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Lowenthal R.M.,Menzies Research Institute | Fitton J.H.,Marinova Pty Ltd
Journal of Applied Phycology | Year: 2014

Is there a role for brown macroalgae-derived fucoidan in cancer therapeutics? This review discusses the in vitro, in vivo and clinical data concerning fucoidan and cancer. Fucoidans vary according to the species from which they are derived, making direct comparisons between studies difficult. Data from in vitro studies indicate direct activity against some cancer cell lines. In vivo studies indicate cancer inhibitory activity, which may also be partly attributable to increases in innate and specific immunity. A small number of preliminary clinical studies indicate activity and should be followed up. Lastly, to date, there is no reported research into potential interactions between chemotherapy and fucoidan. Other naturally derived pharmaceuticals are known to interfere with certain forms of chemotherapy, and this should not be overlooked during the development of fucoidan. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht Source


Myers S.P.,Southern Cross University of Australia | O'Connor J.,Southern Cross University of Australia | Fitton J.H.,Marinova Pty Ltd | Brooks L.,Southern Cross University of Australia | And 5 more authors.
Biologics: Targets and Therapy | Year: 2011

Isolated fucoidans from brown marine algae have been shown to have a range of immune-modulating effects. This exploratory study aimed to determine whether a seaweed nutrient complex containing a blend of extracts from three different species of brown algae plus nutrients is safe to administer and has biological potential as an immune modulator. The study was undertaken as an open-label combined Phase I and II study. Methods: Participants (n = 10) were randomized to receive the study medication at either a 100 mg (n = 5) or 1000 mg (n = 5) dose over 4 weeks. The primary outcome measurement was in vivo changes in lymphocyte subsets. The secondary outcome measures were ex vivo changes in T-lymphocyte (CD4 and CD8) activation, phagocytosis of granulocytes and monocytes, T helper 1/T helper 2 cytokines, and serum oxygen radical absorbance capacity. Results: The preparation was found to be safe over the 4 weeks at both doses tested. There were no clinically relevant changes to blood measurements of hemopoietic, hepatic, or renal function. Immunomodulatory measurements showed no dose response between the two doses. The combined results from the two doses demonstrated a significant increase in cytotoxic T cell numbers and phagocytic capacity in monocytes, and a significant decrease in levels of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin 6. A separate analysis of the 100 mg dose (n = 5) alone showed a significant linear component over time (P, 0.05) for phagocytosis by both granulocytes and monocytes. Conclusion: The seaweed nutrient complex was safe to use when taken orally over 4 weeks. The preparation was demonstrated to have potential as an immune modulator, and this bioactivity deserves further exploration. © 2011 Myers et al, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd. Source


Lean Q.Y.,University of Tasmania | Lean Q.Y.,University Technology of MARA | Eri R.D.,University of Tasmania | Fitton J.H.,Marinova Pty Ltd | And 2 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, are an important cause of morbidity and impact significantly on quality of life. Overall, current treatments do not sustain a long-term clinical remission and are associated with adverse effects, which highlight the need for new treatment options. Fucoidans are complex sulphated, fucose-rich polysaccharides, found in edible brown algae and are described as having multiple bioactivities including potent anti-inflammatory effects. Therefore, the therapeutic potential of two different fucoidan preparations, fucoidan-polyphenol complex (Maritech Synergy) and depyrogenated fucoidan (DPF) was evaluated in the dextran sulphate sodium (DSS) mouse model of acute colitis. Mice were treated once daily over 7 days with fucoidans via oral (Synergy or DPF) or intraperitoneal administration (DPF). Signs and severity of colitis were monitored daily before colons and spleens were collected for macroscopic evaluation, cytokine measurements and histology. Orally administered Synergy and DPF, but not intraperitoneal DPF treatment, significantly ameliorated symptoms of colitis based on retention of body weight, as well as reduced diarrhoea and faecal blood loss, compared to the untreated colitis group. Colon and spleen weight in mice treated with oral fucoidan was also significantly lower, indicating reduced inflammation and oedema. Histological examination of untreated colitis mice confirmed a massive loss of crypt architecture and goblet cells, infiltration of immune cells and oedema, while all aspects of this pathology were alleviated by oral fucoidan. Importantly, in this model, the macroscopic changes induced by oral fucoidan correlated significantly with substantially decreased production of at least 15 proinflammatory cytokines by the colon tissue. Overall, oral fucoidan preparations significantly reduce the inflammatory pathology associated with DSS-induced colitis and could therefore represent a novel nutraceutical option for the management of IBD. © 2015 Lean et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Source


