Daniela Montesarchio

Daniela Montesarchio
University of Naples Federico II | UNINA · Department of Chemical Sciences

PhD in Chemistry

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Introduction
Full Professor in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Napoli “Federico II”.

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Publications (182)
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G-quadruplexes turned out to be important targets for the development of novel targeted anticancer/antiviral therapies. More than 3000 G-quadruplex small-molecule ligands have been described, with most of them exerting anticancer/antiviral activity by inducing telomeric damage and/or altering oncogene or viral gene expression in cancer cells and vi...
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Despite their unquestionable properties, oligonucleotide aptamers display some drawbacks that continue to hinder their applications. Several strategies have been undertaken to overcome these weaknesses, using thrombin binding aptamers as proof-of-concept. In particular, the functionalization of a thrombin exosite I binding aptamer (TBA) with aromat...
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Two analogues of the MS3 aptamer, which was previously shown to have an exquisite capability to selectively bind and modulate the activity of mutant huntingtin (mHTT), have been here designed and evaluated in their physicochemical and biological properties. Featured by a distinctive propensity to form complex G-quadruplex structures, including larg...
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To develop efficient anticancer theranostic systems, we studied the interaction between a cyanine dye, analogue of thiazole orange (named CyOH), and two G-quadruplex-forming aptamers, V7t1 and 3R02, recognizing the Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor 165 (VEGF165) - an angiogenic protein overexpressed in cancer cells, responsible for the rapid growt...
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Aiming at novel tools for anticancer therapy, a ruthenium complex, covalently linked to a cholesterol-containing nucleolipid and stabilized by co-aggregation with a biocompatible lipid, is here presented. The amphiphilic ruthenium complex, named ToThyCholRu, is intrinsically negatively charged and has been inserted into liposomes formed by the cati...
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Lipid-conjugated Ru(III) complexes – designed to obtain lipophilic analogues of the low molecular weight derivative AziRu, which is a NAMI-A-like anticancer agent – have been synthesized and fully characterized. A detailed biophysical investigation, including multiple, integrated techniques, allowed determining their molecular and self-assembling p...
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DNA G‐quadruplexes (G4s) are key structures for the development of targeted anticancer therapies. In this context, ligands selectively interacting with G4s can represent valuable anticancer drugs. Aiming at speeding up the identification of G4‐targeting synthetic or natural compounds, we developed an affinity chromatography‐based assay, named G‐qua...
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A set of guanine-rich aptamers able to preferentially recognize full-length huntingtin with an expanded polyglutamine tract has been recently identified, showing high efficacy in modulating the functions of the mutated protein in a variety of cell experiments. We here report a detailed biophysical characterization of the best aptamer in the series,...
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Aiming at discovering novel, putative anticancer drugs featuring low-to-null side effects, natural compounds isolated from Juncaceae were studied here for their ability to target G-quadruplex structures originating from cancer-related telomeric and oncogene DNA sequences. Particularly, various dihydrophenanthrene, benzocoumarin and dihydrodibenzoxe...
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Neurodegenerative diseases (NDs) represent a heterogeneous group of aging-related disorders featured by progressive impairment of motor and/or cognitive functions, often accompanied by psychiatric disorders. NDs are denoted as ‘protein misfolding’ diseases or proteinopathies, and are classified according to their known genetic mechanisms and/or the...
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The integration of nuclear imaging analysis with nanomedicine has tremendously grown and represents a valid and powerful tool for the development and clinical translation of drug delivery systems. Among the various types of nanostructures used as drug carriers, nanovesicles represent intriguing platforms due to their capability to entrap both lipop...
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Selectivity and efficacy towards target cancer cells, as well as biocompatibility, are current challenges of advanced chemotherapy powering the discovery of unconventional metal-based drugs and the search for novel therapeutic approaches. Among second-generation metal-based chemotherapeutics, ruthenium complexes have demonstrated promising anticanc...
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In the quest for selective G-quadruplex (G4)-targeting chemotypes, natural compounds have been thus far poorly explored, though representing appealing candidates due to the high structural diversity of their scaffolds. In this regard, a unique high diversity in-house library composed of ca. one thousand individual natural products was investigated....
