Natural-Product-Based Drug Discovery and Development

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2024 | Viewed by 146

Special Issue Editors

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan
Interests: bioactive natural products; phytochemistry; inflammation; flavonoids; functional foods
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Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina, Chaple Hill, NC 27599, USA
Interests: drug discovery; natural products; cancer
School of Life Science, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney, NSW 2007, Australia
Interests: chronic respiratory diseases; pharmacology; phytoceuticals; drug delivery
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Medicinal plants play a vital role not only in traditional medicine but also modern drug discovery and development. Plant-derived natural products and their semisynthetic derivatives have gained increasing attention in recent years as potential therapeutic agents for managing lifestyle-related diseases, as well as for their anti-cancer and anti-infective properties. One of their significant advantages over synthetic molecules lies in their vast natural abundance and structural diversity. Various strategies, such as random screening, traditional usage-based screening, chemotaxonomy, in silico studies, reverse pharmacological approaches, high-throughput screening, etc., are commonly employed for lead discovery in natural products. However, transforming natural products from plants into therapeutic agents for patients presents numerous challenges, including the proper identification of the biological source, ensuring a sustainable supply, cultivation, quality control, and the synthesis of structurally complex molecules on a large scale. Thus, this Special Issue aims to cover both basic and clinical research related to natural-product-based drug discovery and development.

We are pleased to invite you to submit original research articles and reviews related to the aim of this Special Issue, “Natural-Product-Based Drug Discovery and Development”. Research areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Traditional medicines, medicinal plants, and ethnopharmacology;
  • Bioprospecting of medicinal plants;
  • Extraction, isolation, and identification of natural products;
  • Basic research related to the pharmacological activity analysis;
  • Semi-synthesis of natural product derivatives and their activities;
  • Drug delivery strategies related to natural products;
  • Preclinical and clinical research related to natural products;
  • In vitro and in vivo screening of natural product extracts;
  • Modern drug discovery technologies;
  • Biotechnological approaches related to natural products;
  • Innovations and future trends related to natural products

Dr. Hari Prasad Devkota
Dr. Ajit Prakash
Dr. Keshav Raj Paudel
Guest Editors

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  • natural products
  • phytochemicals
  • drug discovery
  • drug delivery
  • pharmacology
  • semi-synthesis
  • bioactivity

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