Julia Maldonado-Valderrama

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Bile salts (BS) are bio-surfactants present in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) that play a crucial role in the digestion and absorption of nutrients. The importance of BS for controlled release and transport of lipid soluble nutrients and drugs has recently stimulated scientific interest in these physiological compounds. BS are so-called facial amphiphiles(More)
Triblock copolymers (also known as Pluronics or poloxamers) are biocompatible molecules composed of hydrophobic and hydrophilic blocks with different lengths. They have received much attention recently owing to their applicability for targeted delivery of hydrophobic compounds. Their unique molecular structure facilitates the formation of dynamic aggregates(More)
The competitive displacement of a model protein (beta-lactoglobulin) by bile salts from air-water and oil-water interfaces is investigated in vitro under model duodenal digestion conditions. The aim is to understand this process so that interfaces can be designed to control lipid digestion thus improving the nutritional impact of foods. Duodenal digestion(More)
Currently self-assembled DNA delivery systems composed of DNA multivalent cations and anionic lipids are considered to be promising tools for gene therapy. These systems become an alternative to traditional cationic lipid-DNA complexes because of their low cytotoxicity lipids. However, currently these nonviral gene delivery methods exhibit low transfection(More)
The rheological behavior of beta-casein adsorption layers formed at the air-water and tetradecane-water interfaces is studied in detail by means of pendant drop tensiometry. First, its adsorption behavior is briefly summarized at both interfaces, experimentally and also theoretically. Subsequently, the experimental dilatational results obtained for a wide(More)
The experimental results recently provided by a novel application of the pendant drop technique to the formation of protein monolayers at liquid–fluid interfaces are further analysed on the basis of scaling arguments. Specifically, -casein monolayers at the air–water and the tetradecane–water interface are directly compared and the structural differences(More)
Understanding and manipulating the interfacial mechanisms that control human digestion of food emulsions is a crucial step towards improved control of dietary intake. This article reports initial studies on the effects of the physiological conditions within the stomach on the properties of the film formed by the milk protein (β-lactoglobulin) at the(More)
In this work, we provide an accurate characterization of non-ionic triblock copolymer Pluronic PE9400 at the air-water and limonene-water interfaces, comprising a systematic analysis of surface tension isotherms, dynamic curves, dilatational rheology and desorption profiles. The surface pressure isotherms display two different slopes of the Π-c plot(More)
Inhibition of lipase activity is one of the approaches to reduced fat intake with nutritional prevention promoting healthier diet. The food industry is very interested in the use of natural extracts, hence reducing the side effects of commercial drugs inhibiting lipolysis. In this work we propose a novel methodology to rapidly assess lipolysis/inhibition in(More)
The interfacial behavior of mixed human serum albumin (HSA)/sodium perfluorooctanoate (C8FONa) solutions is examined by using two experimental techniques, pendant drop tensiometry and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Through the analysis of the surface tension of the mixed solutions, surface competitive adsorption at the air-water interface between C8FONa(More)