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Lipase catalyzed formation of flavour esters


Thirteen commercial lipase preparations were checked for their ability to catalyse the formation of flavour esters (isoamyl or geranyl acetate, propionate and butyrate) by either direct esterification or ester solvolysis in n-heptane. The formation of isoamyl or geranyl butyrates and propionates by direct esterification was catalyzed by the majority of the tested lipases. Acetic acid esters were more difficult to obtain. Transesterification reactions were found to be a good alternative way for ester synthesis.

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Langrand, G., Triantaphylides, C. & Baratti, J. Lipase catalyzed formation of flavour esters. Biotechnol Lett 10, 549–554 (1988).

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  • Ester
  • Lipase
  • Propionate
  • Butyrate
  • Transesterification