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U3. Synthesis of Peptides Unit

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U3. Synthesis of Peptides Unit

  • Scientific Director: Prof. Fernando Albericio albericio@ub.edu
  • Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Miriam Royo mroyo@pcb.ub.cat
  • Entities: Parc Cientific de Barcelona (PCB) & Universidad de Barcelona (UB)
  • Address: Baldiri Reixac 10, 08028, Barcelona, Spain
  • Phone: +34 934 037 122
  • Web:PCB – UB


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This Unit is coordinated by the Peptides and Nanoparticles Group at the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB) and has the equipment necessary to provide services of synthesis of peptides at different scales (mg to g), purification, characterization, and post-synthesis modification, such as, conjugation to proteins and fluorescent. It counts with laboratories for synthesis and other to carry out modification of the peptides during and post synthesis labels. Also counts with a laboratory equipped with several preparative and analytical chromatography systems for purification and characterization. This facility benefits from the wide experience of Dr. Fernando Albericio in the design and synthesis of peptides with specific biological activity and the introduction of modifications necessary for these peptides to be bound to therapeutic nanoconjugates and other molecules, either to take advantage of the pharmacological activity of the peptide itself or to facilitate the introduction of nanoconjugates or other molecules into the cells in order to reach the therapeutic target. Its location allows the access to the rest of services of the PCB with an occupy area of 5.000m2.

Active projects

TitleFundin: OrganismCall: Funding source Role
ICTS-2017-10-CIBER-2Acquisition and istallation of infrastrucuture to complemntUnis 3-Synthesis of Peptides, U18-Nanotoxicology y U20-In vivoExperimentMinisterio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (MINECO)Programa Operativo FEDER de Crecimiento Inteligente 2014-2020 (POCInt)Coordinator
GA: 720942SMART FUNCTIONAL GLA-NANOFORMULATION FOR FABRY DISEASE – Smart-4-FabryUnión Europea (Comisión Europea)H2020-NMBP-2016-2017Coordinator
SAF2017-90810-REDIStrategic Promotion and coordinated management of Nanbiosis: Pronanbiosis IIAgencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)Acciones de dinamización «REDES DE EXCELENCIA» -ICTS 2017Coordinator

Other projects

RefTitleFunding OrganismUnit Role
SAF2015-67476-RImmunochemical Strategies of Diagnosis and Therapy based on Quorum Sensing (ImmunoQS)Ministerio de Economía y CompetitividadParticipant
RTC-2014-2207-1TERARMET: Development of therapies for the treatment of rare congenital metabolic diseasesMINECOParticipant



  • Cabrera I., Abasolo I., Corchero J.L., Elizondo E., Gil P.R., Moreno E. et al. α-Galactosidase-A Loaded-Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Enzymatic Activity and Intracellular Penetration. Advanced Healthcare Materials. 2016;5(7):829-840.
  • Giannotti M.I., Abasolo I., Oliva M., Andrade F., Garcia-Aranda N., Melgarejo M. et al. Highly Versatile Polyelectrolyte Complexes for Improving the Enzyme Replacement Therapy of Lysosomal Storage Disorders. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2016;8(39):25741-25752.

News U3

24 Nov

Antimicrobial peptides are a promising kind of molecules to fight multi-drug resistant bacteria

The project titled “Breaking the boundaries of resistance to antimicrobials; searching for new antimicrobials against multiresistant bacteria: work on polycytonic peptides and lipid nanoparticles (BARNAPA)” in which participates Fernando Albericio, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS unit 3 Synthesis of Peptides Unit, has been selected by La Marató TV3 and finnaced with 383.276,25 €. According to Fernando Albericio, the project arises from the need of effective and safer antibiotics to fight resistant and multi-drug resistant bacteria. In this sens, the proyect developed in collaboration with Miquel Vinyas of the UB and with the Stefania Stefani group of the Universita de Catania  looks at antimicrobia[...]

23 Nov

Two units of NANBIOSIS in the project selected by La Marató TV3 to fight against bacterial infections

La Marató TV3 in its call for biomedical projects in infectious diseases has selected the project “Uses of molecular analysis of Quorum Sensing with the diagnosis of bacterial infections” of the Nb4D group, led by Mª Pilar Marco, Scientific Director of unit 2 of NANBIOSIS and in which Miriam Royo also participates Scientific Coordinator of unit 3 of NANBIOSIS, both in the IQAC-CSIC of Barcelona The project of the Nanobiotechnology for Diagnosis (Nb4D) group of the CSIC and the CIBER-BBN has been selected among more than 200 candidates as a project of scientific excellence to be funded in the ca[...]

