Special Issue "Modulation of Antibiotics and Anticancer Drugs Activity by Biocompatible Nanoparticles"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomaterials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Jacek Piosik
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Biophysics, Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk, Abrahama 58, 80-307 Gdańsk, Poland
Interests: nanoparticles; drug activity; biologically active compounds; DNA binding; thermodynamical models; anticancer drugs; non-covalent interactions
Prof. Yuriy Prylutskyy
Guest Editor
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, ESC "Institute of Biology and Medicine", Department of Biophysics and Medical Informatics, Ukraine
Interests: nanoparticles; anticancer drugs; non-covalent interactions; thermodynamical models; computer simulation
Prof. Maxim Evstigneev

Guest Editor
Laboratory of Molecular and Cell Biophysics, Sevastopol State University, Crimea
Interests: drug–nanoparticle interactions; thermodynamics of binding; models of binding; aggregation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, the treatment of many common diseases is based on drug therapy. Commonly used classical antibiotics are still less and less effective because of the emergence of new drug-resistant bacterial strains. The development of new antibiotics is decreasing each year. Therefore, it has become very important to seek new approaches in the usage of existing classic antibiotics, to give them a second life.

On the other hand, anticancer drugs commonly used in chemotherapy are effective against cancer; however, they have many adverse side effects.

Therefore, the modulation of these drugs’ activity by biocompatible nanoparticles seems to be an interesting way to improve these drugs’ activity and decrease their possible side-effects. Biocompatible nanoparticles of various natures may act as drug carriers, modify cell membrane permeability, directly interact with drug molecules, modify drug biological activity, etc. Finally, all these effects or interactions may modulate these drugs’ activity and be used successfully in treatment in the near future.

The Special Issue will cover but will not be limited to the following topics:

  • The direct interaction between drugs and biocompatible nanoparticles;
  • Biocompatible nanoparticles as drug carriers;
  • Anticancer nanoparticle–drug effect in vitro and in vivo;
  • Improving classic antibiotics’ activity by biocompatible nanoparticles.

Prof. Jacek Piosik
Prof. Yuriy Prylutskyy
Prof. Maxim Evstigneev
Guest Editors

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  • Antibiotics
  • Antineoplastic drugs
  • Nanoparticles
  • Drug activity modulation
  • Non-covalent interactions
  • Drug side effects
  • Drug resistance
  • Drug efficacy
  • Drug therapy

Published Papers

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