Lin-P’ing Choo-Smith

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The interaction of Alzheimer's Abeta peptide and its fluorescent analogue with membrane vesicles was studied by spectrofluorometry, Congo Red binding, and electron microscopy. The peptide binds selectively to the membranes containing gangliosides with a binding affinity ranging from 10(-6) to 10(-7) M depending on the type of ganglioside sugar moiety. This(More)
The interaction between Alzheimer amyloid peptide A beta(1-40) and membrane lipids was studied by circular dichroism spectroscopy under the conditions of physiologically relevant ionic strength and neutral pH. The peptide binds to the membranes containing ganglioside GM1 and upon binding undergoes a conformational transition from random coil to an ordered(More)
The advances made in the last two decades in interference technologies, optical instrumentation, catheter technology, optical detectors, speed of data acquisition and processing as well as light sources have facilitated the transformation of optical coherence tomography from an optical method used mainly in research laboratories into a valuable tool applied(More)
alpha-Crystallin, the major lens protein, acts as a molecular chaperone by preventing the aggregation of proteins damaged by heat and other stress conditions. To characterize the backbone conformation of protein folding intermediates that are recognized by the chaperone, we prepared the uniformly (13)C-labeled alphaA-crystallin. The labeling greatly reduced(More)
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