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Special Issue "Steroids-II"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rafal R. Sicinski

Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland
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Interests: synthesis and structure–activity studies in the vitamin D area; conformational studies of biologically active compounds; photochemical and thermal rearrangements of dienes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Steroids are traditionally defined as a class of tetracyclic compounds possessing a sterane (cyclopentanoperhydrophenanthrene) carbon skeleton. Despite their common biosynthetic origin, they are characterized by extensive structural diversity. Steroids are extremely widespread in nature, and this class of natural compounds exhibits a range of potent and important biological activities. Owing to these factors, and their rigid structure consisting of four fused rings (three cyclohexane and one cyclopentane), steroids have proven to be desirable and challenging synthetic targets. Moreover, they serve as particularly useful model compounds for studying the stereochemistry of different reactions and the development of synthetic methods leading to more complex and unique structures.

This Special Issue is devoted to recent developments encompassing this important class of compounds, ranging in scope from total syntheses and new strategies towards steroid synthesis, elucidation of their biological activities and the potential for further medical applications, to the isolation and structure elucidation of novel natural steroids, as well as biosynthetic studies exploring their origin and metabolic pathways.

Prof. Dr. Rafal R. Sicinski
Guest Editor

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.

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.


  • Steroids
  • Analysis
  • Biological activity
  • Drugs
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin D analogs
  • Synthesis
  • Metabolism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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