CAROTENOID ESTERS – A MINIREVIEW

ANDREA BUNEA

Abstract


Carotenoids are natural pigments, produced by all higher plants, some bacteria and algae. They have important antioxidant properties. Between all carotenoids xanthophylls are found in higher plants in esterified from. Esters of carotenoids are synthetised especially during senescence. The fatty acids which esterified the carotenoids are in principal, saturated fatty acids but in some plants they ca be present also unsaturated fatty acids but in lowest amounts. The separation and identification of carotenoids esters can be very difficult and HPLC-Ms analysis should be carried out

Keywords


carotenoids; esters; lipases; HPLC

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15835/buasvmcn-asb:62:0:2660


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