Small Molecules in the Search of Novel Antimicrobials and Antifungals

A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382). This special issue belongs to the section "Novel Antimicrobial Agents".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 187

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Instituto de Química Orgánica General, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IQOG-CSIC) Juan de la Cierva 3, 28006 Madrid, Spain
Interests: selenium; anticancer research; antibacterial activity; cancer multidrug resistance; bacterial multidrug resistance; efflux pumps; medicinal chemistry; organic synthesis; selenium chemistry; antifungal activity
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Dear Colleagues,

The emergence of resistant bacterial and fungal strains is troublesome for humankind as the increase in superbugs can lead to a situation in which current available treatments may be ineffective towards them, leaving us without any defence against the spread of these multidrug-resistant bugs. Therefore, there is an urgent need to discover novel antibiotics and antifungal agents before reaching that point, and it is necessary to increase the speed at which we discover new active compounds, as this needs to be faster than the appearance of the resistances.

This Special Issue intends to provide an overview of the state of the art in the search for novel antibacterial and antifungal agents, and in particular, when this search involves small molecules, following the classical approach of the medicinal chemistry. Recently, molecular modelling and artificial intelligence have been improving and providing a new perspective to the field. Thus, works related to the application of these computer-based techniques of design and screening to small molecules with antimicrobial and antifungal properties are also encouraged.  

To sum up, the submission of research on the in vitro, in vivo, and/or in silico evaluation of small molecules as potential novel antibiotics, antimicrobials, or antifungals is welcomed.

Dr. Enrique Domínguez-Álvarez
Guest Editor

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  • antibacterial activity of novel compounds
  • antifungal activity of novel compounds
  • medicinal chemistry
  • bioorganic chemistry
  • small molecules
  • multidrug resistance
  • multidrug resistant bacteria
  • superbugs
  • molecular modelling
  • artificial intelligence

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