Special Issue "Secondary Metabolites in Plant Foods"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: phenolic compounds; antioxidants; marine drugs; food safety; bioaccessibility; functional foods
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Secondary metabolites in plants are not directly involved in the normal growth, development, and reproduction of the organism. They contribute to sustaining the overall functional status of the cells within organ systems. Though the production of metabolites is a natural chemical and bioenzymatic reaction that occurs during metabolism in all organisms, metabolites may also be produced as by-products of the plant’s reaction to exogenous/external substances or stimuli. The network of metabolites, working with enzyme reactions during the entire process of metabolism, is called the metabolome. The metabolome involves/implicates all the series of combinations of cascading reactions between enzymes and substrates in the steps of metabolism, and ending in the production of all metabolites. Plants are an important source for the discovery of new products of medicinal value for drug development and plants’ secondary metabolites are unique sources for pharmaceuticals, food additives, flavors, supplements, cosmetics, and other industrial values. The commercial importance of these secondary metabolites has resulted in a great interest in their production and in exploring the possibilities of enhancing their production. This Special Issue aims to identify and review the latest bioactive compounds that have been demonstrated to have beneficial effects for consumers.
Prof. Dr. Jesus Simal-Gandara
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Biological assays
- Medicinal chemistry
- Plant foods
- Secondary metabolites
- Functional capacity