Profiling of Heterobranchia Sea Slugs from Portuguese Coastal Waters as Producers of Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Agents

Nelson G. M. Gomes, Fátima Fernandes, Áurea Madureira-Carvalho, Patrícia Valentão, Alexandre Lobo-da-Cunha, Gonçalo Calado, Paula B. Andrade

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Abstract

Bioprospection of marine invertebrates has been predominantly biased by the biological richness of tropical regions, thus neglecting macro-organisms from temperate ecosystems. Species that were not the object of studies on their biochemical composition include the Heterobranchia gastropods Armina maculata, Armina tigrina and Aglaja tricolorata, inhabitants of the Portuguese Atlantic coastal waters. Here, we present for the first time the fatty acid profile of neutral lipids and homarine content of these three species. Qualitative and quantitative differences in the fatty acid content among species points to the existence of a fatty acid profile of neutral lipids, particularly of each genus. The results from cytotoxicity assays, using the acetonic extracts of the gastropods on human gastric adenocarcinoma (AGS) and human lung adenocarcinoma (A549) cell lines, revealed a pronounced cytotoxic effect of the A. tigrina extract on both cell lines (IC50 values of 68.75 and 69.77 µg mL 1 for AGS and A549, respectively). It is worth noting the significant reduction of NO levels in LPS-challenged RAW 264.7 macrophages exposed to A. tricolorata extract, at concentrations as low as 125 µg mL 1.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1027
JournalMolecules
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Keywords

  • Aglaja tricolorata
  • Armina spp.
  • DHA
  • EPA
  • Fatty acids
  • Homarine
  • PUFA
  • Sea slugs

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    Gomes, N. G. M., Fernandes, F., Madureira-Carvalho, Á., Valentão, P., Lobo-da-Cunha, A., Calado, G., & Andrade, P. B. (2018). Profiling of Heterobranchia Sea Slugs from Portuguese Coastal Waters as Producers of Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Agents. Molecules, 23(5), [1027]. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23051027