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Special Issue "Bioactive Plant Secondary Metabolites"

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 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Toshio Morikawa
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Guest Editor
Pharmaceutical Research and Technology Institute, Kindai University; 3-4-1 Kowakae, Higashi-osaka, Osaka 577-8502, Japan
Interests: isolation and structure determination of bioactive natural products; synthetic studies on bioactive natural products; structure-activity relationship studies on bioactive natural products; studies of bioactive natural products on the application to pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and food additives; mechanisms of action of bioactive natural products
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural products have contributed to the development of many drugs for diverse applications. In particular, medicinal plant-derived natural products and their derivatives are still one of the most abundant and reliable sources of valuable therapeutic agents. Their chemical diversity and variety of biological activities have attracted the attention of chemists, biochemists, biologists, etc. This Special Issue on "Bioactive Plant Secondary Metabolites" will offer biological active natural products as candidates and/or leads for pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, functional foods, cosmetics, food additives, etc. The research fields of this Special Issue include natural products chemistry, phytochemistry, pharmacognosy, food chemistry, bioorganic synthetic chemistry, chemical biology, molecular biology, molecular pharmacology, and other related research fields of bioactive natural products from plant resources. Original research and review articles on the bioactivity and mechanisms of action of plant secondary metabolites and their role in promoting human health and preventing diseases are invited. I am looking forward to receiving many submissions from outstanding experts in these research fields.

Prof. Dr. Toshio Morikawa
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.

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  • Natural product chemistry 
  • Phytochemistry 
  • Pharmacognosy 
  • Food chemistry 
  • Bioorganic chemistry 
  • Chemical biology 
  • Molecular biology 
  • Molecular pharmacology 
  • Isolation and structure determination 
  • Total synthesis 
  • Structure–activity relationship 
  • Mechanism of action

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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