Ana Luisa Colaco Cardoso

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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)
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)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as a class of small, endogenous, regulatory RNAs that exhibit the ability to epigenetically modulate the translation of mRNAs into proteins. This feature enables them to control cell phenotypes and, consequently, modify cell function in a disease context. The role of inflammatory miRNAs in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their(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)
MiRNAs are short, evolutionary conserved noncoding RNA molecules with the ability to control the magnitude of inflammation. The immunosuppressive nature of the brain is sustained by miRNA-dependent regulation of microglial cells, which become activated under neuroinflammatory conditions, such as brain injury and neurodegeneration. The pro-inflammatory and(More)
The present work aimed at the development and application of a lipid-based nanocarrier for targeted delivery of nucleic acids to glioblastoma (GBM). For this purpose, chlorotoxin (CTX), a peptide reported to bind selectively to glioma cells while showing no affinity for non-neoplastic cells, was covalently coupled to liposomes encapsulating antisense(More)
The successful application of gene therapy approaches is highly dependent on the efficient delivery of nucleic acids into target cells. In the present study, new peptide-based nonviral systems were developed to enhance plasmid DNA and siRNA delivery, aiming at generating appropriate gene delivery and gene silencing tools for preclinical and clinical(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)
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)
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)