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Special Issue "Drug Nanocarriers for Use in the Treatment of Infectious and Neglected Diseases: Advances and Trends"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Nanoscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 60

Special Issue Editor

Faculty of Pharmacy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 21941-900, RJ, Brazil
Interests: nanotechnology; nanocarriers; drug delivery; photodynamic therapy; nanoparticles; nanoemulsions; niosomes; antitumor therapy; natural products; biomolecules

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanotechnology applied to health is an interesting topic that is emerging in major research centers around the world. Infectious and neglected diseases caused by multidrug-resistant microorganisms have emerged in many parts of the world. Bacteria such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Fungus such as Candida auris and of the genus Sporothrix, in addition to  neglected diseases such as Leishmaniasis have emerged and cause death and suffering of thousands of people. There are many nanocarriers for the encapsulation of synthetic and natural drugs or biomolecules with antimicrobial activity such as Nanoparticles (polymeric, lipid, inorganic, composite), Liposomes, Niosomes, Nanoemulsions, Microemulsions, Self-Nanoemulsifying Drug Delivery Systems, Dendrimers, Nanofibers and other nanosystems under development. Antibiotics, antifungals and antiprotozoa can be encapsulated in nanocarriers for protection, transport, delivery and sustained release. Nanocarriers containing photosensitizers can promote the use of some therapies such as antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy, increasing the number of possibilities to treatment of infectious diseases. This special issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences aims to publish original research papers and reviews highlighting the advances and trends in the drug encapsulation in nanocarriers, characterization, release studies and in vitro and in vivo antimicrobial activity.

Preferred topics (not limited to):

  • Planning, production, characterization of nanocarriers containing antimicrobial drug
  • Release studies and kinetics
  • Evaluation of antimicrobial activity in vitro and in vivo
  • Nanoparticles, liposomes, nanoemulsions, niosomes, nanofibers, dendrimers
  • Natural products, synthetic drugs and biomolecules
  • Infectious diseases caused by microorganisms
  • Neglected diseases (Leishmaniasis, Chagas Disease, Leprosy and others)

Prof. Dr. Eduardo Ricci-Júnior
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanocarriers
  • antimicrobial drug
  • antimicrobial activity
  • release studies and kinetics
  • infectious diseases
  • neglected diseases

Published Papers

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