Special Issue "Venom and Toxin as Targeted Therapy"
A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: protease biochemistry; toxins; anti-cancer drug discovery; antibody therapy; venom-based peptides; prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers; proteomics
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Targeted therapy describes taking specific medications for treatment of particular diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. One of the most exciting recent developments in targeted therapies is the isolation of disease-specific molecules from natural resources, such as animal venoms and plant metabolites/toxins, to use as templates to design new drugs. As venom proteins/peptides and toxins naturally target mammalian receptors, they show high specificity and selectivity towards defined cell membrane ion channels and receptors.
The focus of this Special Issue of Toxins will be on the most recent advances related to the animal venom/plant toxin as medicinal therapy. Recent advances in venom/toxin targeted cancer therapy and immunotherapy will be addressed. The discussion on using novel disease-specific venom-based protein/peptide/toxin along with currently available FDA approved drugs as combinatorial treatment will also be encouraged in this context. Finally, an overview of some selected promising venom-based peptides/toxins potentially able to address the forthcoming challenges in this field will be included. Both research (in particular) and review articles proposing novelties or overviews, respectively, are welcome.
Assoc. Prof. Hang Fai (Henry) Kwok
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- Venom peptides
- Targeted therapy
- Combinatorial treatment
- Heart disease