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Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:367202. doi: 10.1155/2015/367202. Epub 2015 Jan 28.

Methods for obtaining and determination of squalene from natural sources.

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1
Department of Industrial Biotechnologies, Faculty of Biotechnologies, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, 59 Marasti, District 1, 011464 Bucharest, Romania.
2
Department of Physical-Chemical Analysis and Quality Control, National Institute for Chemical Pharmaceutical Research and Development, 112 Vitan, District 3, 031299 Bucharest, Romania.
3
Physical and Colloidal Chemistry, Department 1 (Fundamental Sciences), Faculty of Pharmacy, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 6 Traian Vuia Street, District 2, 020956 Bucharest, Romania.

Abstract

Squalene is a natural dehydrotriterpenic hydrocarbon (C30H50) with six double bonds, known as an intermediate in the biosynthesis of phytosterol or cholesterol in plants or animals. We have briefly reviewed the natural sources for squalene and focused on the main methods and techniques to obtain and to determine it. Some of its applications in different fields of human activity are also mentioned.

PMID:
25695064
PMCID:
PMC4324104
DOI:
10.1155/2015/367202
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