The Pharmacological Potential of Cyanobacteria explores the bioactive compounds isolated from cyanobacteria and their relationship to human health and biotechnological applications. The book presents an overview of the chemistry and ecology of cyanobacteria, focusing on culture needs and techniques of biomass production. It is organized according to the different biological activities and biotechnological applications of compounds discovered in recent years. Besides biological activity, the mechanism of action of compounds is explained, along with molecular structure. Finally, compounds already used in therapeutics and biotechnology, as well as those in phases of approval or clinical trials are explored.
Each chapter is written by a different research group with expertise in the field and publications in peer reviewed journals. Researchers and students in pharmaceutical academic research, pharmaceutical industrial sector personnel, health professionals, and nutritionists will find this book to be very useful.
- Covers all the bioactive compounds of cyanobacteria discovered thus far
- Includes chapters by experts in the field, covering the chemistry and mechanisms of action of cyanobacteria-bioactive compounds
- Provides a general overview of organisms, from biomass production to compound isolation and evaluation of bioactivities in different cell and cell-free systems
2. Isolation of Compounds from Cyanobacteria Biomass
3. Cyanobacteria bioactive compounds
4. Biotechnological applications of cyanobacteria-derived compounds
Graciliana Lopes is a pharmacist, with specialization in Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy, and with a strong background in biological assays in cell and cell-free systems, and mechanisms of action of drugs. Her research has been most devoted to the fields of inflammation, microbiology, oxidative stress and chromatography.
Marisa Silva is a Biologist has a strong background in marine toxins and in chromatographic techniques, with emphasis on LC-MS/MS. Her research contributed to the update of EFSA's recommendations regarding emergent marine toxins monitoring and public health risk hazard.
Department of Biology the Faculty of Sciences , Porto University and the head of the Laboratory of Ecotoxicology, Genomics and Evolution (LEGE) at the Marine and Environmental Research Center (CIIMAR) of Porto University, Portugal