Special Issue "Advances in Chemically Enhanced Peptide and Protein Therapeutics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 81

Special Issue Editors

Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry, “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, 84081 Baronissi, Italy
Interests: inflammation; allergy; basic and clinical immunology
Dr. Simon Guerrero
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Guest Editor
ACCDiS—Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile, Santiago 8380494, Chile
Interests: peptide therapeutics; protein therapeutics; drug delivery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In pharmacology, new treatment strategies for decreasing collateral damage are continuously being developed to give patients the best possible quality of life over different diagnostics and treatments based on pharmaceutics. The development of multifunctional drugs has attracted tremendous attention over the years for peptides and proteins as therapeutic agents or complements to increase the capability, compatibility, and selectivity of treatments; these will eventually evolve into biotools for diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications in academia and pharmaceutical, biotechnological, or nanobiotechnological companies. Additionally, their excellent biotherapeutic capability to engage targets considered undruggable or extremely hard to target is what has led to these therapeutic agents representing the highest percentage of approved drugs last year.

However, in recent years, efforts have been focused on increasing stability, decreasing clearance, and decreasing proteolysis lability. These challenges can be overcome through chemical modification or “chemical enhancement”, such as conjugations to biomolecules, sequence modification, noncanonical amino acids, cyclization, nanomaterials, polymers, and other molecules.

This Special Issue titled “Advances in Chemically Enhanced Peptide and Protein Therapeutics” aims to collate as many original research articles and reviews as possible on pharmaceutical approaches applied to chemically enhanced peptides or proteins; proposal, synthesis, and characterization studies; in vitro and in vivo studies; and clinical trials. In addition, works aiming to increase knowledge on synthesizing various peptide- or protein-based formulations; characterization; diagnostics; treatments; and theragnosis are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Vincenzo Casolaro
Dr. Simon Guerrero
Guest Editors

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  • peptide therapeutics
  • protein therapeutics
  • peptide diagnosis
  • protein diagnosis
  • theragnostic
  • drug delivery
  • peptidomimetics
  • antibody drugs
  • peptide-conjugated
  • protein-conjugated

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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