Marine Natural Products as Anticancer Agents 4.0

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 55

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MARE—Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Polytechnic of Leiria, 2520-630 Peniche, Portugal
Interests: marine natural products; biotechnological applications; pharmaceutical applications; signal transduction; anticancer activities; compounds isolation
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Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Building 29 Room 223, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea
Interests: oncology; signal transduction; cell death; inflammation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Based on the success of the Special Issue “Marine Natural Products as Anticancer Agents 3.0” (, as well as the critical relevance of this topic, we are pleased to announce the fourth edition of this Special Issue.

This Special Issue focuses on marine organisms that produce compounds with unique chemical structures, which can be used for cancer drug discovery. The manuscripts accepted for this Special Issue will provide in-depth mechanistic insight into the molecular and cellular biology of cancer cells.

Indeed, marine compounds have mechanisms of action that are potentially different from those of drugs derived from terrestrial sources, making them highly valuable in overcoming drug resistance or targeting both solid tumors and hematological malignancies with greater precision. Recent developments in biotechnology that have created new opportunities for sustainable sourcing and production of marine-derived compounds, enabling scalable production for use in drug development, are topics of interest in the development of anticancer therapeutics. Altogether, the exploration and sustainable utilization of marine resources continue to be a promising area in the quest for new therapies to fight cancer. Hence, we look forward to the fourth edition of this Special Issue focusing on marine compounds and cancer.

Therefore, we invite academic and industry scientists to submit reviews and original and/or conceptual research articles regarding the anticancer activities of known, novel, or derived natural marine compounds, emphasizing the diversity of the molecular targets and mechanistic effects.

Dr. Celso Alves
Prof. Dr. Marc Diederich
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Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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  • anticancer
  • anti-tumor
  • immune
  • molecular targets
  • co-cultures
  • 3D culture models
  • marine natural products
  • receptors
  • proteins
  • molecular modeling
  • chemical synthesis
  • immune-modulatory

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