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Improvement of cell targeting through protein corona-resistant functionalization on doxorubicin and curcumin loaded mesoporous silica nanoparticles

Grant number: 15/21918-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 04, 2016
Effective date (End): January 03, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Mateus Borba Cardoso
Grantee:Jessica Fernanda Affonso de Oliveira
Supervisor: Vincent M. Rotello
Host Institution: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (Brasil). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass Amherst), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:13/22429-9 - Synthesis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles functionalized with monoclonal antibodies: an alternative to Hodgkin (HL) and anaplastic large cell CD30+ (ALCL - CD30+) lymphomas treatment, BP.DR


Due to their physicochemical properties, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) have attracted considerable attention from researchers as drug delivery systems, due to efficient transportation of small biologically active molecules. However, when nanomaterials are in contact with biological uids, proteins tend to bind on their surface, forming a coating known as the protein corona. This corona can critically affect nanoparticles physicochemical properties and also their interaction with living systems. Therefore, chemical surface modification of nanoparticles is an essential tool to modulate their behavior both in vitro and in vivo. Thus, this research project proposes to investigate different silica nanoparticles surface functionalization to prevent the formation of protein corona and to verify a possible efficiency improvement of synthesized nanoparticles as drug delivery systems. The silica nanoparticles without corona-free functionalization were previously synthesized as drug carriers for doxorubicin and curcumin. The synthesis and characterization of these particles were done at LNLS (Campinas, Brazil). Biological in vitro tests have been carried out at LNBio (Campinas, Brazil). The obtained results were described and discussed in FAPESP 2013/22429-9 partial report. In this internship, the student Jessica Fernanda Affonso de Oliveira will be working under the guidance of Professor Vincent M. Rotello (University of Massachusetts Amherst -UMass, USA) whose research focuses on supramolecular chemistry area through the study and application of non-covalent interactions between nanoparticles and living systems. Professor Rotello have a great expertise on tailored corona-free nanoparticles and had recently published (2014) a paper on ACSNano entitled as "Fabrication of Corona-Free Nanoparticles with Tunable Hydrophobicity". Thus, the student will be in touch with advanced organic synthesis protocols for nanoparticles surface modifications used for preventing protein corona coating on nanoparticles surface, which is responsible for their clearance in in vivo systems. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
SANDRINO, B.; DE OLIVEIRA, J. F. A.; NOBRE, T. M.; APPELT, P.; GUPTA, A.; DE ARAUJO, M. P.; ROTELLO, V. M.; OLIVEIRA, JR., O. N.. Challenges in Application of Langmuir Monolayer Studies To Determine the Mechanisms of Bactericidal Activity of Ruthenium Complexes. Langmuir, v. 33, n. 49, p. 14167-14174, . (15/21918-1)
AFFONSO DE OLIVEIRA, JESSICA FERNANDA; SCHEFFER, FRANCINE RAMOS; LANDIS, RYAN F.; NETO, ERICO TEIXEIRA; ROTELLO, VINCENT M.; CARDOSO, MATEUS BORBA. Dual Functionalization of Nanoparticles for Generating Corona-Free and Noncytotoxic Silica Nanoparticles. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, v. 10, n. 49, p. 41917-41923, . (15/25406-5, 14/22322-2, 13/22429-9, 15/21918-1)

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