-563

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Abstract :

The name surfactin refers to a bacterial cyclic lipopeptide, primarily renowned for its exceptional surfactant power since it lowers the surface tension of water from 72 mN m(-1) to 27 mN m(-1) at a concentration as low as 20 mu M. Although surfactin was discovered about 30 years ago, there has been a revival of interest in this compound over the past decade, triggered by an increasing demand for effective biosurfactants for difficult contemporary ecological problems. This simple molecule also looks very promising as an antitumoral, antiviral and anti-Mycoplasma agent.