Special Issue "Phycotoxins: Chemistry and Biochemistry"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Schonna R. Manning
Guest Editor
Department of Molecular Biosciences, UTEX Culture Collection of Algae, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 78712, USA
Interests: phycology; biochemistry; chemical ecology; cyanotoxins; harmful algal blooms; metabolomics, microalgae; natural products; phycotoxins; secondary metabolism; toxicology
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Special Issue Information

Microalgae, including blue-green algae, i.e., cyanobacteria, synthesize a diverse array of secondary metabolites known to have neurotoxic, hepatotoxic, ichthyotoxic, hemolytic, and cytotoxic effects. The impacts of toxic algae are well documented with harmful algal blooms (HAB), and it is predicted that these events will increase in frequency and duration with climate change, threatening freshwater and marine ecosystems as well as human health. The number of congeners within various phycotoxin classes have continued to increase over the decades, and many bioactive phycochemicals have yet to be characterized, leaving tremendous room for discovery and broadening our knowledge of microalgal biochemistry. Furthermore, it is expected there will be a rapid expansion in the number and types of microalgal toxins with the advance of high-throughput purification and screening. This Special Issue of Toxins, ‘’Phycotoxins: Chemistry and Biochemistry’’, will focus on cutting-edge research in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, and analytical methodologies for the detection and characterization of phycotoxins, e.g., polyketides, nonribosomal peptides, alkaloids, etc. Other topics will include the molecular biology and synthesis of phycotoxins, mechanism of action, and toxicology.

Dr. Schonna R. Manning
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biochemistry
  • chemistry
  • cyanotoxins
  • harmful algal blooms
  • mechanism of action
  • nonribosomal peptides
  • phycotoxins
  • polyketides
  • synthesis
  • toxicology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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