Project/scholarship details

  • Funder

    FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.

  • Funder's country


  • Funding program


  • Funding amount

    129,550.00 €

  • Start date

    Tue Apr 15 00:00:00 WEST 2014

  • End date

    Thu Apr 14 00:00:00 WEST 2016

  • Date awarded

    Mon Dec 16 00:00:00 WET 2013


Development of water-soluble polyanionic carbosilane dendrimers as novel and hi...

Briz, Verónica; Sepúlveda-Crespo, Daniel; Diniz, Ana Rita; Borrego, Pedro; Rodes, Berta; Javier de la Mata, Francisco; Gómez, Rafael; Taveira, Nuno

"The development of topical microbicide formulations for vaginal delivery to prevent HIV-2 sexual transmission is urgently needed. Second- and third-generation polyanionic carbosilane dendrimers with a silicon atom core and 16 sulfonate (G2-S16), napthylsulfonate (G2-NS16) and sulphate (G3-Sh16) end-groups have shown potent and broad-spectrum anti-HIV-1 activity. However, their antiviral activity against HIV-2 ...

Entry inhibitors and Carbosilane dendrimers are potent inhibitors of cell-assoc...

Diniz, A. R.; Briz, V.; Borrego, P.; Palladino, C.; Rodés, C.; De la Mata, F. J.; Gómez, R.; Muñoz-Fernández, M. A.; Taveira, N.

"Pre-exposure prophylaxis with topical microbicides formulated with antiviral agents can prevent HIV-1 acquisition. The ideal microbicide should prevent both cell-free and cell-associated HIV-1 and HIV-2 infections in the vaginal or rectum mucosa. So far, few candidate microbicides have been tested against HIV-2. Previously, we have shown that anionic carbosilane dendrimers 2G-S16 (sulphonate), G2-NF16 (naphthy...

Envelope C2-V3-C3-specific antibodies from HIV-1 infected patients from Angola ...

Calado, R.; Duarte, J.; Diniz, A. R.; Borrego, P.; Marcelino, J. M.; Wilton, J.; Bartólo, I.; Clemente, S.; Taveira, N.

"Development of immunogens that induce broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) is a major goal in HIV-1 vaccine field. Recently, we found that bNAbs can be elicited in Balb/c mice against HIV-2 by using a prime-boost vaccination strategy combining recombinant Vaccinia virus expressing a truncated form of the SU glycoprotein and a polypeptide comprising the C2, V3 and C3 envelope regions. We want to test the hyp...

Evaluation of an in-house molecular HIV-1 test to assess mother-to-child HIV-1 ...

Martin, F.; Palladino, C.; Mateus, R.; Clemente, S.; Gomes, P.; Taveira, N.

"Mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) rate has decreased sharply in recent years in most of the sub-Saharan Africa, however 220,000 children acquired HIV-1 in 2014. PCR detection of proviral DNA is the most sensitive method for early infant diagnosis (EID) of HIV-1 infection. Commercial kits are available but they have poor sensitivity with divergent non-B subtypes and high costs (≈30€ per test) which limit thei...

Inhibition of HIV cell-to-cell fusion by antiretroviral drugs and neutralizing ...

Diniz, A. R.; Borrego, P.; Bártolo, I.; Taveira, N.

"Inhibition of HIV cell entry by antiretroviral drugs and neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) is typically measured in assays where cell-free virions enter reporter cell lines. However, direct Env-mediated cell-to-cell transmission is a major mechanism of HIV infection that also needs to be targeted. In this work we aimed to determine the ability of anti-HIV compounds in clinical or research use to inhibit HIV media...

The contribution of Angola to the early spread of the HIV-1 epidemic

Pineda-Peña, Andrea-Clemencia; Varanda, Jorge; Theys, Kristof; Bártolo, Inês; Leitner, Thomas; Taveira, Nuno; Vandamme, Anne-Mieke; Abecasis, Ana B.

"Understanding how, when and why the HIV-1 virus adapted to the human population and become pandemic is crucial to prevent its propagation and the establishment of other potential future viral pandemics. It is known that the HIV-1 group M epidemic started in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and soon spread across the Congo river to Brazzaville located in Republic of Congo (RC), and further to Lubum...

Development of synthetic light-chain antibodies as novel and potent HIV fusion ...

Cunha-Santos, Catarina; Figueira, Tiago N.; Borrego, Pedro; Oliveira, Soraia S.; Rocha, Cheila; Couto, Andreia; Cantante, Cátia; Santos- Costa, Quirina

"Objective: To develop a novel and potent fusion inhibitor of HIV infection based on a rational strategy for synthetic antibody library construction. Design: The reduced molecular weight of single-domain antibodies (sdAbs) allows targeting of cryptic epitopes, the most conserved and critical ones in the context of HIV entry. Heavy-chain sdAbs from camelids are particularly suited for this type of epitope recogn...

Donor-Recipient identification in para- and poly-phyletic trees under alternati...

Romero-Severson, Ethan O.; Bulla, Ingo; Hengartner, Nick; Bártolo, Inês; Abecasis, Ana; Azevedo-Pereira, José M.; Taveira, Nuno; Leitner, Thomas

Diversity of the founding population of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) transmissions raises many important biological, clinical, and epidemiological issues. In up to 40% of sexual infections, there is clear evidence for multiple founding variants, which can influence the efficacy of putative prevention methods, and the reconstruction of epidemiologic histories. To infer who-infected-whom, and to co...


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