Ana Luisa Colaco Cardoso

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The successful clinical application of nucleic acid-based therapeutic strategies has been limited by the poor delivery efficiency achieved by existing vectors. The development of alternative delivery systems for improved biological activity is, therefore, mandatory. Since the seminal observations two decades ago that the Tat protein, and derived peptides,(More)
Innate immunity constitutes the first line of defence against both external and endogenous threats in the brain, and microglia cells are considered key mediators of this process. Recent studies have shown that microRNAs (miRNAs) may play a determinant role in the regulation of gene expression during innate immune responses. The major goal of this work was(More)
Excitotoxicity is one of the main features responsible for neuronal cell death after acute brain injury and in several neurodegenerative disorders, for which only few therapeutic options are currently available. In this work, RNA interference was employed to identify and validate a potential target for successful treatment of excitotoxic brain injury, the(More)
The development of efficient systems for in vivo gene transfer to the central nervous system (CNS) may provide a useful therapeutic strategy for the alleviation of several neurological disorders. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility of nonviral gene therapy to the CNS mediated by cationic liposomes. We present evidence of the successful delivery and(More)
Highly malignant glioblastoma (GBM) is characterized by high genetic heterogeneity and infiltrative brain invasion patterns, and aberrant miRNA expression has been associated with hallmark malignant properties of GBM. The lack of effective GBM treatment options prompted us to investigate whether miRNAs would constitute promising therapeutic targets toward(More)
BACKGROUND Cell penetrating peptides have been successfully used to mediate the intracellular delivery of a wide variety of molecules of pharmacological interest. The main aim of the present work was to evaluate the potential of the S4(13)-PV cell penetrating peptide to mediate the intracellular delivery of plasmid DNA, aiming at its use in gene therapy(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are an abundant class of small noncoding RNA molecules that play an important role in the regulation of gene expression at the posttranscriptional level. Due to their ability to simultaneously modulate the fate of different genes, these molecules are particularly well suited to act as key regulators during immune cell differentiation and(More)
Although RNAi-based gene silencing holds a great potential for treatment of neurological disorders, its application to the CNS has been restricted by low levels of tissue distribution and cellular uptake. In this work we report that cationic lipid-based vectors can enhance siRNA delivery to neurons both in vitro and in vivo. DOTAP:Chol liposomes associated(More)
The increasing knowledge on the genetic basis of disease has allowed the development of promising gene-targeted therapies that can be applied to numerous diseases. Such genetic-based approaches involve the use of nucleic acids as therapeutic agents, either for the insertion or repair and regulation of specific genes. However, the clinical application of(More)
Due to the presence of the blood-brain barrier, the central nervous system (CNS) is not easily accessible to systemically delivered macromolecules with therapeutic activity such as growth factors, cytokines or enzymes. Therefore, the expression of exogenously administered genes in the brain has been proposed for a wide variety of inherited and acquired(More)