Special Issues

Cells publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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The Crosstalk between Malignant Cells and Their Microenvironment
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submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6484
Keywords: tumor microenvironment; tumor hypoxia; extracellular acidosis; angiogenesis; stromal cells; immune cells; extracellular vescicles; extracellular matrix
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Microenvironment)
The Regulation of the Cell Cycle II submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5985
Keywords: cell cycle; interphase; mitosis; CDK/cyclin; checkpoint; S-phase; DNA replication; centrosome duplication; cytokinesis; cancer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Proliferation and Division)
Molecular Machines in Cells: Natural, Semi-artificial, and Bioinspired Designs submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5078
Keywords: molecular machines in cells; biological molecular machines; natural molecular machines; chromatin spindle molecular machine; DNA molecular machine; ATPase molecular machine; enzymes molecular machines; motor proteins; semi-biological molecular machine; semi-artificial molecular machine; semi-synthetic molecular machines; fluorescent molecular machine; bioinspired molecular machines; hybrid molecular machines; biomimetic molecular machines; molecular motors; macromolecular machines; bionanomachines; artificial molecular machines
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Biophysics)
Advances in Leukocyte Migration and Location in Health and Disease
edited by and
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2113
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Pathology)
Select Topics in Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Mammalian Reproduction
edited by Zhengui Zheng, Brent M. Bany and Liang Ma
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1741
Keywords: reproductive organ development; sexual differentiation; reproductive tract function; fertilization; implantation; placentation; parturition; lactation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Reproductive Cells and Development)
New Advances and Perspectives in Nanotechnology for the Treatment of Cancer Cells submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1732
Keywords: nanotechnology; immunotherapeutics; cancer biotherapeutics; proliferation; regulating factors; cell culture; biomedical application; nutraceuticals; cancer treatment
Advances in Arthritis: Focusing on Immune Cells and Targeted Therapy
edited by Ahuva Nissim
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1230
Keywords: arthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; inflammatory arthritis; immune
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Immunology)
Untangling the Cross-Talk between Immune Responses and Infection submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1012
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Immunology)
New Insights for GABA Function in the Central Nervous System submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 673
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cells of the Nervous System)
Molecular Mechanism of Muscle Formation, Muscle Homeostasis, and Muscle Wasting
edited by and Damian Lewandowski
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 545
Keywords: muscle formation; muscle homeostasis; muscle wasting; genetic control; neuromuscular diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Pathology)
In Silico Technologies for the Management of Age-Related and Muscle Loss-Related Diseases
edited by and
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 544
Keywords: aging; skeletal muscle; muscle loss; diseases; in silico; multi-omics; artificial intelligence; drug design
Emerging Roles of Glial Cells in Human Health and Disease submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 394
Keywords: neurodegenerative diseases; glia cells; astrocyte; microglia; stroke; pain; epilepsy; trauma; demyelinating diseases’ inflammatory diseases; satellite glia; Schwann cells; enteric glia
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cells of the Nervous System)
New Insights into Integrin in Cell Adhesion and Signalling
edited by Lena M. Svensson
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 181
Keywords: integrins; signaling; adhesion; migration; recycling/intra cellular transport; intercellular communication; cancer; inflammatory disorders; therapeutic strategies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Motility and Adhesion)
Kidney Organoids: Future Prospects
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submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 176
Keywords: kidney development; pluripotent stem cell; human kidney organoid; nephron progenitor; podocyte; collecting duct; single-cell transcriptional profiling; bio-printing; bioreactor; extra-cellular matrix (ECM)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Stem Cells)
Perinatal Brain Injury—from Pathophysiology to Therapy
edited by Cora H.A. Nijboer, and
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 172
Keywords: preterm birth; perinatal brain injury; infection; inflammation; hypoxia; ischemia; hyperoxia; malnutrition; regenerative therapies; pharmacological intervention; stem cells
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cells of the Nervous System)
New Insights into Pathogenesis and Novel Therapeutic Approaches in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
edited by and
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 171
Keywords: systemic lupus erythematosus; pathogenesis; epigenetics; biomarkers; immunomodulation; biologics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Pathology)
