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Special Issue "Disorders of Cholesterol Homeostasis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Stephanie M. Cologna
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Interests: roteomics; mass spectrometry; separations; lipidomics
Dr. Kevin R. Francis
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Guest Editor
Sanford Research, Cellular Therapies and Stem Cell Biology Group, Sioux Falls, SD, USA
Interests: Cholesterol; Lipids; Trafficing; Cholesterol Synthesis
Dr. Christopher A. Wassif
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Guest Editor
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Bethesda, MD, USA
Interests: genetics; lysosomal storage diseases; cholesterol metabolism; smith-lemli-opitz syndrome; niemann-tick type C; battens

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cholesterol plays a key role in numerous cellular process and perturbations in synthesis, uptake, trafficking, and metabolism, resulting in a myriad of behavioral, developmental, endocrine, and neurodegenerative defects. Multiple genetic disorders have been identified, each caused by mutations in different enzymatic steps within the cholesterol synthesis pathway, while others have been identified in the trafficking of cholesterol such as NPC and Tangier disease. The associated disorders are often thought of as discrete disorders, with their own clinical signature and yet studies have begun to unravel hints of underlying mechanisms, such as reduced levels of cholesterol in multiple disorders resulting in changes to the morphogen and sonic in early developmental stages leading to the convergences of some clinical features.

Dr. Stephanie M. Cologna
Dr. Kevin R. Francis
Dr. Christopher Wassif
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cholesterol
  • lipids
  • trafficking
  • cholesterol synthesis
  • metabolism

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