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Anti-cancerous attributes of marine seaweeds: A concise review

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Akanksha Dubey, Sivaraman Jayanthi

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Int. J. Biosci.10( 5), 216-231, May 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/10.5.216-231


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Cancer is the association of many diseases it deals with anomalous cell proliferation besides the capacity to invade other body parts. The uncontrolled escalation of cells and migration of these cells to other parts of the body leads to benign and malignant tumors. The biggest challenge in cancer drug remedy is to develop drug or medicines that attack only tumor cells and not affect the healthy ones. This kind of targeted therapy helps us to ignore the devastating side-effects of chemotherapy. This review discusses the anticancerous properties of aquatic seaweeds as this would protect the cells from consequences of chemotherapy. This paper approaches key resource knowledge about marine algae, bioactive compounds produced by algae along with the mechanism regarding extraction of these biologically active compounds. In the current literature, data concerning extraction of anticancerous compounds present in marine seaweeds are reviewed and also it focused on various methods involved in extraction of phytochemical extracts which will be subjected for screening for anticancerous attributes. Marine algae are gratified as considerable sources of natural bioactive substances and at hand has now emerged a new inclination towards separating and identifying such substances and constituents from algae. Additionally, it also includes suspended studies about algal anticancer agents and was completed to communicate the glare of promotion of recent investigation pertaining to the likely effects of bioactive components of algae on cancer. Conversely, more investigations required to be performed to entirely make use of its anticancer properties such as resolve the nature of cell death caused by the extract or visual detection.


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