Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 926–932 | Cite as

In vitro prebiotic effects of seaweed polysaccharides

  • Xiaolin Chen (陈晓琳)
  • Yuhao Sun (孙雨豪)
  • Linfeng Hu (胡林峰)
  • Song Liu (刘松)
  • Huahua Yu (于华华)
  • Rong’e Xing (邢荣娥)
  • Rongfeng Li (李荣锋)
  • Xueqin Wang (王雪芹)
  • Pengcheng Li (李鹏程)Email author


Although prebiotic activities of alginate and agar oligosaccharides isolated from seaweeds have been reported, it remains unknown whether seaweed polysaccharides have prebiotic activity. In this study, we isolated polysaccharides from four species of seaweeds, such as Grateloupia filicina (GFP), Eucheuma spinosum (ESP), Ulva pertusa (UPP), and Ascophyllum nodosum (ANP), and characterized their structures and prebiotic effects in vitro. The results showed that these polysaccharides were different in total sugar and sulfate contents as well as monosaccharide composition. GFP and ESP significantly promoted bifidobacterium proliferation and 0.1% ESP and 0.4% GFP resulted in the highest proliferation rates of beneficial bacteria, whereas UPP and ANP inhibited the growth of beneficial bacteria at all tested concentrations (0.1%–0.5%). The different behaviors of the four seaweed-originated polysaccharides might be reflected by differences in monosaccharide composition and structure. Therefore, polysaccharides isolated from GFP and ESP could be utilized as prebiotics. However, more studies must be carried out in vivo.


polysaccharides seaweed prebiotic effects in vitro antibacterial activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaolin Chen (陈晓琳)
    • 1
  • Yuhao Sun (孙雨豪)
    • 1
  • Linfeng Hu (胡林峰)
    • 2
  • Song Liu (刘松)
    • 1
  • Huahua Yu (于华华)
    • 1
  • Rong’e Xing (邢荣娥)
    • 1
  • Rongfeng Li (李荣锋)
    • 1
  • Xueqin Wang (王雪芹)
    • 1
  • Pengcheng Li (李鹏程)
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoChina
  2. 2.School of Chemistry & Chemical EngineeringHenan Institute of Science and TechnologyXinxiangChina

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