Special Issue "Chemical Defense in Marine Organisms"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Interests: Drug discovery; marine biotechnology; microalgae; marine organism exploitation; gene mining; transcriptome analysis; enzyme; bioactivity screening; stress responses; biotechnological applications
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Interests: marine biotechnology; marine chemical ecology; drug discovery; marine organisms
Marine organisms have evolved several mechanisms to survive in extremely different and hostile environments in terms of light, temperature, salinity, pressure, and predation. The harsh chemical and physical conditions of the marine environment have favored the production of a great variety of molecules in marine organisms that are unique in terms of diversity, structural, and functional features. Chemical defenses include not only the production of toxins (e.g., during harmful algal blooms) but also a plethora of defensive metabolites, mainly secondary metabolites, produced after specific external stimuli. These compounds represent a huge reservoir of new bioactive compounds with great pharmaceutical potential.
This Special Issue aims to highlight recent discoveries on chemical defensive strategies adopted by marine organisms in order to survive. In addition, considering that several marine compounds have been demonstrated to exert bioactivities that are useful for human health (e.g., applications as anticancer and anti-infective molecules), this Special Issue has the scope to also show how marine defensive chemicals can also have other applications (e.g., the treatment of human pathologies or pest management in aquaculture).
Dr. Chiara Lauritano
Dr. Adrianna Ianora
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- defense strategies
- stress responses
- secondary metabolites
- marine organisms