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Special Issue "Opioids and Their Receptors: Present and Emerging Concepts in Opioid Drug Discovery"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.
Interests: opioid drug discovery; opioid receptors; opioid agonists; opioid antagonists; pain; analgesia
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Interests: medicinal chemistry; drug design; lead optimization; synthesis and analytics; synthetical methods; opioid drug discovery; structure–activity relationships; analgesics
The interest in opioid drugs such as morphine, the oldest analgesic drug known, has been maintained through the years. Identification of endogenous opioid peptides and their receptors (mu, delta, kappa, and nociceptin receptors), molecular cloning and elucidation of crystal structures of opioid receptors represent key milestones in opioid research. Activation of opioid receptors regulates several pharmacological responses with beneficial therapeutic as well as nonbeneficial effects. Medical use and misuse of opioids have strongly increased in the past decades, resulting in an opioid epidemic. Diverse chemical and pharmacological approaches have been used over the years to mitigate the deleterious effects of opioids.
This Special Issue aims to highlight present efforts in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of innovative ligands targeting the opioid receptors as effective and safe therapeutics for human diseases where the opioid system plays a central role. Further, it wants to draw a special attention on advancing concepts in opioid drug discovery.
Central directions in opioid research include structure–activity/function relationships, biochemistry of the receptors, understanding of opioid receptor-mediated actions and the linkage between therapeutic effects, side effects and molecular mode of action, and new therapeutic opportunities and novel tools/technologies. The topics of this Special Issue cover drug design, molecular modeling and synthesis, structure–activity relationships on ligands with distinct properties (agonists, antagonists, partial agonists, biased agonists, allosteric modulators and ligands acting at multiple opioid receptors) or selective site of action (central, peripheral), drug screening, opioid pharmacology, pain research, animal models of diseases, and any other topics related to the field of opioid research.
This Special Issue welcomes original articles, short communications and review articles on recent advances and emerging concepts in opioid drug discovery and in general opioid research.
Prof. Dr. Mariana Spetea
Prof. Dr. Helmut Schmidhammer
Manuscript Submission Information
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• Opioid receptors
• CNS disorders
• Natural and synthetic compounds
• Small molecules and peptides
• Agonists, antagonists, and partial agonists
• Biased agonists and allosteric modulators
• Bi- and multifunctional ligands
• Drug design
• Computer-aided drug design
• Synthesis and analytics
• Pharmacophore modeling and dynamics simulations
• Structure–activity relationships
• Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
• Signal transduction