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Special Issue "Antiviral Agents"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Antonio Carta

Università degli Studi di Sassari, Sassari, Italy
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Interests: drug discovery; lead compound design and synthesis; phenotype screening; target-based assays; target validation; mechanism of action of antiviral agents; drug resistance and mechanisms; structure-based drug design; ligand-based drug design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Several viruses are pathogenic and cause clinically significant diseases in humans and animals. Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites that borrow cellular metabolic pathways. They encode proteins resembling cellular proteins and force their host cell to produce progeny virions. Thus, inhibiting a viral protein without affecting its cellular equivalent is very challenging. For this reason, most compounds inhibiting viral replication are also toxic to the host. The aim of this Special Issue is to collect original research papers and reviews focused on the antiviral activity, synthesis, and mechanism of action of new small organic molecules, metal complexes, and natural products, as well as on the study of mechanisms of drug resistance and on in silico design of antiviral agents. Furthermore, studies on antiviral target validation are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Carta
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 semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Antiviral agents
  • Antiviral drug discovery and synthesis
  • Antiviral target validation
  • Mechanisms of action of antiviral agents
  • Antiviral drug resistance and mechanisms
  • In silico drug design
  • Phenotype screening
  • Biochemistry studies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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