Special Issue "The Toxicity of Natural Products"
A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2010).
Interests: pharmaceutics; nanomedicine; drug delivery; drug formulation design; dermatology; natural product; pharmacology; pharmacokinetics
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Natural products are chemical compounds or substances produced by a living organism - found in nature that usually has a pharmacological or biological activity for use in pharmaceutical drug discovery and drug design. Although the natural products or medicines are beneficial by their pharmacological activities, some products may produce the toxicity and adverse effect to the body. Toxicity can refer to the effect on a whole organism, such as an animal, bacterium, or plant, as well as the effect on a substructure of the organism, such as a cell or an organ, such as the liver. On the other hand, the natural agents can show the therapeutic effect by exhibiting the toxicity to the pernicious cells or materials. Hence the natural products as the toxins may show dual roles, depending on the targets for treatment. Many researches have systematically studied the toxicity of natural products in recent years. This special issue would focus on any aspects about the toxic effects induced by the natural products. The toxicity of natural products against cancer cells, viruses, germs, or bacteria is also welcomed.
Prof. Dr. Jia-You Fang
- natural products
- pharmacological activity
- in vitro
- in vivo