Special Issue "The Role of Free Radicals and Antioxidants in Drug Activation and Effectiveness in Different Biological Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 114

Special Issue Editors

Department of Science, University of Basilicata, Viale dell’Ateneo Lucano 10, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Interests: drug delivery systems; cosmetic products; cosmetic formulations; nanomaterials and nanotechnologies; natural products; herbal medicine; antioxidant and radical scavenging; analytical chemistry; chromatography-mass spectrometry; bioactive compounds and natural extracts
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sassari, 07100 Sassari, Italy
Interests: oxidative stress; Plasmodium falciparum; artemisinin; red blood cells; thalassemia; nanoparticles; ROS; antioxidants; hemoglobinopathies; antimalarials
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Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sassari, 07100 Sassari, Italy
Interests: oxidative stress biology; hemoglobinopathies; hereditary hemolytic diseases; malaria and drugs; nanomaterials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Oxidative stress is the result of a disequilibrium in oxidants/antioxidants which results from the continuous increase in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) under stress conditions (inflammation, etc.). Remarkable interest has arisen in the idea that oxidative stress and specific free radicals are able to control drug activation and, in some cases, their effectiveness too. The aim of this Special Issue is to gather the latest studies which explore oxidative stress biomarkers (ROS, RNS, free radicals, antioxidants) in cell interactions (human/animal cells, bacteria, parasites) with potential compounds (drugs/edible oils) alone or encapsulated in nanomaterials (nanodrugs) for different biological applications.

Dr. Antonio Vassallo
Dr. Ioannis Tsamesidis
Dr. Antonella Pantaleo
Guest Editors

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  • reactive oxygen species
  • free radicals (superoxide and hydroxyl radicals)
  • antioxidants
  • nanomaterials (micro-nano particles)
  • drug activation
  • drug delivery
  • in vitro and in vivo studies
  • polymer and lipid systems
  • edible oils

Published Papers

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