Celebrating Warburg's 100 Years: Cancer Metabolism and Beyond
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submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 137
Keywords: cancer metabolism; metabolic reprogramming; Warburg effect; tumor microenvironment; metabolic therapies; metabolic biomarkers; mitochondrial dysfunction
Extracellular Matrix and Immune Cell Interactions
edited by Shukti Chakravarti and
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 136
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Immunology)
Recent Advances in Immune Cells in Inflammation and Tissue Regeneration
edited by Helena Batatinha
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 126
Keywords: inflammation; injury repair; regenerative medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Immunology)
Molecular Biology of Cardiovascular Diseases
edited by Daniele Andreini and
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 123
Keywords: molecular cardiology; cardiovascular disease; molecular mechanisms; pathogenesis; therapeutic targets
Cilia and Ciliopathies: An Update submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 116
Keywords: axoneme; basal body; cilia; ciliopathies; metabolism
Ca2+ Homeostasis in Cardiac and Skeletal Muscles
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submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 98
Keywords: calcium homeostasis; skeletal muscle; cardiac muscle; excitation– contraction coupling; calcium channel; calcium pumps and exchangers; mitochondria and calcium; sarcoplasmic reticulum and calcium; calcium binding protein; calcium signaling; muscular disease; cardiovascular disease
Impact of Platelet Defects on Pathophysiological Processes II submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 90
Keywords: platelet physiology; platelet pathophysiology; inherited platelet defects; signaling; bleeding; sepsis; acquired platelet disorder; developmental pathogenesis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Pathology)
The Hippo Signaling Pathway in Cell Biology
edited by and Liu Mei
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 89
Keywords: cell cycle; hippo pathway; cancer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Signaling)
Targeted Therapy for Metastatic Cancer
edited by Ila Pant
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 89
Keywords: immunotherapy; monoclonal antibodies; DNA- or RNA-based targeted therapy; small molecule inhibitors; targeted nano-delivery systems; resistance to targeted therapies
Glial Cells in Synaptic Plasticity—Series 2 submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 83
Keywords: glia heterogeneity; gliotransmission; neuron-glia communication; synaptic plasticity; cognition; neuronal circuits; synaptogenesis; diseases; glial calcium dynamics; glial signaling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cells of the Nervous System)
Mechanisms of Respiratory Diseases submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 75
Keywords: cell death/stress; DNA/RNA sensor; cGAS/STING; inflammasome; microbiome; FMT or transfer of bacteria; metabolite; viral infection; emphysema; progressive fibrosis; innate immune response; defined inhibitors
The Diverse Roles of DNA Methylation and Hydroxymethylation in Embryonic Development
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submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 70
Keywords: DNA methylation; DNA hydroxymethylation; mouse embryonic development; human embryonic development; Tet; Dnmt
Role of the Dopamine System in Brain Disorders
edited by Milky Kohno
submission deadline 29 Feb 2024 | Viewed by 64
Keywords: dopamine; dopamine receptors; brain disorders; CNS diseases; Alzheimer’ s disease; Parkinson’ s disease; schizophrenia
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Signaling)
The Pivotal Role of Tumor Stem Cells in Glioblastoma
edited by and Silvano J. Santini
submission deadline 1 Mar 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1535 | Submission Open
Keywords: glioblastoma stem cells; resistance; cancer therapy; signaling pathways; tumor microenvironment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Stem Cells)
Molecular Genetics of Neuropsychiatric Diseases
edited by and Xin Tang
submission deadline 8 Mar 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 7993 | Submission Open
Keywords: Psychiatric disease; Schizophrenia; Autism; Bipolar disorder; Depression; Neurodevelopment; Genetic risk
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cells of the Nervous System)
Advances in Cellular and Molecular Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 9205 | Submission Open
Keywords: autoimmune diseases; disease activity; TNFa inhibitors; tocilizumab; infliximab; golimumab; etanercept; JAK inhibitors; cellular targets; molecular targets
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Immunology)
Mechanotransduction in Cell Functioning and (Patho)physiology submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7575 | Submission Open
Keywords: mechanotransduction; extracellular matrix; glycocalyx; integrins; cytoskeleton; regenerative medicine; mechanotherapeutics; biomaterials; tissue engineering; mechanobiology; biophysics; cell identity; epigenetic regulation.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Motility and Adhesion)
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer Invasion and Metastasis
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submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7278 | Submission Open
Keywords: cancer invasion; cancer metastasis; metastasis-related genes; metastasis biomarkers; novel targets; microenvironment; stromal factors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Motility and Adhesion)
Rare Monogenic Diseases: Molecular Mechanism and Novel Therapies submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3001 | Submission Open
