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Special Issue "Marine Drugs in the Management of Metabolic Diseases"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Graciliana Lopes

REQUIMTE/LAQV, Laboratório de Farmacognosia, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade do Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
Interests: marine drugs; drug discovery; Diabetes mellitus; oxidative stress; seaweed bioactive compounds; phlorotannins

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metabolic diseases consist of complex heterogeneous disorders caused by the breakdown of body homeostasis, which greatly affect individuals’ quality of life. Mainly due to significant changes in human lifestyle, such as sedentarism, excess calories and exponential growth of emotional stress, metabolic diseases have been the current target of public health and scientific concern.

Marine organisms are rich sources of bioactive compounds with diverse molecular structures and biological activities, which place them at the forefront as the most appealing sources of drug leads in the 21st century. In addition to constituting privileged targets of chemical and molecular studies, marine drugs have a privileged role in pharmaceutical bioprospecting, representing a new hope for the management of metabolic diseases.

In this Special Issue, we are seeking original and high quality research articles, as well as reviews, focused on marine drugs with potential for the pharmacological management of metabolic diseases, with emphasis on diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia and gut. We intend to highlight surveys concerning novel compounds from marine sources, with relevant prospects on metabolic diseases related processes.

Dr. Graciliana Lopes
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Metabolic diseases (Diabetes mellitus, Gut, Dyslipidaemia, Hypertension)
  • Mechanism of action
  • Compounds isolation and molecular modulation
  • Genetic modulation of mediators involved in metabolism homeostasis
  • Structure-activity relationship

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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Tel. +41 61 683 77 34
Fax: +41 61 302 89 18
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