Publications in the Year: 2013

Journal Article

Conde, J, Rosa J, de la Fuente JM, Baptista PV.  2013.  Gold-nanobeacons for simultaneous gene specific silencing and intracellular tracking of the silencing events. Biomaterials. 34:2516-2523.
Conde, J, Rosa J, Baptista PV.  2013.  Gold-Nanobeacons as a Theranostic System for the Detection and Inhibition of Specific Genes. Nature Protocol Exchange. AbstractWebsite

This protocol describes the synthesis and detailed calibration of a gold nanoparticle-based nanobeacon (Au-nanobeacon) as an innovative theranostic approach for detection and inhibition of sequence-specific DNA and RNA for in vitro and ex vivo applications. Under hairpin configuration, proximity to gold nanoparticles leads to fluorescence quenching; hybridization to a complementary target restores fluorescence emission due to the gold nanobeacons’ conformational reorganization that causes the fluorophore and the AuNP to part from each other. This concept can easily be extended and adapted to assist the in vitro evaluation of silencing potential of a given sequence to be later used for ex vivo gene silencing and RNAi approaches, with the ability to monitor real-time gene delivery action. The time range for the entire protocol is ~8 days, including synthesis, functionalization and calibration of Au-nanobeacons, RNAi and gene silencing assays.

Conde, J, de la Fuente JM, V. Baptista P.  2013.  Nanomaterials for reversion of multidrug resistance in cancer: a new hope for an old idea? Frontiers in Pharmacology. 4 Abstract

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Larguinho, M, Capelo JL, Baptista PV.  2013.  Fast Nucleotide identification using gold nanoparticle-based surface assisted laser desorption/ionisation. Talanta. 105:417-421.
Fernandes, AR, Baptista PV.  2013.  Nanotechnology for Cancer Diagnostics and Therapy – An Update on Novel Molecular Players. Current Cancer Therapy Reviews. 9(3):164-172. AbstractWebsite

Nanotechnology has emerged as a "disruptive technology" that may provide researchers with new and innovative ways to diagnose, treat and monitor cancer. In fact, nanomedicine approaches have delivered several strategies, such as new imaging agents, real-time assessments of therapeutic and surgical efficacy, multifunctional, targeted devices capable of bypassing biological barriers to target and silence specific pathways in tumours. Of particular interest, has been the increased capability to deliver multiple therapeutic agents directly to bulk cancer cells and cancer stem cells that play a critical role in cancer growth and metastasis. These multifunctional targeted nanoconjugates are also capable of avoiding cancer resistance and monitor predictive molecular changes that open the path for preventive action against pre-cancerous cells, minimizing costs and incidence of relapses. A myriad of nanoconjugates with effective silencing and site-targeting moieties can be developed by incorporating a diverse selection of targeting, diagnostic, and therapeutic components. A discussion of the integrative effort of nanotechnology systems with recent developments of biomolecular interactions in cancer progression is clearly required. Here, we will update the state of the art related to the development and applications of nanoscale platforms and novel biomolecular players in cancer diagnosis, imaging and treatment.

Conde, J, Ambrosone A, Hernandez Y, Marchesano V, Tian F, Ricardo Ibarra M, Baptista PV, Tortiglione C, de la Fuente JM.  2013.  Designing gold nanoparticles for in vivo gene silencing as a new therapeutic tool. Human Gene Therapy. 24:A24., Number 12 Abstract

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Veigas, B, Pedrosa P, Couto I, Viveiros M, Baptista PV.  2013.  Isothermal DNA amplification coupled to Au-nanoprobes for detection of mutations associated to Rifampicin resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Journal of Nanobiotechnology.
Veigas, B, Pedrosa P, Couto I, Viveiros M, Baptista PV.  2013.  Isothermal DNA amplification coupled to Aunanoprobes for detection of mutations associated to Rifampicin resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Journal of Nanobiotechnology. 11 Abstract

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Cordeiro, M, Giestas L, Lima JC, Baptista PV.  2013.  Coupling an universal primer to SBE combined spectral codification strategy for single nucleotide polymorphism analysis.. J Biotechnol. 168(1):90-94. AbstractWebsite

