Bioactive molecules from the sea: Success, challenges and future perspectives

Sergey Dobretsov, Bassam Soussi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Bioactive compounds from marine organisms have attracted attention of scientists for only a few decades. Nowadays, more than 10,000 new bioactive molecules that exhibited anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, anti-inflammation, antifouling and other properties have been isolated from the marine organisms. Only a few of these compounds have been transformed into drugs that have appeared on the market or undergone clinical trials. Some of the marine derived compounds, like omega-3 fatty acids, are important nutraceuticals that provide health and medical benefits including treatment of diseases. In this chapter we reviewed some of the marine derived pharmaceuticals, highlighted challenges of marine drug discovery and outlined important future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural Products and Their Active Compounds on Disease Prevention
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781621001539
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


  • Drug discovery
  • Marine environment
  • Marine organisms
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Secondary metabolites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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