Marine Biotechnology | CCMAR

Marine Biotechnology

Short Title 
MarBiotech
Description 

The Marine Biotechnology research group is currently ongoing active research in different fields of microalgal biotechnology, as well as in the exploitation of different marine organisms as sources of novel bioactive compounds.

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The Marine Biotechnology research group is currently ongoing active research in different fields of microalgal biotechnology, as well as in the exploitation of different marine organisms as sources of novel bioactive compounds. In addition, the group uses structure-based design for lead optimisation with the final goal of obtaining novel drugs to fight human and animal disease.

 

The MarBiotech research group is focused on the following interrelated research lines:

- Algae biofuels.

- Molecular basis of carotenoid biosynthesis in microalgae.

- Isolation of carotenoid- and lipid-hyperproducing microalgal strains.

- LEDs for microalgal production.

- Marine innovative feeds and functional foods.

- Marine bioactive compounds.

- Drug lead development and optimisation.

 

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Publications
All Publications 
Rodrigues MJoão, Slusarczyk S, Pecio Ł, et al. In vitro and in silico approaches to appraise Polygonum maritimum L. as a source of innovative products with anti-ageing potential. Industrial Crops and Products. 2018;111:391 - 399. doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2017.10.046.
Pereira CGuerreiro, Barreira L, Bijttebier S, et al. Chemical profiling of infusions and decoctions of Helichrysum italicum subsp. picardii by UHPLC-PDA-MS and in vitro biological activities comparatively with green tea (Camellia sinensis) and rooibos tisane (Aspalathus linearis). Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. 2017;145. doi:10.1016/j.jpba.2017.07.007.
Pereira CGuerreiro, Barreira L, Bijttebier S, et al. Chemical profiling of infusions and decoctions of Helichrysum italicum subsp. picardii by UHPLC-PDA-MS and in vitro biological activities comparatively with green tea ( Camellia sinensis ) and rooibos tisane ( Aspalathus linearis ). Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. 2017;145:593 - 603. doi:10.1016/j.jpba.2017.07.007.
Oliveira M, Junior PAdemar Sal, Rodrigues MJoão, et al. Unlocking the in vitro anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activity of halophyte plants from the southern Portugal. Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2016;9(8):735-41. doi:10.1016/j.apjtm.2016.06.015.
Ismael A, Henriques MSC, Marques C, et al. Exploring saccharinate-tetrazoles as selective Cu(. RSC Adv. 2016;6(75):71628 - 71637. doi:10.1039/C6RA15051A.
Rodrigues MJoão, Neves V, Martins A, et al. In vitro antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Limonium algarvense flowers' infusions and decoctions: A comparison with green tea (Camellia sinensis). Food Chem. 2016;200:322-9. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.01.048.
Pereira H, Custódio L, Rodrigues MJ, et al. Profiling of antioxidant potential and phytoconstituents of Plantago coronopus. Brazilian Journal of Biology. 2016;(ahead). doi:10.1590/1519-6984.02416.
Custódio L, Laukaityte S, Engelen AH, et al. A comparative evaluation of biological activities and bioactive compounds of the seagrasses Zostera marina and Zostera noltei from southern Portugal. Natural Product Research. 2016;30(6):724 - 728. doi:10.1080/14786419.2015.1040791.
Lopes A, Rodrigues MJoão, Pereira C, et al. Natural products from extreme marine environments: Searching for potential industrial uses within extremophile plants. Industrial Crops and Products. 2016;94:299 - 307. doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2016.08.040.
Vizetto-Duarte C, Pereira H, de Sousa CBruno, et al. Fatty acid profile of different species of algae of the Cystoseira genus: a nutraceutical perspective. Nat Prod Res. 2015;29(13):1264-70. doi:10.1080/14786419.2014.992343.
Grosso C, Cardoso ALúcia, Lemos A, et al. Novel approach to bis(indolyl)methanes: de novo synthesis of 1-hydroxyiminomethyl derivatives with anti-cancer properties. Eur J Med Chem. 2015;93:9-15. doi:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.01.050.
Pereira H, Custódio L, Rodrigues MJoão, et al. Biological Activities and Chemical Composition of Methanolic Extracts of Selected Autochthonous Microalgae Strains from the Red Sea. Mar Drugs. 2015;13(6):3531-49. doi:10.3390/md13063531.
