Daniel J. Lacks

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Molecular simulations and an energy landscape analysis are used to examine the stretching of a model protein. A mapping of the energy landscape shows that stretching the protein causes energy minima and energy barriers to flatten out and disappear, and new energy minima to be created. The implications of these landscape distortions depend on the timescale(More)
The in vitro self-assembly of multicellular spheroids generates highly organized structures in which the three-dimensional structure and differentiated function frequently mimic that of in vivo tissues. This has led to their use in such diverse applications as tissue regeneration and drug therapy. Using Smoluchowski-like rate equations, herein we present a(More)
Aggregation of attachment-dependent animal cells represents a series of motility, collision, and adhesion events applicable to such diverse fields as tissue engineering, bioseparations, and drug testing. Aggregation of human prostate cancer cells in liquid-overlay culture was modeled using Smoluchowski's collision theory. Using well (LNCaP) and poorly(More)
The signal transfer from nerve to muscle occurs by diffusion across the neuromuscular junction. The continuum level analysis of diffusion processes is based on the diffusion equation, which in one dimension is partial differential c/partial differential t=D(partial differential(2)c/partial differential x(2)) , where c is the molecular concentration and D is(More)
Triboelectric charging occurs in granular insulating systems even when all particles are composed of identical material. A simple model is used here to address triboelectric charging in such systems. The basis of the model is the existence of electrons trapped in high-energy states, which can be released during collisions with another particle and(More)
Rotating-wall vessels are beneficial to tissue engineering in that the reconstituted tissue formed in these low-shear bioreactors undergoes extensive three-dimensional growth and differentiation. In the present study, bovine corneal endothelial (BCE) cells were grown in a high-aspect rotating-wall vessel (HARV) attached to collagen-coated Cytodex-3 beads as(More)
Neoplastic cells self-assemble in liquid-overlay cultures into multicellular spheroids that resemble micrometastases and avascular regions of larger tumors. A Monte Carlo simulation based on Meakin's cluster-cluster aggregation model resolved the physical mechanisms by which LNCaP human prostate cancer cells aggregate in this environment. The best-fit(More)
A novel population-balance model was employed to evaluate the suppression of cell death in myeloma NS0 6A1 cells metabolically engineered to over-express the apoptotic suppressor Bcl-2. The model is robust in its ability to simulate cell population dynamics in batch suspension culture and in response to thymidine-induced growth inhibition: 89% of simulated(More)
Insulating particles can become highly electrified during powder handling, volcanic eruptions, and the wind-blown transport of dust, sand, and snow. Measurements in these granular systems have found that smaller particles generally charge negatively, while larger particles charge positively. These observations are puzzling since particles in these systems(More)
Experiments are carried out to examine triboelectric charging in granular systems composed of particles that are chemically identical but differ in size. A methodology is developed so that only particle-particle interactions (but not particle-wall interactions) contribute to the charging. Since all particles are chemically identical, there is no apparent(More)