Special Issue "New Insights on Biofilm Antimicrobial Strategies"
A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: bacteriophage; phage-host interactions; biofilms; endolysins; phage therapy; phage genomics and evolution
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Interests: multispecies biofilms; nucleic acid mimics for therapy and diagnostics; development of hybridization-based techniques
The study of microbial biofilms has been gaining interest in recent decades. Generally, these communities consist of cells adhering to surfaces and surrounded by a self-produced exopolymeric matrix that confers protection against external stress. Biofilms can pose a threat to almost every sector of activity, namely, agriculture, food industries, and veterinary and human health. Due to their spatial localization and metabolic state, biofilm cells are very tolerant to antibiotics or disinfectants. Recently, several novel promising therapies that can be alternative, complementary or resensitize to antimicrobials are being developed worldwide.
This Special Issue of Antibiotics deals with different strategies to prevent biofilm formation or control development. The issue welcomes various submission types, such as original research papers, short communications, reviews, case reports, and perspectives.
Potential topics for this Special Issue include different antifouling strategies but are not limited to:
- Phages or phage-derived enzymes;
- Use of physical approaches (photoporation; sonoporation);
- Development of antimicrobial peptides or nucleic acid mimics;
- Use of natural products;
- Modification of surfaces to prevent biofilm formation;
- Combinations of antimicrobial agents with a synergystic effect.
Dr. Luís Melo
Dr. Nuno F. Azevedo
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. Antibiotics 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.
- biofilm prevention
- biofilm control
- surface modifications
- new generation antimicrobial compounds
- synergistic approaches