Ana L.F. Porto

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The biocatalytic potential of two novel Brazilian strains of Aspergillus niger and Rhodotorula glutinis, revealed enantioselective epoxide hydrolase activity in the asymmetrization of meso-epoxide and monosubstituted epoxides respectively. These two types of oxirane derivatives are not usually good substrates for biocatalytic enantioselective conversion.
The selection of new microorganisms able to produce antimicrobial compounds is hoped for to reduce their production costs and the side effects caused by synthetic drugs. Clavulanic acid is a β-lactam antibiotic produced by submerged culture, which is widely used in medicine as a powerful inhibitor of β-lactamases, enzymes produced by bacteria resistant to(More)
From the floral resins of various Clusia species, seven polyisoprenylated benzophenones were isolated. HPLC allowed their quantification in all resins, revealing a distribution of benzophenone derivatives distinct from each other. In some species the staminal oils were collected and oleic, stearic and palmitic acids were the main constituents.
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