Marine Natural Product Studies in Australia

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

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Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University, 75 Pigdons Road, Geelong, VIC 3216, Australia
Interests: marine bioactives; lipases; omega-3; nanomaterials; graphene; biotechnology
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The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Interests: natural product chemistry; biological activities; natural product drug discovery; natural product pharmacology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine bioactive compounds have attracted increased attention in recent decades, and several high-throughput screenings have been proposed for the isolation, purification, and characterization of marine bioactives all over the globe. The biodiversity in marine resources offers great possibilities for discovering novel bioactive compounds with potential use, for example, in drug discovery for various therapeutic applications.

Australia has a high diversity and great supply of marine and marine products, like its hundreds of marine species, especially fish, lobsters, abalone, sponges, sea urchins, seaweeds, etc. These marine biota are a brilliant source of bioactive molecules. Marine bioactive compounds exhibit significant biological properties that contribute to their nutraceutical and pharmaceutical potential, and are also considered to be safer alternatives to some existing synthetic drugs. As such, some marine bioactive compounds are currently under investigation at an advanced stage of clinical trials, with a few of them already being marketed as safer drugs.

Marine natural products have been particularly important in the development of novel anticancer, antimicrobial, and analgesic agents. However, the biodiversity and structural complexity of compounds stemming from marine natural products bring along several challenges that need to be overcome in the process. Therefore, in order to better investigate the structure and composition of these molecules, mass spectroscopy and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy analyses are required. These approaches provide information about the types and relative amounts of atoms, the specific environments of atoms within a molecule, the purity and composition, and detailed structural information about the molecule, including constitutional and conformational isomerization. This information helps to further elucidate the mechanisms involved in various bioactivities, better defining these molecules as potential therapeutics.

This special issue of Marine Drugs aims to collect recent studies on marine bioactives, with special attention to the isolation, purification, and characterization of marine bioactives using different cutting-edge techniques and to highlight some of the solutions developed by scientists to enhance the discovery of bioactive marine compounds. This special issue of Marine Drugs will highlight recent bioactive marine natural product studies conducted by Australian scientists on an array of marine organisms.

Prof. Colin Barrow
Dr. Hafiz Suleria
Guest Editor

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  • Marine bioactive compounds
  • Marine natural products
  • High-throughput screening
  • Isolation and characterization
  • Drug discovery
  • Bioactivities
  • Natural product chemistry

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