Special Issue "Ribosome-Inactivating Proteins--Commemorative Issue in Honor of Professor Fiorenzo Stirpe"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2016)
Prof. Dr. Els Van Damme
Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Interests: lectins; carbohydrate-binding proteins; protein–carbohydrate interactions; carbohydrate recognition; glycosylation; biological activity; physiological importance; defense and immunity; stress proteins; glycobiology
Ever since the discovery of the first ribosome-inactivating protein, this group of plant toxins has received a lot of attention from researchers in various disciplines. Ribosome-inactivating proteins have been studied in detail for their distribution in nature, their molecular structure and toxicity, and have been proven as valuable tools in cancer research. Despite the long history of these proteins, new ribosome-inactivating proteins are still being discovered in plants and, recently, also in other kingdoms of life. Current research mainly focuses on the physiological importance of ribosome-inactivating proteins for plant growth and development, as well as their applications in agricultural and medical research.
Fiorenzo Stirpe is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy. He is (co)author of over 280 publications in international journals and several book chapters. Prof. Stirpe is co-editor of one book entitled ‘Ribosome-Inactivating Proteins—Ricin and Related Proteins’. Furthermore, he is holder of 10 patents related to the applicability of ribosome-inactivating proteins and immunotoxins. For his pioneering work related to the study of plant toxins and the preparation of immunotoxins he was offered some prestigious awards and his work has been highly cited (h-index 55) by researchers from various disciplines.
In honor of Professor Fiorenzo Stirpe for his outstanding contribution to research on plant toxins, this commemorative issue of Molecules welcomes submission of previously unpublished manuscripts from original work or reviews on ‘Ribosome-Inactivating Proteins’. We plan to receive submissions from 15 April to 30 September 2016.
Prof. Dr. Els Van Damme
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- N-glycosidase activity
- plant toxin
- Ribosome-inactivating protein
- RNA binding protein