Special Issue "Lipids of Marine Algae"

A special issue of Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Rosário Domingues
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Mass Spectrometry Centre, Department of Chemistry&QOPNA, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: mass spectrometry; lipidomics; marine lipidiomics; lipid oxidation; glycomics
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Dr. Ricardo Calado
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Department of Biology & CESAM & ECOMARE, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: marine fatty acids; marine lipidomics; marine invertebrates; marine macrophytes
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine micro- and macroalgae are a well-known source of lipids with high nutritional value and with important bioactive properties, such as omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), glycolipids, and phospholipids. The polar lipidome of marine algae (both micro and macro) is yet to be fully unraveled, although they are unanimously recognized as promising and valuable phytochemicals for a multitude of applications (e.g., food, feed, pharmaceutical, and cosmeceutical industries). Polar lipids are the main carriers of omega-3 fatty acids, namely PUFAs, and have been reported to display anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-proliferative properties. Lipidomic approaches using mass spectrometry technologies are currently being used in the profiling and identification of these health-promoting biomolecules. Lipid signatures reveal algal adaptations to multiple biotic and abiotic conditions, can support the development of origin certification protocols, and can also be used as reliable proxies for the quality control of raw algae or algal-based products. Overall, the accurate identification of the lipidome of marine algae will enhance the valorisation of these biomolecules and foster innovative algal-based solutions for biotechnological and industrial applications.

Dr. Rosário Domingues
Dr. Ricardo Calado
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • bioactivity
  • lipid signatures
  • lipidome
  • lipidomics
  • polar lipids
  • unsaturated fatty acids

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Algae: Critical Sources of Very Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
Biomolecules 2019, 9(11), 708; https://doi.org/10.3390/biom9110708 - 06 Nov 2019
Abstract
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are divided into n-3 and n-6 classes, are essential for good health in humans and many animals. They are metabolised to lipid mediators, such as eicosanoids, resolvins and protectins. Increasing interest has been paid to the 20 or [...] Read more.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are divided into n-3 and n-6 classes, are essential for good health in humans and many animals. They are metabolised to lipid mediators, such as eicosanoids, resolvins and protectins. Increasing interest has been paid to the 20 or 22 carbon very long chain PUFAs, since these compounds can be used to form lipid mediators and, thus, avoid inefficient formation of dietary plant PUFAs. The ultimate sources of very long chain PUFAs are algae, which are consumed by fish and then by humans. In this review, I describe the biosynthesis of very long chain PUFAs by algae and how this synthesis can be manipulated for commercial purposes. Ultimately, the production of algal oils is critical for ecosystems worldwide, as well as for human dietary lipids. Full article
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Planned Papers

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.

1. Authors: Dr. Philippe Soudant et al.

2. Authors: Prof John Hardwood

Title: ‘Algae as a source of essential fatty acids’

3. Authors: Dr Thierry Durand

4. Authors: Dr Yonghua Li-Beisson

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