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Special Issue "Frontiers of Antimicrobial Nanoparticles"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Franco Dosio

Department of Drug Science and Technology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy
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Interests: nanotechnology in drug delivery; targeted drug delivery; liposomes; polymeric nanoparticles; self-assembling nanosystems; anticancer agents; antimicrobial agents

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Infectious disease still represents a significant challenge in health care, being one of the major causes of mortality in the world. In addition, the use of many conventional drugs is hampered by a lack of efficacy, emergence of resistance, adverse effects, and high costs. In this context, nanotechnology plays a key role in improving the efficacy of existing drugs by the use of nanoengineered drug delivery systems. Nevertheless, other relevant applications of nanoparticles are found in antibacterial coatings for implantable devices and medicinal materials to prevent infection and promote wound healing, as well as in bacterial detection systems. This Special Issue is aimed at covering recent advances in the synthesis, assembly, mechanistic understanding and uses of nanotechnology applied to the development of novel systems for the prevention, detection and treatment of microbial infections.  

Several classes of antimicrobial nanosystems are discussed:

Antibacterial polymers

Antimicrobial drug delivery systems

Inorganic-polymer hybrid nanoparticles

Antibacterial coating

Prof. Franco Dosio
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. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Polymer nanoparticles
  • Antimicrobial agents
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Inorganic nanosystems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Application of Antimicrobial Nanoparticles in Dentistry
Author: Shaohua Ge
Affiliation: Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Oral Tissue Regeneration,Department of Periodontology,School of Stomatology, Shandong University,Jinan,China
Abstract: Oral cavity incessantly encounters a plethora of microorganisms. Plaque biofilm, as a major cause of caries, periodontitis and other dental diseases, is a complex community composed of bacteria or fungi that cause infection by protecting pathogenic microorganisms from external drug agents and escaping the host defense mechanisms. Although lots of studies focus on developing antimicrobial agents to overcome this problem, most of these attempts fail to achieve desired outcomes because the rapid degradation and fast release of antibacterial agents cause low efficiency and safety concerns. Nanoparticles with their enhanced and unique physicochemical properties such as ultrasmall sizes, large surface area/mass ratio and increased chemical reactivity, are promising in antibacterial therapies. Similarly, nanoparticles provide a new strategy for treating and preventing dental infections due to their special physical and chemical properties. This article presents a comprehensive review on the development, application and underneath mechanisms of antibacterial nanoparticles in dentistry including endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics and prosthetic fields.
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