Review: Bioactive marine drugs and marine biomaterials for brain diseases

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Marine invertebrates produce a plethora of bioactive compounds, which serve as inspiration for marine biotechnology, particularly in drug discovery programs and biomaterials development. This review aims to summarize the potential of drugs derived from marine invertebrates in the field of neuroscience. Therefore, some examples of neuroprotective drugs and neurotoxins will be discussed. Their role in neuroscience research and development of new therapies targeting the central nervous system will be addressed, with particular focus on neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. In addition, the neuronal growth promoted by marine drugs, as well as the recent advances in neural tissue engineering, will be highlighted. © 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI.




Grosso, C., Valentão, P., Ferreres, F., & Andrade, P. B. (2014). Review: Bioactive marine drugs and marine biomaterials for brain diseases. Marine Drugs. Molecular Diversity Preservation International.

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