Special Issue "Marine Peptides and Their Mimetics"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)
Dr. Peter Duggan
Leader, Peptides and Peptidomimetics Team, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Bayview Avenue, Clayton VIC 3168, Australia
Interests: use of modified amino acids, peptides and peptidomimetics in chemical biology
Dr. Kellie L. Tuck
School of Chemistry, Clayton Campus, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
Fax: +61 (0)3 9905 4597
Interests: synthesis of bioactive compounds (peptidomimetics and natural products) with potential therapeutic applications
The number of bioactive peptides isolated from marine organisms continues to grow. These peptides are found in a range of phyla including Mollusca, Crustacea, Porifera, Cnidaria, Nemertina, Echinodermata and Craniata, as well as a number of fish species. Marine peptides have been shown to possess a range of activities of medical relevance including an ability to interact with a variety of human ion channels. Marine peptides have also been found to possess antimicrobial, antiviral, anticoagulant and antifreeze properties.
This special issue will present recent results from the isolation, characterisation and biological evaluation of peptides found in marine organisms. Peptides rarely make good therapeutics and the design, synthesis and testing of small-molecule mimetics of bioactive marine peptides with medical relevance is also the subject of much research, and will also be a focus of this special issue.
Dr. Kellie L. Tuck
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 peptides
- cystine knots
- cone snails
- structure determination
- biological activity
- ion channel blockers
- peptide synthesis