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Special Issue "Emerging molecules for leishmaniasis therapy"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Susana Santos Braga
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: Solid-solid reactions by mechanochemistry; Cyclodextrin inclusion compounds, Solubilisation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), Local therapeutic systems for osteosarcoma and osteoporosis, Antioxidant flavonoids and their Ru(II) complexes, Natural and metallo-organic compounds for cytotoxic and biocidal activities; Innovative medicines for leishmaniasis based on inorganic complexes and cyclodextrins
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Dr. Carlos J. P. Monteiro
Guest Editor
QOPNA & LAQV-REQUIMTE, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: photodynamic therapy of cancer; organic synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceutical compounds; drug development; porphyrin and hydroporphyrin synthesis; photophysics and photochemistry of tetrapyrroles; near-infrared photosensitizers; water-soluble porphyrinoids and environmntal applications; dye-sensitized solar cells; biomedical applications of tetrapyrrolic macrocycles; translational research
Dr. Carlos Silva
Guest Editor
LAQV-REQUIMTE, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: Biochemistry; Organic Chemistry; Synthetic Chemistry; Heterocyclic Compounds (ex. Chromone, Quinoline and Acridine Derivatives); Biologically Active Compounds; Drug Design and Development; Multi-Target-Directed-Ligands (MTDLs); Neurodegenerative Diseases; Neglected Diseases; Leishmaniasis

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic infection caused by various species of the Leishmania genus. Known to have affected humankind for thousands of years, leishmaniasis has typically remained endemic in warm climate areas of Africa, South America, India, and the Middle East. For its geographical distribution, and for the troubling short range of medicines avaialble to treat it, leishmaniasis was deemed as a Neglected Tropical Disease by the WHO. Presently, the disease is tending toward expansion, either due to global warming that is opening the doors for it to spread to Europe and North America, or due to increases in sociopolitical tension and civil war in Northern Africa and Middle-Eastern regions. As a response, the scientific community across the globe is intensifying efforts to find new active molecules against the disease. With this Special Issue, we are opening a forum for the presentation of the newest and most exciting results and perspectives on leishmanicidal drug design and discovery, from natural products to organic small molecules and metal complexes.

Dr. Susana Santos Braga
Dr. Carlos Monteiro
Dr. Carlos Silva
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 2000 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.


  • Neglected diseases
  • Protozoan parasite Leishmania
  • Drug design and discovery
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Drug resistance
  • Multitarget compounds
  • Metal complexes
  • Photosensitisers
  • Natural products
  • Combination therapy
  • Photodynamic therapy

Published Papers

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