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A three-dimensional Voronoi tessellation of folded proteins is used to analyze geometrical and topological properties of a set of proteins. To each amino acid is associated a central point surrounded by a Voronoi cell. Voronoi cells describe the packing of the amino acids. Special attention is given to reproduction of the protein surface. Once the Voronoi(More)
UNLABELLED Voro3D is an original easy-to-use tool, which provides a brand new point of view on protein structures through the three-dimensional (3D) Voronoi tessellations. To construct the Voronoi cells associated with each amino acid by a number of different tessellation methods, Voro3D uses a protein structure file in the PDB format as an input. After(More)
Lipids and lipopolymers self-assembled into biocompatible nano- and mesostructured functional materials offer many potential applications in medicine and diagnostics. In this Account, we demonstrate how high-resolution structural investigations of bicontinuous cubic templates made from lyotropic thermosensitive liquid-crystalline (LC) materials have(More)
To generate nanostructured vehicles with tunable internal organization, the structural phase behavior of a self-assembled amphiphilic mixture involving poly(ethylene glycol) monooleate (MO-PEG) and glycerol monooleate (MO) is studied in excess aqueous medium by time-resolved small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) in the temperature range from 1 to 68 degrees(More)
This paper describes a diamond cubic phase with large water channels and determines the temperature dependence of the bilayer thickness in the cubic monoolein/octylglucoside/water system based on time-resolved synchrotron X-ray diffraction data. The X-ray diffraction study established a diamond-type lipid cubic phase with large water channels (Dlarge),(More)
Extra-large nanochannel formation in the internal structure of cationic cubosome nanoparticles results from the interplay between charge repulsion and steric stabilization of the lipid membrane interfaces and is evidenced by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM) and synchrotron radiation small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The swollen cubic(More)
Proteocubosomes are nanostructured open-nanochannel hierarchical fluid vehicles characterized by a cubic lattice periodicity of the lipid/protein supramolecular assembly (protein-loaded cubosomes). They are obtained here at very high hydration levels by a three-dimensional (3D) self-assembly process, which exploits a protein-directed 3D patterning and(More)
Defining appropriate delivery strategies of therapeutic proteins, based on lipid nanoparticulate carriers, requires knowledge of the nanoscale organization that determines the loading and release properties of the nanostructured particles. Nanoencapsulation of three cationic proteins (human brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), α-chymotrypsinogen A, and(More)
This Perspective explores the recent progress made by means of small-angle scattering methods in structural studies of phase transitions in amphiphilic liquid-crystalline systems with nanochannel architectures and outlines some future directions in the area of hierarchically organized and stimuli-responsive nanochanneled assemblies involving biomolecules.(More)