Microalgae and Age-Related Diseases: New Innovative Approaches to Age-Old Problems

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Pharmacology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 122

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Department of Human Welfare, Okinawa International University, Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan
Interests: longevity; okinawa; healthy aging; nutritional epidemiology; FOXO3; astaxanthin
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Institute for Biogenesis Research, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA
Interests: telomeres; healthy aging; longevity; cell senescence; stem cells; FOXO3
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Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA
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Department of Medicine and Health Sciences “V. Tiberio”, University of Molise, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, an increasing number of individuals are impacted by long-term chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular and/or neurodegenerative disorders, diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, and chronic kidney disease, among others, which are all highly associated with the aging process. Despite the advances in therapeutic approaches made in recent years, age-related ailments continue to pose a significant risk to human health. Therefore, it is crucial to create innovative treatment methods, including the development of new medications.

Microalgae are a vast and largely untapped resource, with a plethora of novel biomolecules derived from their biomass. These include carotenoids, antioxidants, polyphenols, fatty acids, enzymes, polymers, peptides, and sterols. These biologically active substances have the potential to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antitumor, regenerative, antihypertensive, neuroprotective, and immunostimulating effects, making them crucial to the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries.

This Special Issue seeks to gather fresh and compelling high-quality manuscripts, such as research articles and comprehensive reviews, that focus on age-related diseases and the use of therapies utilizing biomolecules and extracts derived from microalgae. Studies involving human subjects or animal models are permissible.

Dr. D. Craig Willcox
Dr. Richard C. Allsopp
Dr. Bradley Willcox
Dr. Giovanni Scapagnini
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  • microalgae
  • age-related diseases
  • polyphenols
  • inflammation
  • new approaches

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