Special Issue "Antibacterial Polymers: From Natural Inspiration to Practical Applications"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2011)
Prof. Dr. Gregory N. Tew
Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Rm A-617, Conte Building, 120 Governors Dr., Amherst, MA 01003, USA
Interests: bioinspired and biomimetic structures; supramolecular polymer science; self organization; materials-immunology; responsive materials/surfaces; polymers for biomedical science; well-defined macromolecular architectures; functional materials; novel biomaterials; chemically defined hydrogels
The discovery of antibiotics, almost one hundred years ago, changed our lives more significantly than any other single event in medical history. Our scientific success was so great that in 1969, the US Surgeon General stated that it was time to ‘close the books on infectious diseases’. Of course, many scientist knew this was not true and the rapid development of bacterial resistance to our most powerful antibiotics has brought much needed attention to this area. In the U.S. alone there are 2 million new cases of hospital-acquired infections annually leading to 90,000 deaths and 5 billion dollars of added healthcare costs. Couple these numbers with the appearance of new antibiotic resistant bacterial strains and the increasing occurrences of community-type outbreaks, and clearly this is an important problem. The role that antimicrobial materials play in treating infection can be significant. It is well understood that bacterial infections are spread in numerous ways including on health-care workers garments. This special issue aims to highlight the most current work in the field today while at the same time highlighting the important challenges and obstacles confronted by those working at the cutting-edge. This special issue broadens the discussion beyond only classical cationic polymers to include inspiration from natural peptides. An emerging class of molecules inspired by these peptides has resulted in antimicrobial activity and, importantly, selectivity that rivals the natural agents.
Prof. Dr. Gregory N. Tew
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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 refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
- antimicrobial peptides
- E. coli
- S. aurues
- polyvinyl pyridine
Article: Dark Antimicrobial Mechanisms of Cationic Phenylene Ethynylene Polymers and Oligomers against Escherichia coli
Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1199-1214; doi:10.3390/polym3031199
Received: 13 June 2011; in revised form: / Accepted: 27 July 2011 / Published: 29 July 2011| Download PDF Full-text (657 KB) | Download XML Full-text | Supplementary Files
Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1268-1281; doi:10.3390/polym3031268
Received: 23 June 2011; in revised form: 29 July 2011 / Accepted: 10 August 2011 / Published: 11 August 2011| Download PDF Full-text (192 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1282-1296; doi:10.3390/polym3031282
Received: 4 July 2011; in revised form: 29 July 2011 / Accepted: 11 August 2011 / Published: 12 August 2011| Download PDF Full-text (784 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Activity and Mechanism of Antimicrobial Peptide-Mimetic Amphiphilic Polymethacrylate Derivatives
Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1512-1532; doi:10.3390/polym3031512
Received: 27 July 2011; in revised form: 22 August 2011 / Accepted: 8 September 2011 / Published: 13 September 2011| Download PDF Full-text (477 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Polymers 2011, 3(4), 1902-1910; doi:10.3390/polym3041902
Received: 26 August 2011; in revised form: 22 September 2011 / Accepted: 26 October 2011 / Published: 3 November 2011| Download PDF Full-text (221 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Polymers 2011, 3(4), 2010-2017; doi:10.3390/polym3042010
Received: 23 September 2011; in revised form: 3 November 2011 / Accepted: 7 November 2011 / Published: 16 November 2011| Download PDF Full-text (173 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Effects of D-Lysine Substitutions on the Activity and Selectivity of Antimicrobial Peptide CM15
Polymers 2011, 3(4), 2088-2106; doi:10.3390/polym3042088
Received: 7 October 2011; in revised form: 9 November 2011 / Accepted: 28 November 2011 / Published: 6 December 2011| Download PDF Full-text (559 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Polymers 2012, 4(1), 691-709; doi:10.3390/polym4010691
Received: 15 January 2012; in revised form: 31 January 2012 / Accepted: 10 February 2012 / Published: 28 February 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1401 KB) | Download XML Full-text | Supplementary Files
Polymers 2012, 4(1), 747-758; doi:10.3390/polym4010747
Received: 1 February 2012; in revised form: 21 February 2012 / Accepted: 21 February 2012 / Published: 1 March 2012| Download PDF Full-text (418 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 4 March 2011