Special Issue "Natural Products from Coral Reef Organisms"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017
Prof. Jyh-Horng Sheu
Department of Marine Biotechnology and Resources, Frontier Center for Ocean Science and Technology, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan
Interests: marine organisms; natural products; organic reactions; structure elucidation
Coral reefs are the major habitat of numerous marine organisms. Ecologically, they are referred to as the rainforests of ocean, and are home to many species of algae, cyanobacteria, and marine animals, such as fish, crustaceans, corals, sponges, bryozoans, tunicates, mollusks, and echinoderms. Many reef organisms, and the associated microorganisms, can, not only produce nutritional substances, but also bioactive metabolites to defend themselves against predators, fight diseases, and prevent the fouling and overgrowth of other organisms. These natural products may also be useful for the discovery of new drugs. Dozens of promising compounds, originating from coral reef organisms, have been approved or are under clinical trials for use as painkillers, anticancer purposes, and antiviral drugs, or for the treatment of other diseases. Thus, coral reef organisms are well recognized as a rich source of bioactive natural products, which might become useful medicines in future drug development.
The goal of this Special Issue is to provide a platform for scientists of related fields to share and report the discovery and development of natural products from coral reef organisms. We invite researchers from all over the world to publish original research and review articles in this Special Issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Natural products from marine algae and microalgae
- Natural products from marine invertebrates
- Natural products from marine microorganisms
- Marine natural products as antifouling agents
- Marine natural products for fighting diseases
Prof. Jyh-Horng Sheu
Manuscript Submission Information
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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.
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- Coral reef organism
- Natural product
- Structure elucidation
- Drug development