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G-quadruplex existence was proved in cells by using both antibodies and small molecule fluorescent probes. However, the G-quadruplex probes designed thus far are structure- but not conformation-specific. Recently, a core-extended naphthalene diimide (cex-NDI) was designed and found to provide fluorescent signals of markedly different intensities wh...
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In the search for optimized thrombin binding aptamers (TBAs), we herein describe the synthesis of a library of TBA analogues obtained by end-functionalization with the electron-rich 1,5-dialkoxy naphthalene (DAN) and the electron-deficient 1,8,4,5-naphthalenetetra-carboxylic diimide (NDI) moieties. Indeed, when these G-rich oligonucleotides were fo...
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In the search for new therapeutic strategies to contrast SARS-CoV-2, we here studied the interaction of polydatin (PD) and resveratrol (RESV)—two natural stilbene polyphenols with manifold, well known biological activities—with Spike, the viral protein essential for virus entry into host cells, and ACE2, the angiotensin-converting enzyme present on...
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In several biomedical applications, the detection of biomarkers demands high sensitivity, selectivity and easy-to-use devices. Organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) represent a promising class of devices combining a minimal invasiveness and good signal transduction. However, OECTs lack of intrinsic selectivity that should be implemented by sp...
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Stilbenoids are natural compounds endowed with several biological activities, including cardioprotection and cancer prevention. Among them, (±)‐ trans ‐δ‐viniferin, deriving from trans ‐resveratrol dimerization, was here investigated in its ability to target DNA duplex and G‐quadruplex structures by exploiting NMR, circular dichroism, fluorescence...
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In the context of developing efficient anticancer therapies aimed at eradicating any sort of tumors, G-quadruplexes represent excellent targets. Small molecules able to interact with G-quadruplexes can interfere with cell pathways specific of tumors and common to all cancers. Naphthalene diimides (NDIs) are among the most promising, putative antica...
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Naphthalene diimides showed significant anticancer activity in animal models, with therapeutic potential related to their ability to strongly interact with G-quadruplexes. Recently, a trifunctionalized naphthalene diimide, named NDI-5, was identified as the best analogue of a mini-library of novel naphthalene diimides for its high G-quadruplex bind...
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To selectively target telomeric G-quadruplex (G4) DNA, monomeric and dimeric naphthalene diimides (NDIs) were investigated as binders of multimeric G4 structures able to discriminate duplex DNA. These NDIs were analysed by the affinity chromatography-based screening G4-CPG (G-quadruplex on Controlled Pore Glass), using the sequence d[AGGG(TTAGGG) 7...
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Multivalent interactions frequently occur in biological systems and typically provide higher binding affinity and selectivity in target recognition than when only monovalent interactions are operative. Thus, taking inspiration by nature, bivalent or multivalent nucleic acid aptamers recognizing a specific biological target have been extensively stu...
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The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family and its receptors play fundamental roles not only in physiological but also in pathological angiogenesis, characteristic of cancer progression. Aiming at finding putative treatments for several malignancies, various small molecules, antibodies, or protein‐based drugs have been evaluated in vitro...
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We here report our studies on the reaction with the platinum(II) ion of a nucleoamino acid constituted by the l-2,3-diaminopropanoic acid linked to the thymine nucleobase through a methylenecarbonyl linker. The obtained new platinum complexes, characterized by spectroscopic and mass spectrometric techniques, were envisaged to exploit synergistic ef...
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First studies on thrombin-inhibiting DNA aptamers were reported in 1992, and since then a large number of anticoagulant aptamers has been discovered. TBA – also named HD1, a 15-mer G-quadruplex (G4)-forming oligonucleotide – is the best characterized thrombin binding aptamer, able to specifically recognize the protein exosite I, thus inhibiting the...
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In this review we have showcased the preclinical development of original amphiphilic nanomaterials designed for ruthenium-based anticancer treatments, to be placed within the current metallodrugs approach leading over the past decade to advanced multitarget agents endowed with limited toxicity and resistance. This strategy could allow for new optio...
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NU172—a 26-mer oligonucleotide able to bind exosite I of human thrombin and inhibit its activity—was the first aptamer to reach Phase II clinical studies as an anticoagulant in heart disease treatments. With the aim of favoring its functional duplex-quadruplex conformation and thus improving its enzymatic stability, as well as its thrombin inhibito...
