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Marine algae as source of metabolites of economical impact

Abstract

In order to survive in a highly competitive environment, marine algae have to develop defense strategies that result in a tremendous diversity of compounds from different metabolic pathways. Recent trends in drug research from natural sources have shown that algae are promising organisms to furnish novel biochemically active compounds. The aim of this project is to study the compounds biosynthesized by algae with potential economic impact in food science, pharmaceutical industry and public health. Emphasis is given to antioxidants, bactericide, antifungal and UV absorber molecules. Macroalgae will be collected at Sao Paulo State marine coastal and assays will be performed at the lab. Extracts with potential activities will be purifies and the chemical structure will be elucidated. (AU)

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Scientific publications (10)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BERNEIRA, LUCAS M.; DE SANTI, IVANDRA I.; DA SILVA, CAROLINE C.; VENZKE, DALILA; COLEPICOLO, PIO; VAUCHER, RODRIGO DE A.; DOS SANTOS, MARCO A. Z.; DE PEREIRA, CLAUDIO M. P. Bioactivity and composition of lipophilic metabolites extracted from Antarctic macroalgae. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, v. 52, n. 3, p. 1275-1285, SEP 2021. Web of Science Citations: 1.
BERNEIRA, LUCAS M.; DE SANTI, IVANDRA I.; DA SILVA, CAROLINE C.; VENZKE, DALILA; COLEPICOLO, PIO; VAUCHER, RODRIGO DE A.; DOS SANTOS, MARCO A. Z.; DE PEREIRA, CLAUDIO M. P. Bioactivity and composition of lipophilic metabolites extracted from Antarctic macroalgae. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, APR 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PACHECO, BRUNA SILVEIRA; ZIEMANN DOS SANTOS, MARCO AURELIO; SCHULTZE, EDUARDA; MARTINS, ROSIANE MASTELARI; LUND, RAFAEL GUERRA; SEIXAS, FABIANA KOMMLING; COLEPICOLO, PIO; COLLARES, TIAGO; PAULA, FAVERO REISDORFER; PEREIRA DE PEREIRA, CLAUDIO MARTIN. Cytotoxic Activity of Fatty Acids From Antarctic Macroalgae on the Growth of Human Breast Cancer Cells. FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, v. 6, DEC 3 2018. Web of Science Citations: 5.
MARTINS, ALINE P.; ZAMBOTTI-VILLELA, LEONARDO; YOKOYA, NAIR S.; COLEPICOLO, PIO. Biotechnological potential of benthic marine algae collected along the Brazilian coast. ALGAL RESEARCH-BIOMASS BIOFUELS AND BIOPRODUCTS, v. 33, p. 316-327, JUL 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
ALVES-LIMA, CICERO; CAVACANA, NATALE; TEIXEIRA CHAVES, GUSTAVO ANTONIO; DE LIMA, NATALIA OLIVEIRA; STEFANELLO, ELIEZER; COLEPICOLO, PIO; HOTTA, CARLOS TAKESHI. Reference genes for transcript quantification in Gracilaria tenuistipitata under drought stress. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY, v. 29, n. 2, p. 731-740, APR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.
ROMANO, RENATO LAHOS; LIRIA, CLEBER WANDERLEI; TERSA MACHINI, M.; COLEPICOLO, PIO; ZAMBOTTI-VILLELA, LEONARDO. Cadmium decreases the levels of glutathione and enhances the phytochelatin concentration in the marine dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY, v. 29, n. 2, p. 811-820, APR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 6.
MARTINS, ALINE P.; YOKOYA, NAIR S.; COLEPICOLO, PIO. Biochemical Modulation by Carbon and Nitrogen Addition in Cultures of Dictyota menstrualis (Dictyotales, Phaeophyceae) to Generate Oil-based Bioproducts. MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY, v. 18, n. 3, p. 314-326, JUN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 4.
SIMAS-RODRIGUES, CNTIA; VILLELA, HELENA D. M.; MARTINS, ALINE P.; MARQUES, LUIZA G.; COLEPICOLO, PIO; TONON, ANGELA P. Microalgae for economic applications: advantages and perspectives for bioethanol. Journal of Experimental Botany, v. 66, n. 14, SI, p. 4097-4108, JUL 2015. Web of Science Citations: 23.
CASSANO, VALERIA; OLIVEIRA, MARIANA C.; CANDELARIA GIL-RODRIGUEZ, MA; SENTIES, ABEL; DIAZ-LARREA, JHOANA; FUJII, MUTUE T. Morphological and molecular studies on the Brazilian native red seaweed Laurencia oliveirana (Rhodomelaceae, Ceramiales). REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE FARMACOGNOSIA-BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACOGNOSY, v. 22, n. 4, p. 838-849, JUL-AUG 2012. Web of Science Citations: 2.
FUJII, MUTUE T.; CASSANO, VALERIA; STEIN, ERIKA M.; CARVALHO, LUCIANA R. Overview of the taxonomy and of the major secondary metabolites and their biological activities related to human health of the Laurencia complex (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta) from Brazil. REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE FARMACOGNOSIA-BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACOGNOSY, v. 21, n. 2, p. 268-282, MAR-APR 2011. Web of Science Citations: 30.

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