Marine sponges as a drug bank

Marine sponges as a drug bank
Marine sponges are the filter feeders which produce highly activated, potential metabolites during their metabolism process which could be used for various diseases, such as cancers, viral diseases, malaria and other inflammatory diseases. Because of these valuable metabolites, marine sponges are known as gold mines of marine drugs. For many centuries, people have known the importance of these sponges and they used these various forms of sponges-based products for heart aches, sun strokes, fractures and testicular tumour treatments. The pharmaceutical importance of sponges aroused after the discovery of nucleotides, such as spongothymidine and spongouridine from the marine sponge Cryptotethia crypta. Currently, they are used in antiviral and antitumour therapy throughout the world. Nature has provided us with around 70% of marine sources, among which 100 and more species of sponges are still unknown to the researchers with respect to the intact amount of active metabolites and their potency. Researches performed in this area would be very much essential for the human welfare.


How to cite this article:
Ganesh Kumar A. Marine sponges as a drug bank. BioLim O-Media. 03 February, 2016. 4(2).
Available from: http://www.biolim.com/read/BOMA0107.