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The Pharmacological Potential of Cyanobacteria - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128214916

The Pharmacological Potential of Cyanobacteria

1st Edition

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Editors: Vitor Vasconcelos Graciliana Lopes Marisa Silva
Paperback ISBN: 9780128214916
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th April 2021
Page Count: 320
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The Pharmacological Potential of Cyanobacteria explores the bioactive compounds isolated from cyanobacteria in relation to human health and biotechnological applications. Cyanobacteria have proved to be a very attractive source of new secondary metabolites in a range of areas from cancer to antifouling, with different structures of those found in higher plants and is promising for the pharmaceutical industry.

This book presents an overview of the chemistry and ecology of cyanobacteria, focusing on their culture needs and techniques of biomass production. The book is organized according to the different biological activities and biotechnological applications of the compounds of interest discovered in the last years. Besides the biological activity, the mechanism of action of the compounds are explained, and its molecular structure will be displayed. Finally, the compounds already used in therapeutics and biotechnology, as well as those in phase of approval or clinical trials are explored. Each chapter is written by a different research group with expertise in the field and publications in peer reviewed journals. In addition to the chapters proposed herein, others can be included according to their importance to the field. Researchers and students in pharmaceutical academic research, pharmaceutical industrial sector personnel, health professionals, and nutritionists.

Key Features

  • Covers all the bioactive compounds of cyanobacteria discovered so far
  • Includes chapters by experts in the field covering the chemistry and mechanisms of action of cyanobacteria-bioactive compounds
  • Provides a general overview of these organisms, from biomass production to compounds isolation and evaluation of bioactivities in different cell and cell-free systems


Scientists developing their research in the field of cyanobacteria, especially in the structure elucidation of new compounds with interest for human health, and in the biotechnological applications of these organisms. Advanced students and academic researchers in the disciplines of Biology, Biochemistry and Phytochemistry

Table of Contents

1. Chemistry and Ecology of Cyanobacteria

2. Isolation of Compounds from Cyanobacteria Biomass

3. Cyanobacteria bioactive compounds
3.1. Anti-cancer
3.2. Anti-inflammatory
3.3. Anti-obesity
3.4. Anti-fouling
3.5.  Anti-microbial
3.6. Oxidative stress
3.7. New areas of research

4. The role of Toxins: impact on human health and aquatic environments

5. Biotechnological applications of cyanobacteria-derived compounds
5.1. Cosmetics
5.2. Nutraceuticals
5.3. Biofertilizers and Biofuels


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About the Editors

Vitor Vasconcelos

Department of Biology the Faculty of Sciences , Porto University and the head of the Laboratory of Ecotoxicology, Genomics and Evolution (LEGE) at the Marine and Environmental Research Center (CIIMAR) of Porto University, Portugal

Affiliations and Expertise

Head, Laboratory of Ecotoxicology, Genomics and Evolution (LEGE), Marine and Environmental Research Center (CIIMAR), Porto University, Portugal

Graciliana Lopes

Graciliana Lopes is a pharmacist, with specialization in Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy, and with a strong background in biological assays in cell and cell-free systems, and mechanisms of action of drugs. Her research has been most devoted to the fields of inflammation, microbiology, oxidative stress and chromatography.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pharmacist, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Marisa Silva

Marisa Silva is a Biologist has a strong background in marine toxins and in chromatographic techniques, with emphasis on LC-MS/MS. Her research contributed to the update of EFSA’s recommendations regarding emergent marine toxins monitoring and public health risk hazard.

Affiliations and Expertise

Biologist, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

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