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Special Issue "Extracellular Matrix in Development and Disease"
A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Pathology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 August 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: extracellular matrix; minor fibrillar collagens; vertebrate skeletal development; protein structure-function; cardiovascular extracellular matrix; cancer progression; rare diseases; zebrafish development
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Extracellular matrix in development and disease. This Special Issue will deal with molecular and cellular aspects of the role of extracellular matrix in development and disease. Cells exist in three-dimensional scaffolding called the extracellular matrix. The matrix holds together the millions of cells that make up our blood vessels, organs, skin, and all tissues of the body. The matrix serves as a reservoir of signaling molecules as well. In bacterial cultures, biofilms form as an extracellular matrix and play essential roles in disease and drug resistance. Topics such as matrix structure and function, cell attachment and cell surface proteins mediating cell-matrix interactions; synthesis, regulation, composition, structure, assembly, remodeling, and function of the matrix are included.
A common thread uniting the topics is the essential nature that the matrix plays in normal development and pathophysiology. Providing new knowledge will lead us to improved diagnostics, preventions to disease progression, and therapeutic strategies for repair and regeneration of tissues.
Prof. Dr. Julia Thom Oxford
Manuscript Submission Information
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- extracellular matrix
- embryonic development
- degenerative disease
- tissue engineering