Liqiang Zheng

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Scaffold proteins form a framework to organize signal transduction by binding multiple partners within a signaling pathway. This shapes the output of signal responses as well as providing specificity and localization. The Membrane Associated Guanylate Kinases (MAGuKs) are scaffold proteins at cellular junctions that localize cell surface receptors and link(More)
Aqueous solutions of three kinds of surface active ionic liquids composed of the 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium cation have been investigated by means of surface tension and electrical conductivity measurements at room temperature (298 K). The surface tension measurements provided a series of parameters, including critical micelle concentration (cmc), surface(More)
Surfactants with a polycyclic aromatic moiety and a long hydrocarbon chain, carbazole-tailed amphiphilic imidazolium ionic liquids 1-[n-(N-carbazole)alkyl]-3-methylimidazolium bromide [CzC(n)MIm]Br (n=10 and 12), were designed to disperse carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in aqueous solutions. UV-vis-NIR spectra were performed to determine the dispersion of CNTs and(More)
Solid-liquid phase behavior of binary mixtures of oleic acid (OA)/capric acid (C10A) and OA/caprylic acid (C8A) were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and X-ray diffraction. The phase diagram of OA/C10A mixture constructed from the DSC results suggested that a molecular(More)
The growth and structure of the aqueous micellar solutions of a surface active ionic liquid, 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (C16mimBr), in the presence of an organic salt sodium tosylate (NaTos), were investigated by rheological measurements and freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy at room temperature (298 K). As in some conventional(More)
The aggregation behavior of long-chain ionic liquids 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (C(n)mimBr) in another ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF(4)), was studied for the first time. Surface tension measurements revealed that aggregates are formed by C(n)mimBr, and freeze fracture transmission electron microscopy (FF-TEM)(More)
Microscopy-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) experiments measure donor and acceptor intensities by isolating these signals with a series of optical elements. Because this filtering discards portions of the spectrum, the observed FRET efficiency is dependent on the set of filters in use. Similarly, observed FRET efficiency is also affected(More)
Three amphiphilic imidazolium ionic liquids (ILs), 1-[n-(N-carbazole)alkyl]-3-methylimidazolium bromide [carbazoleC(n)mim]Br (n = 6, 10, and 12), that incorporate a fluorescent carbazole moiety at the terminal of the hydrocarbon chain, were designed and synthesized. Their surface activity, aggregation behavior, and thermodynamics of micelle formation in(More)
The aggregation behavior of three long-chain N-aryl imidazolium ionic liquids (ILs), 1-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-3-alkylimidazolium bromide [C(n)pim]Br (n = 10, 12, and 14), in aqueous solutions was systematically explored by surface tension, electrical conductivity, and (1)H NMR. A lower critical micelle concentration (cmc) for the N-aryl imidazolium ILs is(More)
Tandem PDZ domains have been suggested to form structurally independent supramodules. However, dissimilarity between crystallography and NMR models emphasize their malleable conformation. Studies in full-length scaffold proteins are needed to examine the effect of tertiary interactions within their native context. Using single-molecule fluorescence to(More)