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A Moving Frontline in the Study of Melatonin and Its Analogs

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Endocrinology and Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 117

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Dear Colleagues,

Melatonin, an ancient molecule that is present throughout the plant and animal kingdoms, has an uncommonly wide variety of receptor-mediated and receptor-independent functions. Melatonin membrane receptors, designated MT1 and MT2, are widely distributed in eukaryotic cells. As a small molecule that is ubiquitously present in all organisms, from cyanobacteria to humans, melatonin has an uncommonly large array of functions.

Melatonin performs antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer functions, is involved in immune stimulation and oocyte maturation, and limits neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, etc.), in addition to its well-known role in the regulation of the circadian rhythm. Melatonin analogs have been developed especially for the treatment of sleep disorders and depression. In addition to this, melatonin is being tested for the treatment of a variety of other disorders.

Papers on any aspect of melatonin’s physiology and molecular biology will be considered for this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Slominski
Dr. Tae-Kang Kim
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  • melatonin
  • serotonin
  • oxidative stress and inflammation
  • aging and cancer
  • neurodegenerative diseases

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