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Special Issue "Antimicrobial Activity and Mechanisms of Action of Peptides"
A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382). This special issue belongs to the section "Antimicrobial Peptides".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 2806
Special Issue Editor
Interests: Antimicrobial peptides; serum protein-derived peptides; infectious diseases; anti-infective peptides; anti-biofilm peptides; structure-function relationship of AMP.
Special Issue Information
in the landscape of the growing emergence of drug resistance among pathogens, antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) appear as valuable candidates for the development of a new generation of therapeutic agents intended to replace or supplement conventional antimicrobial drugs.
In fact, AMPs are active against different classes of pathogens, including multidrug-resistant microorganisms, and they do not easily induce resistance, while in many cases showing little or no toxicity toward human cells. New delivery strategies and chemical structure optimization, together with improvement in chemical synthesis procedures, will possibly overcome known limitations related to pharmacokinetics and costs of production of AMPs.
To date, a plethora of natural and synthetic AMPs has been identified with the ability to exert a direct action on pathogens (i.e., killing of microorganisms or inhibition of viral replication) or to indirectly promote the resolution of the infection through immunomodulatory effects. AMPs with wound healing properties have been also described.
These AMPs present an assortment of structures ranging from helical to β-strand, mixed, or random coil, which may account for diverse mechanisms of action. Other characteristics such as charge, hydrophobicity, amphipathicity, and peptide length have been shown to be responsible for modulating the anti-infective mechanism of AMPs.
This Special Issue aims to gather contributions which may promote a better understanding of the structure–function relationship, mechanism of action, and possible biomedical applications of AMPs. Submissions on the discovery of new AMPs or novel activities of already known AMPs are also encouraged.
All submission types, including original research articles, short communications, and comprehensive reviews, are welcome.
Dr. Laura Giovati
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- antimicrobial peptides
- mechanisms of AMP
- antimicrobial activity
- antiviral activity
- host immunity modulation
- wound healing
- biomedical application