Thematic Issue "Drugs from Nature"

Special Issue 1 for International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (IJPPS)




Drugs from Nature: Plants as an important source of pharmaceutically important metabolites

Guest Editor: Dr. Dhananjaya Bhadrapura Lakkappa


Aims & Scope:

Natural products are a constant source of potentially active compounds for the treatment of various disorders. A number of pharmaceutical drugs were designed, based on natural compounds and used for their therapeutic potential. There are several hundreds of drugs being designed and developed based on plant secondary metabolites all over the world.  It should also be highlighted that plants (or their parts) are used as infusions, tincture, or in the form of crude extracts for treatment of human disorders (St. John wort utilized in the treatment of mild to moderate depressions; Devil’s claw against inflammations, just to name a few).The World Health Organization estimates that 4 billion people (i.e. 80% of the World’s population) use herbal medicines in some aspects of primary healthcare and there is a growing tendency to “Go Natural”, which altogether comprise an annual market of several billion US dollars. This has opened up a huge and potential window for research and challenges a number of scientists in exploring the (still) hidden part of nature in searching for new drug leads. It is to be noted that currently an about half of the plant species have been described as only 10% of them have been chemically investigated.


The main goal of this special issue is to discuss the current advancements in the development of identifying and developing drug leads from plants for prevention of socio-significant diseases, an area a bit neglected, but proven to be very important by several (epidemiological) studies, their medicinal chemistry, and mechanism of action. Further, it highlights the therapeutical potential of various plants and/or their metabolites in treatment of diseases. It also focuses to cover some modern and emerging techniques for leads finding (e.g. so-called ‘omics’ approaches) and mass production of pharmaceutically important metabolites (e.g. Taxol case; therapeutic recombinant proteins and edible vaccines).


The special issue will encompass a selection of invited systematic and narrative reviews, original research and editorials written by experts in the field across the globe.



Plants, drugs, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical, Omics approaches, metabolites, diseases.



- Therapeutical potential of various plants and/or their metabolites in treatment of various diseases

 - Diverse approaches/methodologies for identifying and developing therapeutic leads.

- Metabolites from plants as therapeutical potential candidates against various socio-significant diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease etc..,

- New high-throughput technologies, bioinformatics analysis, computational analysis, omics and nanotechnological approaches in drug discovery for better treatment and management of socio-significant diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease etc..,

-  Novel proteomics/nano-technological methodologies in the discovery of therapeutic leads

-  Inhibitors therapeutic prospects



Manuscript submission deadline:

April 25, 2015

Peer Review Due:

May 20, 2015

Revision Due:

June 25, 2015

Notification of acceptance by the Guest Editor:

July 15, 2015

Final manuscripts due:

August 22, 2015



            Dr. B.L. Dhananjaya,

         Toxinology/Toxicology and Drug Discovery Unit

         Center for Emerging Technologies, Jain Global Campus

            Jain University, Jakksandra post, Kanakapura Taluk,
         Ramanagara 562112, Karnataka, India.

         Email ID:


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The commonly cited types of references are shown here, for other types of references such as electronic media, newspaper items, etc. please refer to ICMJE Guidelines (

Articles in Journals

  1. Devi KV, Pai RS. Antiretrovirals: Need for an Effective Drug Delivery. Indian J Pharm Sci 2006;68:1-6. List the first six contributors followed by et al.
  2. Volume with supplement: Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994;102 Suppl 1:275-82.
  3. Issue with supplement: Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women’s psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996;23(1, Suppl 2):89-97.

Books and Other Monographs

  1. Personal author(s): Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers;1996.
  2. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author: Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone;1996.
  3. Chapter in a book: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465-78. 

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