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Special Issue "Natural Products Research in Australia and New Zealand"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Michele R. Prinsep

Department of Chemistry, The University of Waikato, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, Gate 1 Knighton Road, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
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Interests: natural products chemistry; application of spectral methods to structural determination; biologically active compounds and structure-activity relationships; chemical ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Australia and New Zealand are ideal locations for research into natural products of both terrestrial and marine origin. Due to their geographic isolation, both have unique flora and fauna and a very high degree of endemism in that biota. For example, 92% of Australia’s and 80% of New Zealand’s vascular plants are endemic. Both countries have extensive coastlines, a wide variety of marine habitats and very large exclusive economic zones and endemism in the oceans of the region is also at a high level.

Not surprisingly therefore, natural products research of all kinds is very active in this area. For example, Marinlit, a database of the marine natural products literature contains 155 records for studies pertaining to organisms collected from New Zealand waters and 713 records for organisms from Australian waters between the years 1970 and 2015. Natural product research in the region is diverse, encompassing fields, such as biodiscovery, chemical ecology, synthesis, environmental impact studies and many others.

As Guest Editor, I invite researchers to submit their work relevant to these topics and to any others encompassing natural products research in the region to this Special Issue of Molecules. The aim of this issue is to showcase the breadth and quality of natural products research in this part of the globe.

Assoc. Prof. Michele R. Prinsep
Guest Editor

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  • isolation and structural elucidation
  • biological activity
  • medicinal chemistry
  • chemical ecology
  • environmental impact

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Open AccessArticle The Influence of Toothpaste Containing Australian Melaleuca alternifolia Oil and Ethanolic Extract of Polish Propolis on Oral Hygiene and Microbiome in Patients Requiring Conservative Procedures
Molecules 2017, 22(11), 1957; doi:10.3390/molecules22111957
Received: 30 September 2017 / Revised: 2 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 13 November 2017
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The study was based on the use of a toothpaste with antiphlogistic activity, containing Australian Melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree oil—TTO) and ethanolic extract of Polish propolis (EEP). Fifty-one patients with varying conditions of the gingiva were divided into two groups. The study
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The study was based on the use of a toothpaste with antiphlogistic activity, containing Australian Melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree oil—TTO) and ethanolic extract of Polish propolis (EEP). Fifty-one patients with varying conditions of the gingiva were divided into two groups. The study group received the toothpaste with TTO and EEP, while the control group received the same toothpaste but without TTO and EEP. Approximal plaque index (API), simplified oral hygiene index (OHI-s) and modified sulcus bleeding index (mSBI) were assessed in three subsequent stages. During each examination, swabs were employed for microbiological inoculation. During the period of use of toothpastes with TTO and EEP, a significant reduction of the API was observed, as assessed upon the control visit after 7 days and after 28 days, compared to baseline. A statistically significant reduction of mSBI was observed after 7 and 28 days of using the toothpaste with TTO and EEP, as compared to the value upon the initial visit. Statistically significant differences in the OHI-s value were observed in the study group, which was using the active toothpaste. The use of a toothpaste containing TTO and EEP helps to maintain microbiome balance. The observed stabilisation of bacterial microflora confirms the beneficial activity of toothpaste containing EEP and TTO compared to the control group, where the lack of these substances contributed to the emergence of qualitative and quantitative changes in oral microbiome. Full article
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