Special Issue "Local Antibacterial and Antimicrobial Drug Delivery Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 October 2021).
Interests: electrospinning; nanofibers/microfibers; antibacterial and antimicrobial drugs; delivery systems; wound healing; wound infection; action mechanisms; in vitro/in vivo infection models; solid state characterization; process analytical technology
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Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem for society, and it is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. Conventional antibiotics are becoming ineffective against microorganisms due to their widespread and often inappropriate use. New treatments are constantly sought in order to successfully fight against microbial infections and biofilms and avoid the development of resistance. In addition to new drug molecules and new action mechanisms, novel local drug delivery systems are being developed that enable the improvement of the specificity and bioactivity of antibacterial/antimicrobial agents and reduction of the probability of possible side-effects.
The design and development of local drug delivery systems need to be conducted considering the biorelevant testing conditions which enable the in vivo conditions to be mimicked. Furthermore, the selection of suitable carrier systems requires thorough analysis in order to improve the therapeutic outcome and achieve the desired safety, biocompatibility, and biodegradability. In several cases, carriers themselves may have additional bioactivity.
This Special Issue aims to cover different aspects of the development of local antibacterial and antimicrobial drug delivery systems, and will include papers describing the design, preparation, and characterization of these systems and the latest developments in this field. Production scale-up and the sterilization of drug delivery systems require a great deal attention. New and promising strategies that allow antibacterial/antimicrobial therapies and patients’ quality of life to be improved are specifically welcome.
Authors are invited to submit original research articles and reviews in this important and exciting research field.
Ass. Prof. Karin Kogermann
Manuscript Submission Information
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- drug design
- local drug delivery systems
- antimicrobial agent delivery
- antibacterial agent delivery
- electrospun fibers/scaffolds
- drug–polymer–fiber interactions
- printed systems
- antibacterial/antimicrobial activity
- sterility, safety, and efficacy