The Siberian Scientific Medical Journal
№ 2 / 2013 / 39-48

The urchin bioactive substances – framework for drugs and pharmaceutical materials development

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The current understanding of the biological activity of the gonads of sea urchins and metabolites derived from these marine invertebrates are presented in this review. It has been shown that they have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antihyperlipidemic, antitumor and antibacterial effects. The materials on the original medications developed by the Far East scientists on the basis of quinoid pigments of sea urchins are represented. The prospects for new drugs and dietary supplements based on echinoderms metabolites and the possibility of extending the «Histochrome» applicable scope at other nosologic forms have been discussed.

Key words

antioxidant, anti-inflammatory activity, histochrome, gonads, sea urchins, quinoid pigments, echinochrome
About Authors (Correspondence):

Kryzhanovski S.P. – candidate of medical sciences, head doctor

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Received: 11/02/2015