Rhamnolipids are glycolipidic surfactants of bacterial origin. In the past 20 years rhamnolipids were often associated with the mediation of uptake of hydrophobic substrates by bacterial cells. Recent research has provided evidence that rhamnolipids primarily play a role in surface-associated modes of bacterial mobility and are involved in biofilm development. This review gives an insight into the current state of knowledge on these roles of the rhamnolipid biosurfactants.
|Publication status||Published - 2011|