Daniel W Cheong

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Many fatal neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson, the prion-related diseases, and non-neurodegenerative disorders such as type II diabetes are characterized by abnormal amyloid fiber aggregates, suggesting a common mechanism of pathogenesis. We have discovered that a class of systematically designed natural tri- to hexapeptides with a(More)
The self-assembly of abnormally folded proteins into amyloid fibrils is a hallmark of many debilitating diseases, from Alzheimer's and Parkinson diseases to prion-related disorders and diabetes type II. However, the fundamental mechanism of amyloid aggregation remains poorly understood. Core sequences of four to seven amino acids within natural amyloid(More)
The impact of five different imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) diluted in water on the properties of a bacterial plasma membrane is investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Cations considered are 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium (OMIM), 1-octyloxymethyl-3-methylimidazolium (OXMIM), and 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium (TDMIM), as well as the(More)
The partial molar volumes, V(i), of the gas solutes H2, CO, and CO2, solvated in acetone, methanol, heptane, and diethylether are determined computationally in the limit of infinite dilution and standard conditions. Solutions are described with molecular dynamics simulations in combination with the OPLS-aa force field for solvents and customized force field(More)
The dynamics of amphiphilic peptide-mimicking polycarbonate polymers are investigated, considering variations in polymer length, monomer sequence, and monomer modification. The polymers are simulated in aqueous solution with atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and an empirical force field. Various structural polymer properties, interaction strengths,(More)
The epicuticle is the outermost layer of the human hair, and consists of a monolayer of fatty acids that is predominantly 18-methyleicosanoic acid (18-MEA) covalently bound to a protein matrix. Surprisingly, despite the clear scientific and industrial importance, the detailed molecular structure of this fatty acid layer is still poorly understood. In this(More)
A lattice model for ionic surfactants with explicit counterions is proposed for which the micellization behavior can be accurately determined from grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations. The model is characterized by a few parameters that can be adjusted to represent various linear surfactants with ionic headgroups. The model parameters have a clear(More)
The phase behavior of chargeand size-asymmetric primitive model electrolytes has been investigated using reservoir grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations. The simulations rely on the insertion and removal of neutral ion clusters from a reservoir of possible configurations. We first validated our approach by investigating the effect of Rc , the maximum(More)
The molecular structure of a surfactant molecule is known to have a great effect on the interfacial properties and the type of nanostructures formed. In this work, we have performed molecular dynamics simulations on six isomers of an alkyl benzenesulfonate surfactant to investigate the effect of the degree and position of aromatic substitution on the(More)
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