Special Issue "Photodynamic Therapy: Applications against Microorganisms"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Adelaide Almeida
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Guest Editor
Departamento de Biologia, CESAM - Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Campus Universitário de Santiago, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: phage therapy; antimicrobial photodynamic therapy; alternative approaches to antibiotics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The increasing number of drug-resistant microbial infections is an emerging global health crisis that is driving a growing demand for alternative therapies to conventional antimicrobials. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) is a likely approach to deal with this devastating scenario of drug resistance, but with a few exceptions (e.g., using 5-aminolevulinic acid and hematoporphyrin derivatives as aPDT mediators), no protocol currently holds a marketing authorisation that would allow its free use in human medicine. Although compassionate treatments permit the use of unapproved medicines to treat patients with no more approved therapeutic options, aPDT has not yet been used with this option. Moreover, as drug resistance is not only a problem of human medicine, occurring also in animal and environmental sectors, it is important to extend the aPDT efforts to other areas such as veterinary medicine, aquaculture, agriculture and food industry.

As antimicrobial resistance continues to increase, there is much to be done in order to streamline aPDT efforts, particularly in terms of developing efficient protocols and simple synthetic strategies able to afford effective, inexpensive and safe photosensitizers. It is expected that this Special Issue can motivate physicians and researchers to respond to the current underutilization of aPDT in human, animal and environmental sectors in order to develop effective and safe therapeutics and applications.

Prof. Dr. Adelaide Almeida
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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