Special Issues

Pharmaceuticals 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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Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) Channels as Novel Therapeutic Targets
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8024 | Submission Open
Keywords: TRP channels; signalling pathways; tumoral process; pain; migration; apoptosis; inflammation; oxidative stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Cancer Chemoradiotherapy
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6303 | Submission Open
Keywords: chemotherapy; radiotherapy; chemoradiotherapy; immunotherapy; mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Magnetic Nanoparticles (MNPs) in Biomedical Applications
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4396 | Submission Open
Keywords: magnetic nanoparticles; magnetic resonance imaging; magnetic hyperthermia; cancer therapy; bone therapy; magnetically targeted drug delivery; magnetic hyperthermia drug release; antimicrobial; tissue engineering; biosensors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology)
Insights into Vitamin E Therapy submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 420 | Submission Open
Keywords: vitamin E synthesis; non-communicable diseases; cardiovascular diseases; cardiometabolic diseases; fatty liver diseases; skin diseases; inflammation; AVED
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Inhibitors of κB Kinase (IKK) and Nuclear Factor Kappa-B (NF-κB): Attractive Drug Targets
edited by Guozhou Xu
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 111 | Submission Open
Keywords: IkB kinase; kinase activation; protein– protein interaction; ATP-competitive small-molecule kinase inhibitor; inflammatory disease; autoimmune disease
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Pharmacological Therapies for Stress-Related Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder
edited by and
submission deadline 21 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 175 | Submission Open
Keywords: new targets and therapies for stress-related disorders; molecular mechanism of drugs; ASD; PTSD; MDD; antidepressant; depression; animal model for depression; ASD; microbiome; gut-brain axis; brain electrophysiology; neuron activity in ASD
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Multi-target Drug Treatments for Neurodegenerative Disease submission deadline 22 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5396 | Submission Open
Keywords: neurodegenerative diseases; nutraceuticals; natural compounds; Alzheimer’ s disease; Parkinson’ s disease
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Design, Synthesis, Evaluation and Biopharmaceutical Uses of Imatinib, Nilotinib and Their Analogues
edited by , Dimitrios Alivertis and Pinelopi Voulgari
submission deadline 22 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 127 | Submission Open
Keywords: cancer; inhibitors; Imatinib; Nilotinib; protein kinases; target therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Psychiatric Drug Treatment and Drug Addiction submission deadline 23 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 239 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug addiction; drug abuse; psychiatric disorder; drug dependence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Enzyme Inhibitors: Potential Therapeutic Approaches submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 14600 | Submission Open
Keywords: enzyme inhibitors; drug targets; therapeutic approaches
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Therapeutic Strategies and Targets to Improve the Efficacy of PD-1/PD-L1 Blockade
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submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 10471 | Submission Open
Keywords: PD-1/PD-L1; immune checkpoint; radiotherapy; chemotherapy; targeted therapy; angiogenesis; vaccine; TLR; STING; metabolism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Neuroblastoma Pathogenesis and Therapy
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submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 9901 | Submission Open
Keywords: Neuroblastoma; Pediatric cancers; Neural crest; Pathogenesis; Metastasis; Epigenetics; Therapeutic approach; Tumorigenesis; Signaling mechanisms; Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
New Perspectives on Chemoinformatics and Drug Design submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 9630 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug discovery; cheminformatics; artificial intelligence; drug repurposing; ligand screening; molecular dynamics; computational methods; emerging viruses; antibiotics; reverse vaccinology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacological Activities of Heparin and Related Drugs
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submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 9354 | Submission Open
Keywords: heparin; heparan sulfate mimic; heparin mimetic; heparin-like; heparinoids; sulfated polysaccharide drug; heparosan
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Pharmaceutical Applications of Lactoferrin submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8819 | Submission Open
Keywords: lactoferrin; prevention; therapy; drug delivery; protection; mechanisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceuticals)
Drug and Gene Delivery Strategies for Breast Cancer Therapy
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submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4305 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug delivery system; gene delivery; breast cancer; nanoparticles; RNAi; gene therapy; liposomes; micelles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology)
Recent Developments of Chalcones and Their Derivatives in Medicinal Chemistry submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3751 | Submission Open
Keywords: chalcone; antibacterial; antifungal; antimicrobial; anticancer; antiprotozoal; anthelmintic
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Natural Products for the Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3192 | Submission Open
