Matteo Calvaresi

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The presence of boron atoms has made carboranes, C(2)B(10)H(12), attractive candidates for boron neutron capture therapy. Because of their chemistry and possible conjugation with proteins, they can also be used to enhance interactions between pharmaceuticals and their targets and to increase the in vivo stability and bioavailability of compounds that are(More)
Carbon assimilation in plants is regulated by the reduction of specific protein disulfides by light and their re-oxidation in the dark. The redox switch CP12 is an intrinsically disordered protein that can form two disulfide bridges. In the dark oxidized CP12 forms an inactive supramolecular complex with glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) and(More)
The electronic and the vibrational structure of carbon nanotubes with ultrahigh curvature was systematically studied by resonance Raman scattering, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), molecular dynamics, and ab initio DFT calculations. The ultrahigh curvature tubes were grown inside commercial HiPco tubes after filling the latter with(More)
Integrating carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) with proteins to form hybrid functional assemblies is an innovative research area with great promise for medical, nanotechnology, and materials science. The comprehension of CNP-protein interactions requires the still-missing identification and characterization of the 'binding pocket' for the CNPs. Here, using(More)
About 20 proteins are known to modify their activity upon interaction with C60. Their structures are present in a database that includes more than 1200 protein structures selected as possible targets for drugs and to represent the entire Protein Data Bank. The set was examined with an algorithm that appraises quantitatively the interaction of C60 and the(More)
Molecular dynamics--coarse grained to the level of hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions--shows that small hydrophobic graphene sheets pierce through the phospholipid membrane and navigate the double layer, intermediate size sheets pierce the membrane only if a suitable geometric orientation is met, and larger sheets lie mainly flat on the top of the(More)
Carbon nanotubes have been proposed to serve as nano-vehicles to deliver genetic or therapeutic material into the interior of cells because of their capacity to cross the cell membrane. A detailed picture of the molecular mode of action of such a delivery is, however, difficult to obtain because of the concealing effects of the cell membrane. Here we report(More)
This work uses a simple model based on hydrophobic and hydrophilic forces to investigate the molecular dynamics that lead to the supramolecular self-assembly of surfactants around carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The effects of the concentration and the structure of surfactants are explored. The bead-based mesoscopic description spontaneously develops the several(More)
Lysozyme has been successfully used to solvate carbon nanotubes (CNT). Extensive molecular dynamics simulations show that 1) a favorite site of adsorption exists, 2) the protein-tube interaction region is located far from the active site, 3) two protein helices act as a tweezer that grips the nanotube, 4) a localized protein re-arrangement hides the tube(More)
We report the direct formation of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) by ultrasonication of graphite in dimethylformamide (DMF) upon addition of ferrocene aldehyde (Fc-CHO). The tubular structures appear exclusively at the edges of graphene layers and contain Fe clusters. Fc in conjunction with benzyl aldehyde, or other Fc derivatives, does not induce(More)