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U29. Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP)

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U29. Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP)

  • Scientific Director: Prof. Ramon Eritja: recgma@cid.csic.es
  • Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Anna Aviñó: aaagma@cid.csic.es
  • Entities: Institute of Avanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
  • Address: Jordi Girona, 18-26, 088034, Barcelona, Spain
  • Phone: +34 934 006 145
  • Web: IQAC- CSIC
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Description

This unit is coordinated by the Nucleic Acids Chemistry Group at the Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and has the equipment needed for the production of oligonucleotides at low scale (mg to mg), purification, characterization and post-synthesis modification. The service counts with laboratories for synthesis and modification of oligonucleotides including DNA/RNA synthesizer, analytical and semi-preparative HPLC equipment for the purification and characterization of oligonucleotides. The service will focus in providing expert opinion to researchers as well as the production of tailored oligonucleotides. Routine synthesis of oligonucleotides used as primers will not be produced as there is a large number of commercial sources that provide a quick and low price service. The oligonucleotide synthesis platform will focus in providing modified oligonucleotides (ONs) that are difficult to obtain from commercial sources. These include microgram to milligram amounts of DNA and RNA derivatives carrying several modifications as well as oligonucleotide conjugates carrying lipids, membrane-receptors ligands, carbohydrates and peptides designed for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes. The facility benefits from the wide experience of Prof. Ramon Eritja that has more than 30 years expertise in the development of modified oligonucleotides.

Active projects

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CTQ2017-84415-R STUDY OF ADN STRUCTURES WITH BIOMEDICAL POTENTIALMINECOCoordinator

Other projects

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SBPLY/17/180501/000376Development and validation of new intelligent administration systems of RNAs in the injured spinal cord: application in a neuroprotective therapy based on miR-138Junta de Castilla-La Mancha Participant
BIO2017-92113-EXP New tailored microRNA-based antifungal agents for crop protectionMINECO - Explora-Participant
CA17103CA17103 Delivery of antisense RNA therapeutics (DARTER) C.C.E.E. COST Action Participant
AC18/00046Monitoring of Acquired Brain Injury and recovery of biomarkers by the combined label-free NanoSensing of multiple circulating molecules (ABISens).Euronanomed-III (ERA-Net cofund action on Nanomedicine)Participant
CSIC-COV19-041Point-of-care tests for the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 (POC4CoV) Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)Participant
Prometeo/2020/081Use of microRNA modulators as experimental therapies in type 1 myotonic dystrophy Generalitat Valenciana Participant

Publications

2019

“Synthesis of oligonucleotides carrying nucleic acid derivatives of biomedical and structural interest” Eritja, R., Aviñó, A., Fàbrega, C., Alagia, A., Jorge, A.F., Grijalvo, S. In “Enzymatic and chemical synthesis of nucleic acid derivatives” (Fernández Lucas and Camarasa Eds) Willey-VCH Verlag, Weinheim (Germany), pp 237-258, (2019).

Cationic niosomes as non-viral vehicles for nucleic acids. Challenges and opportunities in gene delivery. Grijalvo, S., Puras, G., Zárate, J., Sainz-Ramos, M., AL Qtaish, N., López, T., Mashal, M., Attia, N., Díaz Díaz, D., Pons, R., Fernández, E., Pedraz, J.L., Eritja, R.  Pharmaceutics, 11(2), 50 (2019).

“Parallel clamps and polypurine hairpins (PPRH) for gene silencing and triplex-affinity capture: design, synthesis and use” Aviñó, A., Eritja, R., Cuidad, C., Noe, V. Current Protocols on Nucleic Acid Chemistry, e78 (2019).

“Efficient bioactive oligonucleotide-protein conjugation for cell-targeted cancer therapy” Aviñó, A., Unzueta, U., Cespedes, M.V., Casanova, I., Vázquez, E., Villaverde, A., Mangues, R., Eritja, R. ChemistryOpen, 8, 382-387 (2019).

“The small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in cancer therapy: nano-based approach” Mahmoodi Chalbatani, G., Dana, H., Gharagouzloo, E., Grijalvo, S., Eritja, R., Logsdon, C.D., Memari, F., Miri, S.R., Rad, M.R., Marmari, V. Int. J. Nanomedicine, 14, 3111-3128 (2019).

“The origins and the biological consequences of the Pur/Pyr DNA•RNA asymmetry” Terrazas, M., Genna, V., Portella, G., Villegas, N., Sánchez, D., Arnan, C., Pulido-Quetglas, C., Johnson, E., Guigó, R., Brun-Heath, I., Aviñó, A., Eritja, R., Orozco, M. Chem., 5, 1619-1631 (2019).

