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Special Issue "Structure and Function of Metalloenzymes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sérgio F. Sousa

UCIBIO/REQUIMTE, BioSIM - Departamento de BioMedicina,Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
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Interests: the catalytic power of enzymes; computer-aided drug design; biofilm inhibition; biodesulfurization; computational methods in chemistry and biochemistry; metalloenzymes; biological membranes; docking and virtual screening; computational enzymatic catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metal ion cofactors play a fundamental role in many biologically enzymes contributing to the diversification of their associated chemistry, the strengthening of their catalytic role, and the modulation of their activity. In fact, metalloenzymes are very often among the most proficient catalysts in nature. For many of these systems, the presence of the metal atoms is directly involved in the catalytic activity displayed, while in others, the metal plays a structural role. Features like the identity of the metal atom and its oxidation and spin state often have a dramatic impact on the structure and activity of many metalloenzymes. However, some enzymes can accommodate without penalty different metal atoms.

The sheer impact that one single atom—metal—can have on the structure and activity of a biomolecule composed of several thousand non-metal atoms continues to impress scientists to this day, particularly as researchers worldwide continue to clarify, to the atomic level, the catalytic mechanisms of many metalloenzymes, using a variety of experimental and computational methodologies.

This Special Issue aims to gather original research papers, reviews, and communications focusing on the relation between metals, enzymes, and their structure and activity.

Dr. Sergio F. Sousa
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 bimonthly 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.


  • biocatalysts
  • metals
  • coordination-sphere
  • active-site
  • transition state
  • metal stabilization
  • metal role

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