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Cytokines and Diabetes Research

Call for Papers

Cytokines are small soluble proteins secreted by immune system cells and other cells and are part of an intercellular communication system responsible for immune response. These proteins play their role by binding specific cell receptors that either induce or inhibit cytokine-regulated genes. Cytokines are involved in nearly every facet of immunity, inflammation, and development of many human diseases.

This special issue will focus on the recent or existing developments of the application of cytokines in the therapy of diabetes. A number of cytokines, such as fibroblast growth factor (FGF), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL), growth factor (GF), interferon (IFN), and chemokine, have been demonstrated to play an important role in type I or type II diabetes. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical application of cytokines in diabetic therapeutics
  • Relations of cytokines with the processes of type I or type II diabetes
  • The role of growth factors in the recovery of diabetic ulcer
  • Inflammation and diabetic retinopathy
  • Association of cytokines with diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Cytokines and therapy of diabetic neuropathy

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 3 May 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 26 July 2013
Publication DateFriday, 20 September 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Xiaokun Li, School of Pharmacy, Wenzhou Medical College, Chashang High Education Park, Wenzhou 325035, China

Guest Editors

  • Subrata Chakrabarti, Department of Pathology, Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A 5A5
  • Ji Li, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, SUNY University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA
  • Lu Cai, Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville School of Medicine, 511 S Floyd Street, MDR 533, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
  • Jian Xiao, School of Pharmacy, Wenzhou Medical College, Chashang High Education Park, Wenzhou 325035, China