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Exploring the Molecular Mechanisms of the Microbiome in Reproductive Health and Reproductive Immunity

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Immunology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 203

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2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Interests: gynecology; obstetrics; reproductive; endocrinology; mullerian anomalies; PCOS; pediatric gynecology; high-risk pregnancy; adolescent gynecology; minimally invasive surgery
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The research into the effects of the human microbiome on the body’s physiological functions is entering a new phase. More specifically, human reproduction research is expanding and providing important data on the interactions between the microbiome and not only the female but also the male reproductive system. The reproductive microbiome has a major impact on male and female reproductive function and health. The effects of the microbiome on the physiological parameters of human reproduction are essential to fertilization and a successful outcome in a pregnancy, for example, through the maintenance and imbalance of the flora in the female reproductive tract. Vaginal bacteria can also affect pregnancy outcomes by affecting cell signaling or immune activation. Less attention has been paid to the male reproductive microbiome. However, male reproductive microorganisms, such as semen microorganisms, have an impact on host fertility and health. Microorganisms may not only play a role in sperm dysfunction but also affect female reproductive health through sexual transmission. The pathogenesis and immune mechanisms of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also included in our focus.

This Special Issue of IJMS offers the opportunity for scientists to publish their research on the microbiome and immune system and other biomolecular data related to human reproduction.

Since IJMS is a journal of molecular science, pure clinical or model studies will not be considered suitable for our journal. On the contrary, pre-clinical or pure model submissions with biomolecular experiments or data are more than welcome.

Dr. Panagiotis Christopoulos
Guest Editor

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  • microbiome
  • infertility
  • reproduction
  • male
  • female
  • pregnancy
  • immunology
  • immune tolerance

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