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Special Issue "Membranous Nanostructures - Micro World Communication Infrastructure"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Veronika Kralj-Iglic
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: extracellular vesicles; membrane biophysics; membranous nanostructures; electric double layer; hip biomechanics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Membranous nanostructures have long dwelt in shadow as regards the majority of scientific society, due to their thinness and fragility. However, with advances in observation techniques that provided proofs of their existence, it has become evident that these tiny structures are key players in physiological and pathophysiological processes. Tunneling nanotubules and nonlamellar lipid-based structures serve as direct transport routes within and between cells while membrane - enclosed bits of cells (cellular vesicles) are more or less free to move with fluids and can mediate also interaction between distant cells, between different tissues and between organisms in global environment. Micro and nano-sized particles, including extracellular vesicles, enveloped viruses and artificial membrane vesicles (liposomes), are all united in one essential feature: they are subjected to natural laws that determine the morphology of their membranes (their shape and composition). Biophysical mechanisms are specific concerning a very general and fundamental issue shaping the world from strings to galaxies - the curvature. This special issue featuring original research, reviews and reflections welcomes experimental and theoretical contributions as well as clinical implications that may elucidate mechanisms involving membranous nanostructures, their effects and relevance in health and disease. Due to emergent COVID-19 issues, virion-based mechanisms are of special interest.

Prof. Veronika Kralj-Iglic
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • extracellular vesicles
  • viruses
  • liposomes
  • tunneling nanotubules
  • enveloped viruses
  • non-lamellar lipid phases
  • exosomes
  • curvature
  • cell to cell communication
  • COVID-19

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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