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Special Issue "Natural Product-Inspired Molecules: From Weed to Remedy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Silvie Rimpelová
Guest Editor
Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Technická 5, Prague 6, Czech Republic
Interests: biocompatible materials; mammalian cells; cell adhesion; antimicrobial activity; anticancer activity; plasma treatment; laser modification; fluorescence microscopy; photodynamic therapy; theranostics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural products and semi-synthetic compounds inspired by these molecules have recently regained increased attention by the scientific community. Based on a great structural and chemical diversity of natural products and related compounds, they have become valid sources for drug leads documented by, e.g., the fact that 60% of chemotherapeutic agents originate from natural products, mainly medicinal plants. However, natural products do not play the forefront role only in anticancer agents, but they also help to combat microbial infections and inflammatory diseases. Moreover, nowadays, there is a very common concept to use natural products also as starting material for semi-synthesis of novel compounds with improved properties. The semi-synthesis enables researchers not only to fine-tune the desired activities but also to create multimodal and theranostic compounds.

The aim of this Special Issue, “Natural product-inspired molecules: from weed to remedy,” is to underline the most recent discoveries and progress in all fields of science dealing with natural products of all sources and related semi-synthetic compounds with the main emphasis on chemistry, semi-synthesis, isolation, identification, chemical characterization, structure-activity relationship, imaging properties, in silico modeling, bioactivity, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial potential, synergic effects, but also beyond. Original full research articles as well as review articles on this topic from research groups all over the world are welcome in order to disseminate the scientific knowledge in these uneasy times of SARS-Cov-2. Researchers working in the field of natural products and related disciplines are encouraged to publish their recent findings in this Special Issue of Molecules.

Dr. Silvie Rimpelova
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 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.


  • natural products
  • secondary metabolites
  • biological activity
  • structure-activity relationship
  • anticancer potential
  • anti-inflammatory activity
  • antiviral and antimicrobial activity
  • semi-synthesis and chemical properties
  • drug discovery

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