22 Nov

Lysosomal Rare Disorders: Focus on Fabry Disease

Last November 19, Vall d’Hebron held a seminar  on Lysosomal Rare Disorders: Focus on Fabry Disease as  part of the Rare Diseases Program at the Vall d’Hebron Campus, in collaboration with the European Commission, the Center for Biomedical Research Network on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) and the CIBBIM-Nanomedicine at Vall d Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) through the Smart-4-Fabry projec In the  second plenary session, moderated by Nora Ventosa and Simó Schwartz, Scientific Directors of NANBIOSIS units 6 and 20 and devoted to New therapeutic strategies for lysosomal disorders, the speakers presented their findings regarding biomarkers, genetic variants and treatment protocols.[...]

24 Aug

Peptides, targeting units and drug conjugates

Miriam Royo, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 3 of NANBIOSIS explains in this video the expertise of the unit in the preparation of difficult peptides (Cyclid and polycyclic peptides, stapled peptides and dificult peptides, depsipetides, natural products and libraries, peptidomimetic libraries, peptides as antigens or adjuvants, tarjeted drug conjugates, etc… as well as therapeutic agen-PEG-targeting unit conjugates[...]

07 Jul

Stimuli-Responsive Functionalization Strategies to Spatially and Temporally Control Surface Properties: Michael vs Diels–Alder Type Additions

NANBIOSIS Unit 6 Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring and Unit 3 Synthesis of Peptides collaborate in a research whose results are published by The Journal of Physical Chemistry B Stimuli-Responsive Functionalization Strategies to Spatially and Temporally Control Surface Properties: Michael vs Diels–Alder Type Additions Adriana R. Kyvik, Carlos Luque-Corredera, Daniel Pulido, Miriam Royo, Jaume Veciana, Judith Guasch, and Imma Ratera The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2018 122 (16), 4481-4490 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b01652 Stimuli-responsive self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are used to confer switchable physical, chemical, or biological properties to surfaces through the application of external stimuli. To obtain spatially and temporally tunable surfaces, we present microcontact printed SAMs of a hydroquinone molecule that are used[...]

22 Jun


Yesterday took place in Barcelona, at Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, a meeting of resarch groups and units of NANBIOSIS and CIBER-BBN and companies in the third B2B Forum organized by NANBIOSIS, in this case together with NANOMED SPAIN. Thirteen companies and twelve groups from CIBER-BBN and CCMIJU (ten of them coordinating NANBIOSIS units) got together to explain, through short presentations of ten minutes, those lines of their work aimed at finding synergies and potential collaborations in the area of Nanomedicine apllications in drug delivery and targeting. There was also a talk by a  representative of CDTI (Spanis[...]

05 Jun

Agreements signed with MINECO for the allocation of FEDER funds for NANBIOSIS ICTS

In the framework of the FEDER Program in ICTS 2014-2020, several projects related to the ICTS NANBIOSIS have been selected by the MINECO for co-financing with FEDER funds of the European Regional Development Funds program. An agreement has been signed between MINECO and CIBER (partner of NANBIOSIS for the co-financing of the Project: “Purchase, installation and set-up of production and characterization equipment to complement the Units: U3-Synthesis of Peptides Unit, U18-Nanotoxicology and U20- In Vivo Experimental Platform”. The total budget of the project amounts to € 307,566.16, with 50% financing with FEDER Funds. Also CSIC (The State Agency Superior Council of[...]

11 May

Fabry disease awareness month, April

The Fabry International Network (FIN) association established the month of April as the “month of Fabry” to raise awareness and educate about this disease, a rare, progressive and with multi-organ involvement pathology. Fabry Disease is one of several dozen Lysosomal Storage Disorders that interfere with the body’s ability to break down specific fatty substances. It is a rare disease and because the rate of occurrence is less than 1 in 200,000, it is considered as one of the many “Orphan” diseases. It is more common in women, but it occurs with greater severity in men. Fabry disease is a metabolic[...]

