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Special Issue "Mitochondria and Mitochondrial Derived Peptides"

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 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kelvin Yen
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Guest Editor
Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
Interests: general aging; mitochondrial derived peptides; caloric restriction; neuronal control of feeding behavior and obesity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mitochondria and mitochondrial health are central to aging, as they are important in a number of critical processes such as energy generation, reactive oxygen species generation, and apoptosis. Mitochondria dysfunction is also found in many age-related diseases, although whether this is cause or effect has yet to be determined. Recently, a novel class of small peptides encoded by the mitochondrial genome has been discovered, and their roles in biological processes have been emerging. These mitochondrial derived peptides (MDPs) have now been linked to cancer, neuroprotection, cytoprotection, and healthspan. In this issue, we will focus on aging, the mitochondria, and this novel class of MDPs.

Dr. Kelvin Yen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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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  • mitochondria
  • aging
  • mitochondrial derived peptides
  • mitochondrial health
  • mitochondria dysfunction

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