Carolina Schebor

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The interaction of amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) with cell membranes is believed to play a central role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. In particular, recent experimental evidence indicates that bilayer and monolayer membranes accelerate the aggregation and amyloid fibril formation rate of Aβ. Understanding that interaction could help develop(More)
The thermal stability of enzymes lactase and invertase in dried, amorphous matrices of sugars (trehalose, maltose, lactose, sucrose, raffinose) and some other selected systems (casein, PVP, milk) was studied. The glass transition temperature (Tg) was limited as a threshold parameter for predicting enzyme inactivation because (a) enzyme inactivation was(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the present work is to study the interaction of phosphate salts with trehalose and sucrose in freeze-dried matrices, particularly the effect of the salts on the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the sugars. METHODS Freeze-dried trehalose and sucrose systems containing different amounts of sodium or potassium phosphate were analyzed(More)
It has been suggested that the crystallization of a sugar hydrate can provide additional desiccation by removing water from the amorphous phase, thereby increasing the glass transition temperature (T(g)). However, present experiments demonstrated that in single sugar systems, if relative humidity is enough for sugar crystallization, the amorphous phase will(More)
The stabilizing role of sugars on dehydrated membranes is well established. The formation of a glassy matrix and the direct interaction between the sugars and the lipids are some of the mechanisms proposed to be involved in this stabilizing effect. Phospholipidic systems have been studied extensively as models for biological membranes and also due to the(More)
A systematic study is presented of the effects of trehalose on the physical properties of extruded DPPC-cholesterol unilamellar vesicles. Particular emphasis is placed on examining how the interactions present in the hydrated state translate into those in the dehydrated state. Observations from HSDSC and DSC are used to examine the phase behavior of(More)
Differential scanning calorimetry thermograms of various samples of commercial instant active dry yeasts revealed a clear glass transition typical of amorphous carbohydrates and sugars. The resulting glass transition temperatures were found to decrease with increasing moisture content. The observed glass curve was similar to that of pure trehalose, which is(More)
The ability of galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) to protect Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus upon freeze drying was analyzed on the basis of their capacity to form glassy structures. Glass transition temperatures (T(g)) of a GOS matrix at various relative humidities (RH) were determined by DSC. Survival of L. bulgaricus in a glassy GOS matrix was(More)
The effects of vacuum-drying and freeze-drying on the cell viability of a commercial baker's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, strain with different endogenous contents of trehalose were analyzed. An osmotolerant Zygosaccharomyces rouxii strain was used for comparative purposes. Higher viability values were observed in cells after vacuum-drying than after(More)
A study is presented of the role of cholesterol content on the gel-to-liquid crystalline phase transition of freeze-dried liposomes stabilized with trehalose, a well known lyoprotectant. The phospholipids considered in this work, DPPC and DPPE, belong to the two predominant phospholipid species found in numerous biological membranes. Cholesterol is found in(More)