Irhimeh M.R.,University of New South Wales | Irhimeh M.R.,University of Tasmania | Irhimeh M.R.,University of Sydney | Fitton J.H.,Marinova Pty Ltd | And 3 more authors.
Annals of Hematology | Year: 2011

Expansion of transplantable cord blood (CB) progenitors using a stroma requires provision of an exogenous cell source because of the low frequency of stromal precursor cells in CB. A simpler approach from a clinical regulatory perspective would be to provide synthetic extracellular matrix. The aim of this study was to characterize the effect on hematopoietic cell culture of fucoidan. The modulation of cytokine-driven hematopoietic cell expansion by fucoidan was investigated using two-level fractional and full factorial experimental designs. Mobilized peripheral blood (PB) CD34+ cells were grown over 10 days in various combinations of FL, SCF, TPO, G-CSF, and SDF-1. Cultures were analyzed by immunophenotype. The effect of fucoidan on the divisional recruitment of CD34+ cells was studied by CFDA-SE division tracking. Fucoidan was adsorbed by polystyrene to tissue culture plates and promoted formation of an adherent hematopoietic culture. Factorial design experiments with mobilized PB-CD34+ cells showed that fucoidan reduced the production of CD34+ cells and CD34+CXCR4+ ratio but did not affect the production of monocytic, granulocytic, or megakaryocytic cells. The inhibitory effect of fucoidan on expansion of CB-CD34+ cells was greater than mobilized PB. Division tracking analysis showed that CD34+ cell generation times were lengthened by fucoidan. Fucoidan binds growth factors via their heparin-binding domain. The formation of an adherent hematopoietic culture system by fucoidan is most likely mediated by the binding of L-selectin and integrin-αMβ2 on myeloids. Fucoidan deserves further investigation as glycan scaffold that is suitable for immobilization of other matrix molecules thought to comprise blood stem cell niche. © 2011 Springer-Verlag. Source


Myers S.P.,Southern Cross University of Australia | O'Connor J.,Southern Cross University of Australia | Fitton J.H.,Marinova Pty Ltd | Brooks L.,Southern Cross University of Australia | And 5 more authors.
Biologics: Targets and Therapy | Year: 2010

Background: Isolated fucoidans from brown marine algae have been shown to have a range of anti-inflammatory effects. Purpose: This present study tested a Maritech® extract formulation, containing a blend of extracts from three different species of brown algae, plus nutrients in an open label combined phase I and II pilot scale study to determine both acute safety and efficacy in osteoarthritis of the knee. Patients and methods: Participants (n = 12, five females [mean age, 62 ± 11.06 years] and seven males [mean age, 57.14 ± 9.20 years]) with a confirmed diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee were randomized to either 100 mg (n = 5) or 1000 mg (n = 7) of a Maritech® extract formulation per day. The formulation contained Maritech® seaweed extract containing Fucus vesiculosis (85% w/w), Macrocystis pyrifera (10% w/w) and Laminaria japonica (5% w/w) plus vitamin B6, zinc and manganese. Primary outcome was the average comprehensive arthritis test (COAT) score which is comprised of four sub-scales: pain, stiffness, difficulty with physical activity and overall symptom severity measured weekly. Safety measures included full blood count, serum lipids, liver function tests, urea, creatinine and electrolytes determined at baseline and week 12. All adverse events were recorded. Results: Eleven participants completed 12 weeks and one completed 10 weeks of the study. Using a multilevel linear model, the average COAT score was reduced by 18% for the 100 mg treatment and 52% for the 1000 mg dose at the end of the study. There was a clear dose response effect seen between the two treatments (P ≤ 0.0005) on the average COAT score and each of the four COAT subscales (pain, stiffness, difficulty with physical activity and overall symptom severity) (P ≤ 0.05). The preparation was well tolerated and the few adverse events were unlikely to be related to the study medication. There were no changes in blood parameters measured over the course of the study with the exception of an increase in serum albumin which was not clinically significant. Conclusion: The seaweed extract nutrient complex when taken orally over twelve weeks decreased the symptoms of osteoarthritis in a dose-dependent manner. It was demonstrated to be safe to use over the study period at the doses tested. The efficacy of the preparation now needs to be demonstrated in a phase III randomized controlled trial (RCT). © 2010 Myers et al. Source

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