Special Issue "Structure and Function of Clostridial and Botulinum-Like Neurotoxins"

A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651). This special issue belongs to the section "Bacterial Toxins".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Geoffrey Masuyer
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Guest Editor
Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, and Centre for Therapeutic Innovation, University of Bath, Bath, UK

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Members of the clostridial neurotoxins are the most poisonous protein toxins known to man, and the causative agents of the potentially fatal diseases tetanus and botulism. This family of potent toxins has recently witnessed rapid expansion beyond the tetanus toxin (TeNT) and seven serotypes and over forty subtypes that have classically defined the botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs). This includes potential novel BoNT serotypes and natural chimeric proteins with mixed types whose biochemical and pharmacological properties are being investigated. In addition, with advances in high-throughput genomics technology, environmental samples have revealed new BoNT-like proteins, particularly in non-clostridial bacterial species. Determining the function and potency of these new toxins is essential to ensuring they do not pose any biological threats in addition to assessing their potential for biotechnological use. Whilst the main function of BoNTs is well defined, as they specifically target neuromuscular junctions resulting in inhibition of neurotransmission and causing paralysis, the species selectivity and effect of new toxins on their target―which is unknown in some cases―is not evident. Determining the structure and activity of these toxins and homologues will provide important information to understanding their evolution, and how they have developed specific host interactions. It will also provide a basis for the development of novel biotechnological tools that can extend how this family of toxins can be used beyond the current BoNT therapeutic applications.

This Special Issue “Structure and Function of Clostridial and Botulinum-Like Neurotoxins” aims to bring together the latest research on the biochemical properties and function of BoNTs, their newly identified homologues, and of proteins associated with their toxicity.

Dr. Geoffrey Masuyer
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • botulinum
  • neurotoxins
  • clostridial toxins
  • bacterial toxins
  • protein engineering
  • protein structure
  • biotechnology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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