Fabien Picaud

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Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL or Apo2L) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily. This type II transmembrane protein is able to bound specifically to cancer cell receptors (i.e., TRAIL-R1 (or DR4) and TRAIL-R2 (or DR5)) and to induce apoptosis without being toxic for healthy cells. Because membrane-bound(More)
We report molecular dynamic simulations showing that a DNA molecule constituted by five unique bases can be spontaneously inserted into single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) in normal conditions (P, T and water environment) depending on the tube radius value. The van der Waals and electrostatic interactions play a central role for the rapid insertion(More)
Detection of a single macromolecule based on the use of artificial nanopores is an attractive and promising field of research. In this work, we report a device based on a 5 nm single nanopore with a high length/diameter ratio, tailored by the track etching and atomic layer deposition techniques. The translocation of neutral polyethylene glycol (PEG) and(More)
Pore opening of KcsA channel is studied using targeted molecular dynamics simulations. Conformational changes of the protein are determined, starting from the crystallized refined 2.0 A structure (pdb 1K4C) determined in x-ray experiments and arriving to the open-state structure constructed on the basis of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic data(More)
A hybrid nanoporous membrane made of a solid-state polymeric thin film in which an ion channel is confined is realized. The primary and extremely encouraging results obtained by confocal fluorescence spectroscopy and ion diffusion measurement demonstrate respectively that (i) the considered ion channel, that is, Gramicidin-A, can be confined selectively(More)
The hybrid biological/polymeric solid-state nanopore membrane offers several opportunities to combine the advantage of biological channel (selectivity) and material (robustness). Based on this technology, the challenge is to obtain selective ionic exchange membranes, with no energy intake. The direct insertion of an ionic channel inside a nanopore should be(More)
In this work, we report the design and the fine-tuning of boron nitride single nanopore and nanoporous membranes by atomic layer deposition (ALD). First, we developed an ALD process based on the use of BBr3 and NH3 as precursors in order to synthesize BN thin films. The deposited films were characterized in terms of thickness, composition, and(More)
Sorting diameter and handedness of carbon nanotubes still appears as an important challenge in nanotechnology. In this context, supramolecular structures formed by self-assembled chiral molecules deposited on well-defined metal surfaces can be used to discriminate the two isomers of carbon nanotubes. Calculations are carried out to determine the adsorption(More)