Special Issue "Symmetry/Asymmetry in Drug Delivery Systems"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemistry: Symmetry/Asymmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 207

Special Issue Editors

Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Interests: anticancer, antiviral, and antimicrobial agents; G-quadruplexes; medicinal chemistry; signal transduction; small-molecule pharmaceuticals
Multifunctional Composites and Materials, Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College, London, UK
Interests: polymer nanocomposites; pyro-resistive polymer composites; organic thermoelectrics; piezo-electric polymers; high performance fibres
Department of Life and Health Sciences, University of Nicosia, Nicosia 2417, Cyprus
Interests: biopolymers; materials; CADD; DFT
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Drug delivery is a rapidly expanding field of research, which currently encompasses, but is not limited to, drug carrier systems, molecular storage systems, medicinal formulation, manufacturing techniques, target-directed transportation technologies, controlled and stimuli-responsive release, the delivery of biological drugs, novel materials, nanotechnology, nanomedicine and even 3D printing. Current efforts pertaining to drug delivery are vast and often interdisciplinary, requiring input from experts with diverse backgrounds, such as synthetic chemists, polymer and materials scientists, biologists, computational scientists, pharmacy experts and industry professionals. While the central challenge remains the same—namely, how to transport a pharmaceutical substance to its desired target site more efficiently to achieve a specific therapeutic effect—the tools and technological advancements at our disposal are now more sophisticated than ever, thus advancing drug delivery to a new niche and providing multiple solutions for the problem at hand.

This Special Issue focuses on recent developments in the field of drug delivery, with emphasis placed on the symmetry/asymmetry of drug delivery systems. This may include: reports on the synthesis of innovative materials for (controlled) drug release and/or molecular storage that belong to a particular symmetry group; description of the 3D structural organization of these materials; physical chemistry methods for the evaluation of the symmetry elements in their structure; correlation between symmetry and function of new-generation drug carriers; symmetric or asymmetric distribution of target-recognizing modalities on the structure of a drug carrier; improved cellular uptake, pharmacokinetics and bioavailability or reduced toxicity owing to the symmetry elements of the delivery system; new chemistries to create symmetric linkers or achieve desymmetrization of the linker in the course of conjugation of a drug to the carrier; and ways to break up such linkers for efficient drug release. These topics are addressed by experts in this multidisciplinary field.

Dr. Savvas N. Georgiades
Dr. Emiliano Bilotti
Dr. Kyriaki S. Pafiti
Guest Editors

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  • drug delivery
  • drug carrier
  • drug storage system
  • nanomaterials
  • target specificity
  • symmetric linker
  • desymmetrization
  • drug conjugates
  • controlled release
  • stimuli-responsive
  • symmetry/asymmetry

Published Papers

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