Monday, August 18, 2014

18/08/2014: Future drugs from sea cucumbers

In a recent research report from Yadollah Bahrami et al (Department of Medical Biotechnology, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide) on the subject of Sea cucumbers being prolific producers of a wide range of bioactive compounds.
The Sea Cucumber

This study aimed to purify and characterize one class of compound, the saponins, from the viscera of the Australian sea cucumber Holothuria lessoni. The saponins were obtained by ethanolic extraction of the viscera and enriched by a liquid-liquid partition process and adsorption column chromatography. The conclusion of the report is there is an abundance of novel compounds from this species which holds promise for biotechnological applications.

Read more HERE.

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