Obtaining nanoparticles (NPs) with widely tunable immune-interaction qualities - stealth, long-circulating or immune cells-targeted - through understanding and controlling the mechanisms operating at the nano-host interface
We want to gain a comprehensive understanding of nanomaterials-host interplay to tame body’s defenses and adverse immune reactions to fully therapeutic potential of nanomedicines
Inception of novel, but simple, coating engineering based on new organic polymers and conjugation chemistry, rational polymer pairing and zwitterionic lipids
Engineering (with a green-chemistry approach) of libraries of host or microbial derived modulators of the innate immunity (particularly of the complement system)
Designing and pre-clinical testing of next generation therapeutic nanovaccines (i.e. NPs with optimized multivalent neo-antigen presentation and immunostimulatory cues) and immune- modulating NPs directly targeting tumor cells or immune suppressive cells.
Specific DIRNANO goals:
Improving NPs stealth efficacy by decoding the logic used by the immune system to discriminate their surface properties
Avoiding misleading preclinical-human extrapolations in NP medical translation by understanding species-specific NP immune recognition mechanisms
Document the therapeutic efficacy of drug and photosensitizer-carrying NPs targeting cancer and tumor microenvironment immunosuppressive cells (e.g. TAM)
Improving the targeting of dendritic cells by tumor neoantigens-coupled NPs and the anti-tumor nanovaccination efficacy
Combining polymer conditioning of nanoparticle surfaces to achieve staple tightly-packed long-chain random-coil configuration to minimize statistical protein intercalation/binding
Introducing new pathway-specific complement inhibitors and developing of new green chemical synthetic methods for sustainable generation of complement inhibitors
Identification of optimized cholesterol analogues improving liposome stability and stealth properties and interfering with tumor metabolism for enhanced tumoricidal efficacy
Dirnano counts on experienced nanotechnologists to design innovative curing agents. As the stone-age technology dealt with the ability to work stones to produce more and more sophisticated tools due to defined shapes and material consistence, nanotechnology deals with the ability to produced nanoparticles with a precise geometric design and atomic composition.
Dirnano exploits nanoparticles. These are not wierd or alien entities, they are around us in the natural word. We humans have learned how to manifacture nps, because they have several applications, especially in medicine.
DIRNANO is not just doing science; being a MSCA-ITN ETN project it will realize a thorough training program. Recruited Early Stage Researchers will receive an ample scientific and academic education but also business, ethical, leadership, team-work, communication and social transferable skills.