American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

The Bioactivity of Fucoxanthin from Undaria pinnatifida in Vitro

Yiting Li, Ye Liu, Yuepeng Wang, Yue Yu, Yang Zeng, Ling Li and Linbo Wang

DOI : 10.3844/ajbbsp.2016.139.148

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Volume 12, Issue 2

Pages 139-148


Fucoxanthin, a marine carotenoid, can be found in marine algae and some marine invertebrates, has remarkable biological properties for human health. It is known that fucoxanthin has anti-cancer activity on some human cancer cells such as human colon cancers, leukemia cells, prostate cancer cells, breast cancer cells. In this study, the fucoxanthin was extracted from Undaria pinnatifida, after purification by silica gel ion exchange column and TLC, the purity of fucoxanthin was reached to 95%. For anti-oxidant activity, the extracted fucoxanthin from Undaria pinnatifida had strong properties on hydroxyl radical scavenging activity (EC50 = 7.03 μM) and ferrous metal ions chelating activity (EC50 = 30.22 μM). For immunomodulatory activitiy, the fucoxanthin can activate proliferation of RAW 264.7 and protect it from DOX-induced and LPS-stimultaed cell damage. For anti-cancer activity, the extracted fucoxanthin could inhibit proliferation of HT1080, MDA-MB-231 and U-2 OS cells. Therefore, the fucoxanthin could be used as potential functional food additives in food industry.


© 2016 Yiting Li, Ye Liu, Yuepeng Wang, Yue Yu, Yang Zeng, Ling Li and Linbo Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.