• Ashwini S.
  • Suresh Babut V.
  • Saritha .
  • Manjula Shantara Shantaram Department of Studies in Biochemistry, Mangalore University, Post Graduate Centre, Chikka Aluvara, 571232, Kodagu, Karnataka, India


Objective: This study was conducted to examine the anticancer activities in the extracts of marine seaweeds Gracilariacorticata.

Methods: The acetone, chloroform, ethanol, methanol and aqueous extracts of collected seaweeds were tested for their anticancer properties in vitro against HeLa cancer cell lines.

Results: The anticancer activity of the seaweed extracts was observed at 24hours, 48 hours and 72 h in which chloroform and ethanol extracts of G. corticata showed a greater activity with an IC50 value of 341.82 µg/ml and 244.7 µg/ml respectively for 48hours. P-values were determined by two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). The morphology of the treated cells showed a great variation when compared to the control cells. Thus, the in vitro assay indicates that the extracts of seaweeds are the significant source of a noble anticancer agent.

Conclusion: This study also infers that G. corticata could be a potential candidate for cancer therapy in the near future.

Keywords: Seaweeds, Cytotoxicity, HeLa cell lines, Anticancer


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S., A., S. B. V., S. ., and M. S. Shantaram. “SEAWEED EXTRACTS EXHIBIT ANTICANCER ACTIVITY AGAINST HeLa CELL LINES”. International Journal of Current Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 9, no. 1, Dec. 2016, pp. 114-7, doi:10.22159/ijcpr.2017v9i1.16632.
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