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The Mediterranean Red Alga Asparagopsis: A Source of Compounds against Leishmania

Author(s): Giuseppa Genovese | Laura Tedone | Mark T. Hamann | Marina Morabito

Journal: Marine Drugs
ISSN 1660-3397

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 361;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: antiprotozoal products | Asparagopsis armata | Asparagopsis taxiformis | halogenated metabolites | Leishmania | marine natural products

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.
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