Special Issue "Photodynamic and Photothermal Therapeutic Approaches in Health Care System"

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Pharmaceutics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 August 2023) | Viewed by 397

Special Issue Editors

Medical Microbiology and Molecular Biology Lab, Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002, India
Interests: photodynamic therapy; biofilm; antimicrobial resistance; bacteria
Prof. Dr. Lothar Lilge
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Guest Editor
Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Interests: photodynamic therapy dosimetry; treatment planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Photodynamic (PDT) and photothermal (PTT) therapies are promising approaches to treat cancer, and there are approved indications for prostate, bladder, brain and skin cancers. Moreover, studies have also shown the ability of PDT to cure microbial infections. PDT and PTT are minimally invasive therapies with approvals in some pathologies as well as unexploited potential in oncology and antimicrobial treatment. While PTT results in in situ protein denaturation and cellular coagulation, PDT exploits absorption by photosensitizers to generate reactive oxygen species. The development of new photosensitizers and formulations for PDT are urgently, such as innovative nanoparticle-based solutions that profoundly improve targeting and camouflage capability, solubility, biocompatibility, penetrability, light conversion efficiency, and PS circulation time. Novel ideas and nano tricks on bypassing biological barriers, reducing dosage and side effects, improving real-time monitoring of drug release and distribution, and maximizing PDT efficiency. As neither therapy target specific pathways, there is no known risk of the development of antimicrobial or cancer resistance post therapy. Photodynamic therapy has been used successfully for curing diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis, skin disease and arteriosclerosis. It is commonly used to treat precancerous cells, sun-damaged skin, and acne. Moreover, a regulated dose for a given time is observed as non-toxic. This Special Issue invites both original research articles and reviews, with a special focus on translational research towards the described topic. All submitted materials are subject to a rigorous peer-review process.

Prof. Dr. Asad Khan
Prof. Dr. Lothar Lilge
Guest Editors

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  • photodynamic therapy
  • new photosensitizers and formulations
  • antimicrobial ressiatnce
  • topical infections
  • skin cancer
  • oral cancer
  • photothermal
  • ROS

Published Papers

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