Julio R Rodríguez

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Static (SLS) and dynamic (DLS) light-scattering techniques were applied to the study of the aggregation of dodecyl- (C12DBACl), tetradecyl- (C14DBACl), and hexadecyldimethylbenzylammonium (C16DBACl) chlorides in water and in 0.01 and 0.05 m NaCl aqueous solutions at 25 degrees C. Results of SLS measurements yielded critical micelle concentration (cmc)(More)
The DNA-chitosan polyplexes have attracted for some years now the attention of physical-chemists and biologists for their potential use in gene therapy, however, the correlation between the physicochemical properties of these polyplexes with their transfection efficiency remains still unclear. In a recent paper we demonstrated by means of DLS that the(More)
The present work assesses the influence of the cationic charge density (CD) and the cationic valence of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (pDADMAC) on the DNA compaction and subsequent transfection. Four homopolymers (CD = 1, with different valences) and one copolymer, poly(acrylamide-co-diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (coDADMAC) (CD < 1, equivalent(More)
We report a systematic study of the effect of the cationic chain length and degree of hydrogen bonding on several equilibrium and transport properties of the first members of the alkylammonium nitrate protic ionic liquids (PILs) family (ethylammonium, propylammonium, and butylammonium nitrate) in the temperature range between 10 and 40 °C. These properties(More)
The existence and properties of mesoscopic self-assembly structures formed by surfactants in protic ionic liquid solutions are reported. Micellar aggregates of n-alkyltrimethylammonium (n = 10, 12, 14, 16) chlorides and bromides and of n-alkylpyridinium (n = 12, 16) chlorides in ethylammonium nitrate and propylammonium nitrate were observed by means of(More)
Boron trifluoride-etherate promotes the endo-selective oxacyclization of polyepoxides derived from various acyclic terpenoid polyalkenes, including geraniol, farnesol, and geranylgeraniol, providing an efficient and stereoselective synthesis of substituted oxepanes and fused polyoxepanes. The mechanism of the oxacyclization reaction probably involves(More)
Complexes formed between cationic liposomes and DNA (also known as lipoplexes or genosomes) have proven, for years now, to be a suitable option for gene delivery to cells, transfection, however, some aspects regarding the liposome-DNA interaction mechanism and complex stability remain still unclear. This work aims to improve the understanding of the poorly(More)
The effect of butanol and benzyl alcohol on the critical micelle concentration and the degree of ionization of micelles of tetradecyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride has been studied conductometrically in the temperature range of 5 to 40 degrees C at 5 degrees C intervals. The results indicate that some self-association process of benzyl alcohol in the(More)
The authors have synthesised new silica filled polymeric resins for use as dental obturation materials. In contrast to earlier materials prepared for similar purposes, the present ones contain up to 80% silica nanoparticles providing the materials with improved mechanical properties. Scratch testing results show low values of the penetration depths. The(More)
The bulk structure of mixtures of two protic ionic liquids, propylammonium nitrate and butylammonium nitrate, with a salt with a common anion, is analyzed at room temperature by means of small angle X-ray scattering and classical molecular dynamics simulations. The study of several structural properties, such as density, radial distribution functions,(More)