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The Mediterranean Red Alga Asparagopsis: A Source of Compounds against Leishmania
Department of Life Sciences \"M. Malpighi\"-Botany, University of Messina, Salita Sperone, 31, 98166 Messina, Italy
School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, 407 Faser Hall, University MS 38677, USA
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Received: 23 July 2009; in revised form: 7 August 2009 / Accepted: 10 August 2009 / Published: 11 August 2009
Abstract: Crude extracts and column fractions from the red algae Asparagopsis taxiformis and A. armata from the Strait of Messina (Italy) were screened for the production of antimicrobial compounds. Extracts from both species revealed remarkable antiprotozoal activity against Leishmania, revealing such algae as a great source of natural antiprotozoal products.
Keywords: antiprotozoal products; Asparagopsis armata; Asparagopsis taxiformis; halogenated metabolites; Leishmania; marine natural products
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Genovese, G.; Tedone, L.; Hamann, M.T.; Morabito, M. The Mediterranean Red Alga Asparagopsis: A Source of Compounds against Leishmania. Mar. Drugs 2009, 7, 361-366.
Genovese G, Tedone L, Hamann MT, Morabito M. The Mediterranean Red Alga Asparagopsis: A Source of Compounds against Leishmania. Marine Drugs. 2009; 7(3):361-366.
Genovese, Giuseppa; Tedone, Laura; Hamann, Mark T.; Morabito, Marina. 2009. "The Mediterranean Red Alga Asparagopsis: A Source of Compounds against Leishmania." Mar. Drugs 7, no. 3: 361-366.