The forgotten sugar: A review on multifarious applications of melezitose

Prapti Behera, Seetharaman Balaji

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Although, 187 years elapsed after the discovery of melezitose, it is a high time to deduce some solid applications as there are only 13 more years left to celebrate a double century of this sugar. The forgotten sugar has multifarious applications; it is used as a metabolic marker to differentiate melezitose fermenting microorganisms, as a carbon source to culture specific microorganisms, as a potential surfactant and excipient to stabilize pharmaceuticals, as a lyoprotectant or cryoprotectant for several industrial applications, as an edibility enhancer in food industry, as a hair smoothening agent in cosmetic industry, and provide protective & nourishing effects in fisheries and aquaculture industries. In entomological research, it is used to study niche differentiation, increased longevity of insects and also as a biocontrol agent. This review brings out the best possible applications of melezitose and present in the form of a mnemonic to remember this forgotten sugar.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108248
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Publication statusPublished - 02-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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