A novel class of pigments in aspergillus

Thomas Isbrandt Petersen (Inventor), Phillip Kroll-Møller (Inventor), Thomas Ostenfeld Larsen (Inventor), Anders Sebastian Rosenkrans Ødum (Inventor)

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The invention provides a novel class of natural red azaphilone pigments: cavernamines and their hydroxyl-derivatives; as well as the organge/yellow precursor cavernine. Additionally, methods for their production by fermentation using a fungal strain belonging to the species Aspergillus cavernicola, is provided; and further the use of the novel pigments as a colouring agent for food items and/or non-food items, and for cosmetics. The cavernamine pigments have the structure of Formula I or II, the hydroxyl-derivative of said cavernamine pigment has the structure of Formula III: Cavernine pigments having the structure of Formula IV or V are precursors f the cavernamine pigments I-III above.

Original languageEnglish
IPCC12P 17/ 18 A I
Patent numberWO2020094830
Filing date08/11/2019
Country/TerritoryInternational Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Priority date08/11/2018
Priority numberEP20180205277
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2020


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