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Mar Drugs. 2015 Sep 16;13(9):5920-46. doi: 10.3390/md13095920.

Therapies from Fucoidan: An Update.

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1
Marinova Pty Ltd., 249 Kennedy Drive, Cambridge, Tasmania 7170, Australia. Helen.fitton@marinova.com.au.
2
Marinova Pty Ltd., 249 Kennedy Drive, Cambridge, Tasmania 7170, Australia. Damien.stringer@marinova.com.au.
3
Marinova Pty Ltd., 249 Kennedy Drive, Cambridge, Tasmania 7170, Australia. sam.karpiniec@marinova.com.au.

Abstract

Fucoidans are a class of sulfated fucose-rich polysaccharides found in brown marine algae and echinoderms. Fucoidans have an attractive array of bioactivities and potential applications including immune modulation, cancer inhibition, and pathogen inhibition. Research into fucoidan has continued to gain pace over the last few years and point towards potential therapeutic or adjunct roles. The source, extraction, characterization and detection of fucoidan is discussed.

KEYWORDS:

anti-bacterial; anti-cancer; anti-inflammatory; anti-viral; immune modulation; sulfated carbohydrate

PMID:
26389927
PMCID:
PMC4584361
DOI:
10.3390/md13095920
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