Micro- and Macroalgaes as Drug Discovery Resource

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 October 2022)

Special Issue Editors

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CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Matosinhos, Portugal
Interests: microalgae; cyanobacteria; macroalgae (seaweed); bioactive compounds; pigments; PUFAs; phenolic compounds; polysaccharides; secondary metabolites; antioxidant; anti-inflammatory; antibacterial; antiviral; antitumoral
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CIIMAR—Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Terminal de Cruzeiros de Leixões, Av. General Norton de Matos, s/n, 4450-208 Matosinhos, Portugal
Interests: microalgae; cyanobacteria; seaweed; bioprocess optimization; bioactive compounds; pigments; PUFAs; antioxidant capacity; anti-inflammatory capacities

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The use of algae (cyanobacteria, microalgae, and seaweeds) as a source of bioactive compounds has been a reality for a long time in a variety of industries, including animal feed, food, nutraceutics, and cosmetics. Furthermore, the natural ingredients industry has been transformed in recent years and has been searching for a more sustainable source of ingredients as a result of society's increased environmental consciousness.

Based on their bioactive potential, colors, and physicochemical characteristics (as moisturizing or preservative for cosmetic or gelling agents for food ingredients), algae are commonly found in several industry. Polyphenols, pigments, polysaccharides, fatty acids, and peptides are found in algae and have been linked to a variety of health benefits, as a result of their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, and antitumoral effects, among others. Nevertheless, not all algae produce the same profile content of bioactive compounds. Microalgae are known to be high in lipidic components, such as carotenoids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Phycobiliproteins and secondary metabolites are the most well-known products of cyanobacteria. Red, brown, and green seaweeds can be a great source of sulphate-esterified polysaccharides. Thus, exploiting different algal compounds from various species and groups may enhance their bioactive effect and encourage the development of new algal bioactive compound formulations.


This Special Issue aims to gather novel findings on algal metabolites and their application. You are invited to contribute to this Special Issue with submissions on the elucidation of natural compounds and the characterization and proposal of algal species, extracts, and/or products with bioactive potential. We also encourage submissions related to the optimization of extraction and production of bioactive compounds and formulation of algal products.

Original articles, short communications and comprehensive review articles that give insight to the current status and future prospects of algae as a source of bioactive compounds are also welcome.

Dr. Ana Catarina Guedes
Dr. Fernando Pagels
Guest Editors

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.


  • microalgae
  • cyanobacteria
  • macroalgae (seaweed)
  • bioactive compounds
  • pigments
  • PUFAs
  • phenolic compounds
  • polysaccharides
  • secondary metabolites
  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial
  • anti-viral
  • antitumoral

Published Papers

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