Pharmacological Models and Assays in Marine Drugs Evaluation

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

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Littoral Environnement et Sociétés UMRi CNRS 7266 LIENSs, La Rochelle Université, 17042 La Rochelle, France
Interests: anticancer compounds; heterocycles; melanoma; microalgae; natural products; pharmacology; pigments; tumor phototherapy
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Laboratoire de Biotechnologie et Chimie Marines, Université Bretagne Sud, 56017 Vannes, France
Interests: phycology; marine molecules; extraction eco-friendly processes; antiviral agents; SAR studies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine organisms are known to synthesise an exceptional diversity of natural products exhibiting diversified biological and pharmacological activities such as antiviral, antibacterial, anti-neurodegenerative, anti-inflammatory, antiobesity, and cytotoxic activities. The demonstration of these activities requires the development and validation of relevant and reproducible pharmacological models and assays useful for standardizing methodological approaches and providing international standards for data comparison. However, the identification of new cellular and molecular targets, including recently discovered signalling pathways and metabolic targets, also requires the development of cutting-edge molecular, cellular, tissue and animal models. Keeping a critical view of the methodological limitations of the models and assays is important to avoid the overinterpretation of data and guarantee the validity of the models to evidence activity. One of the current major difficulties is efficiently and quickly screening and purifying bioactive marine natural products from complex matrices, without finding already-identified molecules for the targeted activity.

In this Special Issue, we invite you to discuss all aspects dealing with the development, use and critical evaluation of pharmacological models and assays for marine drugs. Particularly, we invite researchers developing original screening approaches such as ligand fishing in complex matrices, de-replication, multitarget/multidrug approaches, in vitro or in silico models, medium- and high-throughput screening platforms, strategy validation and decision-support tools to submit reviews and reports on their most recent and innovative work.

We hope that this Special Issue will provide a panoramic and in-depth overview of the state of the art and recent original research in the field of pharmacological models and assays for the evaluation of marine drugs, and hope that this Special Issue will become a useful database for selecting tests with high methodological quality to identify marine molecules with preclinical potential.

Dr. Laurent Picot
Prof. Dr. Nathalie Bourgougnon
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  • pharmacological models
  • pharmacological assays
  • ligand fishing in complex matrices
  • multitarget/multidrug approaches
  • in vitro or in silico models
  • medium- and high-throughput screening platforms
  • strategy validation
  • decision-support tools
  • marine molecules

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There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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