Barbara Piekarska

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The structures of the closely related bis-azo dyes Evans blue, Trypan blue and Congo red, which appeared to have different self-assembly properties and correspondingly different abilities to form complexes with amyloids and some other proteins, were compared in this work. Ab initio and semi-empirical methods were used to find the optimal structures and(More)
The self-assembling tendency and protein complexation capability of dyes related to Congo red and also some dyes of different structure were compared to explain the mechanism of Congo red binding and the reason for its specific affinity for beta-structure. Complexation with proteins was measured directly and expressed as the number of dye molecules bound to(More)
Congo red, a diazo dye widely used in medical diagnosis, is known to form supramolecular systems in solution. Such a supramolecular system may interact with various proteins. In order to examine the nature of such complexes empirical force field parameters for the Congo red molecule were developed. The parametrization of bonding terms closely followed the(More)