Paula da Costa Martins

Associate professor

Dr Paula da Costa Martins has graduated in Biology at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, in Portugal. Afterwards, she moved to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, to work on cellular and molecular biology, focussing on the interactions between immune and endothelial cells, and their contribution to inflammation and atherosclerosis, at Sanquin Research, and for which she obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Subsequently, she followed her post-doctoral research at the Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht, The Netherlands), studying the contribution of noncoding RNAs in the onset and development of heart disease.

She has been working at Maastricht University since 2010. The focus of her research is deciphering the contribution of non-coding RNAs, specially microRNAs, to the development and progression of cardiac disease. More specifically, she centres her research on understanding how different cardiac cell types communicate to influence each other’s phenotype and in a concerted manner contribute to pathologic cardiac remodelling. Her main interest is unveiling how cardiomyocytes send 'microRNA messages’ to cardiac endothelial cells and inflammatory cells via exosomes, to alter their angiogenic and inflammatory properties, respectively. In this way she expects to identify new gene targets or processes where one can intervene to prevent or cure heart disease.

Department of Cardiology
Department of Molecular Biology and RNA Technology 
Universiteitsingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
T: +31 (0)43 388 22 22

  • 2020
    • Peters, M. M. C., Sampaio-Pinto, V., & da Costa Martins, P. A. (2020). Non-coding RNAs in endothelial cell signalling and hypoxia during cardiac regeneration. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Molecular Cell Research, 1867(3), [118515].
  • 2019
    • Zaglia, T., Prando, V., Bertoli, S., Favaro, G., Di Mauro, V., Guescini, M., Di Bona, A., Lo Verso, F., Soares, R., Martins, P. D. C., Catalucci, D., Mongillo, M., & Sandri, M. (2019). Circulating muscle-derived mir-206 links skeletal muscle dysfunction to cardiac autonomic denervation. European Heart Journal, 40, 80-80.
    • Raso, A., Dirkx, E., Philippen, L. E., Fernandez-Celis, A., De Majo, F., Sampaio-Pinto, V., Sansonetti, M., Juni, R., el Azzouzi, H., Calore, M., Bitsch, N., Olieslagers, S., Oerlemans, M. I. F. J., Huibers, M. M., de Weger, R. A., Reckman, Y. J., Pinto, Y. M., Zentilin, L., Zacchigna, S., ... De Windt, L. J. (2019). Therapeutic Delivery of miR-148a Suppresses Ventricular Dilation in Heart Failure. Molecular Therapy, 27(3), 584-599.
    • Duygu, B., Juni, R., Ottaviani, L., Bitsch, N., Wit, J. B. M., de Windt, L. J., & Martins, P. A. D. C. (2019). Comparison of different chemically modified inhibitors of miR-199b in vivo. Biochemical Pharmacology, 159, 106-115.
    • Ali, T., Mushtaq, I., Maryam, S., Farhan, A., Saba, K., Jan, M. I., Sultan, A., Anees, M., Duygu, B., Hamera, S., Tabassum, S., Javed, Q., Martin, P. A. D. C., & Murtaza, I. (2019). Interplay of N- acetyl cysteine and melatonin in regulating oxidative stress-induced cardiac hypertrophic factors and microRNAs. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 661, 56-65.
  • 2018
    • Abreu, R. C., & Martins, P. A. (2018). cROSsing the cardiac MIRe: fibroblast-cardiomyocyte ex(o)press. American Journal of Physiology-heart and Circulatory Physiology, 314(6), H1253-H1255.
  • 2017
    • D'Souza, A., Pearman, C. M., Wang, Y., Nakao, S., Logantha, S. J. R. J., Cox, C., Bennett, H., Zhang, Y., Johnsen, A. B., Linscheid, N., Poulsen, P. C., Elliott, J., Coulson, J., McPhee, J., Robertson, A., Martins, P. A. D. C., Kitmitto, A., Wisloff, U., Cartwright, E. J., ... Boyett, M. R. (2017). Targeting miR-423-5p Reverses Exercise Training-Induced HCN4 Channel Remodeling and Sinus Bradycardia. Circulation Research, 121(9), 1058-1068.
    • da Costa Martins, P. A. (2017). Mononuclear Diploidy at the Heart of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation. Cell Stem Cell, 21(4), 421-422.
    • Ottaviani, L., & da Costa Martins, P. A. (2017). Non-coding RNAs in cardiac hypertrophy. Journal of Physiology, 595(12), 4037-4050.
  • 2016