Special Issue "Selective Chelators for Metals on Cells and Cancer Chemotherapy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Luís M. T. Frija
Guest Editor
Centro de Química Estrutural, Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: organic chemistry; tetrazoles, thiazoles and thiadiazoles; nitrogen ligands; organocatalysis; metal catalysis; selective chelators for metals on biological medium; leads for cancer chemotherapy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cancer research continues to be one of the leading banners in medicine and the pharmaceutical sciences. Since this is a topic of great interest to society, the fields of knowledge that act directly in the fight against this disease are numerous and are transversal to different central sciences, such as chemistry, physics or biology. In this context, there are several types of treatments applied for cancer eradication, with chemotherapy procedures leading the way. Besides, the designation of cancer chemotherapy by yourself is quite broad, comprising a large number of medicines and medical practices.

One of the approaches used to combat cancer cell proliferation is based on the application of molecules with chelating / ligand properties, selective for different metals in cell media. In this context, the present special Issue aims to combine a collection of original and review articles comprising basic science, preclinical and clinical discoveries that embrace metal-chelating compounds for cancer chemotherapy.

Dr. Luís M. T. Frija
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • bioinorganic chemistry
  • cancer chemotherapy
  • metal chelation
  • ligands
  • reactive oxigen species

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