Special Issue "Catechin in Human Health and Disease"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2018)
Catechins are natural polyphenolic compounds that are distributed in a variety of foods and herbs. Tea (Camellia sinensis) is a rich source of catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which has many biological activities beneficial for human health. These include anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-diabetic, anti-cardiovascular, anti-infectious, hepatoprotective, and neuroprotective effects. A number of human epidemiological and clinical studies on tea have provided evidence for its health benefits and these results have been supported by cell-based and animal experiments, although studies to show conflicting results have also been reported. In addition, detailed molecular mechanisms have been proposed for the action mechanism of tea’s major catechin EGCG. One of the most attractive mechanisms is the one in which reactive oxygen species (ROS) is involved. EGCG is known to have dual actions in relation to ROS as an anti-oxidant and a pro-oxidant. Several lines of evidence have indicated that EGCG can both eliminate ROS by scavenging and enhance ROS production. However, it remains unclear what factor(s) can direct EGCG to act as an anti-oxidant or a pro-oxidant. Catechins and their oligomeric derivatives are also found in apples, persimmons, cacaos, grapes, berries, and so on. However, less information on biological activities of other catechin compounds has been available as compared with EGCG. This Special Issue is devoted to promotion of the understanding of association of catechins and human health. Research articles and reviews related to catechin compounds to reveal their health effects and their mechanistic aspects are welcomed for inclusion in this Special Issue of Molecules. Topics will include cell-based, animal studies, and human studies and special focus will be given to mechanistically-informative studies to be useful to concinnate the dual action of EGCG and other catechin compounds on ROS.
Prof. Dr. Mamoru Isemura
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.
- human health