Encyclopedia of Cancer

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Fucoxanthin

  • Kazuo Miyashita
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_2275-2

Definition

Fucoxanthin is a xanthophyll that contains allenic bond, two hydroxy, keto, and epoxy groups. It is one of the most abundant carotenoids accounting for >10 % of estimated total natural production of carotenoids. Further, fucoxanthin is the characteristic pigments of brown seaweeds (phaeophyceae) which are the largest occurring group among seaweeds. In southeast Asian countries, some brown seaweeds containing fucoxanthin are often used as a food source (Fig. 1).

Keywords

Prostate Cancer Cell Brown Seaweed Human Prostate Cancer Cell Seaweed Extract Cancer Cell Viability 
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See Also

  1. (2012) Camptothecin. In: Schwab M (ed) Encyclopedia of Cancer, 3rd edn. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, p 603. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-16483-5_791Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Department of Bioresources ChemistryHokkaido UniversityHakodate, HokkaidoJapan