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Guerra-Perez N.,Laboratory of Aptamers | Guerra-Perez N.,Center for Biomedical Research | Ramos E.,Laboratory of Aptamers | Garcia-Hernandez M.,Aptus Biotech SL | And 4 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

Summary A poly (A)-binding protein from Leishmania infantum (LiPABP) has been recently cloned and characterized in our laboratory. Although this protein shows a very high homology with PABPs from other eukaryotic organisms including mammals and other parasites, exist divergences along the sequence that convert them in potential diagnostic markers and/or therapeutics targets. Aptamers are oligonucleotide ligands that are selected in vitro by their affinity and specificity for the target as a consequence of the particular tertiary structure that they are able to acquire depending on their sequence. Development of high-affinity molecules with the ability to recognize specifically Leishmania proteins is essential for the progress of this kind of study. Results We have selected a ssDNA aptamer population against a recombinant 6xHIS-LiPABP protein (rLiPABP) that is able to recognize the target with a low Kd. Cloning, sequencing and in silico analysis of the aptamers obtained from the population yielded three aptamers (ApPABP#3, ApPABP#7 and ApPABP#11) that significantly bound to PABP with higher affinity than the naïve population. These aptamers were analyzed by ELONA and slot blot to establish affinity and specificity for rLiPABP. Results demonstrated that the three aptamers have high affinity and specificity for the target and that they are able to detect an endogenous LiPABP (eLiPABP) protein amount corresponding to 2500 L. infantum promastigotes in a significant manner. The functional analysis of the aptamers also revealed that ApPABP#11 disrupts the binding of both Myc-LiPABP and eLiPABP to poly (A) in vitro. On the other hand, these aptamers are able to bind and purify LiPABP from complex mixes. Conclusion Results presented here demonstrate that aptamers represent new reagents for characterization of LiPABP and that they can affect LiPABP activity. At this respect, the use of these aptamers as therapeutic tool affecting the physiological role of PABP has to be analyzed. © 2015 Guerra-Pérez et al.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Garcia-Recio E.M.,Laboratory of Aptamers | Pinto-Diez C.,Laboratory of Aptamers | Perez-Morgado M.I.,Laboratory of Aptamers | Garcia-Hernandez M.,Aptus Biotech SL | And 3 more authors.
Molecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids | Year: 2016

Elevated expression levels of eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) promote cancer development and progression. MAP kinase interacting kinases (MNKs) modulate the function of eIF4E through the phosphorylation that is necessary for oncogenic transformation. Therefore, pharmacologic MNK inhibitors may provide a nontoxic and effective anticancer strategy. MNK1b is a truncated isoform of MNK1a that is active in the absence of stimuli. Using in vitro selection, high-affinity DNA aptamers to MNK1b were selected from a library of ssDNA. Selection was monitored using the enzyme-linked oligonucleotide assay (ELONA), and the selected aptamer population was cloned and sequenced. Four groups of aptamers were identified, and the affinities of one representative for rMNK1b were determined using ELONA and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Two aptamers, named apMNK2F and apMNK3R, had a lower Kd in the nmol/l range. The secondary structure of the selected aptamers was predicted using mFold, and the QGRS Mapper indicated the presence of potential G-quadruplex structures in both aptamers. The selected aptamers were highly specific against MNK1, showing higher affinity to MNK1b than to MNK1a. Interestingly, both aptamers were able to produce significant translation inhibition and prevent tumor cell proliferation and migration and colony formation in breast cancer cells. These results indicate that MNK1 aptamers have an attractive therapeutic potential.


Martin M.E.,Instituto Ramon Y Cajal Of Investigacion Sanitaria | Garcia-Hernandez M.,Aptus Biotech SL | Garcia-Recio E.M.,Instituto Ramon Y Cajal Of Investigacion Sanitaria | Gomez-Chacon G.F.,Aptus Biotech SL | And 2 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Parasites of the genus Leishmania produce leishmaniasis which affects millions people around the world. Understanding the molecular characteristics of the parasite can increase the knowledge about the mechanisms underlying disease development and progression. Thus, the study of the molecular features of histones has been considered of particular interest because Leishmania does not condense the chromatin during mitosis and, consequently, a different role for these proteins in the biology of the parasite can be expected. Furthermore, the sequence divergences in the amino and in the carboxy-terminal domains of the kinetoplastid core histones convert them in potential diagnostic and/or therapeutics targets. Aptamers are oligonucleotide ligands that are selected in vitro by their affinity and specificity for the target as a consequence of the particular tertiary structure that they are able to acquire depending on their sequence. Development of high-affinity molecules with the ability to recognize specifically Leishmania histones is essential for the progress of this kind of study. Two aptamers which specifically recognize Leishmania infantum H2A histone were cloned from a previously obtained ssDNA enriched population. These aptamers were sequenced and subjected to an in silico analysis. ELONA, slot blot and Western blot were performed to establish aptamer affinity and specificity for LiH2A histone and ELONA assays using peptides corresponding to overlapped sequences of LiH2A were made mapping the aptamers:LiH2A interaction. As "proofs of concept", aptamers were used to determine the number of parasites in an ELONA platform and to purify LiH2A from complex mixtures. The aptamers showed different secondary structures among them; however, both of them were able to recognize the same peptides located in a side of the protein. In addition, we demonstrate that these aptamers are useful for LiH2A identification and also may be of potential application as diagnostic system and as a laboratory tool with purification purpose. © 2013 Martin et al.

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