Giorgia Oliviero

Giorgia Oliviero
University of Naples Federico II | UNINA · Department of Pharmacy

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Redox‐responsive silica drug delivery systems are synthesized by aeco‐friendly diatomite source to achieve on‐demand release of peptide nucleic acid (PNA) in tumor reducing microenvironment, aiming to inhibit the immune checkpoint programmed cell death 1 receptor/programmed cell death receptor ligand 1 (PD‐1/PD‐L1) in cancer cells. The nanoparticle...
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1,3-diaryl-2-propanone derivatives are synthetic compounds used as building blocks for the realization not only of antimicrobial drugs but also of new nanomaterials thanks to their ability to self-assemble in solution and interact with nucleopeptides. However, their ability to interact with proteins is a scarcely investigated theme considering the...
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i-Motifs, also known as i-tetraplexes, are secondary structures of DNA occurring in cytosine-rich oligonucleotides (CROs) that recall increasing interest in the scientific community for their relevance in various biological processes and DNA nanotechnology. This study reports the design of new structurally modified CROs, named Double-Ended-Linker-C...
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Trans-polydatin (tPD), the 3-β-D-glucoside of the well-known nutraceutical trans-resveratrol, is a natural polyphenol with documented anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, and immunoregulatory effects. Considering the anticancer activity of tPD, in this work, we aimed to explore the binding properties of this natural compound with the G...
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The recent development of mRNA vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 infection has turned the spotlight on the potential of nucleic acids as innovative prophylactic agents and as diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Until now, their use has been severely limited by their reduced half-life in the biological environment and the difficulties related to their t...
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We herein report an innovative antisense approach based on Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNAs) to down-modulate CD5 expression levels in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Using bioinformatics tools, we selected a 12-mer tract of the CD5 mRNA as the molecular target and synthesized the complementary and control PNA strands bearing a serine phosphate dipe...
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Three-dimensional chitosan-gallic acid complexes were proposed and prepared for the first time by a simple adsorption process of gallic acid (GA) on three-dimensional chitosan structures (3D chitosan). Highly porous 3D devices facilitate a high GA load, up to 2015 mmol/kg at pH 4.0. The preservation of the redox state of GA released from 3D chitosa...
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Digital drug design reveals DNA aptamers binding SARS‐CoV‐2: A hybrid in silico et vitro approach, structure and interaction‐based drug design, has been developed to create highly specific DNA aptamers for the receptor‐binding domain of the SARS‐CoV‐2 spike protein. The structure and binding affinity of the aptamers were validated by small‐angle X‐...
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Aptamer selection against novel infections is a complicated and time-consuming approach. Synergy can be achieved by using computational methods together with experimental procedures. This study aims to develop a reliable methodology for a rational aptamer in silico et vitro design. The new approach combines multiple steps: (1) Molecular design, bas...
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Cyclic adenosine diphosphate ribose (cADPR) is a second messenger involved in the Ca²⁺ homeostasis. Its chemical instability prompted researchers to tune point by point its structure, obtaining stable analogues featuring interesting biological properties. One of the most challenging derivatives is the cyclic inosine diphosphate ribose (cIDPR), in w...
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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is characterized by an airway obstruction caused by a thick mucus due to a malfunctioning Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) protein. The sticky mucus restricts drugs in reaching target cells limiting the efficiency of treatments. The development of new approaches to enhance drug delivery to the lungs re...
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Zinc oxide nanowires (ZnONWs) are largely used in biosensing applications due to their large specific surface area, photoluminescence emission and electron mobility. In this work, the surfaces of ZnONWs are modified by covalent bioconjugation of a peptidic nucleic acid (PNA) probe whose sequence is properly chosen to recognize a complementary DNA (...
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Coronaviruses (CoVs) are positive-sense RNA enveloped viruses, members of the family Coronaviridae, that cause infections in a broad range of mammals including humans. Several CoV species lead to mild upper respiratory infections typically associated with common colds. However, three human CoV (HCoV) species: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS...
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Cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR, 1, Figure 1) is a naturally occurring metabolite of NAD+capable of mobilizing Ca2+ ions from intracellular stores. [...]
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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is characterized by an airway obstruction caused by a thick mucus due to a malfunctioning Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) protein. The sticky mucus restricts drugs in reaching target cells limiting the efficiency of treatments. The development of new approaches to enhance drug delivery to the lungs re...
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Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) is a synthetic DNA mimic that outperforms the properties of traditional oligonucleotides (ONs). On account of its outstanding features, such as remarkable binding affinity towards complementary DNA or RNA as well as high thermal and chemical stability, PNA has been proposed as a valuable alternative to the ON probe in gen...
