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Special Issue "Novel Strategies for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Snakebites"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).
Interests: venom research; sequence, structure and functional analysis of venom proteins; development of diagnostic and improved therapeutic strategies for snakebites; impact of venoms on cardiovascular system
Snakebite is a major neglected tropical disease that predominantly affects rural, agricultural populations living in developing countries. Snakebites cause as many as around 100,000 deaths each year, and many more disabilities and socioeconomic ramifications. Due to the complex nature of snake venoms and, thus, their multifaceted pathological actions, the development of diagnostic and improved treatment approaches for snakebites is challenging. In recent years, several scientists have started exploring various approaches in order to develop diagnostic tests to corroborate snakebite envenomation and improved therapeutics to effectively combat snakebite-induced pathological complications. The development of monovalent antivenoms, monoclonal antibodies, toxin-specific antibodies, and small molecule inhibitors for venom proteins are some of the recent achievements in the field of venom research. Moreover, the knowledge on the understanding of the sequence, structure, and functions of a diverse range of venom components has significantly increased in the last decade. Hence, this current issue is specifically focused on publishing the recent research activities towards developing novel strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of snakebites. This issue is expected to publish original research articles, reviews, and short communications in the broad area of venom research. Since Toxins is a well-known journal in the field of venom research, we strongly believe that the articles published in this issue will reach a wide audience and aid in the development of better diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for snakebites.
Dr. Sakthivel Vaiyapuri
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- venom research
- diagnostic test for snakebites
- treatment for snakebite
- venom enzymes