Fucoidan can transfer information.
The antitumor phenomenon of fucoidan is based on the well-known threefold effect: apoptosis inducing, immunomodulatory and antiangiogenic. One of the biggest discoveries in the field of microbiology in the last few years is the so-called "informational" function of sugar chains (polysaccharides). Fucose is the basic sugar-building block that is used for constructing the fucoidan sugar chains. Sugar chains are akin to the downy hair growing on the surface of the cells in our bodies. Eight types of sugar molecules (known as glyconutrients) form sugar chains inside our bodies:
- N-acetylneuramic acid