Special Issue "Marine Glycoconjugates"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2012)
Dr. Antonio Trincone
Istituto di Chimica Biomolecolare, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Comprensorio Olivetti, Edificio 70, Via Campi Flegrei 34, I-80078 Pozzuoli, Napoli, Italy
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Interests: biocatalysis; marine enzymes; marine glycosidases; marine biotechnology; oligosaccharides
Starting from the end of the decade 1980-1990, with increasing advances of analytical techniques, the field of glycobiology has grown welldefined and the roles of complex molecules such as saccharides, glycoproteins, glycan, glycolipids and proteoglycans (all defined as glycoconjugates) were identified in a wide range of fundamental biological processes. In marine research these studies have had just selective flourishing in a small number of classical processes (reproduction, chemical communications, bioadhesion). It seems to be convenient to edit a special issue of Marine Drugs dedicated to Marine Glycoconjugates in the hope of gathering articles from different areas such as structural characterization, synthesis and biobased synthesis of marine glycoconjugates, comprehension of glyco-based molecular events in cell-cell and cell-substrate bioprocesses. All these studies, being founded on molecular collective identities of carbohydrates in marine organisms, will certainly add day by day more significance to the current -omics revolution toward a marine glycocode, the comprehension of which will have tremendous impact in biomedical and biotechnological applications of glycoconjugates like in terrestrial counterparts. As the Guest Editor I invite researchers from industry and academia to describe recent advances in the field of marine glycoconjugates.
Dr. Antonio Trincone
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- chemical communication
- silica deposition
- hyaluronic acid
- marine lectins
Review: Fucanomics and Galactanomics: Marine Distribution, Medicinal Impact, Conceptions, and Challenges
Mar. Drugs 2012, 10(4), 793-811; doi:10.3390/md10040793
Received: 21 February 2012; in revised form: 21 March 2012 / Accepted: 22 March 2012 / Published: 29 March 2012| Download PDF Full-text (222 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Preparation and Characterization of O-Acylated Fucosylated Chondroitin Sulfate from Sea Cucumber
Mar. Drugs 2012, 10(8), 1647-1661; doi:10.3390/md10081647
Received: 21 May 2012; in revised form: 3 July 2012 / Accepted: 24 July 2012 / Published: 10 August 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1048 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Glycosides from Marine Sponges (Porifera, Demospongiae): Structures, Taxonomical Distribution, Biological Activities and Biological Roles
Mar. Drugs 2012, 10(8), 1671-1710; doi:10.3390/md10081671
Received: 5 July 2012; in revised form: 25 July 2012 / Accepted: 25 July 2012 / Published: 10 August 2012| Download PDF Full-text (435 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Mar. Drugs 2012, 10(9), 2002-2022; doi:10.3390/md10092002
Received: 18 August 2012; in revised form: 8 September 2012 / Accepted: 11 September 2012 / Published: 17 September 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1407 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Effects of Oral Administration of Fucoidan Extracted from Cladosiphon okamuranus on Tumor Growth and Survival Time in a Tumor-Bearing Mouse Model
Mar. Drugs 2012, 10(10), 2337-2348; doi:10.3390/md10102337
Received: 17 August 2012; in revised form: 10 September 2012 / Accepted: 11 October 2012 / Published: 22 October 2012| Download PDF Full-text (388 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Isolation and Structure Elucidation of GM4-Type Gangliosides from the Okinawan Starfish Protoreaster nodosus
Mar. Drugs 2012, 10(11), 2467-2480; doi:10.3390/md10112467
Received: 8 October 2012; in revised form: 26 October 2012 / Accepted: 30 October 2012 / Published: 5 November 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1027 KB) | Download XML Full-text |
Mar. Drugs 2012, 10(12), 2861-2892; doi:10.3390/md10122861
Received: 23 October 2012; in revised form: 23 November 2012 / Accepted: 29 November 2012 / Published: 17 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (3042 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Glycosylation of Conotoxins
Mar. Drugs 2013, 11(3), 623-642; doi:10.3390/md11030623
Received: 14 December 2012; in revised form: 25 January 2013 / Accepted: 6 February 2013 / Published: 1 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (1028 KB) | Download XML Full-text
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Glycobiology in Reproductive Processes: The State of Art
Authors: Alessandra Gallo 1, Francesco Silvestre 2 and Maria Costantini 1
Affiliation: 1 Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Villa Comunale 80121 Naples, Italy; E-Mail: email@example.com (M.C.); Tel.: +39 081 5833233 (M.C.); Fax: +39 081 7641355 (M.C.)
2 School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, 100084 Beijing, China
Abstract: Glycobiology is the study of complex carbohydrates in biological systems and represents a developing field of science that has made huge advances in the last half century. In fact, it combines all branches of biomedical research, revealing the vast and diverse forms of carbohydrate structures that exist in nature. The advance in structure determination have enabled scientists to study the function of complex carbohydrates in more depth and determine the role that they play in a wide range of biological processes. Glycobiology research in marine systems have primarily focused on reproduction, in particular for what concern the chemical communication between the gametes. The current status of marine glycobiology is primarily descriptive, devoted to characterize marine glycoconjugates with potential biomedical and biotechnological applications. In this review we describe the current status of the glycobiology in the reproductive processes from gametogenesis to fertilization and embryo development of marine animals.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Development and Structural Characterisation of a Carbohydrate Functionalised Polymer Surface to Mimic a Settlement Cue in Barnacles
Authors: Helen E. Pagett 1, David W. Johnson 2, Ross Little 3, Lidija Siller 3, Neil R. Cameron 2, Gary S. Caldwell 1 and Anthony S. Clare 1
Affiliations: 1 School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University, Ridley Building, Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S.C.)
2 Department of Chemistry, University of Durham, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK
3 School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, Newcastle University, Merz Court, Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK
Abstract: The cuticular tissue of adult barnacles contains an a2-macroglobulin-like glycoprotein contact cue, referred to as the settlement-inducing protein complex (SIPC), which increases the attractiveness of surfaces and signals cyprids to settle. However, detailed knowledge of the composition of marine pheromone cues is poor. Previously, the glycan moiety of the SIPC of the tropical acorn barnacle, Balanus amphitrite, was characterised. This indicated oligomannose glycans, as supported by observations on the settlement effect of mannose in solution. This paper outlines the development of SIPC-like surface bound carbohydrate-functionalised polymers. These surfaces were shown to act as SIPC mimics, cueing settlement on contact; providing insight into the mechanisms of gregarious settlement.
Last update: 10 October 2012