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Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2015 Sep-Oct;43(5):366-9. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20882. Epub 2015 Aug 31.

Extraction of nutraceuticals from Spirulina (blue-green alga): A bioorganic chemistry practice using thin-layer chromatography.

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1
Department of Biology, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35017, Spain.
2
Department of Chemistry, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35017, Spain.
3
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, PB, 58051-970, Brazil.
4
Department of Biotechnology, Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, PB, 58051-970, Brazil.

Abstract

Spirulina is a blue-green alga (cyanobacteria) with high nutritive value. This work provides an innovative and original approach to the consideration of a bioorganic chemistry practice, using Spirulina for the separation of phytochemicals with nutraceutical characteristics via thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plates. The aim is to bring together current research, theory, and practice, and always in accordance with pedagogical ideas.

KEYWORDS:

bioorganic chemistry; chromatography; discovery learning; research; undergraduate education

PMID:
26331489
DOI:
10.1002/bmb.20882
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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