Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate
Alkest TW 80
|Molar mass||1310 g/mol|
|Appearance||Amber colored viscous liquid|
|Density||1.06–1.09 g/mL, oily liquid|
|Boiling point||> 100°C|
|Solubility in other solvents||soluble in ethanol, cottonseed oil, corn oil, ethyl acetate, methanol, toluene|
|Viscosity||300–500 centistokes (@25°C)|
|Flash point||113 °C (235 °F; 386 K)|
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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- 1 Chemistry
- 2 Other names
- 3 Uses
- 4 Consumption and potential effects
- 5 See also
- 6 References
Polysorbate 80 is derived from polyethoxylated sorbitan and oleic acid. The hydrophilic groups in this compound are polyethers also known as polyoxyethylene groups, which are polymers of ethylene oxide. In the nomenclature of polysorbates, the numeric designation following polysorbate refers to the lipophilic group, in this case the oleic acid (see polysorbate for more detail).
The full chemical names for polysorbate 80 are:
- Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate
- (x)-sorbitan mono-9-octadecenoate poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl)
- Alkest TW 80
- Poegasorb 80
- Tween 80 - Tween is a registered trademark of ICI Americas, Inc.
Polysorbate 80 is used as an emulsifier in foods.
For example in ice cream, polysorbate is added up to 0.5% (v/v) concentration to make the ice cream smoother and easier to handle, as well as increasing its resistance to melting. Adding this substance prevents milk proteins from completely coating the fat droplets. This allows them to join together in chains and nets, which hold air in the mixture, and provide a firmer texture that holds its shape as the ice cream melts.
Health and beauty use
Polysorbate 80 is an excipient that is used to stabilize aqueous formulations of medications for parenteral administration, and used as an emulsifier in the manufacture of the popular antiarrhythmic amiodarone. It is also used as an excipient in some European and Canadian influenza vaccines. It is also used in the culture of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Middlebrook 7H9 broth. It is also used as an emulsifier in the estrogen-regulating drug Estrasorb. Influenza vaccines contain 25 μg of polysorbate 80 per dose.
Some mycobacteria contain a type of lipase (enzyme that breaks up lipid molecules). When added to a mixture of polysorbate 80 and phenol red, they cause the solution to change colour, so this is used as a test to identify the phenotype of a strain or isolate.
Consumption and potential effects
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Safe and well tolerated
In Europe and America, people eat about 100 mg of polysorbate 80 in foods per day on average. In general, polysorbate 80 is safe and well tolerated. Polysorbate 80 is not carcinogenic. Rats fed with diets containing up to 5% polysorbate 80 by volume for 12 weeks showed no toxic effects. A 1997 study on two rats looked at the effect of consuming three doses by body weight of 0.5%/day on the sex organs of female rats and saw no abnormal changes in uterine weight.
Lowered body weight of offspring
A 2008 animal study concluded no observable adverse effects were seen at doses per body weight up to 1.85 ml/kg·day, which is equivalent to a 70 kg person consuming about 140 g of this substance per day for 21 days. However, administration of 16.783 ml/kg·day to pregnant rats lowered body weight in male and female offspring. This is equivalent to a person consuming about 1.3 kg of polysorbate 80 per day for 21 days.
A 1956 study saw no effect on reproduction in rats at up to 5% of their diet being polysorbate 80, although reproduction decreased at 20% of the diet (duration of study?). A 1993 study raised concerns that polysorbate 80 might decrease fertility in rats.
Impact on mouse gut microbiota
Relatively low concentrations of two commonly used emulsifiers, namely carboxymethylcellulose and polysorbate-80, induced low-grade inflammation and obesity/metabolic syndrome in wild-type hosts and promoted robust colitis in mice predisposed to this disorder. Use of germ-free mice and fecal transplants indicated that such changes in microbiota were necessary and sufficient for both low-grade inflammation and metabolic syndrome. 
- Polysorbate 20, used as a wetting agent in mouth drops
- Polysorbate 40
- Polysorbate 60, used as an emulsifier in powdered drink preparations such as hot cocoa mix
- Polysorbate 65
- Merck Index, 13th Edition, 7664.
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- US PTO TESS Registry Number 2885675
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- Pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) Influenza Vaccine Quick Reference Guide Winnipeg Regional Health Authority 2009
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