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Membranes 2011, 1(4), 327-344; doi:10.3390/membranes1040327

Membrane Bioreactor Technology for the Development of Functional Materials from Sea-Food Processing Wastes and Their Potential Health Benefits

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Department of Chemistry, Pukyong National University, 599–1, Daeyon 3-dong, Nam-Gu, Busan 608–737, Korea
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Marine Bioprocess Research Center, Pukyong National University, 599–1, Daeyon 3-dong, Nam-Gu, Busan 608–737, Korea
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Received: 30 August 2011 / Revised: 10 October 2011 / Accepted: 18 October 2011 / Published: 25 October 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Membrane Technology for Food and Bioprocessing Applications)
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Abstract

Sea-food processing wastes and underutilized species of fish are a potential source of functional and bioactive compounds. A large number of bioactive substances can be produced through enzyme-mediated hydrolysis. Suitable enzymes and the appropriate bioreactor system are needed to incubate the waste materials. Membrane separation is a useful technique to extract, concentrate, separate or fractionate the compounds. The use of membrane bioreactors to integrate a reaction vessel with a membrane separation unit is emerging as a beneficial method for producing bioactive materials such as peptides, chitooligosaccharides and polyunsaturated fatty acids from diverse seafood-related wastes. These bioactive compounds from membrane bioreactor technology show diverse biological activities such as antihypertensive, antimicrobial, antitumor, anticoagulant, antioxidant and radical scavenging properties. This review discusses the application of membrane bioreactor technology for the production of value-added functional materials from sea-food processing wastes and their biological activities in relation to health benefits.
Keywords: membrane bioreactor technology; seafood wastes; functional materials; peptides; chitooligosaccharides; biological activities membrane bioreactor technology; seafood wastes; functional materials; peptides; chitooligosaccharides; biological activities
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Kim, S.-K.; Senevirathne, M. Membrane Bioreactor Technology for the Development of Functional Materials from Sea-Food Processing Wastes and Their Potential Health Benefits. Membranes 2011, 1, 327-344.

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