Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 1565–1571 | Cite as

Lipids isolated from the cultivated red alga Chondrus crispus inhibit nitric oxide production

  • Arjun H. Banskota
  • Roumiana Stefanova
  • Sandra Sperker
  • Santosh Lall
  • James S. Craigie
  • Jeff T. Hafting


A MeOH extract of cultivated Chondrus crispus showed dose-dependent nitric oxide (NO) inhibition of lipopolysaccharide-induced NO production in macrophage RAW264.7 cells. NO inhibition-guided fractionation of the extract led to identification of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 1), arachidonic acid (AA, 2), lutein (3), and eight galactolipids as active components. Based on spectral analysis, the isolated galactolipids were identified as (2S)-1,2-bis-O-eicosapentaenoyl-3-O-β-d-galactopyranosylglycerol (4), (2S)-1-O-eicosapentaenoyl-2-O-arachidonoyl-3-O-β-d-galactopyranosylglycerol (5), (2S)-1-O-(6Z,9Z,12Z,15Z-octadecatetranoyl)-2-O-palmitoyl-3-O-β-d-galactopyranosylglycerol (6), (2S)-1-O-eicosapentaenoyl-2-O-palmitoyl-3-O-β-d-galactopyranosylglycerol (7), (2S)-1,2-bis-O-arachidonoyl-3-O-β-d-galactopyranosylglycerol (8), (2S)-1-O-arachidonoyl-2-O-palmitoyl-3-O-β-d-galactopyranosylglycerol (9), (2S)-1-O-eicosapentaenoyl-2-O-palmitoyl-3-O-(β-d-galactopyranosyl-6-1α-d-galactopyranosyl)-glycerol (10), and (2S)-1-O-arachidonoyl-2-O-palmitoyl-3-O-(β-d-galactopyranosyl-6-1α-d-galactopyranosyl)-glycerol (11). All the isolated compounds showed significant NO inhibitory activity. This is the first report of the isolation and identification of individual galactolipids from C. crispus. Moreover, (2S)-1,2-bis-O-arachidonoyl −3-O-β-d-galactopyranosylglycerol (8) is a novel compound.


Cultivated Chondrus crispus Nitric oxide Eicosapentaenoic acid Arachidonic acid Lutein Galactolipid Monogalactosyldiacylglycerol Digalactosyldiacylglycerol 



The authors thank J. Hui and Dr. J. Melanson, National Research Council Canada for HRMS measurement. The Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is thanked for partial funding of cultivated biomass preparation used in this study. This is NRC publication no. 55477.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arjun H. Banskota
    • 1
  • Roumiana Stefanova
    • 1
  • Sandra Sperker
    • 1
  • Santosh Lall
    • 1
  • James S. Craigie
    • 1
  • Jeff T. Hafting
    • 2
  1. 1.Aquatic and Crop Resource DevelopmentNational Research Council CanadaHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Acadian Seaplants Ltd.DartmouthCanada

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