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Data scadenza invio manoscritto 31/01/2022
Nome rivista Microorganisms
Link a sito della rivista https://www.mdpi.com/journal/microorganisms
Impact factor della rivista IF= 4.152
Guest Editor socio SIMGBM e eventuali Co-editors Paolo Landini, Dipartimento Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano
Jaione Valle, CSIC-GN- Instituto de Agrobiotecnologia (IDAB), Pamplona, Spagna
Titolo della Special Issue Microbial Biofilms: From Molecular Mechanisms and Structure to Antimicrobial Therapy
Breve descrizione della Special issue (max 200 caratteri in inglese) The study of microbial biofilms represents a thriving field in every aspect of microbiology, as biofilms play a pivotal role in medical microbiology, environmental microbiology, and microbial biotechnology alike. The investigation of the basic molecular mechanisms leading to biofilm formation, maintenance, and break-up, in different microorganisms, has led to the discovery of some of the most sophisticated signaling and regulatory pathways known to exist in the microbial world.
In this Special Issue of Microorganisms, we invite scientists with an interest in microbial (i.e., both bacterial and fungal) biofilms to send contributions concerning any aspect related to this field: from the role of mixed biofilms in different ecological niches, including industrial settings and complex microbial communities associated with the human body, to development of novel antimicrobial agents with antibiofilm activity, to investigations on microbial virulence linked to biofilm formation, to the basic regulatory mechanisms presiding over the various steps of the biofilm/planktonic cells cycle, to investigations on the impact of microbial biofilms on human health.
Link alla pagina web della Special Issue https://www.mdpi.com/journal/microorganisms/special_issues/microbial_biofilms_molecular_mechanisms_structure_therapy
Data scadenza invio manoscritto 31/12/2021
Nome rivista ANTIBIOTICS
Link a sito della rivista https://www.mdpi.com/journal/antibiotics
Impact factor della rivista 3.893
Guest Editor socio SIMGBM e eventuali Co-editors Domenico Schillaci, Laboratory of Microbiology, Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (STEBICEF), University of Palermo, 90123 Palermo, Italy
Titolo della Special Issue "The Global Need for New Antimicrobial and Antibiofilm Agents"
Breve descrizione della Special issue (max 200 caratteri in inglese) Modern medicine and even the structure of society are established on the ability to control infectious diseases. Antibiotics and vaccines represent the two fundamental pillars on which the ability to manage and fight pathogens is based. However, one of the two pillars falters due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Bacterial resistance may develop at cellular level (mutations or horizontal gene transfer) and sessile community, based on adaptive resistance and tolerance involving shift from free-living cells to a biofilm community. It is estimated that, in clinical settings, at least 60% of infections are due to biofilms, which are often the cause of polymicrobial and chronic infections. Moreover, in many cases, antimicrobials used in agriculture and animal breeding are equal to the ones used in clinical settings, increasing the risk of the rise and spread of resistant bacteria, including common pathogens for both animals and humans. Reducing antibiotic usage in farms and replacing it with new molecules could be a short-term approach to facing AMR.

New antimicrobials that are able to hit resistant pathogens and biofilm are strongly needed. It is time for action in order to address antibiotic-resistant strains, especially carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA), which are resistant to last-resort antibiotics.

