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Special Issue "Natural Products from Defined Microbial Interactions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Christine Beemelmanns

Chemical Biology of Microbe-Host Interactions, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology e.V., Hans-Knöll-Institute (HKI)
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07745 Jena, Germany
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Interests: Isolation and determination of the structure of signal molecules and antimicrobial natural products;Characterization of interactions between microbes and eukaryotes;Total synthesis of natural products and chemical derivatization
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Michael Thomas-Poulsen

University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology, Section for Ecology and Evolution, Universitetsparken 15, Building 3, 1st floor, 2100 Copenhagen East, Denmark
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Interests: Symbiotic associations; specifically to understand how antagonistic (parasitic) and beneficial (mutualistic) microbial symbionts shape host ecology and evolution; how complementary partnerships evolve and are stable over millions of years of evolutionary time; how sustainable defences against exploitation of host-symbiont associations evolve; and the molecules mediating these beneficial and antagonistic associations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few decades, chemical ecology has eavesdropped on the chemical language underlying microbe–host interactions. Despite increasing recognition that bacteria–animal interactions are the basis of evolution, the identity of signaling molecules underlying these interactions have remained largely enigmatic. Therefore, more efforts describing the chemistry and signaling molecules underlying defined multipartner interactions are pressingly needed. Furthermore, the structural diversity of natural products serving as signalling molecules provides a rich source of novel biologically/pharmacologically-active compounds. This Special Issue welcomes original research and reviews of literature on important aspects of natural products involved in defined bacteria–bacteria, bacteria–eukaryotes and fungi–eukaryotes interaction scenarios.

Dr. Christine Beemelmanns
Prof. Michael Thomas-Poulsen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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  • Natural products
  • Bacteria–Bacteria Interactions
  • Bacteria–Fungi Interactions
  • Bacteria–Eukaryotes
  • Fungi–Eukaryotes
  • or more complex interactions but with defined partners

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This special issue is now open for submission.
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