Special Issue "Biosynthesis, Metabolism, Pharmacology and Biological Receptors of Marine Algal Toxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 6945
Interests: algal toxins; chemistry; toxicology; pharmacology; biosynthesis; metabolism; endogenous function; biological receptors
Throughout the world, toxins produced by marine algae and cyanobacteria pose a threat to humans, wildlife, local ecosystems and local economies. This Special Issue welcomes manuscripts related to the chemistry and biochemistry of marine algal toxins. This includes the identification and characterization of new toxins, including novel structures and modifications of known scaffolds. Algal toxins represent a chemically diverse collection of molecules and as such the biological targets are equally varied. Contributions related to refinements in our understanding of the interactions of toxins and their known biological receptors at the molecular level as well as the identification of new or secondary biological receptors and downstream outcomes or pathway activation are welcomed. Few treatments for poisonings with algal toxins are known and studies on mechanism-based interventions, antagonists or anti-toxins are needed. More often than not, the endogenous role that algal toxins play in producing organisms is not well understood and contributions that involve the identification of endogenous biological receptors or biological function are encouraged. The biosynthetic pathways for the production of algal toxins can be complex and sometimes enigmatic. Novel approaches, such as proteomics, metabolomics or transcriptomics, towards the understanding of some of these seemingly inscrutable biological pathways are welcomed. Finally, studies related to the metabolism of marine algal toxins including microbial degradation pathways would be of interest.
Prof. Dr. Kathleen S. Rein
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. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 2900 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.
- algal toxins
- structure elucidation
- mechanism of action
- mechanism-based treatments
- biological targets
- microbial degradation