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Biotechnological Applications of Scyphomedusae

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Biotechnological Applications of Scyphomedusae

Louise Merquiol et al. Mar Drugs.

Abstract

As people across the world live longer, chronic illness and diminished well-being are becoming major global public health challenges. Marine biotechnology may help overcome some of these challenges by developing new products and know-how derived from marine organisms. While some products from marine organisms such as microalgae, sponges, and fish have already found biotechnological applications, jellyfish have received little attention as a potential source of bioactive compounds. Nevertheless, recent studies have highlighted that scyphomedusae (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa) synthesise at least three main categories of compounds that may find biotechnological applications: collagen, fatty acids and components of crude venom. We review what is known about these compounds in scyphomedusae and their current biotechnological applications, which falls mainly into four categories of products: nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, biomedicals, and biomaterials. By defining the state of the art of biotechnological applications in scyphomedusae, we intend to promote the use of these bioactive compounds to increase the health and well-being of future societies.

Keywords: bioactive compounds; biomaterials; biomedicals; collagen; cosmeceuticals; crude venom; fatty acids; nutraceuticals.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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New natural products extracted from marine organisms between 2011 and 2017.

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