Peptide-Based Hydrogels for Pharmaceutical Applications

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Pharmaceutical Technology, Manufacturing and Devices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2023) | Viewed by 300

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
1. Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples “Federico II”, Via Domenico Montesano 49, 80131 Naples, Italy
2. Research Centre on Bioactive Peptides (CIRPeB), University of Naples “Federico II”, 80134 Naples, Italy
Interests: bioactive peptides; modified peptides as diagnostic and therapeutics; aggregating peptides; peptide materials; active drug delivery promoted by peptides
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Pharmacy, Via Domenico Montesano 49, 80131 Naples, Italy
2. Research Centre on Bioactive Peptides (CIRPeB), University of Naples “Federico II”, 80134 Naples, Italy
Interests: peptide self-assembling; peptide-based materials; amyloid materials; hydrogels; fibers; material characterization; co-assembly
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In collaboration with Dr. Carlo Diaferia, I am glad and honored to announce as Guest Editor a Special Issue of Pharmaceutics titled Peptide-Based Hydrogels for Pharmaceutical Applications and we are pleased to invite you as contributors.

Peptide chemistry and self-assembling are a rapidly growing field related to the development of materials, including hydrogels. The interest in these specific peptide-based matrices is enhanced by the possible de novo design of peptide sequences and to their functional properties, with a noteworthy in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility. The soft matter nature, the specific porous structure, and large water content make hydrogels ideal candidates as carriers. The chemical variability associated with peptides allows the development of matrices to incorporate a variety of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), including proteins, metal complexes, drugs, and diagnostic agents. Opportunity engineered hydrogels can provide a modified and sustained release of encapsulated API.

This Special Issue aims deal with applicative and structural aspects of peptide hydrogel materials, including the hierarchical organization analysis, the optimization of material properties, and their potential pharmaceutical applications, e.g., active pharmaceutical ingredient encapsulation and drug delivery and tissue engineering. Full research articles and reviews covering these topics or similar ones are welcome. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Morelli
Dr. Carlo Diaferia
Guest Editors

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  • peptide-based hydrogels
  • peptide materials
  • drug delivery
  • self-assembling peptides
  • APIs encapsulation
  • structural characterization
  • nanomedicine
  • peptide aggregates
  • peptide–polymer conjugates
  • biomolecular vehicles for drug delivery
  • functional peptides
  • bioinspired materials
  • nanofibers
  • co-aggregation
  • hybrid materials
  • biotechnological applications
  • co-assembly

Published Papers

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