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Special Issue "RNAs in Brain and Heart Diseases 2.0- EU-CardioRNA COST Action"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fabio Martelli
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IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Molecular Cardiology Laboratory, San Donato Milanese MI, Italy
Interests: microRNA; ischaemia; dystrophy; mRNA
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Prof. Dr. Wolfram Doehner
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Charite - Universitatsmedizin Berlin, Center for Stroke Research Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Interests: metabolic pathophysiology; loss of muscle mass; cachexia and sarcopenia in chronic diseases
Prof. Dr. Inga Zerr
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Department of Neurology, University Medical Center, Georg August University, Germany
Interests: biomarkers; dementia; neurodegeneration; prion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The EU-CardioRNA COST Action CA17129 is an interdisciplinary network from 36 countries aiming to accelerate the understanding of transcriptomics in cardiovascular disease and further the translation of experimental data into usable applications to improve personalized medicine in this field. You can see more details at https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA17129/#tabs|Name:overview

Due to known interactions between the brain and the heart, members of the EU-CardioRNA COST Action aim to provide a forum for discussion around the topics of brain and heart diseases in this Special Issue of International Journal of Molecular Science.

Cerebro-cardio-vascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide and, despite continuous advances, better diagnostic and prognostic tools, as well as therapy, are needed. The human transcriptome, which is the set of all RNA produced in a cell, is much more complex than previously thought.

We are looking for papers on the role or biomarker potential of RNAs, whether protein-coding or noncoding RNAs, in diseases affecting the brain, the heart, and/or the vascular system. Papers reporting or discussing common mechanisms or interactions between these vital organs are particularly welcome. This is, however, not a prerequisite to submit papers to this Special Issue. We invite contributions of reviews and/or original papers reporting recent efforts in the field of RNAs in Brain and Heart Diseases.

Dr. Fabio Martelli
Dr. Yvan Devaux
Prof. Wolfram Doehner, MD, PhD
Prof. Dr. Inga Zerr
Guest Editors

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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  • RNA
  • DNA
  • Transcription
  • Methylation
  • Cardiovascular
  • Epigenetics
  • Noncoding RNA
  • Heart failure
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic disease
  • Senescence
  • Aging

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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