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In the optimization process of nucleic acid aptamers, increased affinity and/or activity are generally searched by exploring structural analogues of the lead compound. In many cases, promising results have been obtained by dimerization of the starting aptamer. Here we studied a focused set of covalent dimers of the G-quadruplex (G4) forming anti-Va...
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A focused library of newly designed monomeric and dimeric naphthalene diimides (NDIs) was analyzed in its ability to recognize specific G-quadruplex (G4) structures discriminating duplex DNA. The best G4 ligands—according to an affinity chromatography-based screening method named G4-CPG—were tested on human cancer and healthy cells, inducing DNA da...
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Among polyphenols, trans-resveratrol (tRES) and trans-polydatin (tPD) exert multiple biological effects, particularly antioxidant and antiproliferative. In this work, we have investigated the interaction of tPD with three cancer-related DNA sequences able to form G-quadruplex (G4) structures, as well as with a model duplex, and compared its behavio...
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An artificial alanine-based amino acid {(S)-2-amino-3-[4-propyl-3-(thiophen-2-yl)-5-thioxo-4,5-dihydro-1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl]propanoic acid, here named TioxAla}, bearing a substituted triazolyl-thione group on the side chain and able to bind RNA biomedical targets, was here chosen as a valuable scaffold for the synthesis of new platinum complexes w...
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A small library of cyclic TBA analogues (named cycTBA I-IV), obtained by covalently connecting its 5'- and 3'-ends with flexible linkers, has been synthesized with the aim of improving its chemical and enzymatic stability, as well as its anticoagulant properties. Two chemical procedures have been exploited to achieve the desired cyclization, based...
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The great advances in the studies on metal complexes for the treatment of different cancer forms, starting from the pioneering works on platinum derivatives, have fostered an increasingly growing interest in their properties and biomedical applications. Among the various metal-containing drugs investigated thus far, ruthenium(III) complexes have em...
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The G-quadruplex-forming VEGF-binding aptamer V7t1 was previously found to be highly polymorphic in a K+-containing solution and, to restrict its conformational preferences to a unique, well-defined form, modified nucleotides (LNA and/or UNA) were inserted in its sequence. We here report an in-depth biophysical characterization of V7t1 in a Na+-ric...
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According to WHO, breast cancer incidence is increasing so that the search for novel chemotherapeutic options is nowadays an essential requirement to fight neoplasm subtypes. By exploring new effective metal-based chemotherapeutic strategies, many ruthenium complexes have been recently proposed as antitumour drugs, showing ability to impact on dive...
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Exploiting a variant of SELEX called “Ligand-Guided Selection” (LI-GS), we recently identified two novel truncated G-rich aptamers, called R1.2 and R1.3, specific for membrane-bound IgM (mIgM), the hallmark of B cells. Herein, the conformational behaviour of these aptamers has been analysed by multiple biophysical methods. In order to investigate t...
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With the aim of developing a new approach to obtain improved aptamers, a cyclic thrombin‐binding aptamer (TBA) analogue (cycTBA) has been prepared by exploiting a copper(I)‐assisted azide–alkyne cycloaddition. The markedly increased serum resistance and exceptional thermal stability of the G‐quadruplex versus TBA were associated with halved thrombi...
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Aim: Our goal is to evaluate benzodifuran-based scaffolds for biomedical applications. Methodology: We here explored the anticancer and anti-amyloid activities of a novel compound (BZ4) in comparison with other known benzodifuran analogs, previously studied in our group, and we have explored its ability to interact with different DNA model syste...
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A focused library of analogs of a lead-like G-quadruplex (G4) targeting compound (4), sharing a furobenzoxazine naphthoquinone core and differing for the pendant groups on the N-atom of the oxazine ring, has been here analyzed with the aim of developing more potent and selective ligands. These molecules have been tested vs. topologically different...
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Niosomes are self-assembled vesicles made up of single chain non-ionic surfactants combined with appropriate amounts of cholesterol or other lipids, exploited as carriers for hydrophilic or lipophilic drugs. Compared to liposomes, niosomes are typically more stable, less expensive and, being generally obtained from synthetic surfactants, more easil...
