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U17. Confocal Microscopy Service

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U17. Confocal Microscopy Service

  • Scientific Director: Prof. Juan Manuel Bellón juanm.bellon@uah.es
  • Scientific Coordinator: Gemma Pascual gemma.pascual@uah.es
  • Technical Coordinator: Mª Isabel Trabado unidad.cultivos@uah.es
  • Entities: Cell Culture Unit. Modulo IV, Planta Baja. Facultad de Medicina Universidad de Alcalá (UAH)
  • Address: Ctra. Madrid-Barcelona, km. 33,6, 28871, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
  • Phone: +34 918 854 535
  • Web: WEB


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Located in the Cell Culture Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alcalá, has a room perfectly suited to host a Confocal Microscope service that provides 4 lasers and cell incubation cabin. This Unit is coordinated by Dr. Juan Manuel Bellón, PI of the Translational Research and Tissue Engineering Group at the University of Alcalá.




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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 2017Partner
PICCOLO-732111Multimodal highly-sensitive PhotonICs endoscope for improve in vivo COLOn Cancer diagnosis and clinical decision supportEuropean Commission-H2020H2020-ICT-2016-1Partner
0624_2IQBIONEURO_6_EPromotion of an R&I network in biological chemistry for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseasesEuropean Union Interreg : European Territorial Co-operationPOCTEP Interreg España-PortugalPartner



  • Pascual G., Sotomayor S., Adel F., Perez-Kohler B., Rodriguez M., Cifuentes A. et al. Remodeling of Noncrosslinked Acellular Dermal Matrices in a Rabbit Model of Ventral Hernia Repair. European Surgical Research. 2016;:32-48.
  • Calvo B., Pascual G., Pena E., Perez-Kholer B., Rodriguez M., Bellon J.M.. Biomechanical and morphological study of a new elastic mesh (Ciberlastic) to repair abdominal wall defects. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 2016;59:366-378.
  • Cordero A., Hernandez-Gascon B., Pascual G., Bellon J.M., Calvo B., Pena E.. Biaxial Mechanical Evaluation of Absorbable and Nonabsorbable Synthetic Surgical Meshes Used for Hernia Repair: Physiological Loads Modify Anisotropy Response. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2016;:1-8.

News U17

25 Apr

Uraemic toxins impair skeletal muscle regeneration by inhibiting myoblast proliferation, reducing myogenic differentiation, and promoting muscular fibrosis

Elena Alcalde‑Estévez, Patricia Sosa, Ana Asenjo‑Bueno, Patricia Plaza, Gemma Olmos, Manuel Naves‑Díaz, Diego Rodríguez‑Puyol, Susana López‑Ongil & María P. Ruiz‑Torres, are the authors of an article recently published in the Journal Scientific Reports, of Nature Research, ·mentioning the collaboration in the investigation of the ICTS “NANBIOSIS” U17 Confocal Microscopy Service of CIBER-BNN and the University of Alcalá. Uremic toxins (UT) increase in the serum in parallel with a decrease in the glomerular filtration rate and the development of sarcopenia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study analyses the role of UTs in sarcopenia associated with CKD in different[...]

07 Apr

Toxicity evaluation on non-target organisms with the collaboration of NANBIOSIS U17 Confocal microscopy

Sara Jiménez-Jiménez, Georgiana Amariei, Karina Boltes, María Ángeles García and María Luisa Marina have recently published an article in the Journal of Chromatography A, ·mentioning the collaboration in the investigation of the ICTS “NANBIOSIS” U17 Confocal Microscopy Service of CIBER-BNN and the University of Alcalá. The echocytotoxicity of racemic panthenol and dexpanthenol at different concentrations and exposure times in Spirodela polyrhiza has been studied using NANBIOSIS U17 Confocal Microscopy Service “Panthenol (racemic mixture) and its isomer dexpanthenol have been classified as toxic for the aquatic environment by the European Regulation (EC 1272/2008). These studies are based on the natural emission[...]

11 Feb

NANBIOSIS Scientific Women in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day to raise awareness of the gender gap in science and technology. According to the United Nations, while yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science, science and gender equality are vital to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thus, in recent years, the international community has made a great effort to inspire and promote the participation of women and girls in science. NANBIOSIS wants to acknowledge  the efforts made by scientific women who struggle every day to contribut[...]

