Special Issue "Amino Acid Chirality"
A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019)
D-isomers of amino acids are uncommon in living organisms; in fact, they are usually called “non-natural” amino acids. Moreover, D-stereoisomers were long considered to have minor functions in biological processes compared to L-ones. On the other hand, evidence has shown that D-amino acids are present in bacterial cell walls, antibiotics, mammals, and in humans and also that they possess specific biological functions.
D-amino acids, having unique stereochemistry properties, present increased resistance towards most endogenous enzymes, and their metabolisms are associated with neurological disorders, such as schizophrenia, ischemia, epilepsy and neurodegeneration.
This Special Issue intends to cover recent advances in the chemistry and the therapeutic uses of D-amino acids. This includes identification in a prebiotic scenario, the preparation, the incorporation in peptides and peptidomimetics, and their biological evaluations.
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Botta
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- D amino acids
- prebiotic chemistry
- biological activity