Cells of the Cardiovascular System
A section of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409).
The cardiovascular system comprises the heart, blood and lymphatic vessels, and blood. Its most well-known function is the transport of oxygen and nutrients and waste removal, but it also represents the road for immune and stem cells, hormones, and active metabolites. The importance of the cardiovascular system is underlined by the fact that the heart is the first functional organ during embryonic development in mammals, and congenital cardiovascular malformations are the most common birth defects with mostly unknown causes. Furthermore, cardiovascular diseases are the most common causes of death worldwide. Thus, investigation of the function of cells in the cardiovascular system, their interactions, signaling, electrophysiology, specification, and plasticity is of great importance for our understanding of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology.
This Section of Cells aims to publish research that provides novel insights and conceptual advancements in the field of cardiovascular science at the biophysical, molecular, cellular, organ, and organism level. Research topics include:
- Signaling between cells in the cardiovascular system;
- Cardiovascular development;
- Cardiovascular disease;
- Immune modulation of cardiovascular function;
- Neuronal and humoral control of the cardiovascular system;
- Circadian influences on the cardiovascular system;
- Cardiovascular system and aging;
- Stem cells in the cardiovascular system;
- Ion channels in cardiac and vascular cells;
- Cell specification and plasticity;
- Genetics and epigenetics of cardiovascular development and disease.
Topics, however, are not limited to these keywords.
Epidemiological and clinical case studies without novel mechanistic insights will not be included as per the Cells general publication policy.
Topical Advisory Panel
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Research Advances Related to Cardiovascular System (Deadline: 15 October 2023)
- Understanding Biomarkers in Cardiology Volume II (Deadline: 21 October 2023)
- Role of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells in Cardiovascular Disease (Deadline: 30 October 2023)
- Model Systems and Candidate Genes for Inherited Cardiomyopathies (Deadline: 31 October 2023)
- Epigenetic Modulations in Atherosclerotic Diseases (Deadline: 15 November 2023)
- Review Papers in (Re)programming Cells for Cardiac Repair (Deadline: 15 November 2023)
- Advances in Muscle Research in Health and Disease (Deadline: 30 November 2023)
- Molecular Insights of Cardiovascular Aging (Deadline: 30 November 2023)
- The Role of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells in Aneurysms (Deadline: 30 November 2023)
- Cardiac Fibroblasts and Cardiac Remodeling (Deadline: 30 December 2023)
- Cardiovascular Biomarkers: Current Status and Future Directions (Deadline: 31 December 2023)
- Advances in MicroRNAs as Regulators, Biomarkers and Therapeutic Targets in Cardiovascular Diseases (Deadline: 10 January 2024)
- Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases (Deadline: 31 May 2024)
Following topical collections within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Cardiovascular Disease: From Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms to Therapeutic Opportunities
- Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis
- Endothelial Cell Dysfunction and Multi-Organ Injury: From Molecular Mechanisms to Therapeutic Interventions
- Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury and Protective Strategies