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60 Years Following F. Ritossa's Discovery of Heat Stress Response: Novel Advances in Exploring and Exploiting Heat Shock Proteins

Submission deadline: 30 September 2023
Special Issue Editor
  • Alexander E. Kabakov, PhD
    Department of Radiation Biochemistry, A. Tsyb Medical Radiological Research Center (MRRC) – Branch of the National Medical Research Radiological Center of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Obninsk, Russia
    Interests: cellular stress; heat shock proteins; molecular chaperones; hyperthermia; cancer biology; cancer stem cells; tumor radioresistance; radiotherapy
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It was 60 years ago, namely in 1962 when Prof. Ferruccio Ritossa has published his outstanding finding that cells exhibit very strong transcriptional activity being exposed to higher (cell-stressing) temperatures. Protein products of that stress-responsive transcriptional activity were identified later and are now known as ‘heat shock proteins’ (HSPs).

Structure and properties of HSPs as well as regulation of their expression and functions have been studied for several decades. It was elucidated that most HSPs are molecular chaperones that catalyze folding of polypeptide chains and such functioning allows HSPs to control virtually all vital processes in the cell and also ensure its post-stress survival. Importantly, implication of HSPs in human health and some pathologies including cancer, ischemia, heart failure, neurodegenerative diseases and others was established. Many of the current HSP-related studies are aimed at adopting HSPs as either targets or tools for theranostics.

The main goal of this Special Issue is to present some recent advances in exploring HSPs that may be significant for medicine and biotechnology. We welcome both research articles and reviews covering such topics as HSP-involving mechanisms of cell regulation and cytoprotection, roles of HSPs in pathogenesis or alleviation of certain human diseases, approaches to HSP-based therapy or diagnostics, HSP-based vaccines, HSP-containing exosomes and nanoparticles etc.

I look forward to receiving your manuscripts.

Dr. Alexander E. Kabakov

Guest Editor

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