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Production and Biotechnological Applications of C-phycocyanin (C-PC)

Author: BioMed Research International
News Date: 18/9/2016 12:00 AM
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Abstract:

An extensive range of pigments including phycobiliproteins are present in algae. C-phycocyanin (C-PC), a phycobiliprotein, is one of the key pigments of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis), a microalgae used in many countries as a supplement. Algal pigments have massive commercial value as natural colorants in nutraceuticals, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries, besides their health benefits. At present, increasing awareness of harmful effects of synthetic compounds and inclination of community towards the usage of natural and organic products have led to the exploitation of microalgae as a source of natural pigments/colors. This review describes recent findings about the sources and production of C-PC, with emphasis on specific techniques for extraction and purification, along with potential industrial applications in diagnostics, foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries. 

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