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Special Issue "Protein-Tyrosine Phosphatase Inhibitors"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioorganic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Jeroen den Hertog

1. Hubrecht Institute–Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) and University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2. Institute of Biology Leiden, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Interests: protein-tyrosine phosphatase; signaling; PTEN; SHP2; RPTPalpha; zebrafish; gastrulation; cancer; Noonan Syndrome
Guest Editor
Prof. Rob M. J. Liskamp

School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, Joseph Black Building, University Avenue, Glasgow, UK and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Interests: peptidomimetics; protein mimics; synthetic vaccines; synthetic antibodies; protease inhibitors; protein phosphatase inhibitors; electrophilic traps; cancer; infections; inflammation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Protein-tyrosine phosphatases counteract protein-tyrosine kinases and, hence, have a central role in development and disease, as regulators of phosphotyrosine levels in cellular proteins. Protein-tyrosine phosphatases have been heralded as drug targets for decades, particularly for conditions such as cancer and diabetes. Over the years, many catalytic site-directed protein-tyrosine phosphatase inhibitors have been generated; however, the catalytic sites of protein-tyrosine phosphatases are highly conserved, which compromises the selectivity of small molecule compounds. In addition, the substrates of protein-tyrosine phosphatases contain negatively-charged phosphotyrosine, which hampers the transduction of substrate-mimetic inhibitors across the cell membrane. Recently, several allosteric inhibitors have been developed that are highly selective and do not contain negative charges. Looking forward, there is a bright future for small molecule inhibitors of protein-tyrosine phosphatases.

Prof.  Jeroen den Hertog
Prof. Rob M. J. Liskamp
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • protein-tyrosine phosphatases
  • (covalent) inhibitors
  • small molecules
  • peptidomimetics
  • allosteric inhibitors
  • cancer
  • diabetes

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