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Special Issue "Terpenoids from Marine Organisms"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assist. Prof. Efstathia Ioannou

Department of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products, Faculty of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis Zografou, Athens 15771, Greece
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Phone: +302107274913
Interests: marine natural products; structure elucidation; bioactivity evaluation; marine-derived microorganisms; biotransformations
Guest Editor
Prof. Vassilios Roussis

Department of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products, Faculty of Pharmacy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis Zografou, GR 15771, Athens, Greece
Phone: +30210 7274 592
Fax: +30 210 7274 592
Interests: marine natural products; chemotaxonomy; chemical ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine natural products have enjoyed a renaissance in the past few years, displaying molecules that have been approved as drugs in the United States and the European Union, as well as a diverse array of compounds that are currently into clinical trials.

Terpenes, one of the most diverse classes of natural products produced by a variety of organisms, are vital for the life of most organisms, exerting metabolic control and mediating intra- and inter-species interactions. More than 40,000 individual terpenoids are known to exist in nature with new compounds being discovered every year.

Marine organisms produce a wide array of fascinating terpenoid structures distinguished by characteristic structural features. The biological and ecochemical functions of terpenes include chemical communication, pollination, chemical protection, growth regulation, among others, but even though numerous studies have been reported on this subject, the full spectrum of their ecological roles has not yet been fully clarified.

Potential challenges and future directions involved in the advancement of these promising natural compounds will be covered in the special issue, including isolation-structure elucidation of new molecules, metabolomic studies, evaluation of bioactivities, mechanisms of action, recent developments in their biosynthesis, total synthesis, semisynthesis and biotransformatiom, as well as pharmaceutical applications.

Assist. Prof. Efstathia Ioannou
Prof. Vassilios Roussis
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind 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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Terpenes

  • Bioactivity

  • Biosynthesis

  • Metabolomic studies

  • Synthesis

  • Biotransformations

  • Pharmaceutical applications

  • Ecological roles

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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