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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(3), 6018-6056; doi:10.3390/ijms16036018

The Effects of Marine Carbohydrates and Glycosylated Compounds on Human Health

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Department of Biomedical Science, Chosun University, Gwangju 501-759, Korea
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Department of Bioinformatics, Kongju National University, Kongju 314-701, Korea
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Research Center for Proteineous Materials, Chosun University, Gwangju 501-759, Korea
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Academic Editor: Vladimír Křen
Received: 28 November 2014 / Revised: 5 March 2015 / Accepted: 6 March 2015 / Published: 16 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioactive Carbohydrates and Peptides)

Abstract

Marine organisms have been recognized as a valuable source of bioactive compounds with industrial and nutraceutical potential. Recently, marine-derived carbohydrates, including polysaccharides and low molecular weight glycosylated oligosaccharides, have attracted much attention because of their numerous health benefits. Moreover, several studies have reported that marine carbohydrates exhibit various biological activities, including antioxidant, anti-infection, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic effects. The present review discusses the potential industrial applications of bioactive marine carbohydrates for health maintenance and disease prevention. Furthermore, the use of marine carbohydrates in food, cosmetics, agriculture, and environmental protection is discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: marine organisms; carbohydrate; glycoside; antioxidant; antibacterial; anticoagulant; antiviral; anti-inflammatory; immune system marine organisms; carbohydrate; glycoside; antioxidant; antibacterial; anticoagulant; antiviral; anti-inflammatory; immune system
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Kang, H.-K.; Seo, C.H.; Park, Y. The Effects of Marine Carbohydrates and Glycosylated Compounds on Human Health. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 6018-6056.

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