Gene silencing using multifunctionalized gold nanoparticles for cancer therapy

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Abstract

Multifunctionalized gold nanobeacons (Au-nanobeacon) combine, in a single and unique platform, targeting, detection and silencing providing an effective impact in clinics boosting cancer theranostics. Here, we describe a nano-integrated platform based on Au-nanobeacons able to detect and inhibit gene expression specifically in cancer cells. The surfaces of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are functionalized with targeting peptides to enhance tumor cell recognition and uptake, and with fluorescently labeled antisense DNA hairpin oligonucleotides to detect AuNPs. These oligonucleotides, upon recognition and hybridization to the target, open their structure resulting in separating apart the dye and the quencher allowing the fluorophore to emit light and to monitor the intracellular interactions of AuNPs with the target and the specific silencing of gene expression. This strategy allows inhibiting KRAS gene expression in colorectal carcinoma cell lines with no relevant toxicity for healthy fibroblasts. Importantly, this nano-integrated platform can be easily adapted to hybridize with any specific target thus providing real benefits for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc
Pages319-336
Number of pages18
Volume1530
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
Volume1530
ISSN (Print)10643745

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Gene Silencing
Gold
Nanoparticles
Gene Expression
Oligonucleotides
Neoplasms
Antisense DNA
Therapeutics
Colorectal Neoplasms
Coloring Agents
Fibroblasts
Light
Cell Line
Peptides

Keywords

  • Au-nanobeacon
  • Colorectal carcinoma cell lines
  • Gene silencing
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • KRAS
  • Peptides
  • Targeted delivery

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Fernandes, A. R., & Baptista, P. V. (2017). Gene silencing using multifunctionalized gold nanoparticles for cancer therapy. In Methods in Molecular Biology (Vol. 1530, pp. 319-336). (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1530). Humana Press Inc. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6646-2_19
Fernandes, Alexandra R. ; Baptista, Pedro V. / Gene silencing using multifunctionalized gold nanoparticles for cancer therapy. Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1530 Humana Press Inc, 2017. pp. 319-336 (Methods in Molecular Biology).
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Gene silencing using multifunctionalized gold nanoparticles for cancer therapy. / Fernandes, Alexandra R.; Baptista, Pedro V.

Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1530 Humana Press Inc, 2017. p. 319-336 (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1530).

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Fernandes AR, Baptista PV. Gene silencing using multifunctionalized gold nanoparticles for cancer therapy. In Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1530. Humana Press Inc. 2017. p. 319-336. (Methods in Molecular Biology). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6646-2_19