Recent Advances in Biomembrane Models for Studying Interactions with Bio-/Molecules

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 67

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Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Wroclaw Medical University, Borowska 211, 50-556 Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: medicinal chemistry; lipid bilayers; model membranes; cancer chemoprevention; new drug-like compounds—their design and physicochemical properties; together with their interactions with model lipid membranes
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Division of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Wroclaw Medical University, Borowska 211, 50-556 Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: COX-1/COX-2 inhibition; anticancer compounds; apoptosis; cancer chemoprevention; antioxidant compounds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biological membrane models such as liposomes, phospholipid bilayers, Langmuir monolayers, etc. are used to model and study the interactions of biological membranes with various biomolecules.

The interaction of bioactive compounds with biological membranes is a very important process. The pharmacological effects of medicines (especially when taken orally), as well as their distribution and metabolism are often dependent on their penetration through the biological membranes. Moreover, many enzymes, which may be membrane-bound proteins, are drug targets, therefore the pharmacological actions of different drugs may be a consequence of their direct interactions with proteins. Furthermore, there are also reports that some alternative mechanisms of action, such as the chemoprevention of bioactive compounds, e.g., non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or polyphenols, may also be related to their interactions with the biological membranes and specific membrane proteins. Changes induced in the lipid phase, such as an alteration of membrane curvature and phase behavior, may consequently also indirectly modify a conformation of membrane proteins. An interesting type of molecular interaction is also the interaction of surfactants with proteins, as well as with the membranes themselves; this is because some types of surfactants can also be used in the design of new types of drugs. For these reasons, the investigation of biomolecule–membrane interactions is essential for better understanding the molecular mechanisms of their action.

This Special Issue aims to investigate all types of bioactive compound–membrane interactions. We are pleased to invite you to submit your original research articles and reviews. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following topics relating to interactions of bioactive compounds:

  • cellular membranes, and their influence on membrane structure, function, biomolecular organization and dynamics, fluidity, and composition,
  • model membranes (eg. liposomes, phospholipid bilayers, Langmuir monolayers),
  • membrane proteins (eg. COX, P-gp),
  • membrane traffic, receptors, and channels.

Both molecular modeling and simulation as well as various biophysical (e.g., differential scanning calorimetry, fluorescence spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, circular dichroism, patch clamp) and biological techniques can be used as research methods.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Jadwiga Maniewska
Dr. Katarzyna Gębczak
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • drug–membrane interaction
  • polyphenols–membrane interaction
  • bioactive compounds
  • model lipid membranes
  • membrane proteins
  • membrane phospholipid composition
  • membrane channels
  • surfactants
  • new drug targets
  • cancer multidrug resistance
  • cancer chemoprevention
  • anticancer compounds

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