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Special Issue "Coordination Complexes of 3d Metals as Anticancer, Antiviral, Antimicrobial, Antifungal and Anti-Inflammatory Agents"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Medicinal Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 85

Special Issue Editors

Department of Chemistry, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504-4370, USA
Interests: coordination chemistry relevant to biological systems, namely DNA cleavage and phosphodiester hydrolysis by mononuclear and polynuclear coordination compounds and anticancer agents based on novel Cu(II) complexes; molecular magnetism, magnetic properties, single-molecule magnets (SMMs) and field-induced single-ion magnets (SIMs); synthesis and characterization of novel mononuclear, polynuclear and coordination polymers (CPs); luminescence emission properties of (n-1)d10 coordination compounds Zn(II) and Cd(II) and lanthanides; carbon dioxide fixation by coordination compounds
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Prof. Dr. Febee Rophail Y. Louka
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Department of Chemistry, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504-4370, USA
Interests: synthesis and characterization of novel mononuclear, binuclear and polynuclear coordination compounds based metal(II) complexes and their applications in biological systems; studying the effect of changing the metal and the steric effect on the mechanism of DNA cleavage by metal(II) complexes; investigating the role of the ligand on the efficiency of copper(II) complexes based on different ligands as anticancer agents and studying the cytotoxicity; synthesis and characterization of novel mononuclear, polynuclear and coordination polymers (CPs) and investigate the luminescence emission properties; synthesis of poly-metal complexes for coating micro- and nano- biosensors used in the medicinal field
Dr. Francois Villinger
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Department of Biology Director, New Iberia Research Center, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, New Iberia, LA 70560, USA
Interests: therapeutics; immunopathology, vaccine, therapeutics; in vitro models of human diseases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Some of the 3d Metal ions play crucial roles not only as essential elements for life but also their coordination compounds have been recognized as potentially important in biological systems and as pharmaceutical drugs. Many of the 3d metal complexes revealed antitumor, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antidiabetic, antioxidants, antiproliferative and anti-inflammatory agents as well as anti-Alzheimer disease. In most cases, the complexes revealed superior activity than that exhibited by their parent free ligands.

This special issue is aimed to shed light on the recent developments of the rich 3d coordination complexes as potential biological active compounds emphasizing their roles as anticancer, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory agents.

Prof. Dr. Salah Massoud
Prof. Dr. Febee Rophail Y. Louka
Dr. Francois Villinger
Guest Editors

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  • 3d metal complexes
  • anticancer
  • antiviral
  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • anti-inflammatory agents

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