Special Issues

Biology runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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New Advances in Epilepsy, Neurotransmission and Synaptic Function
edited by and Miranda Mele
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2926
Keywords: epilepsy; excitation; inhibition; neurotransmission; synaptic function; synaptic plasticity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
The Impact of Climate Change on Ecosystems and Human Health
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 8426
Keywords: infectious diseases; climate change; one health; structural equation model; arthropod vectors; ecosystems; deep learning; big data
(This special issue belongs to the Section Climate Change Biology)
The Secrets Hidden in the Plant Cell Wall: From Plant Biology and Biotechnology to Human Health
edited by , Olga A. Zabotina, John P. Moore and Kelly Houston
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4522
Keywords: plant cell wall; plant physiology; dietary fibers; bioenergy; human health; cellulose; hemicellulose; pectin; lignin; cell wall proteins
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotechnology)
The Application of Genetic and Genomic Biotechnology in Aquaculture
edited by , and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 11 articles | Viewed by 9194
Keywords: selection; breeding; genetics; transgenics; genome editing; physiology; immunity; genomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Marine Biology)
Chronic Hepatitis C: Pathophysiology and Clinical Issues submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 4576
Keywords: Hepatitis C Virus; Liver fibrosis; Cirrhosis; Hepatocellular carcinoma; Co-infection; Biomarkers; B-cell response; T-cell response; Antiviral therapy; Extra-hepatic manifestations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Biology)
Alternative Splicing: From Dissection of Molecular Mechanisms to Development of New Therapeutic Tools
edited by Dario Balestra
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 134
Keywords: alternative splicing; RNA; disease; splicing; therapy; rescue
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotechnology)
Forensic Anthropology: New Methodological and Theoretical Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification and Methods
edited by and Marco Milella
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5385
Keywords: human skeletons; sexual dimorphism; age estimation; documented skeletal collections; computed tomography; morphometric geometry; digitalization; machine learning; traumatic lesions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Evolutionary Biology)
Development of Therapeutics for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
edited by Stephen Wren
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2692
Keywords: cognitive decline; Alzheimer’ s disease; tau phosphorylation; therapeutics; neuroinflammation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Advances in COVID-19-Related Myocarditis
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1031
Keywords: viral myocarditis; COVID-19; cardiology; immunology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cardiovascular Biology)
Research in Computational Molecular Biology Focused on Comparative Genomics: Selected Papers from RECOMB-CG 2022
edited by and Siavash Mirarab
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 320
Keywords: comparative genomics; evolution; genome rearrangement; algorithms; phylogeny; statistical genomics; ancestral reconstruction; gene families; reconciliation; whole-genome duplication; metagenomics; cancer genomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioinformatics)
Paleontology in the 21st Century submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6508
Keywords: paleontology; fossils; dinosaurs; evolution; biomarkers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Evolutionary Biology)
Microbial Ecology and Evolution in Extreme Environments
edited by and S. Emil Ruff
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4485
Keywords: extreme environments; geomicrobiology; astrobiology; microbial ecology; evolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Lipid, Atherosclerosis, and Ageing: Integrated Analyses to Untangle the Complexity of the Phenotype-Genotype Interactions
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 101
Keywords: aging; autophagy; atherosclerosis; cardiometabolic diseases; epigenomic; genomic; GWAS; lipid; lipoprotein metabolism; metabolomic; metagenomic network medicine; proteomic
Roles and Use of Extracellular Vesicles in Health and Disease
edited by Arsalan Haqqani and Amanpreet Badhwar
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1146
Keywords: extracellular vesicles (EVs); cellular biology; inflammation; diseases; biomarkers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology)
Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) and Related Signaling Molecules in Health and Disease
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1742
Keywords: vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP); G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR); pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP); secretin (SCT); peptide histidine methionine (PHM); PACAP-related peptide (PRP); glucagon (GCG); metabolism; immunity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Biology)
Theories and Models on COVID-19 Epidemics submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 32 articles | Viewed by 73881
10th Anniversary of Biology: Regulation of Innate Antiviral Response and Antiviral Therapy Targeting Innate Immunity
edited by Rongtuan Lin and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4254
Keywords: antiviral response; IFN signaling; STING; PRR; ISG; RIG-I like receptor signaling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Immunology)