Keywords: mediterranean diet; flavonoids; phenolic compounds; carotenoids; oils; fatty acids; herbal byproducts; arthritis; osteoarthritis; systemic lupus erythematosus; gout
(This special issue belongs to the Section Natural Products)
20th Anniversary of Pharmaceuticals—Therapeutic Mechanisms of Nature Products against Insulin Resistance 2024 submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2920 | Submission Open
Keywords: insulin resistance; signaling pathways; liver; skeletal muscle; adipose tissues; traditional medicine; plants; fungus; algae; food ingredients
(This special issue belongs to the Section Natural Products)
Gut Microbiota Metabolites in Intestinal Inflammation and Fibrosis submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2305 | Submission Open
Keywords: intestinal inflammation; inflammatory bowel diseases; microbiota; microbiome; probiotics; fecal transplantation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Natural Products for Potential Use of Neuroprotective and Neurorestorative Effects
edited by Lorenza Guarnieri and
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2275 | Submission Open
Keywords: neurodegenerative disease; neurodegeneration; neuroinflammation; nutritional interventions; brain damage; neurological diseases; natural compounds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Natural Products)
Lipid-Based Nanocarriers in Drug Delivery and Theranostic Applications
edited by Rosario Pignatello and
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1707 | Submission Open
Keywords: solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN); nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC); liposomes; nanoemulsions; supramolecular nanocarriers; lipidization; lipid– drug conjugates; drug targeting; drug delivery; imaging
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology)
The 20th Anniversary of Pharmaceuticals—The application of Adjuvants and Nanomaterials in Antimicrobial Intervention submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1624 | Submission Open
Keywords: alternatives to antibiotics; antimicrobial/antibacterial; biodegradable polymers; infectious diseases; molecule repurposing; nanotechnology; natural products; redox molecules; selective optimization; synergism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceuticals)
The 20th Anniversary of Pharmaceuticals—New Insights in Medicinal Chemistry of Nitrogen-Containing Compounds
edited by and Pedro Besada Pereira
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1134 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug design; synthesis; nitrogen heterocycles; nitrogen functional groups; biological activity; structure-activity relationship; molecular modeling
Discovery, Metabolism and Potential Bio-Activities of Natural Products in Traditional Medicine 2024
edited by and Jiangbo He
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 953 | Submission Open
Keywords: traditional medicine; natural product; bioaccessibility and bioavailability; bioactivity evaluation; metabolism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Natural Products)
Antiradical, Chemopreventive and Antimicrobial Effects of Bioactive Natural Substances
edited by
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 850 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural radical scavengers; chemopreventive agents; antimicrobials; chemical and biomedical analysis; biological studies in vitro/in vivo
(This special issue belongs to the Section Natural Products)
Advances in Mass Spectrometry Metrology in Pharmaceutical Sciences
edited by Andrew P. Bowman and Rob J. Vreeken
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 837 | Submission Open
Keywords: analytical standards; calibration; quality control; reference materials; validation; impurities; stability; traceability; analytical methods; drug analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Multitargeted Compounds: A Promising Approach in Medicinal Chemistry
edited by Abdallah Hamze
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 531 | Submission Open
Keywords: multitargeted compounds; medicinal chemistry; rational design; drug discovery; synergistic effects; emerging technologies; therapeutic applications; dual compounds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Emerging Freeze Drying and Spray Drying Techniques submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 455 | Submission Open
Keywords: freeze drying; spray drying; microencapsulation; emulsions; herbal extracts; essential oil; natural ingredients; active ingredients; wall materials; polysaccharides; powders; physicochemical characteristics; microparticles; encapsulation efficiency; biological activity; pharmaceutical forms (tablets; capsules; solutions; gels; etc.); study of stability; study of release in vitro; active compound(s) and wall material interaction; morphology of microparticles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology)
Novel Treatments and Technologies for Retinal Diseases
edited by Michael John Tolentino
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 369 | Submission Open
Keywords: age-related macular degeneration; diabetic retinopathy; retinal degeneration; novel therapeutics; imaging biomarkers; artificial intelligence; clinical trials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology)
Amyloid Composition and Structure-Based Development of Therapeutic and Diagnostic Agents
edited by Emily B. Martin and Jonathan S. Wall
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 287 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Smooth Muscle and Endothelial Cells as Pharmacological Targets for Acute Oxidative Stress
edited by Charles E. Norton
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 214 | Submission Open
Keywords: reactive oxygen species; oxidative stress; smooth muscle cells; endothelium; ischemia/reperfusion; stroke; myocardial infarction; traumatic brain injury
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Heterocyclic Compounds in Medicinal Chemistry: New Advances submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 175 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug design; medicinal chemistry; organic synthesis; biological activity; aromatic heterocycles; fused heterocycles; nitrogen; oxygen; sulfur; spectroscopic properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Dopamine and Serotonin Receptors: Selective or Multitarget Ligands for the Treatment of Central Nervous System Diseases