13 Jul

Cardiac hypertrophy research with NANBIOSIS unit 17 Confocal Microscopy Service participation

A new article has been recently published about Cardiac hypertrophy research in the Scientific Reports Jorunal by NatureResarch, counting with the expertise of NANBIOSIS unit 17 Confocal Microscopy Service form CIBER-BBN and University of Alcalá de Henares. Cardiac hypertrophy is the abnormal enlargement, or thickening, of the heart muscle, resulting from increases in cardiomyocyte size and changes in other heart muscle components, such as extracellular matrix. This article relates more especifically with the link between long term exposure to xenoestrogen Bisphenol-A and adverse cardiovascular effects and the role of necroptosis in cardiac response to BPA had not yet been explored.[...]

23 Jun

Optimization of Recycled-Membrane Biofilm Reactor as a sustainable biological treatment for microcystins removal with nanbiosis expertise.

Jesús Morón-López (IMDEA), Serena Molina (Chemical Engineering Department, University of Alcalá) have recently published the results of their research about Recycled-Membrane Biofilm Reactor as a sustainable biological treatment for microcystins (MC) removal. The study addresses the lack of sustainable technologies for water treatment, while opening an alternative in sustainable solid waste management under a circular economy approach. The biofilm visualization has been performed by ICTS “NANBIOSIS”, more specifically by the Unit 17 Confocal Microscopy Service of Ciber in Bioengineering, Biomaterials & Nanomedicine (CIBER-BNN) at the Alcala University (CAI Medicine Biology) led by Juan Manuel Bellón y Gemma Pascual. In this[...]

17 Jun

Hydrogels structured with dual stimuli responsive for biomedical applications

Researchers of NANBIOSIS Unit 17 Confocal Microscopy Service have participated in the research carried out structuring hydrophobic domains in Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-Methacrylic acid) hydrogels for biomedical aplplications. Hydrogels are cross-linked polymeric networks, which have the ability to hold a large amount of water in their structure. Hydrogels can be designed to respond to a specific stimulus such as temperature, pH, ionic strength, light, etc., making making them suitable for biomedical applications, as drug delivery. The most popular responsive polymeric hydrogel is made of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM). The copolymerization of NIPAM with an acrylic/methacrylic acid monomer permits the development of a hydrogel with a[...]

13 Feb

Mechanism and Consequences of the Impaired Hif-1α Response to Hypoxia in Human Proximal Tubular HK-2 Cells Exposed to High Glucose

NANBIOSIS has been informed about a recent publication in the pretigious scientific magzine SCIENTIFIC REPORTS (Q1) of Nature Research group, mentioning NANBIOSIS Unit 17 in the Methods section: Immunofluorescence analysis: Detection was performed by using a Leica SP5 confocal microscope (Leica Microsystems, Wetzlar, Germany), through the Confocal Microscopy Service of the ICTS ‘NANBIOSIS’ Unit 17 of the Biomedical Research Networking Centre on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) at the University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain. HIF-1α-dependent immunofluorescence intensity was quantified after digital capture using image-J software. The Leica TCS-SP5 confocal microscope with especial features allows studying interactions between cells/tissues and materials.[...]

28 Oct

Best Poster award at the congress of Spanish Society of Nephrology

Researchers of Unit 17 of NANBIOSIS Confocal Microscopy Service and the GITBIT-UAH group (CIBER-BBN, Univerty of Alcalá de Henares), have been awarded with the PRIZE FOR THE BEST POSTER COMMUNICATION by the Spanish Society of Nephrology (S.E.N.) and Senefro Foundation. “The ILK deletion prevents extravasation of monocytic line leukocytes induced by the accumulation of uremic toxins during chronic kidney disease” authored by CAMPILLO DE BLAS, L BOHORQUEZ MAGRO, D GARCÍA AYUSO, B GARCÍA CARRASCO, M GRIERA, S DE FRUTOS, M RODRÍGUEZ-PUYOL, D RODRÍGUEZ-PUYOL, L CALLEROS BASILIO.[...]