Special Issue "The Microbiome/Virome Interface during COVID-19"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Antonio Riva
Guest Editor
Institute of Hepatology (IoH), Foundation for Liver Research, and Honorary Lecturer at King's College London (London, UK)
Interests: immune/inflammatory correlates of liver disease; gut–liver axis; alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis, and end-stage liver disease; novel biomarkers of liver disease severity as molecular targets for immunotherapy; viral immunology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is causing global disruption and has burdened health systems worldwide. SARS-CoV-2 has a relatively broad tropism, due to the widespread expression of its cellular receptor ACE2; this includes the gastrointestinal (GI) system, and COVID-19 patients with COVID-related GI complications tend to develop more severe disease outcomes. Disruption of the gut barrier, intestinal dysbiosis, and associated immune alterations have been described as pathogenetic mechanisms in a plethora of health conditions, but it is still unclear how SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 affects the intestinal environment, the gut microbiome, and the progression of other viral infections in co-infected patients or vice versa. The aim of this Special Issue of The Microbiome/Virome Interface during COVID-19 is to collect recent evidence from basic and translational research to answer these questions.

We welcome submissions of original research papers, brief research reports, mini-reviews, and full reviews detailing evidence at a cellular, molecular, and/or immunological level. This includes, but is not limited to, the following two-way relationships:

  • SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and intestinal cells;
  • SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and bacterial or fungal intestinal dysbiosis;
  • SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and intestinal phage signatures;
  • SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and the gut–liver/lung/brain axes;
  • SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and gut/immune interactions;
  • SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and HBV/HCV/HIV infections.

Dr. Antonio Riva
Guest Editor

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. Microorganisms is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19
  • microbiome
  • dysbiosis
  • gut
  • co-infection
  • immunity
  • commensal flora
  • opportunistic infection
  • virus
  • phage
  • bacterial
  • fungal
  • innate immunity
  • inflammation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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