Special Issue "Dendrimers in Medicine and Biotechnology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2014)
Prof. Dr. Zofia Urbanczyk-Lipkowska (Website)
Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kasprzaka Str. 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland
Interests: dendrimer chemistry; solid phase structural studies of branched molecules; photochromic compounds; chiral coordination polymers
During last 20 years of dendrimers history – these eye-catching polymeric molecules generated non-precedented interest in many areas, including biomedical and pharmaceutical research. Only this year over 70 review articles on dendrimers synthesis, structure and various properties and applications have been published. Due to polyvalency, capability to control chemistry and properties of the surface area and molecular interior, dendrimers exhibit valuable properties of nanoscale delivery systems, bioconjugates for in-vitro immunoassays for antigens, and materials for vaccination. Their potential in treatment of lifestyle and civilization diseases such as cancer, diabetes, viral and microbial infections, Alzheimer and prion-associated diseases, etc. has also been recognized. Bioactivity of the designed dendrimers suggests them as promising therapeutic agents in contemporary regenerative medicine, involved in wound healing, tissue and cartilage reconstruction as well as bone mineralization. The potential applications of de novo – designed dendrimers in such areas as boron neutron capture therapy, as MRI contrast reagents, and materials for enhanced transfection cannot be overlooked. First applications of dendrimers for topical treatments against herpes simplex virus or for prevention of HIV transmission will be available soon.
This special issue of Molecules “Dendrimers in Medicine and Biotechnology” welcomes previously unpublished manuscripts covering aspects of new synthetic and characterization methods of dendrimers, new molecular entities, their therapeutic potential in the area of medicine and biotechnology.
Prof. Zofia Urbanczyk-Lipkowska
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- regenerative medicine