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Special Issue "Bacterial Cell Envelope Biosynthesis"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Tanneke Den Blaauwen
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Guest Editor
Bacterial Cell Biology and Physiology, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Interests: E. coli; bacterial morphogenesis; peptidoglycan synthesis/hydrolysis; fluorescence microscopy; image analysis; Forster Resonsance Energy Transfer (FRET); protein interactions; protein translocation; divsion proteins; elongation proteins; outer membrane proteins; fluorescence proteins; symbionts; antibiotic targets

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As you might have noticed, the International Journal of Molecular Science is publishing more and more manuscripts on bacterial morphogenesis and bacteriology. The importance of bacterial species diversity for the wellbeing and health of the world ‘s ecosystems, including its human inhabitants, is by now clearly established. Consequently, the notion that the range of bacterial species whose morphogenesis is investigated at a molecular level needs to be expanded beyond the canonical Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis is gaining momentum in our community. In addition, it is becoming more and more clear that the regulation of envelope growth and division is very complex and that the involved protein complexes are not isolated entities, but part of communicating networks. The most successful antibiotics that apparently just inhibited the activity of a single protein type, appear to affect usually multiple process upon closer inspection. Limiting our knowledge to one aspect of morphogenesis (i.e., peptidoglycan syntheses) is no longer possible without knowledge on the other cross-talking processes. The development of successful antibiotics and antibiotic screening assays will benefit from molecular knowledge of this cross-talking. To illustrate these developments, I would like to collect manuscripts for a Special Issue on bacterial morphogenesis that encompasses multiple bacterial species and any process that is related to bacterial growth and division on a molecular level.

The publication procedure of IJMS is simpler than for most other journals. Simply paste your text into the journal's formatted file and the paper is ready for review and, if accepted, publication. As an editor of the journal, I make sure that each paper in my care is thoroughly reviewed by two reviewers and, in case of doubt, a third reviewer is invited. The journal has the DOAJ Seal (The DOAJ Seal is awarded to journals that demonstrate best practice in open access publishing. Around 10% of journals indexed in DOAJ have been awarded the Seal.)

The impact factor of IJMS is 5.9 at present.

I hope that you will be inspired to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Tanneke Den Blaauwen
Guest Editor

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. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • outer membrane synthesis regulation
  • Gram negative bacteria including Actinobacteria
  • Gram positive bacteria
  • Archaea
  • envelop biosynthesis
  • peptidoglycan biosynthesis
  • transenvelop protein complexes
  • cell division
  • protein transport
  • microscopy
  • assays
  • in vitro and in vivo

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title 1: A dynamic network of proteins facilitate cell envelope biogenesis in Gram-negative bacteria
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