edited by and Wilma Quaglia
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 170 | Submission Open
Keywords: dopamine and serotonin neurotransmission; selective dopamine receptor ligands; selective serotonin receptor ligands; multitarget agents; central nervous system pathologies; psychiatric disorders; neurodegenerative diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Mitochondrial Protease ClpP in Antitumor-Drug Development: Recent Advances and Challenges submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 122 | Submission Open
Keywords: caseinolytic peptidase P (ClpP); mitochondrial protein quality control; small molecules as targeted drugs; cancer therapy; high-grade glioma; breast cancer; prostate adenocarcinoma; hematological malignancies; bladder cancer; ovarian cancer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Drug Candidates for the Treatment of Immune Disease 2023
edited by
submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4697 | Submission Open
Keywords: immune system; immune disease; drugs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Pharmacological Modulation of Lipoproteins
edited by
submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 339 | Submission Open
Keywords: lipoproteins; lipid-lowering drugs; hypercholesterolemia; LDL; HDL; health disorder
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
Pharmaceutical Excipients in Formulation Design and Drug Delivery
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submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 13080 | Submission Open
Keywords: formulation; excipients labelling; adverse effects; inactive ingredients; stability; regulation and quality; safety
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology)
Advances in Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 104 | Submission Open
Keywords: photodynamic therapy; cancer treatment; photosensitizers; targeted therapy; combination therapies; mechanisms of action; molecular biology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology)
Bioactive Compounds through Structural Modification of Natural Products
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 98 | Submission Open
Keywords: cancer; COVID-19; inflammation; inflammatory bowel diseases; endometriosis; antinociceptive compounds; pulmonary inflammation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Natural Products)
Nitrogen Containing Scaffolds in Medicinal Chemistry 2023
edited by and Valeria Tudino
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3271 | Submission Open
Keywords: nitrogen-based heterocycles; bioactive compounds; structure-based drug design; structure-activity relationship; in silico studies; ADMET properties; microwave-assisted synthesis; green chemistry; multicomponent reactions; phytochemicals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Natural Products and Their Modifications as Agents Used in the Fight against Pathogens
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2534 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant extract; natural compounds; multidrug-resistant strains; intestinal microbiota; chemical modyfication; biotransformation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Natural Products)
Therapeutic Potential of Silver Nanoparticles (AgNPs)
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2289 | Submission Open
Keywords: metallic nanostructures; plasmonic nanomaterials; photothermal therapy; photodynamic therapy; antimicrobial; antioxidant; anticancer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Advances in Drug Analysis and Drug Development
edited by and Ana Mornar
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1648 | Submission Open
Keywords: analytical methodology; chromatographic techniques; spectrometric techniques; thermal analysis techniques; sample preparation; drug stability; compatibility study; bioavailability studies; therapeutic drug monitoring; quality by design in pharmaceutical analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology)
Polymorphs, Salts, Cocrystals and Cationic Lipid Nanoparticle Complexes in Drug Delivery submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1490 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology)
Medicinal Metal Ions and Metal-Based Complex
edited by Rosita Cappai and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1006 | Submission Open
Keywords: metal complexes; metal-based drugs; medicinal chemistry; chelating agents; solution equilibria
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
2D and 3D Culture Systems: Current Trends and Biomedical Applications
edited by , Colus Ilce Mara and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 337 | Submission Open
Keywords: spheroids; organoids; 3D cultures; tissue engineering; disease modelling; regenerative medicine; cell-extracellular matrix interaction; drug screening
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceuticals)
Drug Discovery of Antiprotozoal Agents 2024 submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 119 | Submission Open
Keywords: antiprotozoal agents; drug discovery; medicinal chemistry; natural products; in vitro and in vivo studies; ADMET; computer-aided drug design; chemoinformatics; molecular docking; virtual screening
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
Metal Chelating Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 115 | Submission Open
Keywords: metal chelating agents; metalloenzymes; metalloenzyme inhibitors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medicinal Chemistry)
HNSCC Chemotherapy: What We Know and New Perspectives submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 110 | Submission Open
Keywords: mouth neoplasms; carcinogenesis; neoplasm staging; oral cancer; oral squamous cell carcinoma; tumor microenvironment; chemotherapy; docetaxel; cisplatin; 5-fluorouracil (TPF)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacology)
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