Keywords: rare diseases; monogenic diseases; genetics; molecular biology; molecular pathways; gene therapy; gene delivery; molecular medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Pathology)
Actin-Myosin Cytoskeleton Regulation and Function Series 2
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submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1073 | Submission Open
Keywords: actin; myosin; cytoskeleton; mechanotransduction; cytokinesis; nuclear cytoskeleton; contractile systems; cell motility; cell morphogenesis; cell adhesions; signal transduction
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Neurodegenerative Diseases
edited by Dan Lindholm, and Vera Kovaleva
submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1019 | Submission Open
Keywords: endoplasmic reticulum; ER stress; Parkinson’ s disease; Huntington’ s disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Alzheimer’ s disease; neurodegenerative disorders
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cells of the Nervous System)
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neuro-Cardiac Interactions submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 263 | Submission Open
Keywords: cardiac autonomic nervous system; cell-cell communication in the heart; cardiac response to stresses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Pathology)
Biology and Potential Medical Applications of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Exosomes
edited by George G. Koliakos
submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 130 | Submission Open
Keywords: mesenchymal stem cells; extracellular vesicles; exosomes; exosomes in drug delivery; intercellular signaling; diagnosis and therapy; exosome miRNA packaging and transfer; exosome isolation; characterization and analysis; molecular signals controlling exosome production and release
(This special issue belongs to the Section Stem Cells)
Signaling of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Family and Its Implications in Cancers
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submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 90 | Submission Open
Keywords: EGFR; ErbB receptor; cell signaling; trafficking; cell cycle; cancer; targeted cancer therapy
Cellular Biology Research in Adipose Progenitor Cells, Adipocytes and Adipose Tissue
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submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 71 | Submission Open
Keywords: adipose progenitor cells; adipocytes; sub populations; microenvironment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Metabolism)
Exclusive Review Papers in Autophagy—Second Edition
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submission deadline 15 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 70 | Submission Open
Keywords: biquitination; autophagy; peroxisomes; macroautophagy; pexophagy; mitophagy; lysosome; vacuole; organellar homeostasis; posttranslational modifications; lipids; signaling cascades
Nucleic Acid Therapeutics (NATs): Advances and Perspectives
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 15385 | Submission Open
Keywords: nucleic acid therapeutics; antisense oligonucleotides; siRNA; messenger RNA; RNA and gene editing; lipid nanoparticles; targeted delivery; endosomal escape; drug development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Methods)
Plant Genetics, Genomics, and Evolutionary in Context of Stress Responses submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3439 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant; genetics; genomics; mechanisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant, Algae and Fungi Cell Biology)
State of the Art and Perspectives in Lung Cancer Immunotherapy
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submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 841 | Submission Open
Keywords: immunotherapy resistance; biomarkers; adoptive cell therapy; cancer vaccines; lung cancer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell and Gene Therapy)
Brain Tumors: from Neuropathology to Molecular Biology
edited by , Marialaura Del Basso De Caro and
submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 162 | Submission Open
Keywords: brain tumor pathology; neuro-oncology; molecular biology; immunohistochemistry; histopathology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Pathology)
Roles of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Fighting the Metabolic Complications of Obesity
edited by and Bartłomiej Łukaszuk
submission deadline 20 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 123 | Submission Open
Keywords: diabetes mellitus; dyslipidemia; insulin resistance; metabolic syndrome; mesenchymal stem cells; obesity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Stem Cells)
Photoreceptor Signaling in Plants under Environmental Stress submission deadline 25 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1093 | Submission Open
Keywords: photoreceptor signaling; adaptive strategies; plants and algae; abiotic and biotic stresses
Stroke Immunology: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Prospects
edited by Emmanuel Pinteaux and
submission deadline 25 Mar 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 806 | Submission Open
Keywords: stroke; neuroimmunology; neuroinflammation; thromboinflammation; blood-brain barrier; glia; immunomodulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cellular Immunology)
Resistance of Hematological Malignancies to CAR T Cell Therapy
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submission deadline 28 Mar 2024 | Viewed by 62 | Submission Open
Keywords: NHL; ALL; CAR T cell; immunotherapy; resistance; apoptosis
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