Special Issue "Glycomics in Drug Discovery"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (26 June 2022) | Viewed by 398

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Timothy D. Veenstra
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Guest Editor
Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH, USA
Interests: proteomics; drug discovery; biomarker discovery; oncology; neurological diseases; mass spectrometry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal Pharmaceuticals is preparing a Special Edition entitled “Glycomics in Drug Discovery”.  This edition will focus on the role glycomics plays in disease discovery and development of therapeutics. The aim is to cover many different aspects of glycomics beginning with the technology employed in glycomic research through to the use of glycomics as biomarkers, glycomics as drug targets, and finally the role of glycomics in various pathologies (e.g., oncology, neurology, etc.).  Please let me know if you are interested in submitting an article and I will work directly with you to make the process as enjoyable as possible!

Glycosylation of proteins, in particular, represent one of the most common types of post-translational modifications (PTMs). Much like phosphorylation, glycans contribute to the overall function of the protein, lipid, or other biological molecule to which they are attached.  These glycans have been shown to play a role in a variety of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular, neurological, and diabetes.  While these modifications vary during disease progression, their complexity and diversity makes characterizing their molecular structure a challenge. Glycomics, dedicated to research focused on glycans, covers the characterization of the glycan groups present within a cell or an organism. As glycomic technologies increase in capability, researchers have been able to begin to unravel how glycosylation effects disease progression. In addition, unique glycosylation signatures associated with specific diseases are beginning to be recognized. In this special edition, we present a series of articles that review the various technologies used in glycomics to identify unique glycan signatures within cells. In addition, the use of these glycan signatures to identify specific diseases and development therapeutic options is described. Indeed, glycomics represents a vast opportunity to discover novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for a variety of pathologies. 

Dr. Timothy D. Veenstra
Guest Editor

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  • glycomics
  • drug discovery, biomarkers
  • cancer diagnosis, neurology
  • technology
  • genetics

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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