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Special Issue Call for Papers

Membrane Proteins: New Approaches to Probes, Technologies and Drug Design

New submission deadline: April 1, 2019

SLAS Discovery

Guest Editors Veli-Pekka Jaakola, PhD (NIBR, Switzerland) and Mariafrancesca Scalise, PhD (University of Calabria, Italy) invite manuscript proposals (abstracts) on topics related to Membrane Proteins: New Approaches to Probes, Technologies and Drug Design for publication in a 2019 special issue. Proposals will be used to select and invite manuscript submissions for review and publication consideration.

Drs. Scalise and Jaakola seek high-quality, short or full-length research reports, reviews and perspectives related to developments in membrane protein biology, as well as advances in X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, assay technologies, expression and purification methods that enable the study of membrane protein targets. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • In silico strategies for membrane protein studies for applications in drug discovery
  • Atomic force microscopy: membrane protein-ligand interactions
  • Nanodiscs/Salipro/SMA lipid particles
  • Novel surfactants for membrane protein-ligand interactions
  • Biophysical assays for membrane proteins to support drug discovery program
  • High-resolution X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy for membrane proteins to support drug discovery
  • Reagent developments for membrane protein studies
  • Developments in instruments and automation for membrane protein studies
  • Advances in data analysis software and bioinformatics as applied to membrane proteins.
  • Receptors: nanomedicine, microscopic autoradiography, high-throughput analyses including ligand binding and transactivation assays, receptor humanized mice and drug/xenobiotics, imaging
  • Channels: optogenetics, patch clamp, scanning electrochemical microscopy, microdialysis, fluorescence spectroscopy approaches, 3D cell culture methods
  • Transporters: cell-based and cell-free-based methods for high-throughput analyses and interactions with drugs/xenobiotics, radiometric and fluorimetric probes for measuring transport activity in cells and in vitro systems

Manuscript proposals are still being accepted.

  1. Submit a working title and abstract (up to 500 words) as an MSWord document/attachment to
  2. Include “SLAS Discovery Special Issue / MEM” in the subject line of your e-mail.
  3. Include your name, affiliation and contact info in the text of the e-mail and in your MSWord document.

Invited authors will be notified by Nov. 9, 2018. Invited manuscripts will need to be completed and submitted by April 1, 2019. All submitted papers will be subject to peer-review to ensure scientific rigor, clarity of expression and integration with other contributions in the SLAS Discovery special issue. Submissions from SLAS members and nonmembers are welcome. No APCs.

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