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U25. NMR: Biomedical Applications I

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U25. NMR: Biomedical Applications I

  • Scientific Director: Prof. Carles Arús Carles.Arus@uab.es
  • Scientific Coordinator: Ana Paula Candiota AnaPaula.Candiota@uab.cat
  • Entities: Servicio de Resonancia Magnética Nuclear (SeRMN) & Institut de Biotecnología i Biomedicina (IBB) & Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Address: Facultad de Ciencias, Edificio C, 08193, Cerdanyola del Vallés, Barcelona, Spain
  • Phone: +34 935 814 126


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The platform is divided between the Servei de Ressonància Magnètica Nuclear (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility) (SeRMN) (http://sermn.uab.cat/) and the Institut de Biotecnologia i Biomedicina (IBB) for bioinformatics applications of the UAB . This platform is coordinated by Prof. Carles Arús, PI of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Biomedical Applications Group (GABRMN) (http://gabrmn.uab.es/), with a recognized research track record in the use of NMR as a tool for biomedical applications, and more especifically to identify biomarkers of different pathologies. The main objective of the Platform of Biomedical Applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is the acquisition, processing and/or interpretation of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance data.

The platform is equipped with 10 spectrometers operating at magnetic fields between 5.8 and 14.1 Teslas (T), including a MRI scanner, Bruker BioSpec, equipped with a 7T horizontal magnet for preclinical trials.

The unit also hosts a computational platform at the IBB, with a total storage capacity of 12TB, which is accessible through the UAB network. The computational platform also hosts two multicentre databases (INTERPRET and eTUMOUR), with NMR and clinical data for more than 1000 human brain tumour patients.

The uniqueness in this case lies in access, in the same location, equipment for NMR studies in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro, molecular imaging accessories by using polarization as well as fixed metabolomic patterns. This configuration allows to validate results of molecular imaging in vivo with other in vitro facilities.

Active projects

TitleFundin: OrganismCall: Funding source Role
SAF2017-90810-REDIStrategic Promotion and coordinated management of Nanbiosis: Pronanbiosis IIAgencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)Acciones de dinamización «REDES DE EXCELENCIA» -ICTS 2017Coordinator



  • Delgado-Goni T., Ortega-Martorell S., Ciezka M., Olier I., Candiota A.P., Julia-Sape M. et al. MRSI-based molecular imaging of therapy response to temozolomide in preclinical glioblastoma using source analysis. NMR in Biomedicine. 2016;:-.
  • Cordon-Barris L., Pascual-Guiral S., Yang S., Gimenez-Llort L., Lope-Piedrafita S., Niemeyer C. et al. Mutation of the 3-phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase 1 (PDK1) substrate-docking site in the developing brain causes microcephaly with abnormal brain morphogenesis independently of akt, leading to impaired cognition and disruptive behaviors. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 2016;36(23):2967-2982.
  • Ferrer-Font L., Alcaraz E., Plana M., Candiota A.P., Itarte E., Arus C.. Protein Kinase CK2 Content in GL261 Mouse Glioblastoma. Pathology and Oncology Research. 2016;:-.
  • Ciezka M., Acosta M., Herranz C., Canals J.M., Pumarola M., Candiota A.P. et al. Development of a transplantable glioma tumour model from genetically engineered mice: MRI/MRS/MRSI characterisation. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 2016;:1-10.

News U25

04 Nov

Preclinical Study for Brain Tumor with Novel Contrast Agents for MRI

Ana Paula Candiota and Carles Arús, Scientific Cordinator and Scientific Director of  U25 of NANBIOSIS, NMR: Biomedical Applications I  have participated in the research published by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Journal  that include a preclinical study carried for brain Tumor. Extensive attention has been paid on designing and developing functional imaging contrast agents for providing accurate noninvasive evaluation of pathology in vivo. However, alse-positives or ambiguous imaging and the lack of a robust strategy for simultaneous dual-mode imaging remain to be fully addressed. One effective strategy for improving it is to  design magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents (CAs) wit[...]

24 May

Nosological images of response to therapy based on metabolomic information by magnetic resonance

Ana Paula Candiota, Scientific Coordinator of NANBIOSIS U25. NMR: Biomedical Applications I. is givin a talk about “Nosological images of response to therapy based on metabolomic information by magnetic resonance: a step beyond the standard image” next June 6, on Barcelona. According to Dr. Candiota, “The reliable characterization of the treatment response in glioblastoma (GB) is a key factor in improving the survival and prognosis of patients. Image (MRI) and spectroscopic image (MRSI) by magnetic resonance respectively provide morphological and metabolotic profiles of GB, but in general they are not as robust to produce surrogate biomarkers in response to short-term[...]

