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Biological Potential of Phenolic-Rich Sources

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical and Molecular Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 March 2024)

Special Issue Editors

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CICS-UBI – Health Sciences Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 6200-506 Covilhã, Portugal
Interests: pharmacognosy; natural products; phytochemical analysis; high-performance liquid chromatography; phytochemistry; herbal medicine; traditional medicine; biological activities; nutraceuticals; plant extracts; antimicrobials; antioxidants; natural product research; phytomedicine; phytopharmacology; antibacterials; antifungals; antiparasitics
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1.CICS-UBI—Health Sciences Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 6200-506 Covilha, Portugal 2.Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 6200-506 Covilha, Portugal 3.CPIRN-UDI-IPG—Center for Potential and Innovation of Natural Resources, Research Unit for Inland Development, Polythecnic Institute of Guarda, 6300-559 Guarda, Portugal
Interests: pharmacology; pharmacokinetics; bioanalysis; bioavailability; drug delivery; preclinical studies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent yearsspecial attention has been paid to natural-based products, mainly due to their ability to prevent the occurrence of many disorders, like metabolic syndrome, cancer, and cardiovascular and neurological diseases. In fact, plants are rich in several phytochemicals, highlighting the presence of phenolic compounds, whose chemical structure confers them notable health-promoting properties; indeed, contrary to synthetic molecules that lead to the development of unwanted side effects, it is also believed that natural molecules present few, if any, side effects.

Therefore, this Special Issue will publish high-quality, original research and review papers addressing the following fields:

  • Biological potential of phenolic compounds and phenolic-rich sources, including antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer protection, among others;
  • The capacity of phenolics and their sources to interact with target proteins and pathways;
  • Strategies and new technologies to enhance the biological potential of phenolics and their rich sources, e.g., their (nano)encapsulation with liposomes;
  • The health-promoting properties and practical use of phytochemicals.

Dr. Ana Carolina Gonçalves

Prof. Dr. Márcio Rodrigues

Guest Editors

Dr. Ana Carolina Gonçalves
Prof. Dr. Márcio Rodrigues
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Applied Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). 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.


  • phytochemicals
  • phenolic compounds
  • natural-based plants
  • health benefits
  • cosmetics
  • antimicrobial activity
  • oxidative stress
  • cancer
  • metabolic syndrome
  • neurological and cardiovascular diseases.

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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