The seaweed Dygenea simplex C. Agardh exhibits anti-HIV activity. - GreenMedInfo Summary
The inhibitory effect of the crude extract from a seaweed of Dygenea simplex C. Agardh on the in vitro cytopathic activity of HIV-1 and it's antigen production.
Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo). 1995 Sep;43(9):1580-4. PMID: 7586085
Department of Microbiology, Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health, Japan.
The crude water extract (NS-1) from a seaweed (Digenea simplex C. Agardh Rhodomelaceae) exhibited anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 activity in vitro. The inhibitory effect of the extract on the cytopathic activity of HIV-1 and it's antigen production was examined using a microplate method, immunofluorescent assay, and an HIV antigen detection kit (Abbott). NS-1 inhibited both the cytopathic effect of HIV-1 to MT-4 cells and the giant cell formation of Molt-4 cells infected with HIV-1.