Carla Carrera

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Dipalmitoyl phosphatidic acid (DPPA) monolayers at the air-water interface were studied from surface pressure (Pi)-area (A) isotherms and at the microscopic level with Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) under different conditions of temperature, pH, and ionic strength. BAM images were recorded simultaneously with Pi-A isotherms during the monolayer(More)
The water permeability of various liposome membranes has been determined at 298K by measuring the NMR longitudinal water proton relaxation rate of vesicles encapsulating the clinically approved Gd-HPDO3A complex (HPDO3A=10-(2-hydroxypropyl)-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7-triacetic acid). Two basic formulations based on DPPC(More)
Oral biofilms can degrade the components in dental resin-based composite restorations, thus compromising marginal integrity and leading to secondary caries. This study investigates the mechanical integrity of the dentin-composite interface challenged with multi-species oral biofilms. While most studies used single-species biofilms, the present study used a(More)
Murine melanoma B16 cells display on the extracellular side of the plasma membrane a large number of reactive protein thiols (exofacial protein thiols, EPTs). These EPTs can be chemically labeled with Gd-DO3A-PDP, a Gd(III)-based MRI contrast agent bearing a 2-pyridinedithio chemical function for the recognition of EPTs. Uptake of gadolinium up to 10(9) Gd(More)
The redox microenvironment within a cell graft can be considered as an indicator to assess whether the graft is metabolically active or hypoxic. We present a redox-responsive MRI probe based on porous silica microparticles whose surface has been decorated with a Gd-chelate through a disulphide bridge. Such microparticles are designed to be interspersed with(More)
A novel class of paramagnetic liposome-based systems acting as dual T(1) and CEST (1)H-MRI contrast agents is described. The vesicles contain a shift reagent in the aqueous core and a Gd-complex on the external surface conjugated through a biodegradable linker. As such, the probe can generate T(1) contrast only, but after the cleavage and removal of the(More)
Osmotically shrunken liposomes loaded with paramagnetic lanthanide(III) complexes orient in a static magnetic field according to the sign of their magnetic susceptibility anisotropy (Deltachi). The magnitude and sign of Deltachi are modulated by the magnetic properties of the Ln (III) ion, by the structural characteristics of the metal chelate, and by the(More)
Four novel MRI Gd(III)-based probes have been synthesized and evaluated for their labeling properties on cultured cell lines K562, C6, and B16. The labeling strategy relies upon the fact that cells display a large number of reactive exofacial protein thiols (EPTs) that can be exploited as anchorage points for suitably activated MRI probes. The probes are(More)