Topical Collection "Peptides, Proteins and Their Derivatives with Therapeutic Applications"

A topical collection in Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X). This collection belongs to the section "Chemical Biology".

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Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Peptides and proteins are biomolecules known from decades to be important players in physiological and pathological states of all living organisms. This explains why therapeutics based on those molecules were successfully developed in the past and why new therapeutics based on them will emerged.

Furthermore, as therapeutics drugs, in addition to natural peptides and proteins created by Nature, humans created derivatives of them (such as peptidomimetics) that are bioinspired molecules designed in order to mimic the biological activities of peptides/proteins and to correct their limitations including their poor bioavailability, immunogenicity, and/or sensitivity to degradation by proteases.

Peptides/proteins and their derivatives can possess a large panel of biological activities useful to treat humans, animals, or plants diseases making them drug candidates.

As an example, numerous peptides/proteins and their derivatives have been demonstrated to possess anti-infective activity linked to their ability to: i) prevent pathogen’s adhesion to host cells, and/or to ii) directly kill micro-organisms through antimicrobial activity (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, or antiparasitic action).

Similarly, peptides/proteins and their derivatives could inhibit the growth and/or cause the death of malignant cells, making them interesting tools to treat cancer.

Many other biological activities have been reported for peptides/proteins and their derivatives including modulatory action of the immune, nerve or endocrine system and/or modifications of cell functions in connection to health or disease.

The topic collection “Peptides, proteins and their derivatives with therapeutic applications” welcomes submissions (reviews and original articles) dealing with all biological activities of natural peptides/proteins and their bio-inspired derivatives, such as peptidomimetics in relation to their potential uses as therapeutics.

Dr. Marc Maresca
Collection Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 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.


  • bio-active peptides/proteins
  • peptidomimetics
  • therapeutic peptides/proteins
  • antimicrobial
  • anticancer
  • antimicrobial peptides
  • anti-inflammatory

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