Marine Natural Products as Potential Drug Leads

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 153

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Bio-Organic Chemistry Unit, Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via Campi Flegrei 34, Pozzuoli, 80078 Naples, Italy
Interests: marine natural products; drug disovery; medicinal chemistry; structure elucidation; qualitative and quantitative analysis of organic compounds; lipids
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Dear Colleagues,

Marine natural products are an excellent source of new molecules with unique chemical and biological properties, representing a worthy font of new potential drug leads. In the last few years, many marine-inspired drugs have been commercialized or are under investigation for the treatment of several diseases, and more companies are making investments in this area. Furthermore, as new disorders are emerging, as are major diseases, such as infectious or cancerous ones, pharmaceutical companies are looking for small molecules with new mechanisms of action with which to develop effective and safe drugs. Thus, it appears crucial to develop innovative approaches to discover new potential drug leads. The study of marine natural products represents an efficient strategy for finding new molecules capable of interacting specifically with biological targets, giving us the opportunity to discover and study new mechanisms of action as well as intracellular pathways.

The focus of this Special Issue will be to highlight the potential of marine natural products in the field of drug discovery. This Special Issue will cover all drug discovery research starting from marine natural products, including their isolation, structure characterization, biosynthesis, biological properties and mechanism of action as well as synthetic approaches towards them and related analogues. Submissions on the development of innovative scientific approaches to discover new lead compounds are welcome.

Academic and industry scientists are invited to submit original research articles and/or reviews highlighting the pharmacological potential of marine compounds.

Dr. Genoveffa Nuzzo
Guest Editor

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  • marine natural products
  • drug discovery
  • structure characterization
  • medicinal chemistry
  • bioactive metabolites

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