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Special Issue "Marine Bacterial Toxins"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Hanna Mazur-Marzec

1. Department of Marine Biotechnology, Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, Marszałka J. Piłsudskiego 46, PL-81378 Gdynia, Poland
2. Laboratory of Marine Biochemistry, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Powstańców Warszawy 55, PL-81712 Sopot, Poland
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Interests: bioactive natural products; marine drugs; nonribosomal peptides structure and activity; cyanobacteria toxins; peptidomics
Guest Editor
Dr. Anna Toruńska-Sitarz

Department of Marine Biotechnology, Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, , Marszałka J. Piłsudskiego 46, PL-81378 Gdynia, Poland
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Interests: marine microbes; bioactive natural products; marine drugs; nonribosomal peptides; antibacterial activity; molecular ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Seas and oceans are inhabited by a vast diversity of bacteria. Together with other microbes, they account for the largest fraction of biomass produced in seas and oceans. Marine bacteria also constitute a rich source of metabolites characterized by a unique structure and potent biological activity. Toxic metabolites produced by these microorganisms can be divided into endotoxins—the lipopolysaccharides that constitute an integral part of the cell wall of Gram-negative bacteria, and exotoxins—which are produced and excreted by living cells of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Several toxic compounds, originally ascribed to fish or invertebrates, have turned out to be produced by symbiotic bacteria. For example, a cytotoxic peptide called dolastatin was initially isolated from sea hare, Dolabella auricularia. Later, the cyanobacteria from Symploca and Lyngbya genus were found to be the actual producers of the compound.

The significance of toxins in functioning of bacteria is still a subject of debate. They may constitute an element of survival strategy or play the role of signal molecules. Despite their toxicity, they are also exploited as potential therapeutic agents or tools in studies into the mechanism of essential metabolic processes. In this way, their Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde nature is manifested.

This Special Issue, “Marine Bacterial Toxins”, will collate high quality papers focused on (1) known and new marine bacterial producers of toxins, their diversity, phylogeny and geography; (2) structure, biosynthesis, biological activity and mode of action of the compounds; (3) environmental relevance, impact on human health and biotechnological and pharmaceutical application; and (4) new tools and innovative methods used in the analysis of toxic marine bacteria and their metabolites.

We cordially invite you to submit your research to this Special Issue of Marine Drugs, and hope that, with your input, the present state of knowledge regarding different aspects of marine bacterial toxins will be updated and/or reviewed.

Prof. Hanna Mazur-Marzec
Dr. Anna Toruńska-Sitarz
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.


• Marine bacteria
• Neurotoxins
• Cyanotoxins
• Lipopolysaccharides
• Dermatotoxins
• Marine drugs
• Symbiotic bacteria

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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