Special Issue "Challenging Biochemical Complexities by NMR"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016).
Interests: Biology and Biochemistry; Microbiology; Environment and Ecology; Geosciences
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) has strong advantages for the structure determination of metabolites, therefore, it has been used significantly in chemical analysis, namely with purified natural products. However, NMR has also great potential to analyze un-purified, biochemical mixtures, including in situ/in vivo sample systems. With this feature, NMR has also been contributed to metabolomics/metabonomics studies, also applied for macromolecular mixtures, including foods and biomass. Recent technical advances for signal separation of crowded regions, using high-field magnets, allow more accurate analysis of biochemical mixtures. Furthermore, the hardware development of low-field magnets also has potential to open a new avenue for on-site analysis of agricultural/industrial products, as well as human samples, without performing laboratory sample preparation.
This Special Issue of Metabolites will be focused on cutting-edge technologies for sampling, measurements, and analysis, both from a fundamental, as well as an applied point of view. The topics that shall be covered by this Special Issue include recent developments of hardware or related apparatus including benchtop NMR. The sample preparation method is also a key feature to be covered, as well as efficient extraction, concentration of dilute sample system, stable isotope labeling, and in situ/in vivo measurements. Therefore, sample systems can also be widely covered, not only laboratory-made biochemical extracts, but also in agriculture, forestry, and fishery products, such as foods, woods, and their process monitoring, environmental complexity, such as plants, animals, unculturable microbiota, as well as geochemical samples, human related samples, biochemically degradable system such as historical heritage. The inter-convertibility of NMR data among different institutions is also a distinct advantage for the NMR-based approach, therefore, database construction of obtained large amounts of biological data and its computation, as well as chemoinformatics, are also important issues. Manuscripts dealing with other challenging issues in the field of biochemical mixture analysis are also highly welcome.
Dr. Jun Kikuchi
Relevant Special Issue can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/metabolites/special_issues/NMR.
Manuscript Submission Information
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- agriculture, forestry and fishery
- large amounts of biological data and its computation
- diffusion and mobility-based separation
- environmental complexity
- historical heritage
- human health
- industrial process
- inorganic mixtures
- isotope labeling
- macromolecular mixtures
- metabolite mixtures
- sampling technique
- signal deconvolution