“On the race for more stretchable and tough hydrogels” Grijalvo, S., Eritja, R., Díaz Díaz, D. Gels, 5, 24 (2019).

“Gene delivery to the rat retina by non-viral vectors based on chloroquine-containing cationic niosomes” Mashal, M., Attia, N., Martínez-Navarrete, G., Soto-Sánchez, C., Fernández, E., Grijalvo, S., Eritja, R., Puras, G., Pedraz, J.L. J. Control. Rel., 304, 181-190 (2019).

“Study of conformational transitions of i-motif DNA using time-resolved fluorescence and multivariate analysis methods” Benabou, S., Ruckebusch, C., Sliwa, M., Aviñó, A., Eritja, R., Gargallo, R., de Juan, A.  Nucleic Acids Res., 47, 6590-6605 (2019).

“Expanding the limits of amide-triazole isosteric substitution in bisamide-based physical gels” Tautz, M., Torras, J., Grijalvo, S., Eritja, R., Saldías, C., Alemán, C., Díaz Díaz D. RSC Adv., 9, 20841-20851 (2019).

“Aptamer-peptide conjugates as a new strategy to modulate human α-thrombin binding affinity” Aviñó, A., Jorge, A.F., Huertas, C.S., Cova, T.F.G.G., Pais, A., Lechuga, L.M., Eritja, R., Fàbrega, C. Biochim. Biophys. Acta (General subjects), 1863, 1610-1630 (2019).

“Cationic niosome-based hBMP7 gene transfection of neuronal precursor NT2 cells to reduce the migration of glioma cells in vitro” Attia, N., Mashal, M., Grijalvo, S., Eritja, R., Puras, G., Pedraz, J.L. J. Drug Delivery Science Technol., 53, 101219 (2019).

“Stabilization of c-KIT G-quadruplex DNA structures by the RNA polymerase I inhibitors BMH-21 and BA-41” Mazzini, S., Gargallo, R., Musso, L., De Santis, F., Aviñó, A., Scaglioni, L., Eritja, R., Di Nicola, M., Zunino, F., Amatulli, A., Dallavalle, S. Int. J. Mol. Sci., 20, 4927 (2019).

“Alginate hydrogels as scaffolds and delivery systems to repair the damaged spinal cord” Grijalvo, S., Nieto-Díaz, M., Maza, R.M., Eritja, R., Díaz Díaz, D. Biotech J., 14, e1900275 (2019).

“A pH-dependent bolt involving cytosine bases located in the lateral loops of antiparallel G-quadruplex structures within the SMARCA4 gene promotor” Benabou S., Mazzini, S., Aviñó, A., Eritja, R. Gargallo, R. Sci. Rep., 9, 15807 (2019).

2018

Selective depletion of metastatic stem cells as therapy for human colorectal cancer. Céspedes, M.V., Unzueta, U., Aviñó, A., Gallardo, A., Álamo, P., Sala, R., Sánchez-Sardi, A., Casanova, I., Mangues, M.A., Lopez-Pousa, A., Eritja, R., Villaverde, A., Vázquez, E., Mangues, R. EMBO Mol. Med., 10, e8772 (2018).

DNA-based nanoscaffolds as vehicles for 5-fluoro-2’-deoxyuridine oligomers in colorectal cancer therapy. Jorge, A.F., Aviñó, A., Pais, A.A.C.C., Eritja, R., Fàbrega, C. Nanoscale, 10, 7238-7249 (2018).

Exploring PAZ/3’-overhang interaction to improve siRNA specificity. A combined experimental and modeling study. Alagia, A., Jorge, A.F., Aviño, A., Cova, T.F.G.G., Crehuet, R., Grijalvo, S., Alberto Pais, A.A.C.C., Eritja, R. Chem. Sci., 9, 2074-2086 (2018).

DNA origami-driven lithography for patterning on gold surfaces with sub-10 nanometer resolution. Gállego, I., Manning, B., Prades, J.D., Mir, M., Samitier, J., Eritja, R. Adv. Mat., 29, 1603233 (2017).

Glucose-nucleobase pseudo base pairs as a new biomolecular interaction in a DNA context. Vengut-Climent, E., Gómez-Pinto, I., Lucas, R., Peñalver, P., Aviñó, A., Fonseca-Guerra, C, Bickelhaupt, F.M.., Eritja, R., González, C., Morales, J.C. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 55, 8643-8647 (2016).

