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Special Issue "Molecular Control of Growth Performance"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Oliana Carnevali
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Guest Editor
Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, 60131 Ancona, Italy
Interests: reproduction; reproductive toxicology; gametes quality; probiotics; microbioma; metabolism; endocrine disruptors; animal welfare
Dr. Luisa Dalla Valle
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Guest Editor
Department of Biology, University of Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy
Interests: steroid hormones and steroid receptors; glucocorticoids; endocrine disease; zebrafish; autophagy
Dr. Seyed Hossein Hoseinifar
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Guest Editor
Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran
Interests: gut microbiome; modulation and characterization; probiotic; prebiotics; synbiotics; growth performance; immunomdulation; fish and shellfish immuno-nutrition; feed additivesm; medicinal herbs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interest is increasing regarding the molecular principle behind the complex interactions of signals on the molecular control of metabolic and musculo-skeletal growth processes. Concern is also increasing regarding metabolic aging acting on dysregulation of energy intake, increasing the risk of energy imbalance and micronutrient deficiencies.  

This research topic will focus on positive or negative molecules able to interact with metabolism and growth in model organism or farmed species. Manuscripts (including original research, perspectives, mini-reviews, commentaries and opinion papers) addressing one or more of the following themes are invited:

  • Hormonal control of appetite (orexigenic and anorexigenic signals) central and/or peripheral control;
  • Hormonal control of metabolism and growth;
  • Glucose and insulin as potential mediators of impaired regulation of food intake;
  • Genetic alteration, metabolic aging, and stress affecting metabolism and growth;
  • The effects of nutritional factors (diet, feeding systems, additives, probiotics, prebiotics, micronutrients etc..) on metabolism and growth;
  • Studies of musculo-skeletal growth and anomalies using bio-molecular tools.

Prof. Dr. Oliana Carnevali
Assoc. Prof. Luisa Dalla Valle
Dr. Seyed Hossein Hoseinifar
Guest Editors

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. 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.


  • metabolism
  • growth
  • micronutrients
  • feed additives
  • musculo-skeletal growth
  • orexigenic and anorexigenic signals
  • metabolic aging

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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