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Special Issue "Natural Toxins/Molecules (and Derivatives) from Animal Venoms: From Basic Research to Therapeutic Applications"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Medicinal Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jean-Marc Sabatier

Laboratory INSERM UMR 1097, Aix-Marseille University, 163, Parc Scientifique et Technologique de Luminy, Avenue de Luminy, Bâtiment TPR2, Case 939, Marseille 13288, France
Interests: chemical synthesis; peptide synthesis; structure-activity relationships; medicinal chemistry; candidate drugs; antivirals, antibacterials; antioxidants; toxins

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Venomous animals (e.g., scorpions, snakes, sea anemones, cone snails, worms, wasps and frogs) are invaluable natural sources of biologically-active compounds that target a variety of receptors/molecules (ion channels, enzymes, etc.). These compounds are generally highly potent, but can display variable selectivities. Interestingly, a number of molecules from venoms reportedly possess some therapeutic potential to treat pain, microbial infections, and more or less severe pathologies such as cancer, autoimmune and neurological diseases. This special issue of ‘Molecules’ is devoted to the many aspects of marine and non-marine toxins/molecules (and derivatives thereof) from animal venoms, including their pharmacological properties, structural characteristics, structure-function relationship, molecular engineering/drug design, and therapeutic value. All scientists and clinicians working in these emerging and promising fields of research are strongly encouraged to submit their original works for publication in this Special Issue.

Dr. Jean-Marc Sabatier
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. Molecules 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.


  • venom
  • animal toxin
  • venomous animal
  • toxin engineering
  • drug design
  • structure-activity
  • chemotherapeutic drug
  • therapy
  • ion channel
  • antimicrobial
  • analgesic
  • antitumor/anticancer
  • autoimmune disease
  • neurological disorder

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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