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Microfluidic multifunctional nanoparticle production for gene therapy

Grant number: 13/05868-9
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2013 - November 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering
Principal Investigator:Lucimara Gaziola de la Torre
Grantee:Lucimara Gaziola de la Torre
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Química (FEQ). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Antonio Augusto Malfatti Gasperini ; Leide Passos Cavalcanti


Gene therapy is a promising research area for diseases treatments. However, the treatment success depends on the proper delivery of genetic material inside the target cells (transfection process) and it requires the development of delivery systems that are capable to deliver the genetic material inside cells and with physico-chemical properties precisely controlled. This research plan aims to develop processes to overcome the challenge in nanobiotechnology related to the production of nucleic acid delivery systems using microfluidics as a promising technology. Microfluidcs is a research field that manipulates small amount of fluids and allow the continuous flow operation in one phase and also the drop generation to be used as microreactors. Considering the continuous flow operation in one phase it will be investigated the production of liposome, chitosan and peptide nanoparticles, with nucleic acid incorporation into these carriers systems. The nanoparticles will be characterized regarding their physicochemical properties and the capacity of in vitro transfect mammalian cells. The droplet microfluidic systems are able to promote a fast fluid mixing, generating complexes with controllable particle size and polydispersity. These systems will be explored to incorporate nucleic acids into cationic liposomes and chitosan nanoparticles inside droplets formed in microchannels. The comparison of both strategies (continuous flow and droplet generation) will be carried out with productivity and physicochemical properties of the obtained nanoparticles as main parameters. This research plan has the international collaboration with National Institute of Standards and Technology, United Sates. It is expected to contribute to the development of new Microfluidic processes and pharmaceutical products for gene therapy and to raise human resources for nanobiotechnology. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BALBINO, TIAGO A.; SERAFIN, JULIANA M.; RADAIC, ALLAN; DE JESUS, MARCELO B.; DE LA TORRE, LUCIMARA G.. Integrated microfluidic devices for the synthesis of nanoscale liposomes and lipoplexes. COLLOIDS AND SURFACES B-BIOINTERFACES, v. 152, p. 406-413, . (13/14925-6, 13/05868-9, 12/23143-9)
DE FREITAS ZOMPERO, RAFAEL HENRIQUE; LOPEZ-RUBIO, AMPARO; DE PINHO, SAMANTHA CRISTINA; LAGARON, JOSE MARIA; DE LA TORRE, LUCIMARA GAZIOLA. Hybrid encapsulation structures based on beta-carotene-loaded nanoliposomes within electrospun fibers. COLLOIDS AND SURFACES B-BIOINTERFACES, v. 134, p. 475-482, . (13/05868-9)

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Filed patent(s) as a result of this research project

SISTEMA E PROCESSO MICROFLUÍDICO PARA PRODUÇÃO DE NANOPARTÍCULAS DE QUITOSANA, NANOPARTÍCULA DE QUITOSANA E USO DA MESMA BR1020160185068 - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) . Lucimara Gaziola De La Torre ; Amanda Da Costa E Silva De Noronha Pessoa ; Caroline Casagrande Sipoli Dos Reis ; Ana Paula Duarte Pereira - August 2016, 12

SISTEMA E PROCESSO MICROFLUÍDICO PARA PRODUÇÃO DE NANOPARTÍCULAS DE QUITOSANA, NANOPARTÍCULA DE QUITOSANA E USO DA MESMA PCT/BR2017/000089 - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) . Lucimara Gaziola de La Torre ; Ana Paula Duarte Pereira ; Amanda da Costa e Silva de Noronha Pessoa ; Caroline Casagrande Sipoli dos Reis - August 2017, 08