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Understanding how soap molecules help proteins get in and out of shape

Understanding the interactions between proteins and soap molecules (surfactants) has long been important for the industry, particularly within detergents and cosmetics. The anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is known to unfold globular proteins, while the nonionic surfactant octaethylene glycol monododecyl ether (C12E8) does the opposite, i.e. it helps proteins...

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Low‐toxic and non-irritant biosurfactant surfactin and its performances in detergent formulations

Developing eco‐friendly, nonirritant, low‐toxic, and high‐efficient surface active ingredients for detergents is an ongoing challenge in the detergent field. Surfactin is one of the representative lipopeptides produced by microorganisms. In a recently published article, Chinese researchers report the surfactin isolated from cell‐free broth of Bacillus subtilis HSO121 and purified by...

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