Aptamers laboratory


Dr. Víctor Manuel González Muñoz


Dra. María Elena Martín Palma

Marta García-Hernández


Dra. M. Elena Martín Palma
E-mail: m.elena.martin(ELIMINAR)@hrc.es 
Tfno.: 91 336 81 73

  • Equipment
    • Real-time thermal cycler IQ5 (BioRad)
    • End-time thermal cycler (TEKNE)
    • Experion automatic electrophoresis system (BioRad)
    • AKTA purification system (GE Healthcare Life Sciences)
    • AKTA purification system (GE Healthcare Life Sciences)
    • MIniBis Pro image acquisition and documentation system (DNR)
    • Nanophotometer (IMPLEN)
    • Centrifuges, incubators, thermal blocks, horizontal and vertical electrophoresis systems and cold chamber.
  • Highlights


    • Characterization of MNK1b DNA aptamers that inhibit proliferation in MDA-MB231 breast cancer cells. Eva M. García-Recio, Celia Pinto-Díez, M. Isabel Pérez-Morgado, Marta García-Hernández, Gerónimo Fernández, M. Elena Martín and Víctor M. González. Mol Ther Nucleic Acids. 2016 Jan 5; 5:e275. doi: 10.1038/mtna.2015.50.
    • Molecular and functional characterization of ssDNA aptamers that specifically bind Leishmania infantum PABP. Natalia Guerra-Pérez, Edurne Ramos, Marta García-Hernández, Celia Pinto, Manuel Soto, M. Elena Martín and Víctor M. González. PLoS One. 2015 Oct 12; 10(10):e0140048.
    • "DNA Aptamers Selectively Target Leishmania infantum H2A Protein", M. Elena Martín, Marta García-Hernández, Eva M. García-Recio, Gerónimo F. Gómez-Chacón, Marta Sánchez-López and Víctor M. González, PLoS ONE 8 (10): e78886. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078886 (2013).
    • Selection and characterization of single stranded DNA aptamers for the hormone abscisic acid. Alessia Grozio* and Victor M. Gonzalez*, Enrico Millo, Laura Sturla, Tiziana Vigliarolo, Luca Bagnasco, Lucrezia Guida, Cristina D'Arrigo, Antonio De Flora, Annalisa Salis, M. Elena Martin, Marta Bellotti, and Elena Zocchi, Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, 23(5):322-31 (2013).
    • In vitro selection of Leishmania infantum H3-binding ssDNA aptamers. Edurne Ramos, Miguel Moreno, M. Elena Martín, Manuel Soto and Víctor M. Gonzalez, Oligonucleotides 20(4):207-13 (2010).


    • Seven public-private collaboration agreements on the selection and characterisation of aptamers in recent years.


    INVENTORS: Ignacio Lizasoaín, Víctor M. González, Gerónimo Fernández, M. Ángeles Moro, M. Elena Martín, Ana Moragas.
    TITLE: Aptamers specific for TLR-4 and uses thereof.
    APPL. No: P201430955; PCT/EP2015/064277. APPLICANT: APTUS BIOTECH, S.L.        
    COUNTRY AND PRIORITY DATE: June 24, 2014; June 24, 2015. Spain; Europe

  • Service portfolio

    Selection of aptamer populations against a target

    Aptamers are selected against a target using the appropriate SELEX methodology and up to 12 rounds of selection are performed. The affinity for the target of each of the populations obtained after the successive rounds of selection are measured and the population enriched in aptamers that recognize the target are supplied.

    Cloning and characterization of individual aptamers

    The population enriched in aptamers are cloned against the target and up to 20 clones are sequenced. The secondary structure of the identified aptamers are analyzed and up to 4 representative aptamers are synthesized. The affinity and specificity of these chemically synthesized aptamers is studied and the sequence of aptamers showing the greatest affinity for the target are delivered