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Inhibitory effects of Mediterranean sponge extracts and metabolites on larval settlement of the barnacle Balanus amphitrite

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Claire Hellio, Dr Jean-Philippe Marechal, Dr Nicholas Aldred, Professor Tony Clare


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One of the most promising alternative technologies to antifouling paints based on heavy metals is the development of coatings whose active ingredients are compounds naturally occurring in marine organisms. This approach is based on the problem of epibiosis faced by all marine organisms and the fact that a great number of them cope with it successfully. The present study investigated the antifouling activity of a series of extracts and secondary metabolites from the epibiont-free Mediterranean sponges Ircinia oros, I. spinosula, Cacospongia scalaris, Dysidea sp., and Hippospongia communis. Antifouling efficacy was evaluated by the settlement inhibition of laboratory-reared Balanus amphitrite Darwin cyprids. The most promising activity was exhibited by the metabolites 2-[24-acetoxy]-octaprenyl-1-4-hydroquinone (8a), dihydrofurospongin II (10), and the alcoholic extract of Dysidea sp. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005.

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Author(s): Hellio C, Tsoukatou M, Maréchal J, Aldred N, Beaupoil C, Clare AS, Vagias C, Roussis V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Marine Biotechnology

Year: 2005

Volume: 7

Issue: 4

Pages: 297-305

Print publication date: 01/08/2005

ISSN (print): 1436-2228

ISSN (electronic): 1436-2236

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s10126-004-3150-x

PubMed id: 15971089


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