Special Issue "Recent Strategies in Anti-influenza Therapeutics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.
Interests: medicinal chemistry; drug discovery; small molecules; antiviral agents; protein–protein interaction inhibitors
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As demonstrated by COVID-19, viruses are able to generate pandemics with a devastating socioeconomic impact in the world. In 1918, humanity witnessed the deadliest pandemic in human history, the Spanish flu, which caused extraordinary mortality around the globe. There is great concern that influenza viruses (flu) may cause another unpredictable devastating pandemic, perpetuated by the continuous emergence of new fluA strains. Of particular concern to public health are the avian fluA strains H5N1 and H7N9, human infections of which are associated with high mortality. Vaccination remains the main prophylactic strategy for controlling flu infection, but a universal flu vaccine that confers broad and long-term protection does not exist. Regarding the therapeutic armamentarium, almost 20 years from the approval of the neuraminidase (NA) inhibitors oseltamivir and zanamivir, they remain the only antiviral drugs of wide clinical use. The emergence of widespread resistance has caused M2 ion channel inhibitors to no longer be recommended, and the two recently approved NA inhibitors have important limitations. Nevertheless, during recent years, major breakthroughs have been made in the development of new anti-flu agents endowed with a different mode of action. Several agents have entered the clinical pipeline, many of which target the viral hemagglutinin and polymerase complex. Noteworthy are the compounds targeting the three subunits of the viral polymerase complex, such as the nucleoside analog favipiravir already approved in Japan, the PA endonuclease inhibitor baloxavir marboxil recently approved in both Japan and the USA, and the PB2 cap-binding inhibitor pimodivir that is in late-phase clinical trials. To achieve a comprehensive understanding of the progress made and the current trends in the development of new anti-flu therapeutics, the journal Pharmaceuticals invites renowned experts in the field to contribute research articles or reviews. This Special Issue, entitled “Recent Strategies in Anti-Influenza Therapeutics”, will focus on the development of new anti-flu agents, but also on studies aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms of flu replication that are essential in order to identify new therapeutic targets.
Dr. Serena Massari
Manuscript Submission Information
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- influenza virus
- anti-influenza agents
- drug discovery
- drug development