Special Issue "Elimination of Pathogenic Microorganisms by Natural and Synthetic Compounds"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kamila Rybczyńska-Tkaczyk
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Department of Environmental Microbiology, The University of Life Sciences, Leszczyńskiego 7 St., 20-069 Lublin, Poland
Interests: environmental microbiology; environmental biotechnology; xenobiotics biodegradation; antimicrobial properties
Dr. Anna Jakubczyk
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Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Skromna Street 8, 20-704 Lublin, Poland
Interests: food compounds; peptides; antioxidant properties; food technology, enzyme inhibitory; metabolic syndrome
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Dr. Anna Grenda
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Department of Pneumonology, Oncology and Allergology, Medical University of Lublin, Jaczewskiego Street 8, 20-954 Lublin, Poland
Interests: molecular genetics; next-generation sequencing; genotyping; gene expression; microbiome; microbiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The subject of this Special Issue “Elimination of Pathogenic Microorganisms by Natural and Synthetic Compounds” explores the effects of natural and synthetic compounds on microorganisms. This is a current issue related to the possibility of using new natural compounds as preservatives in food and cosmetic products. Along with the growing awareness of the harmful effects of synthetic compounds (e.g., xenobiotics) on health, the interest in healthy food and natural cosmetics is growing. Currently, both in the food and cosmetic industries, efforts are made to eliminate synthetic preservatives in favor of natural ones.

Most chemicals are added to cosmetic products in the form of preservatives. Preservatives, i.e., the usual term for the biocides used in cosmetics, are chemical compounds added to prevent the growth of microorganisms. Traditionally used preservatives often cause skin irritation and lead to allergenic reactions. Moreover, some preservatives are toxic and prohibited from use as ingredients, as they can cause cancer, mutations, reproductive toxicity, and endocrine disruption. 

Food products can be contaminated by a variety of pathogenic and spoilage microbiota—the former causing foodborne diseases. Chemical additives have been extensively used to prevent the survival and proliferation of microorganisms, but their safety and impact on human health are under discussion. A good alternative to conventional chemically synthesized food preservatives is the use of natural antimicrobials, e.g., herbal essential oils and bacteriocins, which, in addition to their antipathogenic properties, may have a beneficial effect on the human body by inhibiting the development or preventing diseases. These food compounds may be used to design new supplements and food diet.

In this context, we encourage submission of research papers and reviews on elimination of pathogenic bacteria by natural and synthetic compounds and their possible use in food, pharmacy, and cosmetic industries.

Dr. Kamila Rybczyńska-Tkaczyk
Dr. Anna Jakubczyk
Dr. Anna Grenda
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Natural food/cosmetic preservatives
  • New synthetic food/cosmetic preservatives
  • Food/cosmetic safety
  • Mechanisms of elimination of pathogens

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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