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Special Issue "Connecting Marine Microbial Natural Products to Biosynthetic Pathways"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marcy J. Balunas

Division of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Connecticut, 69 N. Eagleville Rd. Unit 3092, Storrs, CT 06231, USA
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Phone: +1-860-486-3051
Interests: marine microbes; natural products chemistry; host-microbe symbioses; antimicrobial and anticancer drug discovery; chemical ecology
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Amy L. Lane

Department of Chemistry, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
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Phone: +1-904-620-2315
Fax: +1-904-620-3535
Interests: marine natural products; biosynthesis; chemical ecology; actinomycetes; polyketides; indole alkaloids; nonribosomal peptides

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent surge in genome sequencing has illuminated the genetically encoded capabilities of microorganisms to assemble natural products. These efforts have shown that marine microorganisms offer immense potential as producers of biologically active, structurally intriguing molecules underpinned by equally fascinating biosynthetic pathways. The merger of natural product structures with biosynthetic knowledge provides opportunities for advancement of fields including chemical ecology and medicinal chemistry.

This Special Issue focuses on linking marine microbial natural product structures with their biosynthetic origins. Articles will highlight how the merger of these research areas facilitates advancements in fundamental understanding of marine natural products, as well as applications of this knowledge in medicine, agriculture, and other fields.

Prof. Dr. Marcy J. Balunas
Prof. Dr. Amy L. Lane
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 1800 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.


  • marine microbial natural products
  • biosynthetic pathways
  • genomics
  • polyketides
  • nonribosomal peptides
  • isoprenes/terpenes
  • structure elucidation
  • marine cyanobacteria
  • marine bacteria
  • marine fungi

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

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Marine Drugs Editorial Office
St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 683 77 34
Fax: +41 61 302 89 18
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