Gadusol, a natural compound of photo protection in marine organisms

Gadusol, a natural compound of photo protection in marine organisms
Ultraviolet rays are one of the rays that could cause serious harmful effects when exposed for a prolonged period. They damage the skin and suppress the immune system affecting the disease fighting white blood cells and cause sun burns that might result in skin cancer. Henceforth, to prevent against such harmful radiations many sunscreen lotions are being developed which are of both chemical and biological origin. One such biological agent which is found in many vertebrates is called as gadusol. This is being produced from the skin of animals, which naturally protects them against harmful radiations. This compound is a derivative of an enolic group of cyclohexane 1,3 dione. Researchers have also found that, this compound also possesses other beneficial role in oxidising the free radicals; hence, is also a vital anti-oxidant. The gene responsible for gadusol synthesis in verterbrates has been successfully transferred into the eukaryotic micro-organisms, such as yeast, and gadusol production has been studied. Further research in gadusol may bring more insights about the useful natural compound in a wider manner.


How to cite this article:
Geetha Mahendran. Gadusol, a natural compound of photo protection in marine organisms. BioLim O-Media. 28 October, 2015. 3(8).
Available from: http://www.biolim.com/read/BOMA0092.