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Disentangling the role of solvent polarity and protein solvation in folding and self-assembly of ?-lactalbumin

Bucciarelli, Saskia; Sayedi, Edres Sayed; Osella, Silvio; Trzaskowski, Bartosz; Vissing, Karina Juul; Vestergaard, Bente; Foderà, Vito

Protein (mis)folding, stability and aggregation are of interest in numerous fields, such as food sciences, biotechnology, and health sciences, and efforts are directed towards the elucidation of the underlying molecular mechanisms. Through an integrative approach, we show that a subtle balance between hydrogen bond formation and hydrophobic interactions defines protein…
(Hydro)gelsApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsLipidsMaterialProteins & DNA/RNASAXSShapeSizeStructural biologyTechnique

Effects of charge contrast and composition on microgel formation and interactions with bacteria-mimicking liposomes

Borro, Bruno C.; Toussaint, Marie S.; Bucciarelli, Saskia; Malmsten, Martin

Microgels offer opportunities for improved delivery of antimicrobial peptides (AMP). To contribute to a foundation for rational design of such systems, we here study the effects of electrostatics on the generation of peptide-carrying microgels. For this, alginate microgels loaded with polymyxin B and cross-linked by Ca2+, were formed by electrostatic…
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacterizationCompositesCustomer publicationsFractal dimensionMaterialOtherOtherPolymer researchSAXSSizeTechnique

Phase separation and performance of polyethersulfone/cellulose nanocrystals membranes

Lessan, Fatemeh; Karimi, Mohammad; Bañuelos, Jose Leobardo; Foudazi, Reza

We investigate the effect of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) as a hydrophilic nanoparticle on the characteristics of polyethersulfone (PES) based membranes. The membranes are fabricated using typical nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) method. We study the radius of gyration and aggregation of PES in dimethylformamide in the presence of CNC, the…
ApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsMaterialProteins & DNA/RNASAXSShapeSizeStructural biologySurfactantsTechnique

Aescin-Induced Conversion of Gel-Phase Lipid Membranes into Bicelle-like Lipid Nanoparticles

Geisler, Ramsia; Pedersen, Martin Cramer; Hannappel, Yvonne; Schweins, Ralf; Prévost, Sylvain; Dattani, Rajeev; Arleth, Lise; Hellweg, Thomas

Mixtures of the phospholipid 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) and the saponin ?-aescin spontaneously form monodisperse, bilayered discoidal micelles (also known as “bicelles” or “nanodisks”) in aqueous solution. Such bicelles form below the melting temperature of DMPC when the phospholipids are in the rigid L?? state and are precursors of spontaneously formed vesicles.…
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacterizationCompositesCustomer publicationsFractal dimensionInorganic materialsMaterialSAXSSizeTechnique

Effective corrosion protection by eco-friendly self-healing PMMA-cerium oxide coatings

Harb, Samarah Vargas; Trentin, Andressa; de Souza, Thiago Augusto Carneiro; Magnani, Marina; Pulcinelli, Sandra Helena; Santilli, Celso Valentim; Hammer, Peter

Metallic alloys are extensively used in many technological applications, however their susceptibility to corrosion causes huge economical losses and can result in failure of critical components. Aiming to obtain environmentally friendly, self-healing and high efficient anticorrosive coatings, organic-inorganic hybrids consisting of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) covalently bonded to CeO2/Ce2O3…
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Nanoscopic Structure of Complexes Formed between DNA and the Cell-Penetrating Peptide Penetratin

de Mello, Lucas Rodrigues; Hamley, Ian William; Castelletto, Valeria; Garcia, Bianca Bonetto Moreno; Han, Sang Won; de Oliveira, Cristiano Luis Pinto; da Silva, Emerson Rodrigo

One of the most remarkable examples of cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) is Penetratin, a 16-mer fragment derived from the Drosophila Antennapedia homeobox. Understanding the structure of Penetratin/DNA complexes is a key factor for the successful design of new vectors for gene delivery and may assist in optimizing molecular carriers based on…
ApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsMaterialOtherProteins & DNA/RNASAXSShapeSizeStructural biologyTechnique

Antigenic and physicochemical characterization of Hepatitis B surface protein under extreme temperature and pH conditions

Lopes, J. L. S.; Oliveira, D. C. A.; Utescher, C. L. A.; Quintilio, W.; Tenório, E. C. N.; Oliveira, C. L. P.; Fantini, M. C. A.; Rasmussen, M. K.; Bordallo, H. N.; Sant’Anna, O. A.; Botosso, V. F.

Hepatitis B virus causes acute and chronic infections in millions of people worldwide and, since 1982, a vaccine with 95% effectiveness has been available for immunization. The main component of the recombinant hepatitis B vaccine is the surface antigen protein (HBsAg). In this work, the effect of pH, ionic strength…
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Nanocrystalline ODS-iron aluminide by cryo-milling: consolidation, microstructure and mechanical behavior

Sarma, S. Sudhakara; Prasad, Satya; Joardar, Joydip; Suresh, K.; Reddy, A. V.; Vijay, R.

Nanocrystalline oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) Fe-25 at% Al alloy was produced by cryo-milling of elemental powder blend and Y2O3. The as-milled powder was consolidated by hot extrusion. The Microstructure and mechanical properties of the consolidated material were evaluated. Fracture of powder particles during milling was dominant due to cryo temperatures…