Special Issue "Microalgae, Brain Health and Aging"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 185

Special Issue Editors

Department of Human Welfare, Okinawa International University, Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan
Interests: longevity; okinawa; healthy aging; nutritional epidemiology; FOXO3; astaxanthin
Institute for Biogenesis Research, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA
Interests: telomeres; healthy aging; longevity; cell senescence; stem cells; FOXO3
Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA
Interests: FOXO3; longevity; healthy aging; astaxanthin
Department of Medicine and Health Sciences “V. Tiberio”, University of Molise, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
Interests: longevity; healthy aging; Nrf2

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The biodiversity of microalgae is enormous and represents an almost untapped resource. Many novel biomolecules originating from algal biomass have been chemically determined. Examples include carotenoids, antioxidants, fatty acids, enzymes, polymers, peptides, and sterols. These biologically active substances from microalgae are capable of exhibiting antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antitumor, regenerative, antihypertensive, neuroprotective, and immunostimulating effects. Therefore, they play a key role in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry. Seaweed microbiota have been shown to have indirect health-promoting effects in the brain by positively affecting the production of the neurotransmitters GABA and serotonin. Further, several research studies using animal models have shown that bioactive seaweed derivatives can cross the blood–brain barrier and impose potential health-promoting effects on multiple neuronal functions, for example by reducing inflammation. Thus, extracts and bioactive molecules derived from microalgae have potential for use in therapies to treat brain diseases including dementia and Alzheimer’s.

This Special Issue aims to collect new and exciting high-quality papers, including research articles and comprehensive reviews, related to brain health, healthy brain aging, and the application of therapies that utilize microalgae-derived biomolecules and extracts. Studies with human subjects or animal models are acceptable.

Dr. D. Craig Willcox
Dr. Richard C. Allsopp
Dr. Bradley Willcox
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Scapagnini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • microalgae
  • brain diseases
  • neuroprotection
  • neuroinflammation
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • healthy brain aging
  • longevity

Published Papers

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