Special Issue "Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Natural Products"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2019
Dr. Maria G. Miguel
Universidade do Algarve, IBB-Centro de Biotecnologia Vegetal, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Edif. 8, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
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Interests: In vitro antioxidant activity; in vivo antioxidant activity; phenols; terpenes; anti-inflammatory activity; free radicals; ageing; healthy eating
Inflammation involves several steps to respond to harmful stimuli, such as pathogen agents, tissue lesions, irritants, etc., in order to destroy or isolate those agents, remove damaged tissues and restore tissue homeostasis. The first step consists of the recognition of infection and damage, the second step consists of the activation of common signaling pathways and the third step consists of the transcription and translation of genes, that is, the inducible expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines. These molecules, together with chemokines, originate the recruitment of monocytes and neutrophils to a damaged site, passing selectively through endothelial cells with a protein-rich fluid. Whereas, in acute inflammation, there is an immediate and early response to an injurious agent and is quickly resolved, in chronic inflammation the disturbance persists. Chronic inflammation is associated with a variety of cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurodegenerative diseases.
The use of plants, plant products, marine compounds, mushrooms, bee products (honey, propolis, bee pollen) are examples of materials that have been the target of many studies in order to find effective anti-inflammatory compounds or extracts. Such studies include not only the isolation and identification of compounds but also the mechanisms involved in the anti-inflammatory activity.
This Special Issue “Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Natural Products” invites researchers to contribute to original research or review articles related to the anti-inflammatory activity, including mechanisms and pharmacological characterization, of extracts from mushrooms, bee products, marine or plant products, their fractions or purified substances (extraction procedures, isolation, and identification).
Dr. Maria G. Miguel
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