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Seaweed-Derived Proteins and Peptides: Promising Marine Bioactives

Nutrition and Bromatology Group, Department of Analytical Chemistry and Food Science, Faculty of Food Science, Universidade de Vigo, 32004 Ourense, Spain
Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolonia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
Centro Tecnológico de la Carne de Galicia, Avd. Galicia No. 4, Parque Tecnológico de Galicia, San Cibrao das Viñas, 32900 Ourense, Spain
Área de Tecnología de los Alimentos, Facultad de Ciencias de Ourense, Universidade de Vigo, 32004 Ourense, Spain
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Raffaella Boggia, Giosuè Costa and Federica Turrini
Antioxidants 2022, 11(1), 176;
Received: 29 November 2021 / Revised: 13 January 2022 / Accepted: 14 January 2022 / Published: 17 January 2022
Seaweeds are a typical food of East-Asian cuisine, to which are alleged several beneficial health effects have been attributed. Their availability and their nutritional and chemical composition have favored the increase in its consumption worldwide, as well as a focus of research due to their bioactive properties. In this regard, seaweed proteins are nutritionally valuable and comprise several specific enzymes, glycoproteins, cell wall-attached proteins, red algae phycobiliproteins, lectins, peptides, or mycosporine-like amino acids. This great extent of molecules has been reported to exert significant antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, or antitumoral properties. Hence, knowledge on algae proteins and derived compounds have gained special interest for the potential nutraceutical, cosmetic or pharmaceutical industries based on these bioactivities. Although several molecular mechanisms of action on how these proteins and peptides exert biological activities have been described, many gaps in knowledge still need to be filled. Updating the current knowledge related to seaweed proteins and peptides is of interest to further asses their potential health benefits. This review addresses the characteristics of seaweed protein and protein-derived molecules, their natural occurrence, their studied bioactive properties, and their described potential mechanisms of action. View Full-Text
Keywords: seaweed; protein; peptides; bioactive; molecular mechanisms seaweed; protein; peptides; bioactive; molecular mechanisms
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Echave, J.; Otero, P.; Garcia-Oliveira, P.; Munekata, P.E.S.; Pateiro, M.; Lorenzo, J.M.; Simal-Gandara, J.; Prieto, M.A. Seaweed-Derived Proteins and Peptides: Promising Marine Bioactives. Antioxidants 2022, 11, 176.

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Echave J, Otero P, Garcia-Oliveira P, Munekata PES, Pateiro M, Lorenzo JM, Simal-Gandara J, Prieto MA. Seaweed-Derived Proteins and Peptides: Promising Marine Bioactives. Antioxidants. 2022; 11(1):176.

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Echave, Javier, Paz Otero, Paula Garcia-Oliveira, Paulo E.S. Munekata, Mirian Pateiro, Jose M. Lorenzo, Jesus Simal-Gandara, and Miguel A. Prieto. 2022. "Seaweed-Derived Proteins and Peptides: Promising Marine Bioactives" Antioxidants 11, no. 1: 176.

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