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Seaweed Phenolics: From Extraction to Applications

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MARE-Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, 3001-456 Coimbra, Portugal
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Faculty of Pharmacy and Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology, Health Sciences Campus, University of Coimbra, Azinhaga de Santa Comba, 3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal
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LAQV, REQUIMTE, Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra, University of Coimbra, Azinhaga de Santa Comba, 3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal
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Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Coimbra, University of Coimbra, 3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal
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Department of Biology and CESAM, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Mar. Drugs 2020, 18(8), 384; https://doi.org/10.3390/md18080384
Received: 27 June 2020 / Revised: 15 July 2020 / Accepted: 20 July 2020 / Published: 24 July 2020
Seaweeds have attracted high interest in recent years due to their chemical and bioactive properties to find new molecules with valuable applications for humankind. Phenolic compounds are the group of metabolites with the most structural variation and the highest content in seaweeds. The most researched seaweed polyphenol class is the phlorotannins, which are specifically synthesized by brown seaweeds, but there are other polyphenolic compounds, such as bromophenols, flavonoids, phenolic terpenoids, and mycosporine-like amino acids. The compounds already discovered and characterized demonstrate a full range of bioactivities and potential future applications in various industrial sectors. This review focuses on the extraction, purification, and future applications of seaweed phenolic compounds based on the bioactive properties described in the literature. It also intends to provide a comprehensive insight into the phenolic compounds in seaweed. View Full-Text
Keywords: seaweed polyphenolics; polyphenolics extractions; phlorotannins; bromophenols; flavonoids; phenolic terpenoids; polyphenolics bioactivities seaweed polyphenolics; polyphenolics extractions; phlorotannins; bromophenols; flavonoids; phenolic terpenoids; polyphenolics bioactivities
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Cotas, J.; Leandro, A.; Monteiro, P.; Pacheco, D.; Figueirinha, A.; Gonçalves, A.M.M.; da Silva, G.J.; Pereira, L. Seaweed Phenolics: From Extraction to Applications. Mar. Drugs 2020, 18, 384.

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