Biosurfactants: promising bioactive molecules for oral-related health applications

M Elshikh, R Marchant, Ibrahim Banat

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Biosurfactants are naturally produced molecules that demonstrate potentially useful properties such as the ability to reduce surface tensions between different phases. Besides having similar properties to their artificial chemical counterparts, they are regarded as environmental friendly, biodegradable and less toxic, which make them desirable candidates for downstream applications. The structure–activity-related properties of the biosurfactants which are directly correlated with potency of the biosurfactants as antimicrobial agents, the ability of the biosurfactants to alter surface energies and their ability to increase bio availability are particularly what attract researchers to exploit their potential use in the oral-related health applications. Current research into biosurfactant indicates significant future potential for use in cosmetic and therapeutic oral hygiene product formulations and related medical device treatments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
JournalFems Microbiology Letters
Early online date11 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished online - 11 Sept 2016


  • biosurfactant
  • bioactive molecules
  • oral hygiene
  • oral formulation
  • dental plaque
  • medical devices


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