Special Issue "Glucose Metabolism and Regulation"

A special issue of Biomedicines (ISSN 2227-9059). This special issue belongs to the section "Endocrinology and Metabolism Research".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2023) | Viewed by 294

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biomedical Engineering, National Yang Ming University, Taipei City, Taiwan
Interests: optoelectronic thin films; polymeric films and nanofibers; cell/tissue mechanics; numerical modeling and analysis
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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi 127788, United Arab Emirates
Interests: bio-polymers; cellular biophysics; cell mechanics; cell imaging; actin
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In organisms, glucose plays a crucial role in energy expenditure. All carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins eventually break down into glucose, which is the primary fuel for all metabolic activities. Simultaneously, glucose is the primary precursor for the synthesis of various carbohydrates such as glycogen, ribose, deoxyribose, galactose, glycolipids, glycoproteins, and proteoglycans. At the cellular level, glucose is usually the final substrate entering tissues or cells and being converted into ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is used by the body in a variety of different ways, including molecular transportation, mitosis, meiosis, neutral transmission, muscle contraction, hormone secretion, and many other essential activities to life.

The metabolism of glucose in mammals involves several processes, including glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, glycogenolysis, and glycogenesis. Glycolysis is a process in the liver that involves various enzymes to catabolize glucose when serum glucose levels rise, usually after a diet. Gluconeogenesis, on the other hand, is the synthesis of glucose from noncarbohydrate sources when there is no glucose consumption. There are glucose synthesis components in the mitochondria of liver cells. During fasting periods, the pancreas secretes glucagon, a peptide hormone, to convert glycogen, the stored form of glucose in the liver, into glucose. This process is called glycogenolysis. The process of synthesizing glycogen is termed glycogenesis and occurs when excess carbohydrates exist in the liver.

All these mentioned metabolisms are crucial for energy consumption in human bodies, and the homeostasis of glucose must be maintained on a daily basis. However, this homeostasis is challenged by age or genetic disorders. Pathological issues of glucose metabolisms, such as diabetes mellitus, are well known but not completely understood. In this Special Issue, we aim to encourage the submission of molecular-level studies on the pathways, theoretical modeling, experimental assessment, and animal models involving the glucose metabolisms. Key biomarkers derived from aging, environmental factors, or genetic disorder are of particular interest, but are not limited to just that. In the literature, it has also been interesting to notice that when using radiolabeled glucose analogs in cellular images, many tumor cells exhibit an excessive glucose uptake, a phenomenon that could be related to the abnormal context of cancer metabolisms.

We welcome review articles and original research papers as well, aiming to relate key issues of basic or applied research and materials to biomedical applications overall. This Special Issue may include the following research topics:

  • Theoretical modeling of glucose metabolisms.
  • Image processing related to glucose in 3D or novel in vitro cell, tissue, or organ cultures.
  • Experimental design for the detection and measuring of the glucose metabolisms.
  • Data analysis for the glucose metabolisms.
  • Oncological glucose metabolisms.
  • In vitro quantitative prognosis or diagnosis for glucose metabolisms.
  • Glucose-related drug studies.

Prof. Dr. Chuan Li
Prof. Dr. Vincent Chan
Guest Editors

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  • glucose metabolism
  • pathways
  • theoretical modeling
  • experimental assessment
  • animal models
  • image processing
  • glucose-related drug studies

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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