Special Issue "Bioactive Marine Natural Products: Towards Understanding of the Physiology and Ecology of Marine Life"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: marine natural products; biological activity; biological function; chemical ecology; metabolomics; biosynthesis; biomineralization; neuroactive; glutamate receptor; hematopoietic cytokine; lectin; bioactive protein; drug delivery; toxin; polyamine; GPCR; membrane; anticancer; antiviral
Marine organisms often contain metabolites that differ clearly from their terrestrial counterparts both structurally and in terms of function, mainly because they live in watery milieu with high salinity and form diverse ecosystems reflecting their living environments.
Fifty years of studies on marine natural products have proven that marine organisms have acquired the unique metabolic ability to produce a variety of biologically active compounds. In many cases, the symbiotic relationship between host and microorganisms play a role in production. However, the actual producers, roles in the producing organisms and marine ecosystems, and actual target molecules of the bioactive metabolites are not well understood, due mainly to the difficulty in designing experiments with hard-to-culture marine species.
Recent advances in genomics and metabolomics (the -omics approach) and other new techniques now allow us to deal with such questions that have been inaccessible before.
This Special Issue invites original research and reviews describing marine metabolites in light of their isolation and structure determination, biological activities, function, producing organisms, roles, biosynthesis, modes of action, and chemical ecology. Studies and observations that generate new hypotheses are especially welcome. Synthetic works aiming to solve biological questions are also invited.
Prof. Dr. Ryuichi Sakai
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- Marine natural products
- Chemical ecology
- Bioactive metabolites
- Mode of action
- Physiological roles