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Phytochemistry. 1993 Nov;34(4):883-98.

Current trends in microbial steroid biotransformation.

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  • 1Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Jadavpur, Calcutta.


Microbial transformations of various steroids are reviewed. Developmental studies on immobilization of microbial cells, techniques for selective transformation and better yields of desired metabolites are highlighted. The present position of microbial biotechnology in the steroid drug industry and the future prospects are discussed. Various steroid substrates, their metabolites and the micro-organisms used for the transformations are compiled covering the literature for the period late 1987-mid 1992.

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