The Immune System of Marine Organisms as Source for Drugs against Infectious Diseases

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2022) | Viewed by 6294

Special Issue Editors

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Instituto de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación en Biotecnología Sanitaria de Elche (IDiBE), Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH), Elche, 03202 Alicante, Spain
Interests: antiviral activity; polymeric nanomaterials; controlled release; biopolymer formulations; antimicrobial compounds; immunomodulators
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Fish Disease Research Unit, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Interests: pathobiology and immunology of fish viral pathogens; fish innate immune responses; mucosa immunity; skin barrier

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The high proliferation of microorganisms in aquatic environments has allowed their coevolution with other living beings that also inhabit these niches for billions of years. Among the different existing types of interaction, the eternal competition for supremacy between susceptible species and their pathogens has selected, as part of the effector division of the immune system of said susceptible species, a vast and varied arsenal of efficient antimicrobial molecules, highly amplified by the broad biodiversity radiated, above any others, in marine habitats.

At present, recent scientific and technological advances already allow the massive discovery and exploitation of these defense compounds for therapeutic purposes against infectious diseases of interest. In this context, this Special Issue aims to provide a platform for researchers to publish biomedical studies focused on the discovery, characterization, and/or testing of such compounds, targeting infectious diseases affecting animals and/or humans.

Dr. Alberto Falco
Dr. Mikolaj Adamek
Guest Editors

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  • Marine organism extracts
  • Immune molecules
  • Infectious diseases
  • Antimicrobials
  • Antivirals
  • Antibacterials
  • Antiprotozoans
  • Antimicrobial treatment

Published Papers

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