20 Mar

New book coauthored by Scientists of @NANBIOSIS U25 on Preclinical MRI

Silvia Lope-Piedrafita and Nuria Arias Ramos, Scientists of NANBIOSIS U25 NMR: Biomedical Applications I, have participated as co-authors in chapters of the book “Preclinical MRI – Methods and Protocols“. Editors: María Luisa García Martín y Pilar López Larrubia. This book, also co-authored by other researchers of CIBER-BBN, as Guadalupe Soria y Raul Tudela,  is organized into 7 parts : -Part 1 covers the basics of MRI physics, relaxation, image contrast, and main acquisition sequences; -Part 2 describes methodologies for diffusion, perfusion, and functional imaging; -Part 3 looks at in vivo spectroscopy; -Part 4 explores special MRI techniques that are less known in the field; -Parts 5 and[...]

19 Mar

Ana Paula Candiota member of the Panel of experts from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Ana Paula Candiota, Scientific Coordinator of NANBIOSIS U25. NMR: Biomedical Applications I, is now part of the Panel of experts from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. This panel aims to offer their knowledge and experience to the media in case they have questions on specific issues.[...]

16 Nov

Posters presentation by NANBIOSIS Units in CIBER-BBN ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017

Last 13 and 14 of November, CIBER-BBN  has celebrated its 11th Annual Conference in Hotel Santemar in Santander. In this conference there was a poster session with the participation of the following Units of NANBIOSIS. Special mention deserves Unit 1 with Neus Ferrer as Director and  Paolo Saccardo as Coordinator (in the picture): Posters: U1. Protein Production Platform (PPP): Engineering protein complexes as nano- or micro-structured vehicles or drugs for human and veterinary medicine. Ugutz Unzueta, Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, José Vicente Carratalá, Olivia Cano-Garrido, Mercedes Márquez, Paolo Saccardo, Rosa Mendoza, Raquel Díaz, Héctor, López-Laguna, Julieta Sánchez, Anna Obando, Amanda Muñoz, Andrés Cisneros, Eric Voltà, Aida Carreño, José[...]

15 Feb

Unit 25 of NANBIOSIS and the research field of Protein Kinase CK2. 

Ana Paula Candiota and Carles Arús, Scientific Coordinator and Scientific Director of Unit 25 of NANBIOSIS, jointly with other GABRMN members, have recently published an interesting article in the journal Pharmaceuticals, (Special Issue An Updated View on an Emerging Target: Selected Papers from the 8th International Conference on Protein Kinase CK2). This article  is also co-authored by scientifics of a research group with renowned prestige in CK2 research field, the Protein Phosphorylation group, del Dipartimento di scienze biomediche (Università degli Studi di Padova). This publication describes a study with the preclinical glioblastoma (GB) model and its treatment, centered in exploring the potential of[...]

01 Feb

MRSI-based generation of nosological images for noninvasive therapy response assessment in preclinical GBM
MRSI-based generation of nosological images for noninvasive therapy response assessment in preclinical GBM

Nuria Arias Ramos from GABRMN-UAB, research group coordinator of Unit 25 of NANBIOSIS, presented on January 30th, an oral communication at the youngSMIN | young Spanish Molecular Imaging Network Meeting. The title of the communication is “Multi slice MRSI-based generation of nosological images for noninvasive therapy response assessment in preclinical GBM”, written by Nuria Arias-Ramos, SilviaLope-Piedrafita, Victor Mocioiu, Margarida Julià-Sapé, Carles Arús and Ana Paula Candiota. The work is basically centered in extending the preliminary GABRMN study based on MRSI  acquired in a preclinical glioblastoma (GB), both under treatment and control, with pattern recognition and source extraction for noninvasive therapy[...]

21 Dec

NANBIOSIS lecturers in B-Debate Imaging for Life. From Molecules to Diagnostics and Therapy
NANBIOSIS lecturers in B-Debate Imaging for Life. From Molecules to Diagnostics and Therapy

Last November took place in CosmoCaixa, Barcelona, the B-Debate Days Imaging for Life. Molecules from Diagnostics and Therapy. The event, organized by B·Debate (an initiative of Biocat and “la Caixa” Foundation), IBB and LJS, was focussed on Biomolecular Imaging, with emphasis on molecular, cellular, tissular and small animal research, as well as biomedical applications, including noninvasive diagnostics, image guided surgery, multimodal imaging and theranostics. Scientists of NANBIOIS Unit 20 and 25 were invited to participate as guest lecturers: -Simó Schwartz, Scientific Director of Unit 20: New bioluminescent models to target cancer stem cells with nanomedicine. -Ana Paula Candiota, Scientific Coordinator of[...]

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