Ecdysteroids are a class of steroid hormones originally discovered in insects that control molting and other metamorphotic processes, but since have been identified to regulate many biochemical and physiological processes in both invertebrates and vertebrates. Analogs of ecdysteroids, called phytoecdysteroids, are found in high abundance in a variety of plant species, such as Ajuga, Serratula, Silene, and Leuzea and the commonly consumed spinach (Spinaciaoleracea). While their function in plants is still conjectural, it is believed that plants synthesize Phytoecdysteroids to provide protection against plant-eating insects. A vast amount of research (most of which full text versions are unavailable in English) suggests that Phytoecdysteroids possess a broad spectrum of biological, pharmacological, and medicinal properties in mammals, with no known adverse side effects.
Phytoecdysteroids related journals covers all the topics related to ecdysteroids of plants. One of the journals that covers all the topics of ecdysteroids and Phytoecdysteroids related journals is Journal of steroids & Hormonal Science. The journal open access journal and follows single blinded peer review process.
Last date updated on June, 2014