Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering

, Volume 41, Issue 11, pp 1611–1620 | Cite as

Potent biomedical applications of isolated polysaccharides from marine microalgae Tetraselmis species

  • Shaheen Amna Kashif
  • You Jin Hwang
  • Jae Kweon ParkEmail author
Research Paper


Microalgae Tetraselmis species were used to evaluate the biological characteristics of water-soluble polysaccharides (WSPs) as one of the significant bioactive substances (BAS) from these photosynthetic microalgae species. Compositional analysis of these BAS shows that they are mainly composed of WSPs along with negligible amount of proteins and lipids. WSPs were partially purified and characterized for their compositional, structural and biological properties such as antioxidant, tyrosinase inhibitory activity and antifungal activies. These WSPs showed the significant antioxidant, antifungal and tyrosinase inhibitory activities, respectively. The outcomes of this study demonstrated that WSPs can be the potent source of biological moieties for further investigations along with specific potent biological activities.


Water-soluble polysaccharide Biological activities Photosynthetic microalgae Bioactive substances 



Water-soluble polysaccharides


Bioactive substances


KCTC 12236BP


KCTC 12432BP




Ferric reducing antioxidant power


2,2′-Azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) di-ammonium salt TPTZ 2,4,6-tri(2-pyridyl)-s-triazine


Thin-layer chromatography



This research was supported by a grant from the Marine Biotechnology Program funded by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaheen Amna Kashif
    • 1
  • You Jin Hwang
    • 2
  • Jae Kweon Park
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Life Sciences, College of BionanoGachon UniversitySeongnam-siRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Health ScienceGachon UniversityIncheonRepublic of Korea

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