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Algae, Brown

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Disease relevance of Algae, Brown

  • The tests on brown algae found that as compared with ammonium, the toxicity to nitrate-grown cultures is higher by a factor of about 10 [1].
  • As a part of a screening program for natural products from microorganisms, 465 actinomycetes strains and 278 fungal strains were isolated from 44 seaweed specimens (Rhodophyta and Phaeophyta), collected in the Iberian peninsula seashore (Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts) [2].

High impact information on Algae, Brown

  • A p34 protein is detectable in oats and Arabidopsis and in remote taxa, including red and brown algae [3].
  • Higher plants produce the C11 hydrocarbons from dodeca-3,6,9-trienoic acid; brown algae exploit the family of icosanoids for biosynthesis of the same compounds [4].
  • Thus, the branched fucans from brown algae are direct inhibitors of thrombin, whereas the linear fucans from echinoderms require the presence of antithrombin or heparin cofactor II for inhibition of thrombin, as reported for mammalian glycosaminoglycans [5].
  • Dictyoxepin and dictyolene, two new diterpenes from the marine alga Dictyota acutiloba (Phaeophyta) [6].
  • These studies of the brown algae Fucus distichus examined whether auxin and auxin transport are also required during polarization in early embryos and to orient growth in already developed tissues [7].

Biological context of Algae, Brown


Anatomical context of Algae, Brown


Associations of Algae, Brown with chemical compounds


Gene context of Algae, Brown

  • In this paper, we investigated interactions of the acidic oligosaccharide sugar chain (AOSC), derived from brown algae Echlonia kurome OKAM, with amyloid beta protein (Abeta) [20].
  • In general, the red algae metabolize C20 acids via 12-lipoxygenase-initiated pathways, green algae metabolize C18 acids at C-9 and C-13, and brown algae metabolize both C18 and C20 acids, principally by lipoxygenases with n-6 specificity [21].


  1. Toxicity of chlorate and chlorite to selected species of algae, bacteria, and fungi. van Wijk, D.J., Kroon, S.G., Garttener-Arends, I.C. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Saf. (1998) [Pubmed]
  2. Diversity of actinomycetes and fungi on seaweeds from the Iberian coasts. Genilloud, O., Peláez, F., González, I., Díez, M.T. Microbiologia (1994) [Pubmed]
  3. A homolog of the cell cycle control protein p34cdc2 participates in the division cycle of Chlamydomonas, and a similar protein is detectable in higher plants and remote taxa. John, P.C., Sek, F.J., Lee, M.G. Plant Cell (1989) [Pubmed]
  4. The chemistry of gamete attraction: chemical structures, biosynthesis, and (a)biotic degradation of algal pheromones. Boland, W. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1995) [Pubmed]
  5. Structure and anticoagulant activity of sulfated fucans. Comparison between the regular, repetitive, and linear fucans from echinoderms with the more heterogeneous and branched polymers from brown algae. Pereira, M.S., Mulloy, B., Mourão, P.A. J. Biol. Chem. (1999) [Pubmed]
  6. Dictyoxepin and dictyolene, two new diterpenes from the marine alga Dictyota acutiloba (Phaeophyta). Sun, H.H., Waraszkiewicz, S.M., Erickson, K.L., Finer, K.L., Clardy, J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (1977) [Pubmed]
  7. Interactions between auxin transport and the actin cytoskeleton in developmental polarity of Fucus distichus embryos in response to light and gravity. Sun, H., Basu, S., Brady, S.R., Luciano, R.L., Muday, G.K. Plant Physiol. (2004) [Pubmed]
  8. Phylogeny of Alariaceae, Laminariaceae, and Lessoniaceae (Phaeophyceae) based on plastid-encoded RuBisCo spacer and nuclear-encoded ITS sequence comparisons. Yoon, H.S., Lee, J.Y., Boo, S.M., Bhattacharya, D. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. (2001) [Pubmed]
  9. Seasonal variations of bromophenols in brown algae (Padina arborescens, Sargassum siliquastrum, and Lobophora variegata) collected in Hong Kong. Chung, H.Y., Ma, W.C., Ang, P.O., Kim, J.S., Chen, F. J. Agric. Food Chem. (2003) [Pubmed]
  10. Protective effect of Sargassum polycystum (brown alga) against acetaminophen-induced lipid peroxidation in rats. Raghavendran, H.R., Sathivel, A., Devaki, T. Phytotherapy research : PTR. (2005) [Pubmed]
  11. An in vitro study of the structure-activity relationships of sulfated polysaccharide from brown algae to its antioxidant effect. Hu, J.F., Gen, M.Y., Zhang, J.T., Jiang, H.D. Journal of Asian natural products research. (2001) [Pubmed]
  12. Heparins and heparinoids: occurrence, structure and mechanism of antithrombotic and hemorrhagic activities. Nader, H.B., Lopes, C.C., Rocha, H.A., Santos, E.A., Dietrich, C.P. Curr. Pharm. Des. (2004) [Pubmed]
  13. Biosynthesis of algal pheromones. A model study with the composite Senecio isatideus. Boland, W., Mertes, K. Eur. J. Biochem. (1985) [Pubmed]
  14. Successive study on the production of plasminogen activator in cultured endothelial cells by phytosterol. Shimonaka, M., Hagiwara, H., Kojima, S., Inada, Y. Thromb. Res. (1984) [Pubmed]
  15. Chlorophyll-protein complexes of brown algae: P700 reaction centre and light-harvesting complexes. Anderson, J.M., Barrett, J. Ciba Found. Symp. (1978) [Pubmed]
  16. Characterization of mannuronan C-5-epimerase genes from the brown alga Laminaria digitata. Nyvall, P., Corre, E., Boisset, C., Barbeyron, T., Rousvoal, S., Scornet, D., Kloareg, B., Boyen, C. Plant Physiol. (2003) [Pubmed]
  17. Crystal structure of dodecameric vanadium-dependent bromoperoxidase from the red algae Corallina officinalis. Isupov, M.N., Dalby, A.R., Brindley, A.A., Izumi, Y., Tanabe, T., Murshudov, G.N., Littlechild, J.A. J. Mol. Biol. (2000) [Pubmed]
  18. Brown algae fucoxanthin is hydrolyzed to fucoxanthinol during absorption by Caco-2 human intestinal cells and mice. Sugawara, T., Baskaran, V., Tsuzuki, W., Nagao, A. J. Nutr. (2002) [Pubmed]
  19. Divinyl ethers and hydroxy fatty acids from three species of Laminaria (brown algae). Proteau, P.J., Gerwick, W.H. Lipids (1993) [Pubmed]
  20. Acidic oligosaccharide sugar chain, a marine-derived acidic oligosaccharide, inhibits the cytotoxicity and aggregation of amyloid beta protein. Hu, J., Geng, M., Li, J., Xin, X., Wang, J., Tang, M., Zhang, J., Zhang, X., Ding, J. J. Pharmacol. Sci. (2004) [Pubmed]
  21. Structure and biosynthesis of marine algal oxylipins. Gerwick, W.H. Biochim. Biophys. Acta (1994) [Pubmed]
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