This Special Issue is aimed at researchers who focus their scientific interest on drug discovery strategies to develop new molecules with antimicrobial action and antibiofilm. Potential topics may include but are not limited to antimicrobial peptides of various organisms, natural substances, nanoparticles of microbial origin, and small synthetic organic molecules. Topics such as strategies aimed at improving the efficiency of conventional antibiotics through nano/micro-release and micro-release systems with functionalized polymers are also welcome.
Link alla pagina web della Special Issue https://www.mdpi.com/journal/antibiotics/special_issues/Global_Antimicrobials
Data scadenza invio manoscritto 31 December 2021
Nome rivista Antibiotics
Link a sito della rivista https://www.mdpi.com/journal/antibiotics
Impact factor della rivista 3.893
Guest Editor socio SIMGBM e eventuali Co-editors Rosa Alduina PhD, Laboratory of Microbiology, Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (STEBICEF), University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Dr. Rungroch Sungthong, Laboratory of Hydrology and Geochemistry of Strasbourg (LHyGeS), University of Strasbourg – French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Strasbourg Cedex 67084, France
Titolo della Special Issue Novel Antibiotics and Novel Modes of Action to Fight Infectious Diseases in Antimicrobial Resistance Era
Breve descrizione della Special issue (max 200 caratteri in inglese) This Special Issue provides a platform for exchanging and updating our new insights into the discovery of novel antibiotics from various yet unexplored and underexplored sources to defeat infectious diseases in the antimicrobial resistance era and the hidden modes of action of currently available bioactive molecules using advanced in silico screening approaches and/or lab-based techniques. All types of articles falling within the scope of the above research areas are welcome.
Link alla pagina web della Special Issue https://www.mdpi.com/journal/antibiotics/special_issues/novel_mode_anti
Data scadenza invio manoscritto 10/12/2021
Nome rivista Biology (MDPI)
Link a sito della rivista https://www.mdpi.com/journal/biology
Impact factor della rivista 3.796
Guest Editor socio SIMGBM e eventuali Co-editors Nicole Grandi (leading guest editor), Enzo Tramontano (co-guest editor)
Titolo della Special Issue Endogenous Retroviruses: Contribution to Human Evolution and Physiopathology
Breve descrizione della Special issue (max 200 caratteri in inglese) A growing body of evidence indicates that evolutionary interaction with endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) has played a fundamental role in shaping mammalian evolution. For example, ERV-derived proteins and regulatory sequences have been shown to play a pivotal role in mammalian development, and several lines of evidence support a role for ERVs in the antiviral immunity evolution. Intriguingly, viral infection can trigger the expression of otherwise silenced ERV loci, suggesting that ERVs might serve as strategic orchestrators of antiviral defenses.
ERVs are also considered possible drivers of pathological conditions, and it is likely that the loss of balance between the control of ERV expression and its domestication to the host physiology (e.g., in disorders characterized by immune and epigenetics dysregulation) can contribute to complex diseases.
The post-genomic era provides unprecedented possibilities to investigate ERV contribution to mammalian development and physiopathology. Unfortunately, however, ERV research remains fraught with misconceptions and challenged by complications in dealing with highly repetitive sequences.
This Special Issue aims to provide an updated survey of ERV interplay with the host biology, with particular attention to clarifying fundamental misconceptions and controversies regarding the evolutionary origins of ERVs in the human genome and their possible contributions to human evolution and pathogenesis.
Link alla pagina web della Special Issue https://www.mdpi.com/si/64259
Data scadenza invio manoscritto 30 November 2021
Nome rivista Microbiology-MDPI
Link a sito della rivista https://www.mdpi.com/journal/microorganisms
Impact factor della rivista 4.152
Guest Editor socio SIMGBM e eventuali Co-editors Prof. Dr. Annamaria Bevivino
Prof. Dr. Maria Maddalena Del Gallo
Titolo della Special Issue Beneficial Microbiomes in Agriculture and Human Health: The Food Connection
Breve descrizione della Special issue (max 200 caratteri in inglese) Many studies support the role of beneficial microbiomes for improving agri-food production and human health. Only during the last decade, we have begun to gain insights into the composition and functional of microbiomes as a consequence of major advances in High Throughput DNA sequencing (HTS) technologies. Microbiomes occupy a central position in the “One Health” framework. They can colonize almost all biological niches including plants and humans providing benefits to the planet as a whole and everything that lives on and in it. Plant-associated bacteria can be found in fact on leaves, roots or in the internal tissues as well as human-associated bacteria can reside on or within human. The application of beneficial microbes into agriculture can contribute to providing healthy food in a sustainable manner by reducing the amount of fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides. Given the food link, microbes from vegetable-diet can also have a direct and indirect effects on human health. In this special Issue, we kindly invite the research community to submit original research papers and reviews that provide newest insights into the structure and dynamics of the core microbiomes across the food system (from soil to plants, and from foods to human) and to better investigate how we can use or manipulate microbiomes for achieving enhanced crop production and/or improving human health.

Keywords: Plant Growth-Promoting Microorganisms; Probiotics; Sustainable agriculture; Food system; Plant-food microbiome; Gut microbiome; Host-microbe interaction; Human health; Dysbiosis; Heathy diet
Link alla pagina web della Special Issue https://www.mdpi.com/journal/microorganisms/special_issues/Beneficial_Microbiomess
Data scadenza invio Contact annamaria.bevivino@enea.it or the editorial office (queena.chen@mdpi.com) if you and your colleagues are interested in submitting a manuscript for this special issue.
Data scadenza invio manoscritto 30 Novembre 2021
Nome rivista Marine drugs
Link a sito della rivista https://www.mdpi.com/journal/marinedrugs
Impact factor della rivista 4.073
Guest Editor socio SIMGBM e eventuali Co-editors Francesca Berini, Fabrizio Beltrametti, Beatriz Cámara
Titolo della Special Issue Identification of Bioactive Compounds from Marine Actinobacteria and Fungi
Breve descrizione della Special issue (max 200 caratteri in inglese) Among microorganisms, actinobacteria and fungi remain outstanding sources of bioactive compounds with potential application to various fields. In particular, discovery and development from unexplored environments have been proved a successful strategy when pursuing for microbial novelty. Besides a wealth of information about terrestrial actinobacteria and fungi, marine environments, which represent a large part of the Earth’s biosphere, still remain mostly unexplored. Marine environments are, therefore, inspiring the search for new bioactive molecules of interest such as nutraceuticals, proteins, and pharmaceuticals for various applications.
Link alla pagina web della Special Issue https://www.mdpi.com/journal/marinedrugs/special_issues/marine_actinobacteriaandfungi