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Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2016, 4(10), 653-657
DOI: 10.12691/jfnr-4-10-4
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Evaluation of the Genotoxicity of a Gelidium elegans Extract in Vitro and in Vivo

Kui-Jin Kim1, Jia Choi1 and Boo-Yong Lee1,

1Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, College of Life Science, CHA University, Seongnam, Kyonggi, South Korea

Pub. Date: September 22, 2016

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Kui-Jin Kim, Jia Choi and Boo-Yong Lee. Evaluation of the Genotoxicity of a Gelidium elegans Extract in Vitro and in Vivo. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2016; 4(10):653-657. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-4-10-4


Gelidium elegans is an edible red seaweed that exhibits a broad range of biological activities. However, there is little known about its genotoxic effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the genotoxicity of a Gelidium elegans extract in three independent genotoxic tests, including a bacterial reverse mutation test, a micronucleus test, and a chromosomal aberration test. For five different strains of bacteria, the bacterial reverse mutation showed no increased reverse mutation upon exposure to 5000 μg/plate of the Gelidium elegans extract. Moreover, the frequency of micronucleated bone marrow polychromatic erythrocytes (MNPCE) was not altered by the Gelidium elegans extract. Likewise, the chromosome aberration did not increase in response to the Gelidium elegans extract. Together, these genotoxicity assessment studies suggest that Gelidium elegans extract could be considered a safe dietary ingredient.

genotoxicity safety Gelidium elegans red seaweed food ingredient

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