Marilene Leite Alves

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Micelles of lysomyristoylphosphatidylcholine (LMPC) and mixed micelles of LMPC with anionic detergent sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) have been characterized by spin-probe-partitioning electron paramagnetic resonance (SPPEPR) and time-resolved fluorescence quenching (TRFQ) experiments. SPPEPR is a novel new method to study structure and dynamics in lipid(More)
A new version of the ESR spin probe partitioning method is developed and applied to the study of hydration properties of dimyristoyl-phosphatidylglycerol (DMPG) and dimyristoyl-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) vesicles as functions of salt concentration and temperature above the lipid phase transition. The small spin probe di-tert-butyl nitroxide (DTBN) is used(More)
The hydrophobic spin probe 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-piperidin-1-oxyl-4-yl octadecanoate (TEMPO-stearate) is used to study the interfacial properties of a variety of phosphatidylcholine vesicles. Since the spin probe exhibits a fast motional electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum above the phase transition, the EPR spectrum of the spin probe is analyzed(More)
BACKGROUND The presence of nucleated red blood cells (NRBCs) in the peripheral blood of critically ill patients is associated with a poorer prognosis, though data on cardiovascular critical care patients is lacking. The aim of the present study was to assess the role of NRBCs as a predictor of intensive care unit (ICU) and in hospital all-cause mortality(More)
The mechanisms that control resting heart rate in hyperthyroidism were evaluated in six patients before and after treatment with propylthiouracil. The patients were subjected to pharmacological blockade under resting conditions in two experimental sessions: first session, propranolol (0.2 mg/kg body weight); second session, atropine (0.04 mg/kg body weight)(More)
Stable cationic latices were prepared by charge inversion of anionic styrene-acrylic copolymer latices upon binding Al3+ and Fe3+ ions. This is achieved by stabilizing the latices with a high-HLB (hydrophile-lypophile balance) nonionic surfactant that imparts strong steric stability to the latex, even in the presence of high concentrations of multivalent(More)
The interfacial properties of the negatively charged dimyristoyl-phosphatidylglycerol (DMPG) and the zwitterionic dimyristoyl-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) vesicles mixed with the fusion inhibitor lysomyristoylphosphatidylcholine (LMPC) are investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). At 35 degrees C, addition of 20 mol% of LMPC to the DMPG vesicles(More)