Elizabeth Pinheiro Gomes Arêas

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We report on the size, shape, structure, and interactions of lysozyme in the ternary system lysozyme/DMSO/water at low protein concentrations. Three structural regimes have been identified, which we term the "folded" (0 < φ(DMSO) < 0.7), "unfolded" (0.7 ≤ φ(DMSO) < 0.9), and "partially collapsed" (0.9 ≤ φ(DMSO) < 1.0) regime. Lysozyme resides in a folded(More)
Toxin gamma is a basic, low-molecular-weight, neurotoxic protein, isolated from the venom of the Brazilian scorpion, Tityus serrulatus. Raman spectra (400-1800 cm-1 region) of this toxin in both the lyophilized state and in 0.1 M acetate buffer (pH 4.5) and the infrared spectrum (700-4000 cm-1 region) of a solid film were investigated. From the vibrational(More)
Biopolymers and their derivatives are being actively investigated as substitutes for petroleum-based polymers. This has generated an intense interest in investigating new solvents, in particular for cellulose, chitin/chitosan, and starch. This overview focuses on recent advances in the dissolution and derivatization of these polysaccharides in solutions of(More)
The gelation process of lysozyme in water/tetramethylurea in the presence of salt was investigated as a function of temperature and system composition by rheology, infrared spectroscopy, and microcalorimetry. Times and temperatures of gelation were determined from the variation of the storage (G') and loss (G'') moduli. It was found that gelation times(More)
Nanotechnology applies to diverse sectors of science. In cosmetic area, investments have strengthened the idea that nanoproducts provide innumerable benefits to consumers. Extreme exposition to solar light can cause undesirable effects, thus, adding UV filters in cosmetic products are often used as prevention. Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and benzophenone-3(More)
A low-resolution 1H NMR relaxometry study on the dynamics of an n-decane/water emulsion stabilized by beta-casein is presented. Spin-spin (transverse) relaxation time constants (T2) were used to assess relative mobilities of emulsion components, by a selective deuteration procedure. Data analysis allowed the emulsion investigated to be described by a(More)
We used a recently developed software that mimics a cytoplasm/membrane environment, with an interface separating two continuous media of different dielectric constants (1). This software has been designed to allow modelling of different kinds of molecules of biological interest such as proteins and drugs, in each of the isolated continuous media, as well as(More)
In this work, the gelation kinetics and fractal character of lysozyme gel matrices developed in tetramethylurea (TMU)-water media were investigated. Gelation times were determined from the temporal crossover point between the storage, G', and loss, G'', moduli, as a function of the binary solvent composition and of protein concentration. The inverse(More)
Rheological properties of lysozyme viscoelastic matrices resulting from a sol-gel transition taking place in organic/aqueous media at room temperature were investigated. Gel-like structures, of transparent appearance, developed out of lysozyme (5.0 mmol/dm(3)) dispersed in tetramethylurea (TMU)/water binary mixtures, at TMU mass fraction (w) ranging from(More)
The urea derivatives, namely, ethylurea (EU), 1,3 dimethylurea (1,3-DMU) and 1,1 diethylurea (1,1-DEU), in the limiting regions of their solubilities in water, and tetramethylurea (TMU) at w≥0.65 were investigated in relation to their capacity of inducing hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) physical (non-covalent) gelation. Protein transparent gels were generated(More)