Special Issue "Marine Sponge Biotechnology"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.
Interests: phylum Porifera (sponges) and its symbiosis especially with associated microorganisms
Interests: chromatography; mass spectrometry; high-performance liquid chromatography; natural product chemistry; organic chemistry; NMR; structure elucidation; natural product; drug discovery
Interests: marine sponge systematist; marine biologist; marine natural products
Interests: marine natural products chemistry; infectious diseases; cancer; spectroscopy; drug discovery and development
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Sponges, the oldest animals on Earth, have been found to be a trove for biotechnological prospecting. From the early discoveries of novel marine drugs with pharmaceutical applications, sponges’ immense arsenal of secondary metabolites have been proven to have many potential applications, including as cosmeceuticals, industrial enzymes, agrochemicals, and nutraceuticals. Sponge-derived skeletons and compounds have been used for regenerative medicine and suggested as drug carriers. Biomimetic and bioinspired processes have been shown to have many beneficial uses. The utilization of sponges for bioremediation, or as bioindicators, has been demonstrated. Methods of acquiring novel sponge-derived compounds and obtaining large amounts of sought-after molecules demand the employment of many techniques. These include aquaculture, microbial culture, cell culture, gene mining, natural product chemistry, and other biotechnological approaches, taking advantage of the rapid improvements in various omics methods and new instrumentation. The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight and promote research on the various aspects of Sponge Biotechnology, and suggest avenues through which to achieve sustainable blue biotechnology.
Prof. Dr. Micha Ilan
Prof. Dr. Shmuel Carmeli
Dr. Michelle Kelly
Prof. Dr. Mark T. Hamann
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Data mining
- Heterologous expression
- Natural products
- Regenerative medicine
- Tissue engineering