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Pharmacological Potential of Sea Cucumbers

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School of Biomedicine, Far Eastern Federal University, 8 ul. Sukhanova, Vladivostok 690950, Russia
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National Scientific Center for Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok 690041, Russia
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(5), 1342; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19051342
Received: 12 February 2018 / Revised: 22 April 2018 / Accepted: 24 April 2018 / Published: 2 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Traditional Medicine – Unraveling Its Molecular Mechanism)
This review presents a detailed analysis of published research data focused on the pharmacological activity exerted by biologically active compounds isolated from sea cucumbers belonging to the class of Holothuroidea, phylum Echinodermata. The review contains descriptions of the structure, physico-chemical properties and pharmacological effects of these active substances. Particular attention is given to compounds with anticoagulant, antithrombotic, antioxidant, anticancer, anti-infectious, immune-stimulating and anti-ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) activities as well as to the substances exerting a regulating influence on lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. All these compounds may be considered as prototypes for development of new pharmaceutical substances and medicines. View Full-Text
Keywords: Echinodermata; Holothuroidea; sea cucumber; polysaccharides; fucosylated chondroitin sulfate; glycans; saponins; triterpene glycosides; ceramides Echinodermata; Holothuroidea; sea cucumber; polysaccharides; fucosylated chondroitin sulfate; glycans; saponins; triterpene glycosides; ceramides
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Khotimchenko, Y. Pharmacological Potential of Sea Cucumbers. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 1342. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19051342

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Khotimchenko Y. Pharmacological Potential of Sea Cucumbers. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2018; 19(5):1342. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19051342

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Khotimchenko, Yuri. 2018. "Pharmacological Potential of Sea Cucumbers" Int. J. Mol. Sci. 19, no. 5: 1342. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19051342

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