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AS1411 is a nucleolin-binding aptamer which attracted great interest as active targeting ligand for the selective delivery of therapeutic agents to tumour cells. In this work we selected three AS1411 derivatives 5′-conjugated with lipophilic tails and studied their properties in view of their application in liposomial formulations and/or lipid coat...
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Target selectivity is one of the main challenges in the search for small molecules able to act as effective and non-toxic anticancer and/or antiviral drugs. To achieve this goal, handy, rapid and reliable High Throughput Screening methodologies are needed. We here describe a novel functionalization for the solid phase synthesis of oligonucleotides...
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By combining the ability of short G-rich oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) containing the sequence 5'CGGA3' to form higher-order G-quadruplex (G4) complexes with the tetra-end-linked (TEL) concept to produce aptamers targeting the HIV envelope glycoprotein 120 (gp120), three new TEL-ODNs (1–3) having the sequence 5'CGGAGG3' were synthesized with the aim...
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In the search for more efficient anticancer treatments, Ru(III) complexes have attracted much interest among metal-based candidate drugs, showing marked antitumour and antimetastatic activity associated with lower systemic toxicity. Remarkable examples are the Ru(III) complexes NAMI-A and KP1019, which have reached advanced clinical evaluation. In...
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Among the various advantages of aptamers over antibodies, remarkable is their ability to tolerate a large number of chemical modifications within their backbone or at the termini without losing significant activity. Indeed, aptamers can be easily equipped with a wide variety of reporter groups or coupled to different carriers, nanoparticles, or oth...
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Progress in understanding and treatment of thrombotic diseases requires new effective methods for the easy, rapid and reversible control of coagulation processes. In this frame, the use of aptamers, and particularly of the thrombin binding aptamer (TBA), has aroused a strong interest, due to its enormous therapeutic potential, associated with a lar...
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An amphiphilic derivative of guanosine, carrying a myristoyl group at the 5'-position and two methoxy(triethylene glycol) appendages at the 2' and 3'-positions (1), endowed with high ionophoric activity, has been here studied in its interaction mode with a model lipid membrane along with its 5'-spin-labelled analogue 2, bearing the 5-doxyl-stearic...
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Background: trans-resveratrol (tRES) is a polyphenolic stilbene found in plant products which has attracted great attention because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Methods: The possible correlation between tRES-induced suppression of melanoma cell growth and its influence on telomerase expression has been investi...
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Nucleic acid aptamers are single-stranded DNA or RNA molecules identified to recognize with high affinity specific targets including proteins, small molecules, ions, whole cells and even entire organisms, such as viruses or bacteria. They can be identified from combinatorial libraries of DNA or RNA oligonucleotides by SELEX technology, an in vitro...
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Looking for new metal-based anticancer treatments, in recent years many ruthenium complexes have been proposed as effective and safe potential drugs. In this context we have recently developed a novel approach for the in vivo delivery of Ru(III) complexes, preparing stable ruthenium-based nucleolipidic nanoaggregates endowed with significant antipr...
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Ruthenium complexes are attracting increasing attention as second-generation metal-based anticancer agents, with NAMI-A and KP1019 as the major representatives of this class having undergone clinical trials. Our recent interest has been focused on the synthesis and characterization of new amphiphilic derivatives of nucleosides (nucleolipids). These...
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Notwithstanding the wide variety of applications of benzodifuran derivatives, especially in the field of innovative organic materials with particular properties, the biological activity of this class of compounds has been scarcely investigated. Aiming at further exploring the properties and bioactivity of benzodifurans, we here synthesized three co...
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Liposomes are complex aggregates, often including polyethylene glycol (PEG) to expand their life span in vivo, although their full biocompatibility is still questioned. With the aim to suitably replace PEG within liposomal formulations, here we propose a new liposomes formulation, which includes an amphiphilic molecule of natural origin: the lipool...
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Contrary to what was believed for many years, cis-PtI2(NH3)2, the diiodido analogue of cisplatin, displays high in vitro antiproliferative activity toward a set of tumour cell lines, overcoming resistance to cisplatin in a platinum-resistant cancer cell line. In the context of a general reappraisal of iodinated Pt(ii) derivatives, aiming at a more...