Special Issue "Marine Products for Health and Beauty"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2017)
Prof. Dr. Anake Kijjoa
Departamento de Química, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas de Abel Salazar and CIIMAR, Universidade do Porto, Rua Jorge de Viterbo Ferreira, nº228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
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Interests: characterization and antitumor evaluation of the bioactive compounds from the marine sponges and marine-derived fungi; search for antifungal and antibacterial compounds from higher plants, marine invertebrates, soil and marine-derived fungi
Prof. Dr. Maria Emília de Sousa
1. Laboratório de Química Orgânica e Farmacêutica, Departamento de Ciências, Químicas, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade do Porto, Rua Jorge Viterbo Ferreira 228, 4050-313, Porto, Portugal
2. Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR/CIMAR), Universidade do Porto, Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões, Avenida General Norton de Matos, S/N 4450-208 Matosinhos, Portugal
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Interests: medicinal chemistry; organic synthesis; heterocycles, P-glycoprotein; anticancer; anticoagulants; chiral drugs; marine natural products
Our exploitation of the living wealth of the sea, which constitutes more than 70% of the world’s surface, is longstanding. Today, several industries have emerged from our mining of the ocean’s resources, based on bioactives from marine microbes; hydrocolloids, antioxidants and essential fatty acids from microalgae and seaweeds; and biomaterials, such as coral skeleton and collagen for human body repair. Marine-derived compounds have been proved to have great potentials as anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and especially antimicrobial agents since their modes of action are often completely unrelated to terrestrial biochemistries, and, therefore, are able to overcome human and animal pathogen and cancer-cell defense mechanisms. Moreover, the incidence of obesity, has dramatically risen in recent years and many epidemic studies have shown that a prevalence of obesity-related diseases is lower in seafood-consuming population, suggesting a beneficial role of marine foods against obesity. It is believed that some functional ingredients in marine foods account for their anti-obesity effect. Antioxidant pigments (lutein and carotenoids), glucosamine, omega-3 fatty acids and minerals (calcium and magnesium) are also nutritionals from marine sources. On the other hand, marine molecules are expected to contribute strongly to cosmetics as well, because of increasing interest in antioxidants, anti-ageing and skin protection. Therefore, marine bioresources are expected to give rise to ‘marine biotechnology’ products, particularly functional ingredients for nutritionals, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
This Special Issue of Marine Drugs on “Marine Products for Health and Beauty” welcomes submission of previously unpublished manuscripts from original work or reviews on all the above aspects, including chemistry and biological activity of chemopreventive and anti-obesogenic compounds, marine products used in cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals, health and beauty product development and innovation. We plan to receive submissions until 30 October 2017.
Prof. Dr. Anake Kijjoa
Prof. Dr. Maria Emília Sousa
Manuscript Submission Information
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