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Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) is a synthetic DNA mimic that outperforms the properties of traditional oligonucleotides (ONs). On account of its outstanding features, such as remarkable binding affinity towards complementary DNA or RNA as well as high thermal and chemical stability, PNA has been proposed as a valuable alternative to the ON probe in gen...
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The interest in DNA based nanostructures arises from their potential applications in diagnostics and drug delivery and in the development of new hybrid and conducting materials. Guanine-rich oligonucleotides can multimerize forming long and stable supramolecular structures, known as G-wires, based on the G-quadruplex (G4) motif. Herein, we report a...
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Herein, we reported on the synthesis of a novel Pt(II) neutral complex having as ligand the nucleoside tubercidin, a potent anti-tumor agent extracted from the bacterium Streptomyces Tubercidicus. In detail, the chelation of the metal by a diamine linker installed at C6 purine position of tubercidin assured the introduction of a cisplatin-like unit...
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Chitosan (CS) is a cationic linear polysaccharide consisting of D-glucosamine linked with N-acetyl Dglucosamine residues by β-1-4-linkages. It can be obtained by the deacetylation of chitin, a polymer found in the exoskeleton of crustaceans and insects. Due to its biodegradability, biocompatibility, non-toxicity, and low immunogenicity, chitosan is...
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Mature microRNAs are short non-coding RNA sequences which upon incorporation into the RISC ribonucleoprotein complex, play a crucial role in regulation of gene expression. However, miRNAs can exist within the cell also as free molecules fulfilling their biological activity. Therefore, it is emerging that in addition to sequence even the structure a...
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ε-poly-l-Lysine (ε-PLL) peptide is a product of the marine bacterium Bacillus subtilis with antibacterial and anticancer activity largely used worldwide as a food preservative. ε-PLL and its synthetic analogue α,ε-poly-l-lysine (α,ε-PLL) are also employed in the biomedical field as enhancers of anticancer drugs and for drug and gene delivery applic...
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Herein, we report on the synthesis of a small set of linear precursors of an inosine analogue of cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR), a second messenger involved in Ca2+ mobilization from ryanodine receptor stores firstly isolated from sea urchin eggs extracts. The synthesized compounds were obtained starting from inosine and are characterized by an N1-alkyl...
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Aptamers are artificial nucleic acid ligands identified and obtained from combinatorial libraries of synthetic nucleic acids through the in vitro process SELEX (systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment). Aptamers are able to bind an ample range of non-nucleic acid targets with great specificity and affinity. Devices based on aptame...
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G-quadruplexes (G4s) are unusual secondary structures of DNA occurring in guanosine-rich oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) strands that are extensively studied for their relevance to the biological processes in which they are involved. In this study, we report the synthesis of a new kind of G4-forming molecule named double-ended-linker ODN (DEL-ODN), in w...
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The B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) gene encodes for an antiapoptotic protein associated with the onset of many human tumors. Several oligonucleotides (ONs) and ON analogues are under study as potential tools to counteract the Bcl-2 expression. Among these are Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNAs). The absence of charges on PNA backbones allows the formation of P...
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Herein, we reported on the synthesis of cpIPP, which is a new structurally-reduced analogue of cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR), a potent Ca2+-releasing secondary messenger that was firstly isolated from sea urchin eggs extracts. To obtain cpIPP the "northern" ribose of cADPR was replaced by a pentyl chain and the pyrophosphate moiety by a phophono-phosph...
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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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This article describes the synthesis of Thy-(Phe-Phe) and Thy-(Tyr-Tyr), two thymine-bearing dipeptides based on L-phenylalanine and L-tyrosine, the circular dichroism (CD), UV and dynamic light scattering (DLS) characterization of their self-assemblies, and a CD study of their interaction with nucleic acids (using homoadenine DNA and RNA) and seru...
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Herein, we report on the synthesis and the evaluation of preliminary antitumor properties of a small collection of platinum(II) complexes in which a cisplatin-like unit is tethered to 7-deazaadenosine through linear alkyl chains (from 1 to 6 carbon atoms) installed at the C6 purine position. The complexation is performed by exploiting the reactivit...
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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common life shortening conditions in Caucasians. CF is caused by mutations in the CF Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene which result in reduced or altered CFTR functionality. Several microRNAs (miRNAs) downregulate the expression of CFTR, thus causing or exacerbating the symptoms of CF. In this c...
