Special Issue "Marine Carotenoids"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2014
Prof. Dr. Kazuo Miyashita
Bio-functional Material Chemistry, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, Hakodate 041-8611, Japan
Phone: +81 138 408804
Fax: +81 138 408804
Dr. Takashi Maoka
Research Institute for Production Development, 15 Shimogamo-morimoto-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0805, Japan
Phone: +81 757 811107
Fax: +81 757 917659
Carotenoids represent a large group of isoprenoid structures with many different structural characteristics and biological activities. They are the most important pigments among those occurring in the nature that are responsible for various colors of different fruits, vegetables and plant parts. Marine carotenoids are also responsible for the color of many fish and shellfish products. However, there has been a relatively little information on the impact of marine carotenoids on human health, while there have been so many papers and reviews on carotenoids from terrestrial origin.
The potential beneficial effects of marine carotenoids have been particularly focused on astaxanthin and fucoxanthin, as they are major marine carotenoids. Both carotenoids show strong antioxidant activity which is attributed to quenching singlet oxygen and scavenging free radicals. The potential role of the carotenoids as dietary antioxidants has been suggested as being one of the main mechanisms for their preventive effects against cancer and inflammatory et al. However, it will be difficult to explain their biological activities only by antioxidant activity. Other mechanisms of action that are independent of their antioxidant properties are also likely to be important. The mechanisms should be based on the regulatory effect of marine carotenoids on particular bio-molecules. This activity of carotenoids is responsible for the characteristic chemical structures which differ depending on the length of the polyene, nature of the end group and various substituent they contain.
This special issue of Marine Drugs is dedicated to marine carotenoids, and will be focused on the benefits of carotenoids to human being. For better understanding the physiological effects of marine carotenoids this issue should involve the most recent developments in presence, analysis, chemistry, and biochemistry of marine caroetnoids. We am very happy and honored to serve as a Guest Editor for this special issue, and would like to invite scientists to report their findings or review the recent literature on various aspects of marine carotenoids. I sincerely hope that this special issue will encourage other scientists to work on the exciting field of marine carotenoids.
Prof. Dr. Kazuo Miyashita
Dr. Takashi Maoka
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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 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 carotenoids
- antioxidant activity
- prevention of cardiovascular disease
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(1), 29-42; doi:10.3390/md9010029
Received: 2 November 2010; in revised form: 18 December 2010 / Accepted: 23 December 2010 / Published: 24 December 2010| Download PDF Full-text (579 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(2), 242-255; doi:10.3390/md9020242
Received: 22 December 2010; in revised form: 25 January 2011 / Accepted: 4 February 2011 / Published: 10 February 2011| Download PDF Full-text (493 KB) | Download XML Full-text | Supplementary Files
Review: Carotenoids in Marine Animals
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(2), 278-293; doi:10.3390/md9020278
Received: 14 January 2011; in revised form: 16 February 2011 / Accepted: 21 February 2011 / Published: 22 February 2011| Download PDF Full-text (271 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(3), 319-333; doi:10.3390/md9030319
Received: 31 January 2011; in revised form: 15 February 2011 / Accepted: 17 February 2011 / Published: 3 March 2011| Download PDF Full-text (241 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(3), 447-465; doi:10.3390/md9030447
Received: 7 February 2011; in revised form: 14 March 2011 / Accepted: 18 March 2011 / Published: 21 March 2011| Download PDF Full-text (225 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(4), 625-644; doi:10.3390/md9040625
Received: 14 March 2011; Accepted: 14 April 2011 / Published: 20 April 2011| Download PDF Full-text (299 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Carotenoid β-Ring Hydroxylase and Ketolase from Marine Bacteria—Promiscuous Enzymes for Synthesizing Functional Xanthophylls
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(5), 757-771; doi:10.3390/md9050757
Received: 21 March 2011; in revised form: 19 April 2011 / Accepted: 26 April 2011 / Published: 6 May 2011| Download PDF Full-text (671 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(6), 1024-1037; doi:10.3390/md9061024
Received: 1 April 2011; in revised form: 3 June 2011 / Accepted: 7 June 2011 / Published: 10 June 2011| Download PDF Full-text (386 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(6), 1101-1118; doi:10.3390/md9061101
Received: 2 May 2011; in revised form: 31 May 2011 / Accepted: 8 June 2011 / Published: 15 June 2011| Download PDF Full-text (764 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(7), 1166-1175; doi:10.3390/md9071166
Received: 17 February 2011; in revised form: 26 May 2011 / Accepted: 15 June 2011 / Published: 27 June 2011| Download PDF Full-text (158 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2011, 9(8), 1419-1427; doi:10.3390/md9081419
Received: 30 June 2011; in revised form: 31 July 2011 / Accepted: 8 August 2011 / Published: 22 August 2011| Download PDF Full-text (232 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Dietary Fucoxanthin Increases Metabolic Rate and Upregulated mRNA Expressions of the PGC-1alpha Network, Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Fusion Genes in White Adipose Tissues of Mice
Mar. Drugs 2014, 12(2), 964-982; doi:10.3390/md12020964
Received: 17 December 2013; in revised form: 22 January 2014 / Accepted: 23 January 2014 / Published: 14 February 2014| Download PDF Full-text (1460 KB) | Download XML Full-text | Supplementary Files
Last update: 30 October 2013