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Hydrophilic Carotenoids: Recent Progress

Author(s): Magdolna Háda | Veronika Nagy | József Deli | Attila Agócs

Journal: Molecules
ISSN 1420-3049

Volume: 17;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 5003;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: carotenoids | hydrophilic | esterification | PEG conjugates | cycloaddition

Carotenoids are substantially hydrophobic antioxidants. Hydrophobicity is this context is rather a disadvantage, because their utilization in medicine as antioxidants or in food chemistry as colorants would require some water dispersibility for their effective uptake or use in many other ways. In the past 15 years several attempts were made to synthetize partially hydrophilic carotenoids. This review compiles the recently synthetized hydrophilic carotenoid derivatives.
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