Special Issue "Non-Coding RNAs in Human Infectious Diseases"

A special issue of Diseases (ISSN 2079-9721). This special issue belongs to the section "Infectious Disease".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2016)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kausik Chakrabarti

Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
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Interests: RNA in infectious diseases; RNA structure-function; RNA genomics; Regulatory RNA; RNA processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past decade, RNA biology in infectious diseases has been explored in great molecular details, which resulted in new knowledge on the role of RNAs in the development and progression of several diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and eukaryotic pathogens. Therefore these breathtaking discoveries in RNA science merit a special edition in this journal to provide a knowledgebase of RNA function in diseases. The scope of this Special Issue on “Non-Coding RNAs in Human Infectious Disease” will focus on Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) identified in pathogen and/or their human hosts that play a specific role in the biology and etiology of an infectious disease. In addition to specific RNA function (for example: miRNAs or siRNAs), RNA structural determinants and RNA–protein interactions that may influence infection and pathogenesis will also be considered as being of specific interest for this issue. Both fundamental mechanisms of RNA function related to diseases as well as therapeutic aspects of targeting RNAs are in the broad interest of this issue. Thus, the goal of the Special Issue is to bring together contributions that specifically address the role of RNAs in biology and therapy in infectious diseases.

Dr. Kausik Chakrabarti
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs)
  • RNA in infectious diseases
  • RNA folding
  • RNA interference
  • RNA structural determinants
  • RNA–protein interactions
  • Regulatory RNAs
  • Catalytic RNAs
  • RNA interference (including RNA silencing, siRNA, miRNA, circular RNAs, CRISPR)
  • Long noncoding RNA (lncRNA)
  • Circulating RNAs/ Exosomes
  • RNAs in epigenetic regulation
  • Deep sequencing of ncRNAs
  • RNA therapeutics

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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