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The Phenomenal, Poignant "Prodigiosin" Produced By Serratia marcescens!

Here lies an incredibly informative and interesting outlook on the bacterial-produced pigment called Prodigiosin!

Prodigiosin is a poignant/strong red bacterial pigment that is produced by multiple strains of a bacteria called "Serratia marcescens". Prodigiosin has many functions, uses and roles in our world, AND it is an important helper to human-life!

Join me as I explore more of the remarkable bacteria(Serratia marcescens) and the subsequent adopted bacterial-produced pigment!


"Ravishing Red" Serratia marcescens rules!

"Ravishing Red" Serratia marcescens rules!

Red is my favorite color! It is so deep and strong and beautiful. In the image above, the strong red color indicates a Gram-negative. Serratia marcescens is thus a Gram-negative bacteria which occurs naturally in soil and water, and produces a red pigment called Prodigiosin at the optimum temperature of 27(degrees celcius) .

This pigment-producing bacteria/microbe is rod-shaped and extremely motile. In terms of size, Serratia marcescens is approximately 0.5 to 0.8um in diameter and 0.9 to 2um in length.

Prodigiosin | SpringerLink

Prodigiosin is a red pigment which has a chemical formula of C2OH25N3O. Prodigiosins are characterized by a common pyrroryl pyrromethene skeleton. It has a 4-methoxy, 2-2bipyrrole ring system and three pyrollic rings.Prodigiosin is made by cells growing aerobically at room temperatures and is observed to be effected by several environmental factors.This article focuses on what Prodigiosin is, the chemical composition of Prodigiosin and the Production of prodigiosin.

What Makes Prodigiosins Special?

Prodigiosins act as antimalarials, antifungals, antidiabetics, anti-inflammatories, antimicrobials, immunosuppressants, and antibiotic agents. It is known for its capacity to trigger apoptosis of malignant cancer cells.The anticancer activities displayed by prodigiosin are thought to be the result of several modes of action such as caspase-dependent and -independent induction of apoptosis. This article focuses on the biomedical uses of Prodigiosin.

Biotechnological And Medical Uses Of Prodigiosins

This article focuses on the biotechnological and medical uses of Prodigiosins as a natural pigment. Natural pigments not only have the capacity to increase the marketability of products, they also demonstrate valuable biological activities as antioxidants and anticancer agents.

How Prodigiosin Helps Humans

Prodigiosin aids in Cancer. Colorectal cancer is one of the most frequent malignancies and one of the most frequent causes of cancer death in the Western world. Its treatment is far from satisfactory and the challenge to oncologists is to find novel chemical entities with less toxicity and greater effectiveness than those used in current chemotherapy..

Prodigiosin As A Dye In The Textile Industry

Prodigiosin is applied to textile industries in order to give fabric a desirable color in the red color spectrum. The broad range of red color spectrum is due to mutations that occur naturally and synthetically.Dyeing is performed by a simple procedure consisting of either dipping in the pigment extract or boiling with the bacterial cells. Prodigiosin has the ability to color different materials with different degrees. This artcle explores Prodigiosin as a dye in textile industries.