Michael Rabe

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Protein adsorption at solid surfaces plays a key role in many natural processes and has therefore promoted a widespread interest in many research areas. Despite considerable progress in this field there are still widely differing and even contradictive opinions on how to explain the frequently observed phenomena such as structural rearrangements,(More)
The aggregation of α-synuclein (α-Syn) is believed to be one of the key steps driving the pathology of Parkinson's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. One of the present hypotheses is that the onset of such pathologies is related to the rise of α-Syn levels above a critical concentration at which toxic oligomers or mature fibrils are formed. In(More)
Parkinson's disease is a common progressive neurodegenerative condition, characterized by the deposition of amyloid fibrils as Lewy bodies in the substantia nigra of affected individuals. These insoluble aggregates predominantly consist of the protein α-synuclein. There is increasing evidence suggesting that the aggregation of α-synuclein is influenced by(More)
The assembly of nucleic acid nanostructures with controlled size and shape has large impact in the fields of nanotechnology, nanomedicine and synthetic biology. The directed arrangement of nano-structures at interfaces is important for many applications. In spite of this, the use of laterally mobile lipid bilayers to control RNA three-dimensional(More)
We present a simple and versatile technique of tailoring functionalized surface structures for protein enrichment and purification applications based on a superhydrophobic silicone nanofilament coating. Using amino and carboxyl group containing silanes, silicone nanofilament templates were chemically modified to mimic anionic and cationic exchange resins.(More)
Imaging of individual lipid vesicles is used to track single-enzyme kinetics of phospholipid hydrolysis. The method is employed to quantify the catalytic activity of phospholipase A2 (PLA2) in both pure and complex biological fluids. The measurements are demonstrated to offer a subpicomolar limit of detection (LOD) of human secretory PLA2 (sPLA2) in up to(More)
Using tethered sub-100 nm lipid vesicles that mimic enveloped viruses with nanoscale membrane curvature, we have in this work designed a total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy-based single vesicle assay to investigate how an antiviral amphipathic α-helical (AH) peptide interacts with lipid membranes to induce membrane curvature-dependent pore(More)
Advancement in the understanding of biomolecular interactions has benefited greatly from the development of surface-sensitive bioanalytical sensors. To further increase their broad impact, significant efforts are presently being made to enable label-free and specific biomolecule detection with high sensitivity, allowing for quantitative interpretation and(More)
We investigate nonspecific protein adsorption processes by comparing experimentally measured adsorption kinetics of beta-lactoglobulin with mathematical models. The adsorption and desorption behavior of this protein on a hydrophilic glass surface in citrate buffer (pH 3.0), monitored for a large set of different bulk concentrations (0.5x10(-8) M-1.5x10(-6)(More)
The accurate determination of the maximum turnover number and Michaelis constant for membrane enzymes remains challenging. Here, this problem has been solved by observing in parallel the hydrolysis of thousands of individual fluorescently labeled immobilized liposomes each processed by a single phospholipase A2 molecule. The release of the reaction product(More)