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Special Issue "Trends in Natural Products Research in the Mediterranean Region"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tamara Forbes-Hernández
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Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry, University of Vigo - Vigo Campus, Spain
Interests: natural compounds; berries; honey; obesity; cancer; byproducts
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the Mediterranean, there is a historical tradition of research on natural products, as demonstrated by the work of scientists from this region in the last 50 years. On the one hand, the Mediterranean is characterized by a large number of ecosystems, landscape diversification, and endemic species that contribute to the biodiversity of the territories bordering the Mediterranean, thus making this area a hot spot of global diversity. On the other hand, this area represents the geographical basin where the Mediterranean diet and the heritage of millennia of exchanges of people, cultures, and foods were born. This Special Issue aims to illustrate the current trends and developments in the research of natural products in the Mediterranean. Contributions to this Special Issue, in the form of original research, review articles, or perspectives, may cover all aspects of natural products, from isolation, characterization, and production to transformation and applications for human health; studies with multidisciplinary input, offering new methodologies, approaches, or insights, are particularly welcome.

Dr. Francesca Giampieri
Dr. Tamara Y Forbes-Hernández
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • natural products
  • isolation
  • chemical structure
  • characterization
  • biological activity
  • agricultural techniques
  • biosynthesis
  • structure–activity relationship
  • chemical synthesis
  • molecular modeling
  • nutraceutics
  • cosmetics
  • alternative source
  • byproducts

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Suggestions on the Contribution of Methyl Eugenol and Eugenol to Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis L.) Essential Oil Preservative Activity through Radical Scavenging
Molecules 2021, 26(8), 2342; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/molecules26082342 - 17 Apr 2021
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The present study examined the radical scavenging potential of the two benzene derivatives found in the bay laurel essential oil (EO), namely methyl eugenol (MEug) and eugenol (Eug), theoretically and experimentally to make suggestions on their contribution to the EO preservative activity through [...] Read more.
The present study examined the radical scavenging potential of the two benzene derivatives found in the bay laurel essential oil (EO), namely methyl eugenol (MEug) and eugenol (Eug), theoretically and experimentally to make suggestions on their contribution to the EO preservative activity through such a mechanism. Calculation of appropriate molecular indices widely used to characterize chain-breaking antioxidants was carried out in the gas and liquid phases (n-hexane, n-octanol, methanol, water). Experimental evidence was based on the DPPH scavenging assay applied to pure compounds and a set of bay laurel EOs chemically characterized with GC-MS/FID. Theoretical calculations suggested that the preservative properties of both compounds could be exerted through a radical scavenging mechanism via hydrogen atom donation. Eug was predicted to be of superior efficiency in line with experimental findings. Pearson correlation and partial least square regression analyses of the EO antioxidant activity values vs. % composition of individual volatiles indicated the positive contribution of both compounds to the radical scavenging activity of bay laurel EOs. Eug, despite its low content in bay laurel EOs, was found to influence the most the radical scavenging activity of the latter. Full article
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