Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 68, Issue 6, pp 718–725 | Cite as

Production of rhamnolipids by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • Gloria Soberón-ChávezEmail author
  • François Lépine
  • Eric Déziel


Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces glycolipidic surface-active molecules (rhamnolipids) which have potential biotechnological applications. Rhamnolipids are produced by P. aeruginosa in a concerted manner with different virulence-associated traits. Here, we review the rhamnolipids biosynthetic pathway, showing that it has metabolic links with numerous bacterial products such as alginate, lipopolysaccharide, polyhydroxyalkanoates, and 4-hydroxy-2-alkylquinolines (HAQs). We also discuss the factors controlling the production of rhamnolipids and the proposed roles this biosurfactant plays in P. aeruginosa lifestyle.


PHAs Acyl Carrier Protein Rhamnolipids Fatty Acid Moiety Rhamnolipid Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gloria Soberón-Chávez
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • François Lépine
    • 2
  • Eric Déziel
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Bioprocesos y Biocatálisis, Instituto de BiotecnologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.INRS-Institut Armand-FrappierUniversité du QuébecLavalCanada
  3. 3.ApdoMexico CityMexico

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