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Research about Brazilian marine biodiversity brings researchers from 5 countries together
Date:9/3/2010

In a recent research, he discovered the bacteria known as Salinospora tropica in sediments of the Atlantic Ocean, in a region close to the Bahamas. These bacteria produce an anticarcinogenic agent with a high potential to treat multiple myeloma. The next step is performing tests in human beings. He also discovered a new anti-inflammatory drug derived from soft coral, pseudopterosine, which has already been employed in facial moisturizers produced by the cosmetic industry.

Other compounds with a potential for the development of anticancer drugs found in ocean invertebrates are investigated by Raymond Andersen, from the British Columbia University, in Vancouver (Canada).

Letcia Veras Costa-Lotufo, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Cear, is going to present results from research for the discovery of compounds to treat cancer. These compounds were obtained in invertebrates and microorganisms collected from the Northeastern Coast of Brazil and have reached the pre-clinical stage. Paulo Mouro, Medical Biochemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, is going to present results from research on anticoagulant and antithrombotic agents found in sea urchins.

The expansion of multidisciplinary research on marine biodiversity takes part of a strategy defined in 2009 for the forthcoming 10 years of the Biota-FAPESP Program, which has been supporting research on biodiversity for over 10 years now. A few themes proposed for research projects about marine biodiversity are: the making of inventories about seaside organisms; identification of environmental factors that affect their distribution and abundance; studies about the interactions of such organisms as well as about the environmental impact caused by oil and gas exploitation; and the production of data about biodiversity that might be incorporated to the Brazilian climatic change models.


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Contact: Fernando Cunha
cunha@fapesp.br
55-113-838-4151
Fundao de Amparo Pesquisa do Estado de So Paulo
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