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Special Issue "Protein Glycation in Food, Nutrition, Health and Disease"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Naila Rabbani
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Guest Editor
Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, QU Health, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar
Interests: diabetes; obesity; AGEomics; biomarkers
Prof. Dr. Paul J. Thornalley
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Guest Editor
Diabetes Research Center, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, P.O. Box 34110, Doha, Qatar
Interests: glycation; advanced glycation end products; diabetes; diabetes complications; chronic kidney disease; aging; metabolomics; proteomics; mass spectrometry; cell culture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Glycation of proteins occurs via a complex series of sequential and parallel reactions collectively called the Maillard Reaction. Studies of glycation processes provide insights into the chemistry of reducing sugars and their derivatives. Protein glycation impacts the color, flavor, nutritional value, and safety of food. Processes of glycation occur in all organisms. Modulation of enzymatic defenses against glycation in plants produces crops resistant to environmental stress. Protein glycation contributes to aging and disease—particularly diabetes and diabetic complications and kidney disease, with emerging contributions to clinical diagnostics and therapeutics—including innovative approaches to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

Glycation-related topics covered in the Special Issue include:

  • Analytics, chemistry, and imaging;
  • Nutrition, diet, and health;
  • Plant physiology, function, and food security;
  • Early-life nutrition and maternal bonding;
  • Aging and aging-related macular degeneration;
  • Obesity, diabetes and diabetic complications, kidney disease, cancer, and schizophrenia;
  • Clinical diagnostics and therapeutics;
  • Repurposing of therapeutics in the COVID-19 response.

Prof. Dr. Naila Rabbani
Prof. Dr. Paul J. Thornalley
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Food processing
  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Higher plants
  • Maternal bonding
  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Renal disease
  • Cancer
  • Schizophrenia
  • Machine learning
  • Clinical diagnostics
  • Therapeutics
  • COVID-19

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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