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GC - MS determination of bioactive components of Gracilaria dura (C.Agardh) J. Agardh

Biji Cyriac1 and K. Eswaran 2,3*

1 Department of Zoology, Fatima College, Madurai - 6250 017, Tamil Nadu, India
2Marine Algal Research Station, CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute,
Mandapam Camp – 623 519, Tamil Nadu, India
3Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (ASIR), CSIR, New Delhi –110 001, India
*Corresponding author: Tel: +91-4573-241422, 241921; fax: +91-4573-241422,

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Received: 07-08-2015,
Revised: 25-09-2015,
Accepted: 27-09-2015

Marine algae are known to produce a wide variety of bioactive secondary metabolites which gives prospective scope of novel drug designing in pharmaceutical industry. The Gracilaria dura belongs to the family Gracilariaceae is an important medicinal and food taxon. Thirteen compounds were identified in the methanol extracts of G. duraand the major components are n-Hexadecanoic acid, Oleic Acid, Pytol, Squalene, 1,2 Benzenedicarboxylic acid, mono (2-ethylhexyl) ester, 9-Octodecenoic acid, palmitoleic acid etc and found to have antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, anti-androgenic and cancer preventive properties.  The findings of the present study confirm the presence of important phytocompounds in G.dura and helpful for further detailed study to develop the drugs from marine algae to alleviate various diseases.

Gracilaria dura, GC-MS analysis, phytochemicals, Hexadecanoic acid, Oleic Acid, Squalene

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How to Cite this Article:
Biji Cyriac and K. Eswaran, 2015. GC - MS determination of bioactive components of Gracilaria dura (C.Agardh) J. Agardh. Science Research Reporter, 5(2):100-105.

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