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Compounds with Added Value from Marine Algae for Biomedical Applications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2024 | Viewed by 243

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Faculty of Pharmacy, Ovidius University of Constanta, Capitan Aviator Al. Serbanescu Street, No. 6, Campus, Building C, 900470 Constanta, Romania
Interests: marine biomass; marine algae; marine organisms; bioactive compounds from natural resources; antioxidant activity; nutraceuticals; cosmeceuticals; pharmaceuticals; vegetal extracts characterization; metals bioaccumulation
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Faculty of Pharmacy, Ovidius University of Constanta, Capitan Aviator Al. Serbanescu Street, No. 6, Campus, Building C, 900470 Constanta, Romania
Interests: marine natural products; isolation and characterization; analytical methods; bioactive compounds; phytochemicals; marine biomass; blue biotechnology; minerals in natural products; formulation of pharmaceutical/cosmeceutical/nutraceutical products
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National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, 296, Splai Independentei Bvd., 060031 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: natural bioactive compounds; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; pharmaceuticals; cosmeceuticals; nutraceuticals
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to our Special Issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) entitled “Compounds with Added Value from Marine Algae for Biomedical Applications”. This issue will cover a selection of recent research topics and current review articles, reporting the latest updates on different compounds with added value extracted from marine algae for biomedical applications.

Marine algae are rich sources of bioactive compounds that exhibit various pharmacological properties. These compounds have gained attention for their potential biomedical applications due to their unique chemical structures and functional properties. Some of the compounds derived from marine algae with added value for biomedical applications include, e.g., alginate, a polysaccharide found in the cell walls of brown algae, is widely used in biomedical applications, particularly in wound healing and tissue engineering; fucoidan, a sulfated polysaccharide present in brown algae, has demonstrated various biological activities, including anticoagulant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties; carrageenan, derived from red algae, is widely used in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries and often employed as a thickening and gelling agent in drug formulations and as a component in controlled drug delivery systems; phlorotannins, phenolic compounds found in brown algae, exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties. Omega-3 fatty acids from some marine algae are rich sources of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, and are known for their cardiovascular benefits, anti-inflammatory effects, and contribution to brain health; lectins isolated from marine algae have shown potential in cancer research and drug delivery and they can selectively bind to specific cell types, making them valuable for targeted drug delivery systems; iodine is essential for thyroid function and could be used in the production of iodine supplements and pharmaceuticals for thyroid disorders; sulfated polysaccharides found in various marine algae have demonstrated anticoagulant and antithrombotic activities; also, ulvan from green macroalgae is a gelling sulfated polysaccharide with biological activities including immunomodulating, antiviral, antioxidant, antihyperlipidemic, and anticancer properties, and have the capacity to modulate cellular signaling processes in both plant and animal systems, leading to beneficial effects on health. The biomedical applications of compounds from marine algae are diverse, ranging from wound healing and tissue engineering to drug delivery and cancer therapy. The proposed topic for this Special Issue is broad and we hope to publish works representing various directions of research, including the role of bioactive compounds found in marine algae for biomedical applications in various therapies or in healing, cicatrization, and regeneration techniques.

This Special Issue invites original research contributions and, also, reviews on the potential for the use of compounds extracted from marine algae in the treatment, healing, repair, and regeneration of tissue, development of innovative pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals and/or biomedical regenerative materials, uncovering new bioactive compounds and exploring their potential therapeutic uses.

This Special Issue is now open for submissions. If you are interested in contributing your work, please send a short abstract or tentative title to the Guest Editors or Editorial Office.

Prof. Dr. Ticuta Negreanu-Pirjol
Dr. Bogdan-Stefan Negreanu-Pirjol
Dr. Oana Craciunescu
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  • algae bioactive compounds
  • algal biotechnology for biomedical purposes
  • algal-derived biomedical materials
  • algal-based drug delivery systems
  • alginate
  • carrageenan
  • fucoidan
  • marine polysaccharides
  • marine peptides
  • marine polyphenols
  • marine antioxidants
  • marine bioactive compounds
  • marine glycosaminoglycans
  • marine biopolymers and biomaterials
  • marine lipids
  • marine-derived pharmaceuticals
  • marine-derived cosmeceuticals
  • marine-derived nutraceuticals
  • marine algae added-value products
  • marine drugs discovery
  • marine natural products
  • marine-derived anti-inflammatory agents
  • marine antimicrobial compounds
  • marine-derived anticancer agents
  • marine neuroprotective compounds
  • marine-derived anti-aging compounds
  • marine-based regenerative medicine
  • phycobiliproteins
  • seaweed-based tissue engineering materials
  • seaweed-derived bioactive molecules
  • seaweed extracts
  • seaweed-based wound healing materials

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