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Special Issue "Preparation and Applications of Biological Active Agents"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 June 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Anton Ficai
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1. Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, 1-7 Gh. Polizu st., 011061 Bucharest, Romania
2. Academy of Romanian Scientists, 54 Splaiul Independenței st., Bucharest, Romania
Interests: bio(nano)materials; synthesis methods; materials processing and design; advanced coatings; tissue engineering; drug delivery; characterization methods
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues:

This Special Issue intends to highlight the most recent advances in the field of developing and using biological active agents in treating different diseases including cancer, severe infections (with viral or bacterial etiology), etc. Along with the design and development of biological active agents and the extraction from natural sources, a special attention will be paid to different administration pathways as well as to the prevention of the spreading of infections and cancer. Manuscripts related to smart and targeted delivery are especially welcome. The use of computational chemistry in identifying potential biological active agents is especially welcome, as are manuscripts which exploit this field.

Prof. Dr. Anton Ficai
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Biological active agents: design, preparation and evaluation
  • Active agents and administration pathway
  • Computational chemistry
  • Use of biological active agents in treatment and protection

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Propolis-Based Nanofiber Patches to Repair Corneal Microbial Keratitis
Molecules 2021, 26(9), 2577; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26092577 - 28 Apr 2021
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In this research, polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA)/gelatin (GEL)/propolis (Ps) biocompatible nanofiber patches were fabricated via electrospinning technique. The controlled release of Propolis, surface wettability behaviors, antimicrobial activities against the S. aureus and P. aeruginosa, and biocompatibility properties with the mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were [...] Read more.
In this research, polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA)/gelatin (GEL)/propolis (Ps) biocompatible nanofiber patches were fabricated via electrospinning technique. The controlled release of Propolis, surface wettability behaviors, antimicrobial activities against the S. aureus and P. aeruginosa, and biocompatibility properties with the mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were investigated in detail. By adding 0.5, 1, and 3 wt.% GEL into the 13 wt.% PVA, the morphological and mechanical results suggested that 13 wt.% PVA/0.5 wt.% GEL patch can be an ideal matrix for 3 and 5 wt.% propolis addition. Morphological results revealed that the diameters of the electrospun nanofiber patches were increased with GEL (from 290 nm to 400 nm) and Ps addition and crosslinking process cause the formation of thicker nanofibers. The tensile strength and elongation at break enhancement were also determined for 13 wt.% PVA/0.5 wt.% GEL/3 wt.% Ps patch. Propolis was released quickly in the first hour and arrived at a plateau. Cell culture and contact angle results confirmed that the 3 wt.% addition of propolis reinforced mesenchymal stem cell proliferation and wettability properties of the patches. The antimicrobial activity demonstrated that propolis loaded patches had antibacterial activity against the S. aureus, but for P. aeruginosa, more studies should be performed. Full article
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