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Kopulan (Pullulan)

Kopulan is a 100%natural polysaccharide excreted by the Marine Yeast: Aureobasidium pullulans produced by the fermentation of cane sugar (non GMO). The unique linkage pattern in Pullulan is responsible for the structural flexibility and solubility of pullulan, resulting in distinct film and fiber - forming characteristics, not exhibited by other polysaccharides.

It is naturally occurring fungal polysaccharide produced by fermentation of liquefied corn starch by Aureobasidium pullulan, ubiquitous yeast like fungus. It is a biopolymer with a multitude of demonstrated practical application in many industries like cosmetics, Food and Pharma industries. Kopulan is manufactured naturally by fermentation process, by plant extract which is neither genetically modified nor pathogenic.

In cosmetics, Kopulan is water soluble product. It has binding, agglomerating and thickening properties. It binds well in presence of surfactants like Sodium dodecyl sulphate and hence it makes ideal choice for huge cosmetic applications like creams, lotions, gels, balms, lipsticks, lip gloss, eye gel etc. Kopulan dissolves in water easily making it ideal for wash off products. It has very low viscosity in comparison to products like soluble polysaccharides. Kopulan has excellent adhesiveness properties, and hence can be used in dried sprays, roll-ons and lotions.

In food, Kopulan Film is strong and its shape is retained during printing, this ensures high quality images that are readily being achieved when used in confectionery and bakery products. Also, when consumed Kopulan is largely resistant to digestion in the gastrointestinal tract as a result of occasional presence of 1, 3-glycosidic linkages and high percentage of alpha-1, 6-glycosidic linkages, which are resistant to hydrolysis by salivary and pancreatic amylases. The degree of digestion depends on relative molecular mass. Since, Kopulan is not degraded by the digestive enzymes of the human alimentary tract to a significant extent, it can be act as probiotics in human digestive system.

In pharmaceutical industry, Kopulan is used as excipient. It is used as substitute for gelatin in the production of capsule shells, as an ingredient of coated tablets and in edible flavored films. Its excellent oxygen barrier properties ensure that the shelf life of products is optimized. It's distinct advantage over gelatin capsules is that almost impermeable to oxygen. Thus suitable for encapsulating even oxidation-sensitive ingredients, while there is less need for anti-oxidants.

Hence, to conclude with I can summarize, Pullulan is one of the most beneficial yeast having wide range of application for various industries.

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