Rodrigues MJoão, Gangadhar KN, Vizetto-Duarte C, et al. Maritime halophyte species from southern Portugal as sources of bioactive molecules. Mar Drugs. 2014;12(4):2228-44. doi:10.3390/md12042228.
Schulze PSC, Barreira L, Pereira H, Perales JA, Varela J. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) applied to microalgal production. Trends Biotechnol. 2014;32(8):422-30. doi:10.1016/j.tibtech.2014.06.001.
Hernandez-Molina FJ, Stow DAV, Alvarez-Zarikian CA, et al. Onset of Mediterranean outflow into the North Atlantic. Science. 2014;344(6189):1244 - 1250. doi:10.1126/science.1251306.
Martins DAlves, Custódio L, Barreira L, et al. Alternative sources of n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in marine microalgae. Mar Drugs. 2013;11(7):2259-81. doi:10.3390/md11072259.
Maria VL, Gomes T, Barreira L, Bebianno MJ. Impact of benzo(a)pyrene, Cu and their mixture on the proteomic response of Mytilus galloprovincialis. Aquat Toxicol. 2013;144-145:284-95. doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2013.10.009.
Pereira H, Barreira L, Figueiredo F, et al. Polyunsaturated Fatty acids of marine macroalgae: potential for nutritional and pharmaceutical applications. Mar Drugs. 2012;10(9):1920-35. doi:10.3390/md10091920.
Hernández-Prieto MA, Schön V, Georg J, et al. Iron deprivation in Synechocystis: inference of pathways, non-coding RNAs, and regulatory elements from comprehensive expression profiling. G3 (Bethesda). 2012;2(12):1475-95. doi:10.1534/g3.112.003863.
Pereira H, Barreira L, Mozes A, et al. Microplate-based high throughput screening procedure for the isolation of lipid-rich marine microalgae. Biotechnol Biofuels. 2011;4(1):61. doi:10.1186/1754-6834-4-61.
Ramos AA, Marques AR, Rodrigues M, et al. Molecular and functional characterization of a cDNA encoding 4-hydroxy-3-methylbut-2-enyl diphosphate reductase from Dunaliella salina. J Plant Physiol. 2009;166(9):968-77. doi:10.1016/j.jplph.2008.11.008.
Coesel SNicole, Baumgartner ACordeiro, Teles LMarlene, et al. Nutrient limitation is the main regulatory factor for carotenoid accumulation and for Psy and Pds steady state transcript levels in Dunaliella salina (Chlorophyta) exposed to high light and salt stress. Mar Biotechnol (NY). 2008;10(5):602-11. doi:10.1007/s10126-008-9100-2.
Ramos AA, Varela J. Biochemistry and molecular biology in Portugal: an overview of past and current contributions. IUBMB Life. 2008;60(5):265-9. doi:10.1002/iub.65.
Ramos AA, Coesel S, Marques A, et al. Isolation and characterization of a stress-inducible Dunaliella salina Lcy-beta gene encoding a functional lycopene beta-cyclase. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2008;79(5):819-28. doi:10.1007/s00253-008-1492-4.
Projects
Title Coordinator Time frame Funding CCMAR Total
SEAWEED Anaerobic Digestion of Seaweed for Biofuels João Varela 01/09/2011 a 31/08/2013 Comissão Europeia 211.19k€
CYANO Regulação da homeostase do ferro em cianobactérias João Varela 01/01/2010 a 30/06/2013 FCT 42.62k€
BOTRYOFUEL Microalgas hiperprodutoras de hidrocarbonetos João Varela 01/07/2007 a 30/06/2008 AdI - Agência de Inovação 12.31k€
Activities
Activity type 
Seminário
December 13th, at 1:30 pm on Amph.C (CP).
Qua, 13/12/2017
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Anf.C (CP) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
Activity type 
Seminário
Luísa Barreira will talk about an extreme gourmet project that joins plants and cuisine. Don't miss this seminar!
Qua, 14/06/2017
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Anf. B (CP) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
Activity type 
ATT
5th June 2017 Organization: CCMAR Location: Room 2.31 A - bdg 7 - Universidade do Algarve - Campus de Gambelas (limited places)
Dom, 05/06/2016 a Seg, 05/06/2017
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Room 2.31 A - bdg 7 - CCMAR - Universidade do Algarve - Campus de Gambelas (Faro)
News
News 
O projeto chama-se ALGARED+ e o Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR) é um dos membros do consórcio luso-espanhol de nove instituições que é responsável pelo projeto, que faz parte do Programa (POCTEP) Cooperação Transfronteiriça...
Chloé Placines is joining Marine Biotechnology group. Welcome Chloé!
Ana Grenha receives her Tech2Market honorable mention (photo credits: UAlg Communication Department)
Ana Grenha, Maria Clara Costa e Luísa Custódio receberam menções honrosas no concurso Tech2Market promovido pela Universidade do Algarve. Fomos falar com as investigadoras para saber mais sobre as suas tecnologias e futuras...