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MAROSTICA JUNIOR, Mário Roberto and PASTORE, Gláucia Maria. Biotransformation of limonene: a review of the main metabolic pathways. Quím. Nova [online]. 2007, vol.30, n.2, pp. 382-387. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422007000200027.
There is considerable progress in the study of the biotransformation of limonene. Extensive research on the biotransformation of limonene has resulted in the elucidation of new metabolic pathways. Natural flavors can be produced via biotransformation, satisfying consumer demand for natural products. This review presents some elements concerning the biotransformation of limonene with emphasis on the metabolic pathways. Some comments are also made on problems related to biocatalysis as well as on the application of some compounds originating from the biotransformation of the inexpensive limonene.
Keywords : limonene; biotransformation; pathways.