Antimicrobial Resistance and the Role of ADP-Ribosylating Toxins
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 183
Keywords: ADP-ribosylation; anti-virulence agents; bacterial toxins; computational chemistry; inhibitor development; adjuvants; vaccines
(This special issue belongs to the Section Infection Biology)
Natural Products and Herbal Drugs as Immunomodulating Agents
edited by Marco Biagi and José Maurício Sforcin
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 568
Keywords: Natural products; Bee products; Herbal drugs; Immunomodulation; Immune system; Pharmaceutical biology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Macrophages in Low Oxygen Environment
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 229
Keywords: Macrophages; hypoxia; physioxia; biomakers; proteomics; transcriptomics; phagocytosis
Cardiac Peptides-Current Physiology, Pathophysiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Application submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 4177
Keywords: cardiac peptide; heart failure; cardiac hypertrophy; cardiac function; cardiac fibrosis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Proteomics)
Advance in Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
edited by Cristina Nicolau
submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1296
Keywords: sleep physiology; sleep regulation; sleep disorders; circadian rhythms; circadian dysregulation; sleep evolution; sleep function
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Biology)
Advances in Sleep and Inflammation
edited by
submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 961
Keywords: Sleep interruption; Sleep deprivation; Inflammation; Neuroinflammation; Traumatic brain injury (TBI); Neurodegenerative diseases; Aging; Lifestyle
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
An Overview on Keratinocyte Fate: Physiological and Pathological Aspects
edited by Giorgia Cardinali and Daniela Kovacs
submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4337
Keywords: skin homeostasis and barrier function; stratum corneum; keratinocyte growth and differentiation; calcium signaling; growth factors/growth factor receptors; lipid metabolism/lipid mediators; intracellular signal transduction; filaggrin; cell-cell adhesions; inflammatory signals; skin diseases/cancer; 3D reconstructed skin models
Advances in Microalgae Biotechnology
edited by Cynthia Victoria González-López and Celeste Brindley
submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 992
Keywords: microalgae; biotechnology; photobioreactors; bioremediation; wastewater; energy; food; bioactive molecules; recovery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotechnology)
Bio-Based Chemicals Biosynthesis and Metabolic Regulation
edited by and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 2999
Keywords: bio-based chemicals biosynthesis; metabolic engineering; genetic transformation; metabolic regulation; genome editing; fermentation; whole-cell catalysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotechnology)
Neurogenetics of Behaviour
edited by and Ezio Rosato
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 312
Keywords: behaviour; genetics; molecules; species; brain; networks; health; disease
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Synthetic Biology Aided by Artificial Intelligence
edited by Zhijun Wang
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 668
Keywords: synthetic biology; artificial intelligence; protein sequence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Synthetic Biology)
Genomics, Phenotypic Characterization and Therapeutics Development for Early-Onset Motor Neuron Diseases submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 638
Keywords: pediatrics; rare diseases; motor neuron disease; peripheral neuropathy; genetics; model systems; disease mechanisms; therapeutics discovery; diagnostics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Mitochondrial Metabolism and Function in Health and Disease
edited by , Jordi Oliver and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 980
Keywords: mitochondrial function; mitochondrial metabolism; mitochondrial biogenesis; mitophagy; mitochondrial dynamics; mitochondrial disease; cancer; aging; obesity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology)
Platelets – Fine Tuners of Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases submission deadline 20 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 998
Keywords: vascular inflammation; vascular disease; platelets; anti-platelet therapy; endothelial dysfunction; angiogenesis; infection; thrombosis; atherosclerosis; platelet– leukocyte aggregates
Recent Advances in Palaeobotany
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 232
Keywords: evolution; fossil; plant; reproductive organs; systematics
Function of the Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) Family in the Cortical Circuit Formation and Maintenance
edited by , and Kwang Mook Jung
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 155
Keywords: FGF; FGFR; central nervous system; cortical development; dendritogenesis; synaptogenesis; axonal pathfinding; behavior; stress; brain wiring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Metals and Metal Complexes in Diseases with a Focus on COVID-19: Facts and Opinions
edited by Agnieszka Ścibior, , Alvin A. Holder and Juan Llopis
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2784