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Obtaining DNA nanostructures with potential applications in drug discovery, diagnostics, and electronics in a simple and affordable way represents one of the hottest topics in nanotechnological and medical sciences. Herein, we report a novel strategy to obtain structurally homogeneous DNA G-wire nanostructures of known length, starting from the sho...
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The interaction of the porphyrin derivative H2TCPPSpm4, having spermine pendants in the four meso positions, with the G-quadruplex (GQ) structure formed by the DNA aptamer TGGGAG has been investigated by means of UV, electronic circular dichroism and PAGE studies. The results here reported demonstrate that porphyrin derivative is capable of stabili...
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A thorough investigation of the minor oxidation products of two penta-tetrahydrofuran compounds with pyridinium chlorochromate has been carried out. Isolation of ring-B oxygenated spiroketal and degradation products, including polycyclic mono- and bis-lactone compounds, supports the previously postulated involvement of cyclic enolether intermediate...
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The title compound, C 12 H 20 N 4 O 5 , crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P 2 1 , with four crystallographically independent molecules in the asymmetric unit. The four molecules have a very similar conformation that is basically determined by the formation of two intramolecular hydrogen bonds between the amino NH 2 donors and the carbonyl...
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Background: G-quadruplex DNA is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. Both clinical and experimental studies on DNA G-quadruplexes are slowed down by their enzymatic instability. In this frame, more stable chemically modified analogs are needed. Methods: The bis-end-linked-(gggt)2 PNA molecule (BEL-PNA) was synthesized using...
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Human α-thrombin (TB) is a serine protease with a crucial role in coagulation and hemostasis. The monitoring of TB level in blood serum could be of great importance in order to prevent serious damages to human health. In this work, an aptasensor is realized by in situ synthesis of a 17-mer Thrombin Binding Aptamer analogue (TBATT) on silanized macr...
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Owing to the extensive development of drug resistance in pathogens against the available antibiotic arsenal, antimicrobial resistance is now an emerging major threat to public healthcare. Anti-virulence drugs are a new type of therapeutic agent aiming at virulence factors rather than killing the pathogen, thus providing less selective pressure for...
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By using a new rapid screening platform set on molecular docking simulations and fluorescence quenching techniques, three new anti-HIV aptamers targeting the viral surface glycoprotein 120 (gp120) were selected, synthesized and assayed. The use of the short synthetic fluorescent peptide V35-Fluo mimicking the V3 loop of gp120, as the molecular targ...
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Efficient biorecognition of thrombin (TB), a serine protease with crucial role in physiological and pathological blood coagulation, is a hot topic in medical diagnostics. In this work, we investigate the ability of synthetic thrombin aptamer (TBA), immobilized on a gold substrate, to bind thrombin by two different label-free techniques: the quartz...
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Cyclic N (1)-pentylinosine monophosphate (cpIMP), a novel simplified inosine derivative of cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR) in which the N (1)-pentyl chain and the monophosphate group replace the northern ribose and the pyrophosphate moieties, respectively, was synthesized. The role played by the position of the phosphate group in the key cyclization step...
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This unit contains four basic protocols describing the synthesis of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide riboside (AICAR), 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide riboside (ZPM), their 4-N functionalized derivatives, and two sugar-modified analogs of AICAR. The first and second basic protocols reveal the importance of solid-phase synthesis to obtain novel AICAR a...
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Herein, the synthesis of a nucleoside platinum(II) complex in which a cisplatin-like unit is joined to 7-deazaadenosine through an amino alkyl chain installed at the C6 position of purine was explored. The capability of the new complex to react with DNA purine bases was confirmed by a model reaction with deoxyguanosine monophosphate, whereas its an...
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5-Aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide riboside (AICAR) has an important role in the regulation of the cellular metabolism showing a broad spectrum of therapeutic activities against different metabolic processes. Due to these proven AICAR properties, we have designed, synthesized and tested the biological activity of two ribose-modified AICAR derivatives,...
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Steroids are a class of hormones improperly used in livestock as growth promoting agents. Due to their high risk on human health, the European Union (EU) has strictly forbidden the administration of all naturally and synthetic steroid hormones to food-producing animals and the development of new rapid methods are greatly encouraged. In this work, w...
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A general synthesis of C6-pyridylpurine nucleosides is described. The reported synthetic procedure exploits the regioselective addition of pyridinyl Grignard reagents, obtained by bromine/magnesium exchange between mono- or dihalopyridines and iPrMgCl, to the C6–N1–O– moiety of nebularine N1-oxide. The regioselective transmetallation of unsymmetric...