News U29

21 Jun

A project by NANBIOSIS researchers, focused on COVID-19 detection and therapy, selected in ‘La Marató’ research program

The Scientific Commission of ‘La Marató TV3’ has seleced the project entitled “Diagnosis and treatment of Sars-Cov-2 by triplex formation”, led by Ramon Eritja, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 29 Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP) from CIBER-BBN and IQAC_CSIC to be financed with € 398,750.00. Verónica Noé from the Fundació Bosch i Gimpera Universitat de Barcelona, ​​the CIBERESP researcher Enrique Calderón Sandubete, from the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital and María Valeria Grazú Bonavía, from the Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragón, INMA (CSIC- UNIZE) also participate in this project. The edition of this solidarity initiative promoted by the Corporació[...]

20 May

A potential solution to decrease toxicity in colorectal cancer treatment

Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death, with over 18.1 million cases and 9.6 million deaths in 2018. One of the most successful drugs used in chemotherapy for the treatment of diverse severe cancers is 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), however, one of the major problems described in clinical practice is 5-FU cell resistance. Resarchers of the Nucleic Acids group and the Colloidal and interfacial Chemistry Group of CIBER-BBN at IQAC-CSIC have collaborated in a research to  inspect and test the ability of parallel G-quadruplexes to deliver floxuridine oligonucleotides into different types of cancer cells; finally, the internalization ability and[...]

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[...]

04 Feb

Design and engineering of tumor-targeted, dual-acting cytotoxic nanoparticles

In the frame of the collaboration of three units of NANBIOSIS, researchers of CIBER-BBN Groups proposed a strategy to simultaneously deliver anticancer drug pairs, composed by a tumor-targeted protein nanoparticle and an antiproliferative drug, with specific activ-ity for the same type of cancer. These three units are: NANBIOSIS U1 Protein Production Platform (PPP), at IBB-UAB, led by Toni Villaverde y Neus Ferrer NANBIOSIS U18 of Nanotoxicology Unit, at Institut de Recerca. Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, led by Ramón Manques and Isolda Casanova, and NANBIOSIS U29 Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP) at IQAC_CSIC, led by Ramón Eritja and[...]

21 Jan

Nucleic Acids Chemistry, new book release by Ramon Eritja

Ramón Eritja, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 29 Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP) has just published a new book “Nucleic Acids Chemistry, modifications and conjugates for Biomedicine and Nanotechnology“, Anna Avinó, Scientific Coordinator of NANBIOSIS Unit 29 is also a writer of the book. The book “Nucleic Acids Chemistry” takes the most important aspects of the methodology of oligonucleotides synthesis, that is currently expanding by the endorsement of a dozen of new medicines, such as the first medicine based on interfering RNA for the control of LDL and cholesterol in blood that will facilitate the decrease of cardiovascular illnesses. The writing[...]

28 Dec

Non-viral mediated gene therapy in human cystic fibrosis airway epithelial cells recovers chloride channel functionality

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16 Dec

Three Nanbiosis units work in the development of new sensors for the better detection of the fungus P. jirovecii, responsible for Pneumocystis pneumonia

Researchers from the CIBER-BBN have succeeded in developing detection systems for Pneumocystis jirovecii, an atypical fungus responsible for very serious pneumonia in immunosuppressed patients. These results, published in the journal Nanomaterials, are the result of collaboration between the CIBER-BBN groups led by Laura Lechuga, Ramon Eritja and Ramón Martínez Máñez, and the CIBERESP group led by Enrique J. Calderón. The researchers acknowledge the paricipation of three NANBIOSIS units of CIBER-BBN: Nanbiosis U29 Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP), led by Ramon Eritja and Anna Avinó at IQAC-CSIC and Nanbiosis U4 Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit , led by Laura Lechuga at ICN2-CSIC, andNanbiosis[...]

22 Nov

Closer to understand the regulation of SMARCA4 expression

Researchers of NANBIOSIS U29 Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP) from CIBERBBN at @IQAC_CSIC, led by Prof. Ramón Eritja, are the authors of an article published by Int J Biol Macromol. 2020, entitled “Influence of pH and a porphyrin ligand on the stability of a G-quadruplex structure within a duplex segment near the promoter region of theSMARCA4 gene”. Prof Eritja hightlighs the contribution to this work by Dr. Raimundo Gargallo from the University of Barcelona. The manuscript described the structural analysis of the promoter region of the SMARCA4 gene involved in ovarian cancer. This promoter region has an exceptionally long G-rich sequence.[...]