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Special Issue "Biological Activities of Plant Secondary Metabolites"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Alessandra Guerrini

University of Ferrara, Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology (SVeB), Ferrara, Italy
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Interests: plant secondary metabolites; chemical characterization; antimicrobial activity; antioxidant activity; cytotoxicity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Medicinal plants have historically played an important role as a source of new drugs. Renewed scientific interest in plant secondary metabolites for drug discovery and for treating important pathologies is evident from the analysis of publications trends in several scientific databases and from the impact on the public health policies.

In this scenario, the study of the biological activity of plant derivatives, often due to the synergistic interactions of several active molecules, becomes crucial in the fight against serious diseases, such as cancer, whose cause is always multi-factorial.

In light of these premises, this Special Issue aims to collect contributions on potential of plant secondary metabolites for health applications, through the chemical characterization of standardized extracts, single compounds and their mixtures, their biological activities, such as cytotoxicity against microorganisms and human cell lines, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effect and safety properties, such as genotoxicity and/or geno-protection.

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Guerrini
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • plant secondary metabolites
  • chemical characterization
  • cytotoxicity
  • biological effects

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