New Advances in Cationic Polymers for the Delivery of Nucleic Acids

A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247). This special issue belongs to the section "Pharmaceutical Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2024 | Viewed by 178

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan
Interests: gene delivery; non-viral strategies; polymeric carriers; and/or transfection efficiency
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Dear Colleagues,

I am Dr. Jong Yuh Cherng, listed in the World’s Top 2% Scientists in 2021 and 2022 (awarded by Elsevier and Stanford University, USA), and currently work as an Associate Professor at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, Republic of China.

I am honored to inform you that I am serving as a Guest Editor of the SCI journal Pharmaceuticals, which attained an impact factor of 4.6 (JCR ranking: 72/277) in 2022. Thus, I am editing a Special Issue entitled “New Advances in Cationic Polymer for Delivery of Nucleic Acids”. The therapeutic potential of using nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) has many clinical applications for the treatment of diseases. To realize this potential, these nucleic acids require vectors with efficacy and efficiency. Substantial attention on the use of non-viral carriers is mainly based on cationic polymers, which have low or absent immunogenicity and are able to transfect a great variety of cells. Moreover, these polymers possess advantages of being versatile in structures, tunable for aims, easy to produce at a large scale with low cost and easy to preserve.

This Special Issue focuses on the physicochemical properties as well as the transfection potential of polymer-based nucleic acid formulations (referred to as polyplexes). New approaches and different polymeric systems with chemical modifications are introduced, and how these polyplexes tackle the cellular barriers, cytotoxicity and low transfection efficiency for a successful expression of delivered genes are demonstrated and discussed. Finally, attention is given to the stabilization of non-viral nucleic acid formulations. In summary, articles in this Issue summarize the current developments of types and components of transfection reagents for the optimization of gene delivery. This set of knowledge would benefit the progress to the development of safe and efficient gene delivery.

If you are working in the areas of chemistry, drug delivery, and the formulation and characterization of drug release and your work fits the theme of this Special Issue, you are invited to contribute to this Special Issue. A peer review of papers will be carried out by members who are experts in the relevant fields. The deadline for the submission of an article is 22nd April, 2024.

Dr. Jong Yuh Cherng
Guest Editor

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  • gene delivery
  • non-viral strategies
  • polymeric carriers
  • transfection efficiency

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