Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab


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


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).


Prostate Cancer Cell Brown Seaweed Human Prostate Cancer Cell Seaweed Extract Cancer Cell Viability 
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Authors and Affiliations

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