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Drugs and Cosmetics from the Sea
ICBAS-Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas de Abel Salazar and CIIMAR, Universidade do Porto, 4099-003 Porto, Portugal
Department of Aquatic Science, Faculty of Science, Burapha University, Bangsaen, 20131 Chonburi, Thailand
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Received: 27 April 2004; Accepted: 13 May 2004 / Published: 25 May 2004
Abstract: The marine environment is a rich source of both biological and chemical diversity. This diversity has been the source of unique chemical compounds with the potential for industrial development as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, molecular probes, fine chemicals and agrochemicals. In recent years, a significant number of novel metabolites with potent pharmacological properties has been discovered from the marine organisms. Although there are only a few marine-derived products currently on the market, several robust new compounds derived from marine natural products are now in the clinical pipeline, with more clinical development. While the marine world offers an extremely rich resource for novel compounds, it also represents a great challenge that requires inputs from various scientific areas to bring the marine chemical diversity up to its therapeutic potential.
Keywords: Drugs and cosmetics from the sea; marine-based drugs; anticancer agents; immunosuppressive agents; anti-inflammatory
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Kijjoa, A.; Sawangwong, P. Drugs and Cosmetics from the Sea. Mar. Drugs 2004, 2, 73-82.
Kijjoa A, Sawangwong P. Drugs and Cosmetics from the Sea. Marine Drugs. 2004; 2(2):73-82.
Kijjoa, Anake; Sawangwong, Pichan. 2004. "Drugs and Cosmetics from the Sea." Mar. Drugs 2, no. 2: 73-82.