Special Issue "Marine Invertebrate Toxins"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 April 2018
Marine invertebrates are conspicuous residents in oceans, anywhere from the sea surface to the deep. These creatures are so fascinating because of the many differences between them. As a part of defensive and/or predation strategies, toxins have evolved in invertebrate animals and are particularly abundant. They produce toxins that vary from small to high molecular weight molecules and display unique chemical and biological features of scientific concern.
Protein and peptide toxins, as well as non-proteinaceous compounds, and their derivatives, are a class of specific chemical substances capable of causing diseases on contact with or absorption by body tissues. They bind to a variety of cognate receptors to exert poisonous effects. Over the past few decades, our understanding of the mechanisms of action, molecular definitions and interactions of toxins with their targets has increased enormously. These findings rapidly expanded the biomedical applications of toxins, such as for targeted drug delivery, and in the design of new drugs.
This Special Issue provides an initial survey of marine invertebrate toxins and their salient properties. It gathers original peer-reviewed articles and reviews reflecting updated research in domains concerning marine invertebrate toxins, i.e., chemical, immunological, environmental, pharmacological and physiological aspect, as well as mechanism of action and applicability.
Dr. Ana G Cabado
Dr. Lucía Blanco
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.
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.
- invertebrate marine toxins
- shellfish toxins
- nemertine toxins
- alkaloids from marine sponges
- sea anemone
- ascidian toxins.