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Special Issue "Marine Amino Acids"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Antonio Sanchez-Amat

Department of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Murcia, Murcia, Murcia, Spain
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Interests: marine bacteria; molecular biology; CRISPR-Cas; amino acid oxidases; laccase, tyrosinase
Guest Editor
Prof. Patricia Lucas-Elio

Department of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Murcia, Murcia, Murcia, Spain
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Interests: marine bacteria; molecular biology; CRISPR-Cas; amino acid oxidases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Amino acids play essential roles in organisms. Proteinogenic amino acids are used by all life forms as the building blocks for the synthesis of proteins. Through evolution, organisms have evolved to use amino acids, both proteinogenic and non-proteinogenic, in different ways. In this regard, the use of a wide arrange of chemically diverse amino acids for the synthesis of secondary metabolites through the activity of non-ribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) is very relevant.

Other amino acids are precursors of important cellular products, both secreted to the environment or as intracellular products. For instance, L-tyrosine can be a substrate for the synthesis of melanin pigments, which are widely-distributed protective pigments. Melanins are polymeric, while, on the other hand, mycosporin-like amino acids are soluble intracellular compounds that also play UV protective and antioxidant roles. Amino acids are also the substrates of a wide variety of enzymes in many different routes. Different organisms can use amino acid oxidases to generate hydrogen peroxide from amino acids. This compound shows antimicrobial activity and is also an irritant that can be used by the sea hare to escape from predators.

This Special Issue “Marine Amino Acids” in Marine Drugs aims to cover different aspects related to amino acid utilization and metabolism in sea waters. Amino acids originated from organisms can be detected as part of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) in oceans. A better knowledge of their origins, cycling and metabolism will help to understand their products.

From a biotechnological point of view, it is interesting to know the synthesis of amino acids in marine organisms, in terms of using them as a source for these metabolites. For example, brown algae, among many other marine organisms, are considered a source of these compounds for its use a precursor in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as a food and feed supplement. An example of this application is the synthesis and production of taurine. Amino acids are also precursors of many important marine secondary metabolites, which will be also covered in this Special Issue.

Prof. Antonio Sanchez-Amat
Prof. Patricia Lucas-Elio
Guest Editors

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.


  • Amino acid

  • Marine compounds

  • Secondary metabolites

  • Antimicrobial

  • Survival

  • Mycosporin-like

  • Taurine

  • Marine biotechnology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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