A section of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382).
One of the major challenges of the 21st century in biological sciences is the discovery of new molecules with antimicrobial properties and active on bacterial strains that are multi-resistant to the antibiotics currently available in our therapeutic arsenal. Peptides are a family of molecules that are capable of acting effectively against such bacteria—in particular those responsible for nosocomial diseases such as the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae. Interestingly, antibacterial peptides are part of the arsenal of host defense peptides that are present in a variety of simple and complex life forms, from prokaryotes (e.g., bacteriocins) to eucaryotes (e.g., defensins, cathelicidins). Due to their particular antibacterial potential, they are currently emerging as solid candidate therapeutic compounds against both pathogenic Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including those resistant to ‘conventional’ antibiotics. Many applications of antimicrobial peptides do exist in various fields, including human and animal health, feeding, agriculture and cosmetic/dermatologic fields.
The Section ‘Antimicrobial Peptides’ of the journal Antibiotics focuses on the various aspects of antibacterial/antimicrobial peptides from natural (e.g., animal venoms, milk) or non-natural sources (synthetic de novo designed peptides), from their discovery to the structural and functional characterization, the mode of action at a molecular level, as well as the development and evaluation in clinical trials. Potential contributors are strongly encouraged to submit their best work(s) in this important emerging field of applied scientific research.
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- 10th Anniversary of Antibiotics–Recent Advances in Antimicrobial Peptides (Deadline: 30 September 2021)
- Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Peptides on Pathogens (Deadline: 30 September 2021)
- Drugs from Arthropods: Leveraging Antimicrobial Peptides from Arthropods (Deadline: 28 October 2021)
- Structures and Functions of Antimicrobial Peptides (Deadline: 31 October 2021)
- Development of Antimicrobial Peptides from Aquaculture Species (Deadline: 31 October 2021)
- Antimicrobial Peptides and Host-Pathogen Interaction (Deadline: 15 November 2021)
- The Multi Functionality of Anti-Microbial Peptides (Deadline: 31 December 2021)
- Antimicrobial Peptides and How to Find Them (Deadline: 31 January 2022)
- Alternatives to Antibiotics: Bacteriocins and Antimicrobial Peptides (Deadline: 28 February 2022)