Special Issue "Characterization of Bioactive Components in Edible Algae II"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (12 November 2021) | Viewed by 20239
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Topics: Microalgal Biotechnology for Bioproducts and Food Applications
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At this current point in human history (year 2020), global society faces a Herculean challenge in combating the pandemic of Covid-19. Presently, there is no vaccine for immunization against this virus, but various seaweeds have specific characteristics that may provide a glimpse into potential solutions to this global health problem in the near future, and may possibly arm us for any future such pandemics. Seaweeds are already used in many products and for different purposes, from food products to medicine. They are a natural resource that can provide several compounds with beneficial bioactivities such as antiviral, anti-cholesterol, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging effects, among others. The high variability of compounds synthetized by seaweed is an outcome of the adverse conditions to which they are exposed in their natural habitats.
Nowadays, all groups of macroalgae are gaining the attention of the scientific community because of the bioactive substances they produce. Several macroalgae products have exceptional properties with nutraceutical, pharmacological, and biomedical significance. The main compounds studied are polysaccharides, phenols, pigments, and fatty acids. Polysaccharides are the most exploited molecules, which are already widely used in various industries, and are, presently, entering into more advanced applications from a therapeutic point of view.
Prof. Dr. Leonel Pereira
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