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Special Issue "Marine Resource and Cosmetics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Carla Villa

Department of Pharmacy, Section of Drug and Cosmetic Chemistry, University of Genova
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Interests: personal care; green cosmetic chemistry; microwave extraction; sustainable cosmetic ingredients

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The oceans and seas are a great place to find natural active and functional materials for personal care products. The marine environment has been demonstrated to be a rich source of structurally-diverse, biologically-active compounds with excellent and unique cosmetic potentials. This is due, in part, to the differences in the physicochemical nature of sea environments, where conditions of high pressures, low temperatures, lack of light, and high ionic concentrations may lead to the biosynthesis of highly-functionalized and unusual molecules in marine organisms.

Despite the multitude of cosmetic products based on traditional marine sources, only a tiny proportion of their full potential has been exploited. We are familiar with using marine materials: Marine organisms produce unique compounds that have been used both to confer physicochemical functional properties, such as texture, emulsifying properties or color, bioactive properties, including remineralizing, emollient, hydrating, antioxidant, and sunscreening among others.

We use everything from seawater to a huge range of extracts made from seaweed, microalgae, plankton, coral and many other marine organisms, but the most exciting new materials remains largely unexplored.

Moreover, there is a great potential in the marine bioprocess industry to convert and utilize most of marine resources and marine food by-products to valuable cosmeceutical ingredients.

Researchers are invited to provide recent and innovative research and results, encompassing various aspects of marine compounds and extracts, potentially useful in the cosmetic world.

Prof. Carla Villa
Guest Editor

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  • marine cosmetic ingredients
  • cosmetic microalgal extracts
  • cosmetic seaweeds
  • marine green source

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Open AccessArticle Physicochemical Properties and Biocompatibility Evaluation of Collagen from the Skin of Giant Croaker (Nibea japonica)
Mar. Drugs 2018, 16(7), 222; https://doi.org/10.3390/md16070222
Received: 28 May 2018 / Revised: 19 June 2018 / Accepted: 28 June 2018 / Published: 29 June 2018
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Collagen and collagen peptides are widely used as cosmetic ingredients. In the present study, acid-solubilized collagen (ASC) and pepsin-solubilized collagen (PSC) were extracted from giant croaker (Nibea japonica) skin. The proline hydroxylation rates of ASC and PSC were 38.1% and 39.3%.
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Collagen and collagen peptides are widely used as cosmetic ingredients. In the present study, acid-solubilized collagen (ASC) and pepsin-solubilized collagen (PSC) were extracted from giant croaker (Nibea japonica) skin. The proline hydroxylation rates of ASC and PSC were 38.1% and 39.3%. The denaturation temperatures (Td) were approximately 34.5 °C for both ASC and PSC. The results of sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and fourier transform infrared spetroscopy (FTIR) demonstrated that ASC and PSC were mainly type I collagen. Furthermore, As, Pb and Hg contents in the extracted collagen were lower than the national standards of China. In addition, collagen had good moisture absorption and retention properties when compared to glycerol. The collagen was also not cytotoxic to NIH-3T3 fibroblast cells, indicating that Nibea japonica skin collagen can be utilized in cosmetic applications. Full article
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