Special Issue "Marine Drugs and Ion Currents"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017)
The cell plasma membrane marks the border between the cytoplasm and the external environment. This compartmentalization is essential for cell activity and viability and is regulated by specific dynamics of ion current fluxes through the cell. Main ions such as potassium (K+), sodium (Na+) and calcium (Ca2+) cations are differentially distributed inside and outside the cell, giving rise to an electrical gradient across the membrane known as a voltage. Ion currents flow through ion channels, specific proteins inserted into the plasma membrane. These are characterized by their specificity, gating, and sensitivity to drugs, and mainly open in response to a ligand or a change in voltage. It is known that marine-derived compounds act on a series of biological processes. The scope of this Special Issue is to provide information on marine natural products whose target are the ion currents playing roles in key physiological processes. Here, toxin structure, function, mechanism of action and potential clinical and technological application will be reported.
Dr. Elisabetta Tosti
Dr. Alessandra Gallo
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Ion currents
- Ion channels
- Calcium channels
- Sodium channels
- Potassium channels
- Marine natural products