Journal :   Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology

Volume No. :   11

Issue No. :  9

Year :  2018

Pages :   3957-3963

ISSN Print :  0974-3618

ISSN Online :  0974-360X


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Macroalgae: The Source of Antimicrobial Bioactive Molecules for Protection against Disease Causing Pathogens



Address:   Keerthi Kesavan, Sivaraman Jayanthi*
Computational Drug Design Lab, Department of Biotechnology, School of Bio Sciences and Technology, VIT University, Vellore - 632014, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding Author
DOI No: 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00727.8

ABSTRACT:
Marine macroalgae or seaweeds have shown to possess a lot of therapeutic properties and have been used over hundreds of years in food, health, industry and medicine. The reason that marine seaweeds serve as a warehouse of bioactive compounds is due to its interaction with diverse organisms, including microorganisms, present in the marine ecosystem. Hence seaweeds have evolved to safeguard their species from such microorganisms through the production of bioactive compounds over the years. Various classes of compounds have shown inhibition capacity against human pathogenic microorganisms as well as against the recently evolved multidrug-resistant microorganisms. These bioactive compounds and their derivatives have shown promising effect against deadly human pathogens. The present review summarizes the bioactive property of the seaweed compounds against various pathogenic microorganisms.
KEYWORDS:
Seaweed, Pathogen, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, Bioactive compounds.
Cite:
Keerthi Kesavan, Sivaraman Jayanthi. Macroalgae: The Source of Antimicrobial Bioactive Molecules for Protection against Disease Causing Pathogens. Research J. Pharm. and Tech 2018; 11(9): 3957-3963.
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