Special Issue "Bioactive Metabolites from Marine-Derived Penicillium or Aspergillus Species"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Pharmacology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2024 | Viewed by 84

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Zhongbin Cheng
Guest Editor
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hainan University, Kaifeng, China
Interests: natural product chemistry; bioactivity; marine; fungi; penicillium; aspergillus

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Filamentous fungal strains, particularly species belonging to Penicillium or Aspergillus, are a vital source of structurally diverse molecules with pharmaceutical potential. Since the miraculous medicine penicillin G was discovered from P. notatum in 1928, the discovery of potent cholesterol-lowering agents, including compactin from P. citrinum, lovastatin from P. compactum and A. terreus, and the immunosuppressant mycophenolic acid from P. brevicompactum, has proven that these two genera are potential sources of bioactive compounds.

In recent decades, with the development of separation and structural identification techniques, improvements in our ocean-going and deep-diving capabilities, as well as the invention of advanced sampling and cultivation equipment, numerous marine-derived Penicillium or Aspergillus strains have been discovered; these have provided us human beings with many molecules possessing fascinating biological and pharmacological properties.

In this Special Issue, research papers and pertinent reviews focusing on topics such as the isolation and structural elucidation, chemical synthesis, biosynthesis, and pharmaceutical mechanisms of bioactive metabolites discovered from marine-derived Penicillium or Aspergillus species are welcome.

Dr. Zhongbin Cheng
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • marine-derived fungi
  • penicillium
  • aspergillus
  • bioactivity
  • isolation and structural elucidation
  • chemical synthesis
  • biosynthesis
  • pharmaceutical mechanisms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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