Antimicrobial Properties of Polymers and Polypeptides

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 338

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, 80138 Naples, Italy
Interests: antimicrobial peptide; virus-host interaction; zoonoses; animal viruses; respiratory viruses
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Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging (IBB), National Research Council (CNR), 80134 Naples, Italy
Interests: peptides; peptidomimetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent pandemic outbreaks have highlighted the possible spread of infectious diseases caused by emerging and re-emerging pathogens, representing a very serious public health problem. Furthermore, the rise of antimicrobial resistance and the scarcity of drugs able to eradicate microbial infections have determined the urgent need to propose and develop alternative therapeutic strategies. In this regard, the use of ad hoc developed polymers, antimicrobial peptides and small molecules could represent a valuable opportunity to address this need.

This Special Issue aims to collect original contributions and reviews that delve into the most recent results on the development of polymeric materials, peptides and peptidomimetics with antimicrobial activity and the elucidation of their mechanisms of action at the molecular level in microbes, such as bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi and parasites. Additionally, this issue welcomes papers describing the impact of antimicrobial agents in the fields of food packaging, biomedical, healthcare and environmental materials, taking into account their potentials and pitfalls.

Dr. Annalisa Chianese
Dr. Nunzianna Doti
Dr. Alessandra Monti
Guest Editors

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  • antiviral
  • antibacterial
  • polymers
  • peptides
  • infectious diseases

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