Marine Biopharmaceuticals: Scope and Prospects

Promising Pharmaceutical Compounds of Marine Shellfish: Their Chemistry and Therapeutic Applications

Author(s): Santhanam Ramesh*, Ramasamy Santhanam* and Veintramuthu Sankar * .

Pp: 211-279 (69)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815196474124010010

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


This chapter deals with the promising bioactive compounds of marine shellfish viz. crustaceans, molluscs, and echinoderms. Among the marine crustaceans, the extracts of shrimps and crabs containing astaxanthin showed major bioactivities. On the other hand, among molluscs, gastropods possessed the maximum number of secondary metabolites and associated bioactivities compared to the bivalves and cephalopods. Further, among echinoderms, the asteroids and holothurians showed maximum number of secondary metabolites compared to their counterparts viz. echinoids and crinoids.

Keywords: Bioactivities, Cephalopod ink, Echinoderms, Marine crustaceans, Marine molluscs, Secondary metabolites.

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