Secondary metabolites and biological activity of invasive macroalgae of southern Europe

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Abstract

In this review a brief description of the invasive phenomena associated with algae and its consequences on the ecosystem are presented. Three examples of invasive algae of Southern Europe, belonging to Rodophyta, Chlorophyta, and Phaeophyta, were selected, and a brief description of each genus is presented. A full description of their secondary metabolites and biological activity is given and a summary of the biological activity of extracts is also included. In Asparagopsis we encounter mainly halogenated compounds. From Caulerpa, several terpenoids and alkaloids were isolated, while in Sargassum, meroterpenoids prevail.

Original languageEnglish
Article number265
JournalMarine Drugs
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Asparagopsis sp
  • Biological activity
  • Caulerpa sp
  • Chemistry
  • Invasive species
  • Sargassum sp

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