Special Issue "Marine Biomaterials"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)
The biological, chemical and materials diversity of the marine environment is immeasurable and therefore is an extraordinary resource for the discovery of new bioactive substances, drugs, toxins, pigments, enzymes; as well as biopolymers, bioadhesives, bioelastomers and hierarchically structured biocomposites. Recent technological and methodological advances in structure elucidation, genomics, proteomics, organic synthesis, bioinspired materials chemistry, biological assays and biomimetics have resulted in the isolation and clinical evaluation of various novel pharmacological preparations and biomaterials. These compounds range in structural class from simple linear peptides to complex biopolymers. There are no doubts that diversity of biological materials of marine origin is almost equivalent to the marine biodiversity. According to generalized classification of biological materials of marine origin, we pick out:
- Biomineralized Structures and Biocomposites (skeletal formations, macro- and microscleres, spicules, spines, bristles, cell walls, cyst walls, loricae etc.)
- Non-mineralized Structures (bioelastomers like abductin, resilin, gorgonin, spongin; antipathin, bioadhesives like byssus and related DOPA-based polymers; biocements and glues)
- Macromolecular Biopolymers (marine polysaccharides of algal origin; chitin, collagens)
- Self-made Biological Materials (tubular structures of marine invertebrates like some protists, foraminifera or worms which are made due to co-agglutination of external mineral debris, sand grains or other particles)
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. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as 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 refereed through a 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.
- marine invertebrates