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Special Issue "Marine Natural Products Identified by Molecular Approaches and Human Disease"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioactives and Nutraceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Maria Costantini
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Department of Marine Biotechnology, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Villa Comunale, 80121 Napoli, Italy
Interests: genomic/transcriptomic approaches to study the ecological role and biotechnological applications of marine organisms and their secondary metabolites
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Dr. Valerio Zupo
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Department of Marine Biotechnology, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, IMC centre at Villa Dohrn, 80077 Ischia, Italy
Interests: ecology; marine biotechnology; invertebrate physiology; drug discovery; natural compounds from marine organisms; diatom secondary metabolites
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Dr. Nadia Ruocco
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Department of Marine Biotechnology, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Villa Comunale, 80121 Napoli, Italy
Interests: investigating the anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties of marine sponge derived extracts through bioassay-guided fractionation and molecular approaches
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague

The development of the genome sequencing technologies to find novel metabolites has certainly drawn the attention of pharmaceutical industries, which had by now lost interest in natural products due to the advent of combinatorial chemistry. The advent of genome-based sequencing techniques, especially with establishment of genome mining, has allowed us to obtain new natural drugs in a faster and cheaper way. Genome analysis has shed light on the presence of numerous biosynthetic gene clusters that could be involved in the synthesis of other secondary metabolites defined as cryptic or orphan for their unknown origin. An example is represented by genome mining, as well as synthetic biology and all the techniques associated with them, which represent a new challenge in natural products discovery from the marine environment, mainly being ecologically friendly approaches without impact on the environment with no use of destructive collection practices. In fact, in the last few years, these molecular techniques were very useful in discovering bioactive compounds from marine organisms, also due to the rapid diffusion of   marine genomics, becoming available to the international scientific community. In this Special Issue, contributions on marine natural products isolated by molecular approaches are welcome, with applications in pharmacological and nutraceutical fields able to solve human diseases. Papers only containing extraction data will not be accepted, because the focus should be on the chemical composition of ingredients and, more specifically, in describing their mechanism of action in improving human nutrition.

Dr. Maria Costantini
Dr. Valerio Zupo
Dr. Nadia Ruocco
Dr. Mirko Mutalipassi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • bioactive compounds
  • marine biotechnologies
  • molecular approaches
  • nutraceuticals
  • pharmaceuticals

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