Special Issue "Identification of Phytochemicals and Derivatives against Infectious Diseases"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.
2. LAQV-REQUIMTE, Department of Chemistry Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
Interests: organic chemistry; analytical chemistry; mass spectrometry; heterocyclic compounds
Interests: organic chemistry; medicinal chemistry; biotransformations; natural products; plant chemical profile; sustainable chemistry
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Infectious diseases are a global health concern, as clearly shown by the 2019 WHO-compiled list of the top 10 health threats, of which 6 are infectious disease-related. The emergence and increase of multidrug resistance and infectious disease outbreaks (such as the coronavirus, influenza, or Ebola viruses) are the cause of significant morbidity and mortality rising worldwide for these diseases. Moreover, there is a lack of development of new candidates to tackle the huge demand related to controlling these epidemics. This demand has triggered, in recent years, a renewed interest in medicinal plants and natural products as a source of novel pharmacologically active compounds for drug discovery.
The recognition of flora biological activity importance is ancient, and the use of plants in folk medicine and its ethnomedical applications around the globe is, to date, rather significant. Plants are true manufacturing units for the production of important pharmaceuticals. The chemical diversity that can be discovered from plant-derived natural products along with the recognition of new therapeutic targets by the increasing number of genomics studies can lead to the development of new medicinal drugs able to hold the emerging era of antibiotic resistance.
This Special Issue, “Identification of Phytochemicals and Derivatives against Infectious Diseases”, invites authors to contribute with review or original research articles dedicated to the most recent advances on the discovery of plant-based bioactive compounds with anti-infectious disease properties. The contributions include the discovery of new compounds and their structural elucidation, as well as the in vitro and in vivo assessment of the biological properties against infectious diseases, namely, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antifungal. Studies concerning the elucidation of mechanisms of action of new phytochemicals and structural–activity studies directing toward the synthesis of more bioactive derivatives are also welcomed.
Prof. Dr. Eduarda M. P. Silva
Prof. Dr. Diana Cláudia Pinto
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- Infectious disease
- Natural products
- Biologically active