Special Issue "Synthetic Peptides and Peptidomimetics: From Basic Science to Biomedical Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: drug design and development; peptide synthesis and characterization; targeting of protein-protein interaction involved in diseases, antibodies, neurodegeneration
Interests: monoclonal antibodies; antibody functional fragments; antibody drug conjugates
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Synthetic peptides are gaining increasing interest as both research tools in basic and applied science and as therapeutic and diagnostic agents in clinical settings. Their use as inhibitors of protein–protein interactions is becoming a common practice toward elucidating the binding mode of proteins, advancing our understanding of signaling cascades, and offering a viable contribution to the design and development of new drugs. Synthetic peptides are also ideal ligands for extracellular receptors, acting as potent activators of several cellular pathways such as those of the immune response. To date, about 60 peptides have been approved for human use worldwide, many of which are derived from natural molecules, and hundreds more are progressing through the different stages of clinical trials. However, the poor membrane permeability, short plasma half-life, and scarce oral bioavailability strongly limit their druggability and negatively impact on clinical aspects. In this scenario, novel structural modifications are continuously sought for improving pharmacokinetic properties. Among others, amino acid or backbone modifications and the introduction of non-natural amino acids and conjugation of chemical moieties that extend the half-life, improve cellular uptake, stabilize active conformations, and modulate solubility are constantly proposed. Given the high biocompatibility, generally low toxicity, and functionalization potential, peptides and peptidomimetics are also being increasingly employed to develop new functional biomaterials which are excellent cell culture substrates for medicinal applications or that may act as biorecognition elements for the detection of analytes such as proteins, nucleic acids, and pathogens. In this instance, peptides are also being used as recognition units for chip-based biosensors for clinical diagnosis.
We therefore invite academic and industrial investigators working in all these fields to submit original research articles or reviews describing and discussing the most recent advancements and developments in basic science and biomedical applications.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Synthetic peptides and peptidomimetics as protein–protein inhibitors
- Synthetic procedures for preparing peptides and peptidomimetics
- Biochemical and biophysical characterization of peptides and peptidomimetics
- Peptide-based bioconjugation
- Nanoparticle-conjugated peptides
- Peptide-based bioreceptors
- Peptide-based biomaterials
Dr. Nunzianna Doti
Dr. Menotti Ruvo
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