The Potential of Cryptophyte Algae in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications

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Abidizadegan , M , Peltomaa , E & Blomster , J 2021 , ' The Potential of Cryptophyte Algae in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications ' , Frontiers in Pharmacology , vol. 11 , 618836 . https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2020.618836

Title: The Potential of Cryptophyte Algae in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications
Author: Abidizadegan, Maryam; Peltomaa, Elina; Blomster, Jaanika
Contributor organization: Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
Department of Forest Sciences
Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR)
Life Science Education
Teachers' Academy
Marine Ecosystems Research Group
Jaanika Blomster / Principal Investigator
Date: 2021-02-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Frontiers in Pharmacology
ISSN: 1663-9812
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2020.618836
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/327612
Abstract: Microalgae produce a variety of bioactive components that provide benefits to human and animal health. Cryptophytes are one of the major groups of microalgae, with more than 20 genera comprised of 200 species. Recently, cryptophytes have attracted scientific attention because of their characteristics and biotechnological potential. For example, they are rich in a number of chemical compounds, such as fatty acids, carotenoids, phycobiliproteins and polysaccharides, which are mainly used for food, medicine, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. This paper provides a review of studies that assess protective algal compounds and introduce cryptophytes as a remarkable source of bioactive components that may be usable in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences.
Subject: carotenoida
cryptophytes
fatty acids
mycosporine-like amino acids
phenolics
polysaccharides
sterols
vitamins
317 Pharmacy
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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