Fucoidans and fucoidanases—focus on techniques for molecular structure elucidation and modification of marine polysaccharides

  • Andrea Désirée Holtkamp
  • Svenja Kelly
  • Roland Ulber
  • Siegmund LangEmail author


The research field of fucoidans (sulphated polysaccharides from algae) and fucoidanases was strongly developing in recent years. Several different fucoidans and a few fucoidan-degrading enzymes were isolated and characterised. A high potential is seen in the medical exploitation of the fucoidans and its degradation products. This review gives an overview about the research of the last 5 years concerning fucoidan characterisation and application as well as enzyme detection, characterisation and production.


Fucoidan Sulphated polysaccharides Fucoidan-degrading enzymes Fucoidanase Endo-type enzymatic activity 



The authors would like to thank very much the German Research Association (DFG) for kind financial support of a project on the search for and use of enzymes of marine origin for the hydrolysis of sulphated polysaccharides.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Désirée Holtkamp
    • 1
  • Svenja Kelly
    • 2
  • Roland Ulber
    • 2
  • Siegmund Lang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Department of BiotechnologyTechnical University of BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Bioprocess Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Process EngineeringUniversity of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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