Dorinel Verdes

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Protein adsorption at solid surfaces plays a key role in many natural processes and has therefore promoted a widespread interest in many research areas. Despite considerable progress in this field there are still widely differing and even contradictive opinions on how to explain the frequently observed phenomena such as structural rearrangements,(More)
We explore the potential of a supercritical angle (SA) objective for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). This novel microscope objective combines tight focusing by an aspheric lens with strong axial confinement of supercritical angle fluorescence collection by a parabolic mirror lens, resulting in a small detection volume. The tiny axial extent of(More)
The aggregation of α-synuclein (α-Syn) is believed to be one of the key steps driving the pathology of Parkinson's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. One of the present hypotheses is that the onset of such pathologies is related to the rise of α-Syn levels above a critical concentration at which toxic oligomers or mature fibrils are formed. In(More)
We developed a fluorescence reader for the sensitive detection of surface-generated fluorescence. The system is applicable for high resolution imaging as well as for the readout of large biochips. The surface of a microscope coverslip is scanned with a laser beam focused to a waist diameter of 500 nm (FWHM) by means of a single aspheric lens. Scanning large(More)
Parkinson's disease is a common progressive neurodegenerative condition, characterized by the deposition of amyloid fibrils as Lewy bodies in the substantia nigra of affected individuals. These insoluble aggregates predominantly consist of the protein α-synuclein. There is increasing evidence suggesting that the aggregation of α-synuclein is influenced by(More)
We explore a new confocal microscope for the detection of surface-generated fluorescence. The instrument is designed for high resolution imaging as well as for the readout of large biochips. Special feature is the separated collection of two different fluorescence emission modes. One optical path covers the emission into the glass at low surface angles, the(More)
We report a noninvasive fluorescence microscopy method and demonstrate nanometer resolution along the optical axis. The technique is based on the influence of the microscope slide on the angular intensity distribution of fluorescence. Axial positions are determined by measuring the proportion of light emitted below the critical angle of total internal(More)
A new microscope objective is presented for the parallel fluorescence detection below and above the critical angle of total internal reflection with single molecule sensitivity. The collection of supercritical angle fluorescence (SAF) leads to a strongly surface confined detection volume whereas the collection of undercritical angle fluorescence (UAF)(More)
We present a simple and versatile technique of tailoring functionalized surface structures for protein enrichment and purification applications based on a superhydrophobic silicone nanofilament coating. Using amino and carboxyl group containing silanes, silicone nanofilament templates were chemically modified to mimic anionic and cationic exchange resins.(More)
We investigate nonspecific protein adsorption processes by comparing experimentally measured adsorption kinetics of beta-lactoglobulin with mathematical models. The adsorption and desorption behavior of this protein on a hydrophilic glass surface in citrate buffer (pH 3.0), monitored for a large set of different bulk concentrations (0.5x10(-8) M-1.5x10(-6)(More)