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Biotechnological Applications of Scyphomedusae

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Integrative Marine Ecology Department, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Villa Comunale, 80121 Napoli, Italy
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Marine Biotechnology Department, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Villa Comunale, 80121 Napoli, Italy
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Mar. Drugs 2019, 17(11), 604; https://doi.org/10.3390/md17110604
Received: 14 October 2019 / Accepted: 21 October 2019 / Published: 24 October 2019
As people across the world live longer, chronic illness and diminished well-being are becoming major global public health challenges. Marine biotechnology may help overcome some of these challenges by developing new products and know-how derived from marine organisms. While some products from marine organisms such as microalgae, sponges, and fish have already found biotechnological applications, jellyfish have received little attention as a potential source of bioactive compounds. Nevertheless, recent studies have highlighted that scyphomedusae (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa) synthesise at least three main categories of compounds that may find biotechnological applications: collagen, fatty acids and components of crude venom. We review what is known about these compounds in scyphomedusae and their current biotechnological applications, which falls mainly into four categories of products: nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, biomedicals, and biomaterials. By defining the state of the art of biotechnological applications in scyphomedusae, we intend to promote the use of these bioactive compounds to increase the health and well-being of future societies. View Full-Text
Keywords: collagen; fatty acids; crude venom; bioactive compounds; nutraceuticals; cosmeceuticals; biomedicals; biomaterials collagen; fatty acids; crude venom; bioactive compounds; nutraceuticals; cosmeceuticals; biomedicals; biomaterials
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Merquiol, L.; Romano, G.; Ianora, A.; D’Ambra, I. Biotechnological Applications of Scyphomedusae. Mar. Drugs 2019, 17, 604.

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