Cecile Veerman

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The effect of electrostatic interactions on the critical percolation concentration (c(p)) of fibrillar beta-lactoglobulin gels at pH 2 was investigated using rheological measurements, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and performing conversion experiments. A decreasing c(p) with increasing ionic strength was found. The fraction of nonaggregated(More)
The objective of this study was to obtain beta-lactoglobulin (beta-lg) gels at very low protein concentrations using a new multistep Ca(2+)-induced cold gelation process. In the conventional cold gelation process, salt free beta-lg solutions were heated at neutral pH, cooled, and cross-linked by adding salts. In our new process, first, long linear beta-lg(More)
Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) is used to follow the dynamic structural evolution of several phase-separated mixed biopolymer gel composites. Two protein/polysaccharide mixed gel systems were examined: gelatin/maltodextrin and gelatin/agarose. These materials exhibit 'emulsion-like' structures, with included spherical particles of one phase (i.e.(More)
This paper shows that low concentrations of beta-lactoglobulin fibrils can induce depletion-flocculation in beta-lactoglobulin-stabilized oil-in-water emulsions. The minimum required fibril concentration for flocculation was determined experimentally for fibril lengths of about 3 and 0.1 microm. The minimum fibril concentration for flocculation is two(More)
We have determined the contour length, persistence length, bending rigidity, and critical percolation concentration for semiflexible amyloid fibrils formed from the globular proteins beta-lactoglobulin, bovine serum albumin, and ovalbumin. The persistence length was estimated using an adjusted random contact model for highly charged semiflexible chains. We(More)
Structural changes of complex fluids under steady shear flow were investigated for different type of materials, such as suspensions, associating polymers and polymer solutions [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Under specific conditions, depending on the material, a shear-thickening regime is observed followed by shear-thinning behaviour [3, 4, 6]. Shear-thickening is(More)
The mesostructure of bovine serum albumin (BSA) at low pH was investigated. Rheological measurements were performed to determine the critical percolation concentration (c(p)). A decreasing c(p) with increasing ionic strength was found. Fibrils with a contour length of about 100-300 nm were found using transmission electron microscopy. The measured(More)
The self-assembly of ovalbumin into fibrils and resulting network properties were investigated at pH 2, as a function of ionic strength. Using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the effect of ovalbumin concentration on the contour length was determined. The contour length was increasing with increasing ovalbumin concentration. TEM micrographs were made(More)
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