Cell Communications and Signaling invites you to submit to our new thematic series:
Extracellular Vesicles in Infectious Disease
Virtually all living organisms continuously release extracellular vesicles (EVs) such as exosomes, microvesicles or other nano-sized EVs into their environment. By shuttling communication-competent cargo including nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, or secondary messengers they modulate fate und function of recipient cells, tissues and organisms. EV-mediated cell communication is therefore increasingly recognized to play an essential role in both, health and disease. In the last years, impressive studies revealed that EVs are also implicated in infectious diseases, representing an effective pathogenic strategy to modulate host cell responses, immune evasion and modulation, as well as in the host’s defense system.
This new thematic series focuses on the role of EVs in bacterial and viral infections. This includes EVs released from infected host cells that contain antimicrobial compounds, outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) derived from bacterial pathogens or viruses, which strongly resemble mammalian EVs. Increasing knowledge of pathogen- and host cell-derived EVs in response to the infection will ultimately contribute to more powerful and urgently needed applications in EV-mediated drug delivery, EV-based therapeutic interventions as well as vaccine development.
We welcome the submission of research and review articles that describe the functional roles of extracellular vesicles in infectious disease.
Guest Editors: Nicole Meisner-Kober and Silja Wessler, Paris-Lodron University Salzburg
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2022
Submit your manuscript here.