Special Issue "Toxins - Organic and Analytical Chemistry"
A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2009)
Dr. Jean-Marc Sabatier
Laboratory INSERM UMR 1097, Aix-Marseille University, 163, Parc Scientifique et Technologique de Luminy, Avenue de Luminy, Bâtiment TPR2, Case 939, Marseille 13288, France
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Interests: ion channel; immunomodulator; marine drug; venom toxin; venomous animals; structure-activity relationships; drug design; molecular engineering
Animal venoms are rich sources of potent bioactive molecules. A majority of these are peptides acting on ion channels, cellular receptors, or enzymes. During the last decade, serious efforts have been made to detail the pharmacology of toxins and venom peptides, highlighting their structural and functional diversities, as well as potential value as chemotherapeutic drugs to treat specific human diseases. This special issue of Molecules deals with the various aspects of toxins (and derivatives) from both marine and non-marine environments, including their potential applications in therapy.