Special Issue "Effective Mechanisms of Plant Bioactive Essential Fats and Oils"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017)
Prof. Dr. Vincenzo De Feo
Prof. Dr. Laura De Martino
Dipartimento di Farmacia, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano, Salerno, Italy
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Interests: essential oils; aromatic plants; antimicrobials; antibacterials; medicinal plants and herbs; antioxidant activity; natural compounds; flavonoids; antioxidants; plant extracts
Prof. Dr. Carmen Formisano
Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples “Federico II”, Via Domenico Montesano, Napoli 49 80131, Italy
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Interests: essential oils; flavonoids; medicinal plants and herbs; antioxidant activity; natural product chemistry; natural product isolation; natural compounds; phytochemicals; antioxidants; chromatography; cytotoxicity; medicinal plants; phenolic compounds; natural products; oils; fatty acids
This call for papers is focused on “Effective Mechanisms of Plant Bioactive Essential Fats and Oils”.
Essential oils are concentrated natural products with strong smells, produced by aromatic plants as variable mixtures of primarily terpenoids, especially monoterpenes (C10) and sesquiterpenes (C15), with low molecular wight. They are liquid, volatile, limpid and coloured and are soluble in lipids and organic solvents; and can be present in all plant organs, including buds, flowers, leaves, seeds, twigs, stems, flowers, fruits, roots, wood or bark. Since ancient times, plant essential oils have been used in folk medicine and often represent an important part of the traditional pharmacopoeia. In nature, essential oils play an important role in the protection of plants but their mecahnism of action are not so clear.
The plants can synthesize omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and omega-6 fats (linoleic acid), which are referred to as “essential” fatty acids, so called because they cannot be synthesized in vivo and must be obtained from the diet. Essential fats are available in abundant quantities in a diet based on whole starches, vegetables, and fruits. The restorative effects of flavonoid-rich foods on age-related cognitive and motor dysfunctions have been repeatedly shown with blueberries, strawberries, Concord grapes, and polyphenols from red wine.
This Special Issue aims to bring together these plant derivatives and is soliciting manuscripts pertaining to original research, mini and full reviews, short communications, as well as perspectives, which address any aspect of essential and fats oils from plant. Submissions are invited that include, but are not limited to:
- Biosynthesis of fat oils in the plant,
- Biosynthesis of essential oils in the plant,
- Role of fat oils in the plants,
- Role of essential oils in the plant,
- Fat oils mechanism of action,
- Essential oils mechanism of action
Dr. Vincenzo De Feo
Dr. Laura De Martino
Dr. Carmen Formisano
- secondary metabolites
- natural compounds
- fat oils
- essential oils
- aromatic plants
- supplement diet
- in vitro assay
- in vivo tests