We previously reported a strategy that combines Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) based spectral codification with a single base extension (SBE) reaction for single nucleotide sequence discrimination in solution. This strategy is capable of unequivocally detect the allele variants present in solution. To extend the use of this tool to any locus of interest, it would be required the development of an universal approach capable of combining a sequence specific SBE primer to an universal sequence labeled and optimized for spectral codification.
Here, we extend this concept to a general strategy by means of a labeled universal oligonucleotide primer (donor), a sequence specific primer that allows for incorporation of the complementary acceptor labeled ddNTP, which allows discrimination the allele variant in the sample via the unambiguous FRET signature of the donor/acceptor pair.

Carlos, FF, Silva-Nunes J, Flores O, Brito M, Doria G, Veiga L, Baptista PV.  2013.  Association of FTO and PPARG polymorphisms with obesity in Portuguese women.. Diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity : targets and therapy. 6:241-5. Abstract

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Cabral, R, Baptista PV.  2013.  THE CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY OF GOLD NANOPARTICLE-MEDIATED PHOTOTHERMAL THERAPY: PROMISES AND CHALLENGES. Nano Life. 3(3):330001. AbstractWebsite

Under laser radiation, cells labeled with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are believed to suffer thermal damage due to the transfer of the absorbed light from the AuNPs to the cells. This process, which involves complex mechanisms such as the rapid electron–phonon decay in the AuNPs, followed by phonon–phonon relaxation, culminates in the localized heating of both the AuNPs and the cells, setting the rational for the use of these nanostructures, under laser light, in cancer photothermal therapy (PTT). Here, we discuss the chemical and biological aspects of this promising new therapeutic approach, including the advantages over conventional cancer therapies and the challenges that scientists still need to overcome to progress toward translation research

Branquinho, R, Pinto JV, Busani T, Barquinha P, Pereira L, Baptista PV, Martins R, Fortunato E.  2013.  Plastic Compatible Sputtered Ta2O5 Sensitive Layer for Oxide Semiconductor TFT Sensors. J. Display Technol. 9:723-728.
Carlos, FF, Silva-Nunes J, Flores O, Brito M, Doria G, Veiga L, Baptista PV.  2013.  Association of FTO and PPARG polymorphisms with obesity in Portuguese women. Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 6:241-5. AbstractWebsite

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Conde, J, de la Fuente JM, Baptista PV.  2013.  Nanomaterials for reversion of multidrug resistance in cancer: a new hope for an old idea? Front. Pharmacol..
Bernacka-Wojcik, I, Lopes P, Vaz AC, Veigas B, Wojcik PJ, Simões P, Barata D, Fortunato E, Baptista PV, Águas H, Martins R.  2013.  Bio-microfluidic platform for gold nanoprobe based DNA detection—application to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Biosens Bioelectron. 48(1):87-93. AbstractWebsite

We have projected and fabricated a microfluidic platform for DNA sensing that makes use of an optical colorimetric detection method based on gold nanoparticles. The platform was fabricated using replica moulding technology in PDMS patterned by high-aspect-ratio SU-8 moulds. Biochips of various geometries were tested and evaluated in order to find out the most efficient architecture, and the rational for design, microfabrication and detection performance is presented. The best biochip configuration has been successfully applied to the DNA detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis using only 3 µl on DNA solution (i.e. 90 ng of target DNA), therefore a 20-fold reduction of reagents volume is obtained when compared with the actual state of the art.

Conde, J, de la Fuente JM, Baptista PV.  2013.  Nanomaterials for reversion of multidrug resistance in cancer: a new hope for an old idea? Front Pharmacol. 4:134. AbstractWebsite

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Conde, J, Tian F, Hernandez Y, Bao C, Cui D, Janssen K-P, Ricardo Ibarra M, Baptista PV, Stoeger T, de la Fuente JM.  2013.  In vivo tumor targeting via nanoparticle-mediated therapeutic siRNA coupled to inflammatory response in lung cancer mouse models. Biomaterials. 34:7744-7753., Number 31 Abstract

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