Bacterial pigments: The bioactivities and as an alternative for therapeutic applications

Adzzie Shazleen Azman, Christina Injan Mawang, Sazaly Abubakar

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Synthetic pigments have been widely used in various applications since the 1980s. However, the hyperallergenicity or carcinogenicity effects of synthetic dyes have led to the increased research on natural pigments. Among the natural resources, bacterial pigments are a good alternative to synthetic pigments because of their significant properties. Bacterial pigments are also one of the emerging fields of research since it offers promising opportunities for different applications. Besides its use as safe coloring agents in the cosmetic and food industry, bacterial pigments also possess biological properties such as antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant and anticancer activities. This review article highlights the various types of bacterial pigments, the latest studies on the discovery of bacterial pigments and the therapeutic insights of these bacterial pigments which hopefully provides useful information, guidance and improvement in future study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1747-1754
Number of pages8
JournalNatural Product Communications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Anticancer
  • Antimalarial
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiviral
  • Bacteria
  • Bacterial pigments
  • Pigments

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