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Marine Algae As A Prospective Source For Antidiabetic Compounds – A Brief Review

[ Vol. 14 , Issue. 3 ]


Pulikkaparambil Sasidharan Unnikrishnan and Mangalam Achuthananda Jayasri*   Pages 237 - 245 ( 9 )


Introduction: Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia, which is attributed to several life threatening complications including atherosclerosis, nephropathy, and retinopathy. The current therapies available for the management of DM mainly include oral antidiabetic drugs and insulin injections. However, continuous use of synthetic drugs provides lower healing with many side effects. Therefore, there is an urge for safe and efficient antidiabetic drugs for the management of DM. In the continuing search for effective antidiabetic drugs, marine algae (seaweeds) remains as a promising source with potent bioactivity. It is anticipated that the isolation, characterization, and pharmacological study of unexplored marine algae can be useful in the discovery of novel antidiabetic compounds with high biomedical value. Among marine algae, brown and red algae are reported to exhibit antidiabetic activity. Majority of the investigations on algal derived compounds controls the blood glucose levels through the inhbition of carbohydrate hydroloyzing enzymes and protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B enzymes, insulin sensitization, glucose uptake effect and other protective effects against diabetic complications.

Conclusion: Based on the above perspective this review provides; profiles for various marine algae posessing antidiabetic activity. This study also highlights the therapeutic potential of compounds isolated from marine algae for the effective management of diabetes and its associated complications.


Diabetes mellitus, marine algae, α-amylase, α-glucosidase, DPP-IV, seaweeds.


School of Biosciences and Technology, VIT University, Vellore-632007, Tamilnadu, School of Biosciences and Technology, VIT University, Vellore-632007, Tamilnadu

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