Special Issue "The Different Roles of Membrane Proteins: From Signaling to Transport and Beyond"

A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. João Azevedo-Silva
Guest Editor
Universidade Católica Portuguesa, CBQF - Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina – Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Portugal
Interests: biotechnology; yeast fermentation byproducts in a circular economy context; organic acids transport across cellular membranes either in disease context (cancer) or biotechnology applications (yeast)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cell membranes are complex frontiers between cells and the surrounding environment. Although they represent a physical barrier, membranes are also a platform for communication and trading. Here, membrane proteins are playmakers with important functions such as signaling or mediated transport. At a cellular level, these functions regulate cell fate, which make membrane proteins a critical research subject to understand cell biology and develop new solutions in order to modulate cell regulation. In health and disease, this presents a powerful weapon to develop new treatments with improved efficacy and potency. For industrial biotechnology, the study of membrane proteins can lead to the creation of improved cell factories to produce new and old molecules with an environmentally friendly outcome. Knowledge of membrane proteins is a cornerstone in the development of new solutions (whether they are therapeutic drugs, cosmetics, food, or other industrial products) that affect our daily life; thus, it is a subject with a valuable economic impact.

This Special Issue will gather research focusing on the different roles of membrane proteins and their outcomes. The aim is to cover recent advances in the use of membrane proteins (either as targets or as mediators) to develop new biotechnological solutions impacting health and disease, cosmetics, plants and agriculture, industrial processes, and other relevant areas.

Dr. João Azevedo Silva
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Biology is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Membrane research
  • Membrane receptor proteins
  • Membrane transport proteins
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular biology
  • Cellular biology
  • Biochemistry

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Tentative Review title: β-glucans receptors in the human skin: implications for health and disease
Affiliation: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, CBQF - Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina – Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Portugal
Author: João Azevedo-Silva
Back to TopTop