Special Issue "Marine Biomaterials"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2010)
Dr. Hermann Ehrlich
Biomineralogy and Extreme Biomimetics, Institute of Experimental Physics, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Leipziger Str. 23, 09599 Freiberg, Germany
Phone: +49 3731 39 4261
Fax: +49 3731 39 4314
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
Article: Assessing Pearl Quality Using Reflectance UV-Vis Spectroscopy: Does the Same Donor Produce Consistent Pearl Quality?
Mar. Drugs 2010, 8(9), 2517-2525; doi:10.3390/md8092517
Received: 12 August 2010; in revised form: 3 September 2010 / Accepted: 13 September 2010 / Published: 20 September 2010| Download PDF Full-text (294 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(2), 196-223; doi:10.3390/md9020196
Received: 22 December 2010; in revised form: 15 January 2011 / Accepted: 26 January 2011 / Published: 8 February 2011| Download PDF Full-text (220 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Biodegradable and Biocompatible Biomaterial, Polyhydroxybutyrate, Produced by an Indigenous Vibrio sp. BM-1 Isolated from Marine Environment
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(4), 615-624; doi:10.3390/md9040615
Received: 8 March 2011; in revised form: 31 March 2011 / Accepted: 12 April 2011 / Published: 18 April 2011| Download PDF Full-text (149 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(4), 666-679; doi:10.3390/md9040666
Received: 25 January 2011; in revised form: 5 April 2011 / Accepted: 7 April 2011 / Published: 21 April 2011| Download PDF Full-text (922 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Isolation, Characterization and Biological Evaluation of Jellyfish Collagen for Use in Biomedical Applications
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(6), 967-983; doi:10.3390/md9060967
Received: 29 April 2011; in revised form: 20 May 2011 / Accepted: 26 May 2011 / Published: 7 June 2011| Download PDF Full-text (873 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: The Use of UV-Visible Reflectance Spectroscopy as an Objective Tool to Evaluate Pearl Quality
Mar. Drugs 2012, 10(7), 1459-1475; doi:10.3390/md10071459
Received: 31 March 2012; in revised form: 17 June 2012 / Accepted: 27 June 2012 / Published: 10 July 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1180 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 10 October 2012