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Special Issue "Therapeutic Peptides on Plasmonic Nanoparticles"

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: closed (30 September 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Ghomi
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Guest Editor
Laboratoire Matrice Extracellulaire et Dynamique Cellulaire (MEDyC), Université de Reims, 51687 Reims, France
Interests: biomolecular structure; peptides, proteins and nucleic acids; physicochemical properties of therapeutic agents; elaboration and functionalization of plasmonic nanoparticles; use of plasmonic nanoparticles to probe cell receptors and enzymatic activity; surface-enhanced Raman scattering; optical spectroscopy; statistic and dynamic quantum mechanical calculations on the molecules of biological interest
Dr. Santiago Sanchez-Cortés
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Guest Editor
Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, IEM-CSIC, Serrano, 121, E-28006 Madrid, Spain
Interests: optical spectroscopy; SERS; plasmonics; optical nanosensors; nanoparticle functionalization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Optical spectroscopic techniques, based on the absorption, emission, or scattering of the electromagnetic radiation within the ultraviolet-visible-infrared range, is now routinely applied to biological systems for analyzing their chemical composition, molecular interactions, and structural dynamics. These techniques are basically characterized by their rapid acquisition and post-record treatment of the spectroscopic data, as well as the shortness of the time scale (<10-12 sec) that they are able to access. The combined use of the optical techniques, for instance those based on the analysis of the vibrational motions (Raman scattering, ROA, IR absorption, VCD) with the others using the electronic transitions (UV-absorption and UV-CD), leads to a wide scope of the structural and environmental changes occurring inside a biological system. The combination of spectroscopy and nanotechnology leads to a huge enhancement of the sensitivity of the above techniques. Plasmonic effects induced by flat surfaces through surface plasmon-polaritons, or on nanostructured metallic systems where localized surface plasmon resonance leads to significant intensification of spectroscopic signals (Raman, fluorescence, IR absorption) from biomolecules in the vicinity of nanostructures. These surface techniques, mainly SERS, have been extensively applied in the detection of biomolecules and the implementation of therapeutic strategies.

Prof. Mahmoud Ghomi
Guest Editor

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  • Peptides
  • Proteins
  • Structural dynamics
  • Plasmonic nanoparticles
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Surface-enhanced Raman scattering

Published Papers

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