Red Marine Algae exhibits strong HSV and Influenza-inhibiting activity. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Antiviral activity of the red marine alga Ceramium rubrum.
Phytother Res. 2004 Jun;18(6):480-3. PMID: 15287074
An extract from the red marine alga Ceramium rubrum (Huds.) Ag. from the Bulgarian Black Sea seacoast considerably inhibited the reproduction of influenza viruses type A and B in vitro and in ovo. The virus-induced cytopathogenic effect (CPE), infectious virus yields and the production of hemagglutinin were all reduced at non-toxic concentrations of the extract. The virus-inhibitory effect was selective, dose-related and strain-specific; selectivity indices ranged 9.5-68.3. The inhibition affected adsorption as well as the intracellular stages of viral replication. The extract inhibited also the reproduction of herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 and type 2 in cell cultures. The preparation exhibited a strong HSV-inactivating activity.