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Special Issue "Marine Natural Compounds"

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 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jesus Simal-Gandara
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Guest Editor
Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry, Food Science and Technology Faculty, University of Vigo, 32004 Ourense, Spain
Interests: food science; food technology; analytical chemistry; public health; biochemistry; nutrition; food quality; food safety
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The study of natural marine compounds (low molecular weight bio-regulators from fishes, algae, cephalopods, mollusks, and crustaceans) is a rapidly growing field of science that borders on biology and chemistry. The investigation of natural products is of ecological importance. It stimulates the development of organic synthesis, physicochemical and isolation methods, as well as other sciences, such as biochemistry, molecular genetics, biotechnology, and microbiology. Moreover, it is closely related to healthy diet. Research aimed at detecting, identifying and understanding the structure of natural marine compounds has led to the discovery of 20,000 new substances, including those with extremely high physiological activity. The selected results and the research perspectives on the development of new bioactive compounds or even medicines (with antiviral and antimicrobial, analgesic, antitumor, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties, amongst others) based on natural marine products is the main goal of this special issue.

The focus of this issue is not only on the chemical composition of these ingredients, but, more specifically, in describing their mechanism of action in improving human nutrition. We welcome submissions and studies on nutritional applications using biological, chemical, cellular, molecular, and immunological methods. It is also necessary to clarify the exact functional ingredient in the research paper.  Paper on mixed extraction is not ok for us.

Prof. Dr. Jesus Simal-Gandara
Guest Editor

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 single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. 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.


  • fishes
  • algae
  • cephalopods
  • mollusks
  • crustaceans
  • natural compounds
  • bioactive properties
  • drugs

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