Rafael Gómez-Ramirez

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This paper examines a perspective on the use of newly engineered nanomaterials as effective and safe carriers of genes for the therapy of cancer. Three different groups of cationic dendrimers (PAMAM, phosphorus and carbosilane) were complexed with anticancer siRNA and their biophysical properties of the dendriplexes analyzed. The potential of the dendrimers(More)
Treatment of HIV infection by gene therapy is a promising tool for combating AIDS. One of the primary limitations of gene therapy is the effective delivery of nucleic acids to the target cells. Dendrimers are nanoparticles that are increasingly being used as nucleic acid vehicles. We have synthesized "Si-C" amino-terminated carbosilane dendrimers(More)
Dendrimers have been proposed as new carriers for selected HIV-1 peptides. This paper reports on the complexation behaviour of the three HIV-derived-peptides: Gp160, NH-EIDNYTNTIYTLLEE-COOH; P24, NH-DTINEEAAEW-COOH and Nef, NHGMDDPEREVLEWRFDSRLAF-COOH with second generation cationic carbosilane dendrimers (CBD) branched with carbonsilicon bonds (CBD-CS) or(More)
AIMS We have investigated the effect of surface charge of model lipid membranes on their interactions with dendriplexes formed by HIV-derived peptides and 2 types of positively charged carbosilane dendrimers (CBD). METHODS Interaction of dendriplexes with lipid membranes was measured by fluorescence anisotropy, dynamic light scattering and(More)
The aim of this work was to study interactions between cationic carbosilane dendrimers (CBS) and lipid bilayers or monolayers. Two kinds of second generation carbosilane dendrimers were used: NN16 with Si-O bonds and BDBR0011 with Si-C bonds. The results show that cationic carbosilane dendrimers interact both with liposomes and lipid monolayers.(More)
One of the major limitations in gene therapy is an inability of naked siRNA to passively diffuse through negatively charged cell membranes. Therefore, the siRNA transport into a cell requires efficient carriers. In this work we analyzed the charge-dependent interaction of the complexes of cationic carbosilane dendrimers (CBD) and anti-HIV siRNA(More)
We have investigated the interactions between cationic NN16 and BDBR0011 carbosilane dendrimers with red blood cells or their cell membranes. The carbosilane dendrimers used possess 16 cationic functional groups. Both the dendrimers are made of water-stable carbon-silicon bonds, but NN16 possesses some oxygen-silicon bonds that are unstable in water. The(More)
This paper examines a perspective to use newly engineered nanomaterials as effective and safe carriers for gene therapy of cancer. Three different groups of cationic dendrimers (PAMAM, phosphorus, and carbosilane) were complexed with anticancer siRNA and the biophysical properties of the dendriplexes created were analyzed. The potential of the dendrimers as(More)
The development of medical nanosystems requires knowledge of their behavior in vivo. Clinical chemistry tests are widely used to estimate the systemic toxicity of nanoparticles. In this paper we have explored the impact of small positively charged nanoparticles-poly(amidoamine), phosphorous and carbosilane dendrimers - on biochemical parameters of(More)
Thrombin is an essential part of the blood coagulation system; it is a serine protease that converts soluble fibrinogen into insoluble strands of fibrin, and catalyzes many other coagulation-related reactions. Absorption at its surface of small nanoparticles can completely change the biological properties of thrombin. We have analyzed the influence on(More)