Genetic and Structural Analyses of SARS-CoV-2 and Its Variants

A special issue of Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 103

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Department of Biochemical Sciences “A. Rossi Fanelli”, Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Roma, Italy
Interests: structural bioinformatics; structural biology; protein evolution; protein variants; protein structure and function; protein structure prediction; protein–protein interaction; protein–ligand interaction; genome biology and evolution
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Dear Colleagues,

The rapid evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants has posed unprecedented challenges to global health. This threat has necessitated rigorous genomic surveillance that has produced, in a relatively short amount of time, a wealth of molecular information never seen previously. This knowledge base provides the means to study and understand the molecular complexities of this virus and its evolving variants. Moreover, the implications of this finding may have more general significance for the study of molecular evolution of other human viruses and for the structure–function relationship of proteins in general. We invite researchers to contribute to a Special Issue that delves into the molecular genetics and structural analyses of SARS-CoV-2 using theoretical and/or experimental approaches. This Special Issue aims to bring together cutting-edge, high-quality research that elucidates the molecular basis of the virus, its transmission dynamics, and implications for public health and treatments. Topics of interest can be summarized, not exclusively, as follows:

  • The genomic characterization of SARS-CoV-2 and variants.
  • Structural analyses of variant viral proteins and their functional implications also serve as targets for drugs.
  • Evolutionary dynamics and mutation hotspots.
  • Molecular host–virus interactions, pathogenesis, and immune responses.
  • Implications for molecular diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccine development.

Prof. Dr. Stefano Pascarella
Guest Editor

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  • SARS-CoV-2 variants
  • protein variants
  • protein structure
  • virus evolution
  • mutations
  • structural bioinformatics
  • molecular phylogenesis
  • host–pathogen molecular interactions
  • molecular immunology
  • drug discovery

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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