Biosurfactants in Cosmetic, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Industry

Letizia Fracchia, Chiara Ceresa, Ibrahim Banat

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Abstract

Biosurfactants represent a group of emerging surface-active molecules, which have numerous cosmetic, biomedical and pharmaceutical application potentials with inherent antimicrobial (bacterial, fungal and viral) properties and the ability to act as antiadhesive on surfaces and as disruptive and dispersant molecules in biofilm structures. Their uses, either on their own or as adjuvants to other antimicrobial or chemotherapeutic agents, may represent a possible way to forward in tackling infections, biofilms formation and microbial proliferation in the future. In addition, recent findigs on BSs’ abilities to act as anticancer, immunomodulating, wound healing and drug delivery agents has increased the interest of researcher to investigate BSs for above mentioned activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrobial Biosurfactants and their Environmental and Industrial Applications
EditorsRengathavasi Thavasi, Ibrahim Banat
PublisherCRC Press
Chapter12
Pages258
Number of pages288
ISBN (Electronic) 9781138197954
ISBN (Print) 9781138197954
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2018

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Fracchia, L., Ceresa, C., & Banat, I. (2018). Biosurfactants in Cosmetic, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Industry. In R. Thavasi, & I. Banat (Eds.), Microbial Biosurfactants and their Environmental and Industrial Applications (pp. 258). CRC Press.