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Pharmaceutical and Therapeutical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology of Târgu Mureș, 38 Gheorghe Marinescu Street, 540142 Targu Mureș, Romania
Pharmaceutical and Therapeutical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology of Târgu Mureș, 38 Gheorghe Marinescu Street, 540142 Targu Mureș, Romania
Dr. Vladimír Garaj
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Comenius University, Odbojárov 10, 832 32 Bratislava, Slovakia

Designing New Antimicrobials Based on Known Valuable Heterocycles as Building Blocks

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31 January 2025
Manuscript submission deadline
31 March 2025
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Dear Colleagues,

Heterocycles are essential structural components in various antimicrobial drugs. The significance of heterocycles in drug design resides in their ability to modify the drug candidate’s physicochemical characteristics, biological impact, and pharmacokinetic and toxicological profile. Numerous recent studies have targeted therapeutic agents with heterocycle-based structures. In the last decade, diverse heterocyclic compounds have been synthesized to develop new antimicrobials capable of treating bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic infections. The physicochemical properties imparted by a heterocycle are associated with the biological activity of the drug (the spectrum of activity and potency) and its pharmacokinetic, pharmacologic, and toxicological profiles. Highlighting the relationships between heterocycles in the molecular structure of antimicrobial drugs and their biological properties can serve as the basis for many other rational design studies for discovering new antimicrobials (antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitics). Incorporating valuable heterocycles into the molecular structure of antimicrobials represents a promising avenue for advancing drug development. It offers opportunities to enhance drug efficacy, safety, and diversity, which is crucial in the ongoing battle with infections, parasitosis, and resistance to antimicrobials. As a result of drug resistance in bacteria, fungi, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and tropical diseases, antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs become ineffective, and infections become difficult or impossible to treat, increasing the risk of disease, severe illness, disability, and death.

This Topic focuses on the rational design of novel antimicrobials by leveraging the structural diversity and pharmacological potential of known valuable heterocycles as fundamental building blocks. Continued research is essential to translate all promising findings into effective treatments that benefit global public health. The proposed Topic aims to identify the latest trends in discovering new antimicrobials based on valuable heterocycles as building blocks and will welcome both research papers and reviews.

Prof. Dr. Aura Rusu
Prof. Dr. Gabriel Hancu
Dr. Vladimír Garaj
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Keywords

  • antimicrobials
  • heterocycles
  • drug design
  • antibiotics
  • antibacterials
  • antifungals
  • antivirals
  • antimalarials
  • anti-infective agents
  • antimicrobial resistance

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Antibiotics
antibiotics
4.8 5.5 2012 13.7 Days CHF 2900 Submit
International Journal of Molecular Sciences
ijms
5.6 7.8 2000 16.3 Days CHF 2900 Submit
Molecules
molecules
4.6 6.7 1996 14.6 Days CHF 2700 Submit
Pharmaceutics
pharmaceutics
5.4 6.9 2009 14.2 Days CHF 2900 Submit
Scientia Pharmaceutica
scipharm
2.5 6.4 1930 22.7 Days CHF 1000 Submit

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