Special Issue "Materials for Photobiology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
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Photobiology is a challenging research area aiming to explore the interaction between light and living organisms with applications in the fields of photomedicine, photo(nano)technology, photosynthesis, and photosensory biology. Furthermore, there is a great interest in designing advanced biomaterials with peculiar physicochemical properties and photoresponsive ability that, interacting with light, produce a response which is useful for diagnosis and therapeutic treatment. Therefore, the interaction of light with molecules, nanomaterials, cells, and tissues and the subsequent biological responses represent an interdisciplinary research in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, and medicine.
In this Special Issue, we aim to collect contributions from selected players in those fields to address the latest advances in the use of materials for photobiology, including potential scientific and technological applications of their findings in chemistry, biology, drug delivery, bioimaging, and biosensing.
The invited papers will describe light-responsive materials based on macrocyclic assemblies, nanoparticles, micelles, liposomes, polymers, hydrogels, proteins/peptides, plasmonic nanomaterials, carbon-based and silica-based and other photo-responsive hybrid organic and/or inorganic components. This Special Issue welcomes original research and reviews focusing on all aspects of design, preparation, physicochemical characterization, and biological evaluation of materials for photobiology, including phototherapeutic and photodiagnostic materials, with a special focus on materials or biomaterials proposed for light-induced therapies in cancer, infections, and dermatological treatments.
The accepted papers, after a peer reviewing process, will be posted immediately on the website of the International Journal of Molecular Science.
Prof. Dr. Antonino Mazzaglia
Dr. Angela Scala
Dr. Enrico Caruso
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Light-responsive materials
- Living bioluminescent materials
- Light-induced therapy
- UV-radiation effect
- Photo-antinfective materials
- Photosensory biology
- Molecular optogenetics
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Dr. Kwang-Poo Chang
Topic: communication about genetic deficiencies of parasitic trypanosome protozoa, specifically Leishmania, in heme biosynthesis and their transfection with mammalian cDNAs encoding the 2nd and 3rd enzymes in this pathway. As a result, exposure of such transfectants to the product of the 1st enzyme in heme biosynthesis, delta-aminolevulinate, results in cytosolic accumulation of uroporphyrin I, rendering them highly sensitive to singlet oxygen-initiated inactivation by dim light or longwave UV. Loading these uroporphyric Leishmania in their endosomes with cationic phthalocyanines further sensitizes them for such inactivation with red light. The installation of dual suicidal mechanisms renders Leishmania completely non-viable, but maintains their immunological properties as a carrier for safe and effective delivery of vaccines against malignant and infectious diseases.
Dr. Cristiano Viappiani
Topic: review on targeting photosensitizers using antibodies
Dr. Giada Magni
Title: Blue LED light treatment induces a better recovery of superficial skin wounds in mice, by modulating the cytokine levels and the inflammatory response
Dr. Magdalena Skonieczna
Topic: The first about novel Ga-based drugs for anticancer PDT therapy; the second about ADSCs and their potential in oxidative stress reduction with connection to cancer cells' resistance to anticancer AgNPs.