Terpenoid biotransformations by Mucor species
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- Oliveira Silva, E., Furtado, N.A.J.C., Aleu, J. et al. Phytochem Rev (2013) 12: 857. doi:10.1007/s11101-013-9313-5
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Terpenoids are natural products of great interest due to their widespread use in agrochemicals, drugs, fragrances, flavouring and pigments. Biocatalysts are increasingly being used in the search for new derivatives with improved properties especially to obtain structurally novel leads for new drugs which are difficult to obtain using conventional organic chemical methods. This review, covering up to the end of 2012, reports on the application of Mucor species as catalysts in terpenoid biotransformation to obtain new drug targets, enhance pharmacological activity or decrease the unwanted effects of starting material.