Exploring Marine-Derived Natural Products for Developing Drugs with Anticancer Effects

A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 219

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Graduate Institute of Marine Biotechnology, National Dong Hwa University, Pingtung 944, Taiwan
Interests: anticancer natural products; anticancer signal transduction

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Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain-Shams University, Organization of African Unity Street, Abassia, Cairo 11566, Egypt
Interests: apoptosis; cell culture; cancer biology; flow cytometry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the quest for novel cancer therapeutics, the exploration of marine-derived natural products has gained considerable momentum. The Earth's oceans are teeming with a rich biodiversity of marine organisms, many of which produce biologically active compounds that have demonstrated potent anticancer properties. In recent decades, thousands of research articles have been published which provide an insightful overview of the drug discovery efforts aimed at harnessing the potential of these marine-derived compounds to combat cancer. Through rigorous pharmacological screening and innovative research approaches, scientists are uncovering a treasure trove of compounds with the capacity to disrupt cancer cell growth and survival. This burgeoning field not only offers new hope in the fight against cancer, but also underscores the importance of preserving marine ecosystems for future drug development.

This Special Issue invites original research articles and reviews that delve into the world of marine-derived natural products which holds the promise of groundbreaking cancer treatments. Potential themes include the following:

  • Isolation of novel compounds from marine sources with potential anticancer activity;
  • Biotechnological development for the production of marine anticancer agents;
  • Determination of anticancer mechanism of action of marine natural products;
  • Sustainability studies for the protection and maintenance of natural marine sources;
  • Synthesis of marine natural products with potential anticancer activity;
  • Biosynthetic studies of marine natural products with anticancer activity;
  • Development of novel anticancer therapeutics from marine natural products.

Dr. Mei-Chin Lu
Dr. Mohamed El-Shazly
Guest Editors

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  • drug discovery
  • marine-derived natural products
  • anticancer compounds
  • marine organisms
  • bioactivity
  • cancer treatment
  • biodiversity
  • pharmacological screening
  • novel therapeutics
  • natural product
  • chemistry

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