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Special Issue "Recent Developments in LC-MS of Algal Toxins: Present and Future Challenges"

A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine and Freshwater Toxins".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Carmela Dell'Aversano

Department of Pharmacy, University of Napoli Federico II, Via D. Montesano 49, Napoli 80131, Italy
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Guest Editor
Prof. Luciana Tartaglione

Department of Pharmacy, University of Napoli Federico II, Via D. Montesano 49, Napoli 80131, Italy
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Interests: LC-MS, LC-MS/MS, LC-HRMS, marine toxins, freshwater toxins, ovatoxins, palytoxin, Ostreopsis, spirolides, domoic acid, okadaic acid, cyanotoxins, saxitoxins, yessotoxins, tetrodotoxin, ciguatoxins

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The combination of liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry (LC-MS) is a valuable tool for the determination of algal toxins contained at trace levels in complex matrices thanks to its high sensitivity, selectivity and ability to deal with the structural diversity and labile nature of the toxins. Targeted LC tandem MS (LC-MS/MS) approaches are already efficiently employed worldwide to monitor toxin distribution in the environment and in the food chain. At the same time, untargeted approaches based on  high resolution MS (LC-HRMS) have generally disclosed the presence of a much higher number and types of toxins and made straightforward elucidation of the gross structure of the unknowns based on the interpretation of their fragmentation patterns.

In view of the plethora of LC-MS/MS and LC-HRMS methods that have been developed so far, the need exists for critical reviews that, besides summarizing the methodologies for determination of each toxin-group, single out the main challenges to be addressed in the next future for marine, freshwater and fish-killing toxins. Collaborative efforts among scientists are strongly encouraged both in the field of the regulated toxins in EU and the emerging ones to build the rational basis for inter-laboratory validation trials, where needed. Original research articles reporting LC-MS based identification of emerging issues for water and food safety potentially associated with climate change as well as recent advancements in LC-MS data acquisition and treatment (On-line SPE-LC-MS, 2D-LC-MS, Metabolomics, among others) will be also included in this Special Issue.

Prof. Carmela Dell'Aversano
Prof. Luciana Tartaglione
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins 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.

Keywords

  • Hydrophilic toxins
  • Lipophilic toxins
  • Palytoxins
  • Ciguatoxins
  • Maitotoxins
  • Cyclic Imines
  • Brevetoxins
  • Microcystins
  • Prymnesins
  • Metabolomics

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