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Special Issue "Bioactive Peptides—From Therapy to Nutrition"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Paula A. C. Gomes

LAQV-REQUIMTE, Departamento de Química e Bioquímica, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
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Interests: medicinal chemistry; organic and peptide synthesis; anti-infective agents; anti-parasitic drugs; peptide-based drugs; drug delivery systems; biomaterials; biomedical engineering
Guest Editor
Prof. Stefania Galdiero

University of Naples Federico II, Department of Pharmacy, Via Mezzocannone 16, 80134 Napoli, Italy
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Interests: drug delivery; peptides; active and passive targeting; nanoparticles; antimicrobial peptides
Guest Editor
Dr. Cátia Teixeira

LAQV-REQUIMTE, Departamento de Química e Bioquímica, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, P-4169-007 Porto, Portugal
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Interests: active edible coatings for food application; peptide and heterocycle synthesis; in silico rescuing/repurposing of drugs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Peptides are found in all forms of life and, regardless of their origin being natural or synthetic, are undeniably established as most invaluable assets for virtually all fields of science and technology. Bioactive peptides, for their intrinsic ability to play some kind of biological role, have been mostly explored for therapeutic applications, either as drugs or as drug-delivery systems. This has been the major focus of the first Special Issue, “Peptide-Based Drugs and Drug Delivery Systems” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/molecules/special_issues/peptide), but the range of potential applications that can be devised for bioactive peptides is much wider. As such, we strongly felt this second edition should have a broadened scope regarding both structure and applications of bioactive peptides and peptide-based constructs. We believe this Special Issue is a relevant and timely one, and will be looking forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Paula A. C. Gomes
Prof. Dr. Stefania Galdiero
Dr. Cátia Teixeira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

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.


  • antimicrobial peptides
  • antitumoral peptides
  • cell penetrating peptides
  • cosmeceutical peptides
  • nutraceutical peptides
  • peptide-blended/grafted materials
  • peptidomimetics
  • peptide nucleic acids
  • radiolabeled peptides
  • wound-healing peptides

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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