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Marine Molecular Bioengineering

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MMB
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The Marine Molecular Bioengineering (MBB) research group integrates a range of cross-disciplinary expertise that focuses on the integration of biology with biophysics and bioengineering.

The current main objective of the MMB group is the development and application of nano- and bio-technological tools and materials, including their toxicological assessment, to marine sciences.

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The MMB group contributes with bioengineering and fundamental research methodologies and tools to the general CCMAR research in marine biology, currently with the main focus on nanotechnological methodologies and applications to environment and human health issues.

The current activities of the MMB group include the development of polymeric-based nano and microcarriers for drug delivery, the development of biosensor and calorimetric techniques for both basic and applied research, the characterisation of model membranes for various applications, and the toxicological assessment of new drugs and materials.

MMB is comprised of five researchers with different backgrounds but complementary expertises shared through four labs: Bioengineering and Molecular Energetics, Drug Delivery, Biomembranes, and Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Toxicology. MMB also runs the new CCMAR Biological Spectroscopy Lab, dedicated to fundamental and applied research on biophysical-chemistry, namely on photosynthesis of marine organisms.

Within these labs, the group has the combined expertises and experimental facilities to address both the fundamental and technological aspects of the sustainable exploration of marine materials, aiming at unlocking their potential to the objectives above.

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Coordinator Posição
Rui Borges
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Retrato de Ana Grenha
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Senior Researcher
Retrato de Jorge Martins
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Senior Researcher
Retrato de Vera Ribeiro
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Senior Researcher
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Braz L, Grenha A, Ferreira D, da Costa AMRosa, Gamazo C, Sarmento B. Chitosan/sulfated locust bean gum nanoparticles: In vitro and in vivo evaluation towards an application in oral immunization. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 2017;96:786 - 797. doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.12.076.
Dionísio M, Braz L, Corvo M, Lourenço JP, Grenha A, da Costa AMRosa. Charged pullulan derivatives for the development of nanocarriers by polyelectrolyte complexation. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 2016;86:129 - 138. doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.01.054.
Alves AD, Cavaco JS, Guerreiro F, Lourenço JP, da Costa AMRosa, Grenha A. Inhalable Antitubercular Therapy Mediated by Locust Bean Gum Microparticles. Molecules. 2016;21(6). doi:10.3390/molecules21060702.
Cunha L, Grenha A. Sulfated Seaweed Polysaccharides as Multifunctional Materials in Drug Delivery Applications. Marine Drugs. 2016;14(3):42. doi:10.3390/md14030042.
Rodrigues S, Grenha A. Activation of Macrophages: Establishing a Role for Polysaccharides in Drug Delivery Strategies Envisaging Antibacterial Therapy. Current Pharmaceutical Design. 2015;21(33):4869 - 4887. doi:10.2174/1381612821666150820103910.
Rodrigues S, Cardoso L, da Costa A, Grenha A. Biocompatibility and Stability of Polysaccharide Polyelectrolyte Complexes Aimed at Respiratory Delivery. Materials. 2015;8(9):5647 - 5670. doi:10.3390/ma8095268.
Rodrigues S, Cordeiro C, Seijo B, Remuñán-López C, Grenha A. Hybrid nanosystems based on natural polymers as protein carriers for respiratory delivery: Stability and toxicological evaluation. Carbohydrate Polymers. 2015;123:369 - 380. doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2015.01.048.
Correia JC, Massart J, de Boer JFreark, et al. Bioenergetic cues shift FXR splicing towards FXRα2 to modulate hepatic lipolysis and fatty acid metabolism. Molecular Metabolism. 2015;4(12):891 - 902. doi:10.1016/j.molmet.2015.09.005.
Grenha A. Editorial (Thematic Issue: Exploring the Role of Polysaccharides in Drug Delivery). Current Pharmaceutical Design. 2015;21(33):4773 - 4774. doi:10.2174/1381612821999150903143853.
Canto AMTM do, Santos PD, Martins J, Loura LMS. Behavior of pyrene as a polarity probe in palmitoylsphingomyelin and palmitoylsphingomyelin/cholesterol bilayers: A molecular dynamics simulation study. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 2015;480:296 - 306. doi:10.1016/j.colsurfa.2014.12.012.
Santos MA dos, Grenha A. Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyProtein and Peptide Nanoparticles for Drug DeliveryPolysaccharide Nanoparticles for Protein and Peptide Delivery. Elsevier; 2015:223 - 261. doi:10.1016/bs.apcsb.2014.11.003.
