RNA-Targeted Drug Design, Discovery and Delivery: A Treasure Trove of Novel Therapeutic Opportunities

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Drug Targeting and Design".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 152

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Dear Colleagues,

Introduction: Two components of the genetic code triad—DNA and proteins—have since long received attention as targets against which to focus diagnostic and therapeutic efforts: rational drug design and synthesis of drug-like protein-targeted small molecules, and biologicals targeted against genes. Recently, RNA gained major attention for its multifaceted roles in multiple human pathologies; consequently, major efforts—often successful—aimed:

  • To unravel RNA structural complexity, so to enable rational RNA-targeted drug discovery;
  • To expand the tangible RNA-targeted chemical diversity space, so to identify small molecule binders of pathology-related RNA structures and RNA-based biological treatments; and
  • To selectively and safely deliver RNA-based and RNA-targeted candidates to their molecular sites of action.

This Issue will provide an update picture of such “hot spot” areas through the detailed presentation of meaningful examples from renewed research groups active on RNA synthetic and molecular targets.

Dr. Pierfausto Seneci
Guest Editor

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  • small molecule RNA binders
  • alternative splicing modifiers
  • RNA-binding proteins (RBPs)
  • modified antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs)
  • RNA secondary structure
  • RNAse-driven RNA degradation (RIBOTAC)
  • small interfering RNAs (siRNAs)
  • RNA vaccines
  • RNA-loaded liposomes
  • circular RNAs (circRNAs)

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