Keywords: new data on trace element status in COVID-19 patients; metals susceptibility and severity of COVID-19; molecular mechanisms related to COVID-19 and therapeutic strategies; metal and metal– organic complexes targeting viruses and treatment of a wide range of diseases; current areas with the most emphasis on metallobased metal center pharmacology; novel therapeutic metal-based agents having an impact on medicinal practice; biological metals and diseases; diseases and symptoms induced by metal implants; latest progress in the design of pharmacologically active complexes comprising metals and a risk associated with their toxicity; metal chelation therapy to treat diseases; metal biological targets and diseases; design and pharmacological evaluation of novel metal-containing compounds as promising future metallodrugs (synthesis; structure analysis; properties; in vitro/in vivo effects); identification of molecular targets and mechanistic details of potential metal-based drugs: implications of oxidative stress; cancer and diabetic mechanistic relationship for metal-containing compounds (including polyoxometalates); mechanistic relationship between metal and metal-containing compounds (including polyoxometalates) with effects observed in putative biological targets and/or changes in protein expression and/or enzymatic activity; stability and speciation of metal and metal-containing compounds (including polyoxometalates) in biological solutions
Prevention and Diagnosis of Gynaecological Cancers submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1391
Keywords: screening; early diagnosis; cervical cancer; human papillomavirus (HPV); endometrial cancer; ovarian cancer; vulval cancer; vaginal cancer; biomarker discovery; genomics; epigenetics; proteomics; metabolomics; microbiome
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Biology)
Non-classical Signaling of Steroid Hormones and Their Specific Receptors: Physiological and Pathophysiological Implications submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 170
Keywords: ER-x; ER-X; Gq-mER; GPER; GPRC6A; MAPR; mGR; mMR; mPR; OXER1; PGRMC; steroid hormone; steroid hormone receptors; ZIP9
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Biology)
Beneficial Soil Bacteria: Many Recipes to Promote Plant Growth and Protection
edited by Ana Alexandre and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 8869
Keywords: plant growth-promoting bacteria; rhizobia; endophytes; symbiosis; agriculture; diversity; plant protection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
The Roles of Autophagy in Mediating Inflammation and Autoimmunity
edited by and Lang Rao
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 86
Keywords: autophagy; inflammation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Immunology)
The Impact of Extreme Sport on Body Functions
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6765
Keywords: Extreme sports; Red blood cells; Blood; Muscle function; Metabolism; Nutrition; Psychological skills; Regeneration
Biophysics Arrhythmias and Pacing
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 5287
Keywords: innovations; leadless; physiologic pacing; zero fluoroscopy; high-density mapping; new energy forms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biophysics)
The Role of CALHM1 in Health and Disease
edited by Maria F. Cano-Abad and Philippe Marambaud
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 246
Keywords: Neurodegenerative diseases  ; Ictus; CALHM1; Calcium homeostasis  ; ATP purinergic signaling  ; Epilepsy; Metabolism  ; Mitochondria
Alternative Nicotine Delivery Devices on Lung Health
edited by Aaron Scott
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 66
Keywords: e-cigarettes; heat-not-burn; toxicology; smoking cessation; reactive carbonyl species
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology)
Selective Vulnerability in Neurodegenerative Diseases
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3488
Keywords: Alzheimer’ s disease; Parkinson’ s disease; multiple system atrophy; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; prion disease; Huntington’ s disease; tauopathy; synucleinopathy; aging; neurodegeneration
Coping with Extreme High Temperature Events: Trends in Ectothermic Species
edited by Andreas Walzer
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 117
Keywords: climate change; ectothermic species; extreme high temperature events; heat waves; local adaptation; phenotypic plasticity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Climate Change Biology)
Impact of Natural and Anthropogenic Pollution on Aquatic Ecosystems submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2322
Keywords: stressors; contaminant; risk assessment; ecotoxicology; human activity; climate change; contaminants of emerging concern
(This special issue belongs to the Section Toxicology)
Sonification Algorithms for Biological Data Analysis
edited by Martin S. Staege
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 194
Keywords: data analysis; bioinformatics; sonification; music  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioinformatics)
Translational Aspects of Cardiovascular Biology: From Bench to Bedside
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4494
10th Anniversary of Biology—Innate Immune System: Insights from Zebrafish Models submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 167
Keywords: zebrafish; innate immunity; macrophages; neutrophils; live imaging; development; infection; tissue repair; inflammation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Immunology)
Inflammatory Intestinal Diseases and Nutrition
edited by Shubai Liu
submission deadline 1 Aug 2022 | Viewed by 53
Keywords: inflammatory intestinal diseases; mucosal immunity; inflammatory bowel disease; immunobiology; TLRs; innate immune; microbiota; nutrition; milk oligosaccharides
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
edited by Hongyan Xu
submission deadline 8 Aug 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1847
Keywords: biodiversity of aquatic species; conservation of aquatic species; sustainable development; genetic resource; ecosystem
(This special issue belongs to the Section Conservation Biology and Biodiversity)
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