Ebadzad G, Medeira C, Maia I, Martins J, Cravador A. Induction of defence responses by cinnamomins against Phytophthora cinnamomi in Quercus suber and Quercus ilex subs. rotundifolia. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 2015;143(4):705 - 723. doi:10.1007/s10658-015-0721-9.
Perestrelo ARubina, Grenha A, da Costa AMRosa, Belo JAntónio. Locust bean gum as an alternative polymeric coating for embryonic stem cell culture. Materials Science and Engineering: C. 2014;40:336 - 344. doi:10.1016/j.msec.2014.04.022.
Nunes R, Rodrigues S, Pasko P, Tyszka-Czochara M, Grenha A, de Carvalho ISaraiva. Effect of Erica australis extract on Caco-2 cells, fibroblasts and selected pathogenic bacteria responsible for wound infection. Industrial Crops and Products. 2014;52:99 - 104. doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2013.10.015.
Mouffouk F, Dornelle D, Lopes A, et al. Self-assembled polymeric nanoparticles as new, smart contrast agents for cancer early detection using magnetic resonance imaging. International Journal of Nanomedicine. 2014:63. doi:10.2147/IJN.S71190.
Ribeiro AL, Ribeiro V. Drug Metabolism and Transport Under Hypoxia. Current Drug Metabolism. 2013;14(9):969 - 975. doi:10.2174/1389200211314090003.
Grenha A, Rodrigues S. Pullulan-based nanoparticles: future therapeutic applications in transmucosal protein delivery. Therapeutic Delivery. 2013;4(11):1339 - 1341. doi:10.4155/tde.13.99.
Dionísio M, Cordeiro C, Remuñán-López C, Seijo B, da Costa AMRosa, Grenha A. Pullulan-based nanoparticles as carriers for transmucosal protein delivery. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2013;50(1):102 - 113. doi:10.1016/j.ejps.2013.04.018.
Loura LMS, Canto AMTMarti, Martins J. Sensing hydration and behavior of pyrene in POPC and POPC/cholesterol bilayers: A molecular dynamics study. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes. 2013;1828(3):1094 - 1101. doi:10.1016/j.bbamem.2012.12.014.
Costa H, Grenha A. Natural carriers for application in tuberculosis treatment. Journal of Microencapsulation. 2013;30(3):295 - 306. doi:10.3109/02652048.2012.726283.
Martins J, Arrais D, Manuel M. Can pyrene be localized inside lipid bilayers by simultaneously measuring Py values, and fulfilling the excimer formation conditions?. Chemistry and Physics of Lipids. 2012;165(8):866 - 869. doi:10.1016/j.chemphyslip.2012.03.005.
Rodrigues S, Dionísio M, López CRemuñán, Grenha A. Biocompatibility of Chitosan Carriers with Application in Drug Delivery. Journal of Functional Biomaterials. 2012;3(4):615 - 641. doi:10.3390/jfb3030615.
Grenha A, Dionísio M. Locust bean gum: Exploring its potential for biopharmaceutical applications. Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences. 2012;4(3):175. doi:10.4103/0975-7406.99013.
Rodrigues S, da Costa AMRosa, Grenha A. Chitosan/carrageenan nanoparticles: Effect of cross-linking with tripolyphosphate and charge ratios. Carbohydrate Polymers. 2012;89(1):282 - 289. doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.03.010.
Grenha A. Chitosan nanoparticles: a survey of preparation methods. Journal of Drug Targeting. 2012;20(4):291 - 300. doi:10.3109/1061186X.2011.654121.
Al-Qadi S, Grenha A, Carrión-Recio D, Seijo B, Remuñán-López C. Microencapsulated chitosan nanoparticles for pulmonary protein delivery: In vivo evaluation of insulin-loaded formulations. Journal of Controlled Release. 2012;157(3):383 - 390. doi:10.1016/j.jconrel.2011.08.008.
Mouffouk F, da Costa AMRosa, Martins J, Zourob M, Abu-Salah KMustafa, Alrokayan SA. Development of a highly sensitive bacteria detection assay using fluorescent pH-responsive polymeric micelles. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 2011;26(8):3517 - 3523. doi:10.1016/j.bios.2011.01.037.
Félix RC, Müller P, Ribeiro V, Ranson H, Silveira H. Plasmodium infection alters Anopheles gambiae detoxification gene expression. BMC Genomics. 2010;11(1):312. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-11-312.
Manuel M, Martins J. Partitioning of 1-pyrenesulfonate into zwitterionic and mixed zwitterionic/anionic fluid phospholipid bilayers. Chemistry and Physics of Lipids. 2008;154(2):79 - 86. doi:10.1016/j.chemphyslip.2008.04.007.
Arrais D, Martins J. Bilayer polarity and its thermal dependency in the ℓo and ℓd phases of binary phosphatidylcholine/cholesterol mixtures. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes. 2007;1768(11):2914 - 2922. doi:10.1016/j.bbamem.2007.08.012.
Melo E, Martins J. Kinetics of bimolecular reactions in model bilayers and biological membranes. A critical review. Biophysical Chemistry. 2006;123(2-3):77 - 94. doi:10.1016/j.bpc.2006.05.003.
Ramos S, Manuel M, Tiago T, et al. Decavanadate interactions with actin: Inhibition of G-actin polymerization and stabilization of decameric vanadate. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. 2006;100(11):1734 - 1743. doi:10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2006.06.007.
Martins J, Melo E, K. Naqvi R. Reappraisal of four different approaches for finding the mean reaction time in the multi-trap variant of the Adam–Delbrück problem. The Journal of Chemical Physics. 2004;120(19):9390 - 9393. doi:10.1063/1.1711592.
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