Camillo La Mesa

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A wide number of supra-molecular association modes are observed in mixtures containing water and bile salts, BS, (with, eventually, other components). Molecular or micellar solutions transform into hydrated solids, fibres, lyotropic liquid crystals and/or gels by raising the concentration, the temperature, adding electrolytes, surfactants, lipids and(More)
We report on mixing an anionic diacyl phospholipid (1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphate monosodium salt, DPPA) with either monoacyl and diacyl arginine-based surfactants. These mixtures are part of the rich family of pseudo-triple-chain and pseudo-tetra-chain catanionic mixtures, respectively. Vesicle size and zeta-potential were measured at several(More)
Mixing aqueous sodium dodecylsulfate with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide solutions in mole ratios close to (1.7/1.0) allows the formation of cat-anionic vesicles with an excess of negative charges on the outer surface. The vesicular dispersions are mixed with lysozyme, and interact electrostatically with the positive charges on the protein, forming(More)
Mixtures containing water, bovine serum albumin (BSA), and sodium taurodeoxycholate (NaTDC), a component of the bile in mammals, have been investigated in a wide range of composition and pH. Depending on the concentration of both solutes and the pH, solutions, precipitates, and gels are formed. Under spontaneous pH conditions, the transport properties in(More)
The phase behavior and some physicochemical properties of homopolymers (HP) and hydrophobically modified (HMP) polymers, as well as of polyelectrolytes (PE) and proteins (PR), in the presence of aqueous surfactants, or their mixtures, are discussed. Mixing the above components gives rise to the formation of organized phases, whose properties are controlled(More)
Sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) dispersed in aqueous solution form catanionic vesicles. Depending on composition, such vesicles show different net charge, stability, and interaction capability, indicative of the strong impact that catanionic systems may have in gene therapy and drug delivery technologies. To reveal the(More)
Aqueous mixtures containing a homopolymer, poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), or a hydrophobically modified graft copolymer, HM-pullulan, (PULAU9, where 9 stands for the nominal substitution degree), and different Gemini surfactants have been investigated at 25.0 degrees C. A wide variety of experimental conditions were addressed by changing the amount of(More)
The phase behavior of an ad hoc synthesized surfactant, sodium 8-hexadecylsulfate (8-SHS), and its mixtures with didecyldimethylammonium bromide (DiDAB) in water is reported. We dealt with dilute concentration regimes, at a total surfactant content of <30 mmol kg(-1) where vesicular aggregates may be formed. The high synergistic behavior of such catanionic(More)
Catanionic vesicles were prepared by mixing nonstoichiometric amounts of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate and dioctyldimethylammonium bromide in water. Depending on the concentration and mole ratios between the surfactants, catanionic vesicular aggregates are formed. They have either negative or positive charges in excess and are endowed with(More)
Water-based protein-surfactant gels, formed by mixing bovine serum albumin (BSA) and sodium dodecyl sulfate in water, were investigated by rheological methods. The measurements were performed for many different protein-to-surfactant ratios as a function of the applied frequency, stress, or strain, as well as by changing the temperature, in the range between(More)