• Valeria Matranga

Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. F. Zito, C. Costa, S. Sciarrino, C. Cavalcante, V. Poma, V. Matranga
    Pages 7-44
  3. C. Angelini, M. G. Aluigi, M. Sgro, S. Trombino, C. Falugi, H. Thielecke
    Pages 45-70
  4. V. Matranga, A. Pinsino, M. Celi, A. Natoli, R. Bonaventura, H.C. Schröder et al.
    Pages 85-110
  5. H.C. Schröder, N. Janipour, W.E.G. Müller, G. Di Bella, R. Bonaventura, R. Russo et al.
    Pages 111-137
  6. Y. Yokota
    Pages 251-266
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-277

About this book


Members of the phylum Echinodermata are among the most familiar marine invertebrates. Forms such as the sea star have become virtually a symbol of sea life. Used in ancient oriental medicine as a source of bioactive compounds, sea cucumbers, sea stars and sea urchins are now used for the extraction and purification of cytotoxic, haemolytic, antiviral, antifungal, antifouling, antimicrobial and even anti-tumoural activities. In addition, of the five extant classes, sea urchins and sea cucumbers are important economic resources for current fishery and aquaculture. Molecular and cell biological techniques described in this book are, on the one hand, indicative of the improvements made over the years and, on the other, stress the need of their further exploitation for the sustainable production of bioactive compounds and their application in biomedicine.


DNA Echinodermata aquaculture biology biomedicine biotechnology cell development environment immunology invertebrates marine biotechnology molecular biology tissue toxicity

Editors and affiliations

  • Valeria Matranga
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto die Biomedicina e Immunologia Molecolare „Alberto Monroy“PalermoItaly

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