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International Journal on Algae

ISSN Print: 1521-9429
ISSN Online: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v7.i2.90
pages 194-200

Antitumor substances from marine macroalgae of the Mediterranean basin

G. N. Apryshko
Russian Cancer Research Center, 24, Kashirskoye Sh., 115478 Moscow, Russia
M. V. Nekhoroshev
A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Marine Biological Researches, 2 Nakhimov Pr., Sevastopol 99001, Crimea
V. N. Ivanov
A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, NASU, 2, Nakhimov Pr., 99011 Sevastopol, Ukraine
N. A. Mil'chakova
A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2, Nakhimova Pr., 99011 Sevastopol, Ukraine


The paper surveys recent advances in research on antitumour substances obtained from Mediterranean macroalgae. The survey also focuses on marine algae, which have clinically proved to be an effective component of cytostatic substances. The total stock of macrophytes found in the Black Sea is sufficiently large to justify expanding antitumor substances research and manufacturing.