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Special Issue "Advances in Photopharmacology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Xavier Rovira Algans
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CSIC - Instituto de Quimica Avanzada de Cataluna (IQAC), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: G protein-coupled receptors; GPCR photopharmacology; cell signaling; spatiotemporal regulation; biased signaling; allosterism; mechanisms of activation; molecular modeling; mathematical modeling; molecular determinants of disease
Dr. Amadeu Llebaría
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CSIC - Instituto de Quimica Avanzada de Cataluna (IQAC), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: medicinal chemistry; chemical biology; molecular mechanisms in biology; allosteric modulation; photobiology; molecular probes; optical control of proteins; azobenzene synthesis; protein chemical labeling; enzyme inhibitors; GPCR ligands; drug photocontrol
Dr. Xavier Gomez-Santacana
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Guest Editor
CSIC - Instituto de Quimica Avanzada de Cataluna (IQAC), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: G protein-coupled receptors; GPCR photopharmacology; photochromism; azo compounds; protein labeling; endogenous receptors; fluorescence; Föster resonance energy transfer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Photopharmacology is an emerging interdisciplinary field at the interface between physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine. The general goal of photopharmacology is to provide control over biological systems with a high degree of temporal and spatial precision using innovative light-regulated molecules and illumination devices. Indeed, drug action is currently recognized as a multidimensional process governed by molecular, spatial, and temporal components. Understanding the role of each of these dimensions is crucial to improving our knowledge of the mechanisms of action of drugs and how these mechanisms give rise to physiological effects. Along these lines, photopharmacology is opening new avenues to the regulation of biological systems in a precise manner using drugs. With the advent of new discoveries in this field, promising therapeutic applications for diseases with unmet needs and innovative research tools are being proposed. In this Special Issue, we aim to compile research contributions describing the most recent advances in photopharmacology in order to highlight the impact that it may have on a number of research.

Dr. Xavier Rovira Algans
Dr. Amadeu Llebaría
Dr. Xavier Gomez-Santacana
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • photopharmacology
  • light-regulated molecules
  • photochromism
  • molecular photoswitch
  • caged compounds
  • drug photodelivery
  • light delivery systems
  • targeted drug delivery
  • spatiotemporal precision
  • cell signaling
  • precision medicine

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