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Lipase-catalyzed synthesis of monoacylglycerol in a homogeneous system.

The 1,3-regiospecifique lipase, Lipozyme IM, catalyzed the esterification of lauric acid and glycerol in a homogeneous system. To overcome the drawback of the insolubility of glycerol in hexane, which is extensively used in enzymatic synthesis, a mixture of n-hexane/tert-butanol (1:1, v/v) was used leading to a monophasic system. The conversion of lauric acid into monolaurin was 65% in 8 h, when a molar ratio of glycerol to fatty acid (5:1) was used with the fatty acid at 0.1 M, and the phenomenon of acyl migration was minimized.[1]

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  1. Lipase-catalyzed synthesis of monoacylglycerol in a homogeneous system. Monteiro, J.B., Nascimento, M.G., Ninow, J.L. Biotechnol. Lett. (2003) [Pubmed]
 
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