Special Issue "Approaches toward Artificial Cell Construction and Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)
Recent advancements in biochemical techniques have enabled us to develop artificial systems with various biological functions in vitro, from basic functions, such as transcription, translation, genome replication, and lipid membrane formation, to higher-level functions, such as the expression of genes in a network, signaling through pathways, mechanisms that promote robustness, and adaptation to specific environments. One of the ultimate goals of such studies would be to construct an artificial cell. Through the construction, we can explore the boundaries between living and nonliving entities, yielding important information on the origin of life and the principles that govern it. In addition, the technologies that will need to be developed to construct artificial cells, “artificial cell technologies”, have the potential to be applied to other fields, such as evolutionary engineering, biocompatible micromachines, and new materials. This Special Issue focuses on this challenging new field.
The scope of this Special Issue encompasses all studies related to the construction of artificial cell-like systems and their parts, including replication systems, gene expression systems, metabolic systems, lipid membranes, and related cellular functions. The scope also includes chemical systems that mimic functions of biological systems. Theoretical or computational reports, reviews, and perspectives are all welcome.
I hope this Special Issue will contribute to the development of this new field.
Dr. Norikazu Ichihashi
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- artificial cell
- in vitro system
- the origin of life
- the principles of life
- artificial life