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- Improvement of the pharmacological activity of menthol via enzymatic β-anomer-selective glycosylation
- Ha Young Choi; Bo Min Kim; A M A Morgan; Joong Su Kim; Won Gon Kim
- Bibliographic Citation
- AMB Express, vol. 7, pp. 167-167
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- Menthol has a considerable cooling effect, but the use range of menthol is limited because of its extremely low solubility in water and inherent flavor. (-)-Menthol β-glucoside was determined to be more soluble in water (>27 times) than (-)-menthol α-glucoside; hence, β-anomer-selective glucosylation of menthol is necessary. The in vitro glycosylation of (-)-menthol by uridine diphosphate glycosyltransferase (BLC) from Bacillus licheniformis generated (-)-menthol β-glucoside and new (-)-menthol β-galactoside and (-)-menthol N-acetylglucosamine. The maximum conversion rate of menthol to (-)-menthol β-d-glucoside by BLC was found to be 58.9%. Importantly, (-)-menthol β-d-glucoside had a higher cooling effect and no flavor compared with menthol. In addition, (-)-menthol β-d-glucoside was determined to be a non-sensitizer in a skin allergy test in the human cell line activation test, whereas menthol was a sensitizer.
- CoolingGlycosyltransferaseMentholMenthol β-glycosidesSolubility
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