Special Issue "Crystalline Micro- and Nano-Materials for Medical and Other Biochemical Applications"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomolecular Crystals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Tan Songwen
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Xiangya School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Central South University, 932 Lushan S Rd, Yuelu District, Changsha, Hunan, China
Interests: pharmaceutical engineering; pharmaceutical excipients; crystallization; functional foods; spray drying; micro- and nano-encapsulation
Prof. Dr. Chen Chuanpin
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Xiangya School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Central South University, 932 Lushan S Rd, Yuelu District, Changsha, Hunan, China
Interests: electrochemical microfluidic chips; biochemical detection; pharmaceutical analysis; monodisperse micro/nano droplets; microbubble with ultrasound; Raman spectroscopy
Prof. Dr. Chen Xuncai
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School of Forensic Medicine, South Medical University, Shatai Road 1838, Baiyun, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
Interests: forensic toxicological analysis; drug detection; SERS-based immunochromatographic assay; electrochemical biosensor development; photocatalytic degradation; functional carbon based nanomaterials
Prof. Dr. Zhou Wenhu
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Xiangya School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Central South University, 932 Lushan S Rd, Yuelu District, Changsha, Hunan, China
Interests: new drug development; nucleic acid aptamers; disease diagnosis; transdermal drug delivery; multifunctional nanocarriers; pathological mechanism of diseases

Special Issue Information

Crystalline micro- and nano-materials based on organic and inorganic molecules are a rapidly progressing field of medical and other biochemical applications. In focus are solids with functional biochemical properties which can be used in medical, pharmaceutical, environmental, microbial, energy and many other biochemical applications. Although synthesis of crystalline micro- and nano-materials have been largely carried out in recent years; however, the applications of these materials still face problems in different fields in practice.

With the topic of crystalline micro- and nano-materials for medical and other biochemical applications, it is important to focus more on the application aspects in the near future for the discipline development. First of all, the fundamental theories of the synthesis methods need to be revealed to control the crystallization process and other engineering aspects. With the well-designed materials, studies at molecular, cellular and higher levels need to be performed to access the materials in medical and other biomedical applications. In vivo and in vitro studies and higher-levels clinical studies are required for these materials to be used on the market. Mathematical modelling may be performed to improve the technology. Besides, ethical research and social-science studies assist the development of these crystalline micro- and nano-materials for medical and other biochemical applications.

Prof. Dr. Tan Songwen
Prof. Dr. Chen Chuanpin
Prof. Dr. Chen Xuncai
Prof. Dr. Zhou Wenhu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Synthesis of novel materials
  • Theoretical studies
  • Biochemical analysis techniques
  • Medical and pharmaceutical applications
  • Other biochemical applications
  • Toxicology, symptoms and adverse reactions
  • Ethical research and social-science studies

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LncRNA MALAT1: A Potential Fibrosis Biomarker and Therapeutic Target
Crystals 2021, 11(3), 249; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst11030249 - 28 Feb 2021
Abstract
Due to the lack of an effective method for the treatment of fibrosis, there are numerous patients suffering from the effects of fibrosis. Severe fibrosis can cause dysfunction of relevant organs characterized by excessive deposition of extracellular matrix components. Metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript [...] Read more.
Due to the lack of an effective method for the treatment of fibrosis, there are numerous patients suffering from the effects of fibrosis. Severe fibrosis can cause dysfunction of relevant organs characterized by excessive deposition of extracellular matrix components. Metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) is a long non-coding RNA that is widely expressed and highly conserved in human tissues. It can regulate gene expression at various molecular levels, involved in the fibrosis of the liver, heart, lung, and kidney. In this review, we first described the pathogenesis by which MALAT1 promotes fibrosis. Furthermore, we summarized current studies of MALAT1 in the fibrosis of various organs. Hope this review will contribute to a better understanding of the molecular mechanism of fibrosis and the potential of MALAT1 as a novel therapeutic target for fibrosis. Full article
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