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Are Echinoderms of Interest to Biotechnology?

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

Abstract

The huge potential of echinoderms as a so far fairly untapped source of bioactive molecules is described. Examples are presented that show the usefulness of echinoderm-derived molecules for therapeutic application in selected fields of cancer research, in the control of bacterial growth as substances with new antibiotic properties, and finally in the context of technical applications such as antifouling substances. The molecules described here are but the mere beginning of a commercial exploitation of echinoderms and may incite a deeper involvement of biotechnology-oriented research in this material.

Keywords

Brittle Star Steroid Glycoside Antifouling Activity Untapped Source Starfish Asteria 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Petzelt
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire International de Biologie Marine (LIBM)Ile d'YeuFrance
  2. 2.Experimental AnaesthesiologyUniversity Hospital CharitéBerlinGermany

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