Nam-Joon Cho

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Recommended by Michele Penza The quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) is a sensitive device for determining the properties of materials loading it. One of the fundamental means of making these measurements is the so-called impedance (or admittance) spectra method. The resonant properties of the piezoelectric QCM sensor are measured over a spectral range in the(More)
Supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) mimic biological membranes and are a versatile platform for a wide range of biophysical research fields including lipid-protein interactions, protein-protein interactions and membrane-based biosensors. The quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) has had a pivotal role in understanding SLB formation on(More)
Active targeting of nanoscale drug carriers can improve tumor-specific delivery; however, cellular heterogeneity both within and among tumor sites is a fundamental barrier to their success. Here, we describe a tumor microenvironment-responsive layer-by-layer (LbL) polymer drug carrier that actively targets tumors based on two independent mechanisms:(More)
Lipid vesicles are an important class of biomaterials that have a wide range of applications, including drug delivery, cosmetic formulations and model membrane platforms on solid supports. Depending on the application, properties of a vesicle population such as size distribution, charge and permeability need to be optimized. Preparation methods such as(More)
Tethered bilayer lipid membranes (tBLMs) on solid supports have substantial advantages as models of artificial cell membranes for such biomedical applications as drug delivery and biosensing. Compared with untethered lipid membranes, tBLMs have more space between substrate and the bilayer and greater stability. The purpose of this work was to use these(More)
Recommended by Michele Penza The quartz crystal microbalance sensor has a resonant frequency f and a quality factor Q which can be used to probe the properties of nanometer thick film loads. A recent review by Arnau (2008) has discussed many of the considerations necessary to accurately probe for these properties. To avoid needless duplication but to still(More)
Therapeutic targeting of membrane-associated viral proteins is complicated by the challenge of investigating their enzymatic activities in the native membrane-bound state. To permit functional characterization of these proteins, we hypothesized that the supported lipid bilayer (SLB) can support in situ reconstitution of membrane-associated viral protein(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection or HCV-related liver diseases are now shown to cause more than 350,000 deaths every year. Adaptability of HCV genome to vary its composition and the existence of multiple strains makes it more difficult to combat the emergence of drug-resistant HCV infections. Among the HCV polyprotein which has both the structural and(More)
In order to mimic cell membranes, the supported lipid bilayer (SLB) is an attractive platform which enables in vitro investigation of membrane-related processes while conferring biocompatibility and biofunctionality to solid substrates. The spontaneous adsorption and rupture of phospholipid vesicles is the most commonly used method to form SLBs. However,(More)
Bamboo salt is a traditional medicine produced from sea salt. It is widely used in Oriental medicine and is an alkalizing agent with reported antiinflammatory, antimicrobial and chemotherapeutic properties. Notwithstanding, linking specific molecular mechanisms with these properties has been challenging to establish in biological systems. In part, this(More)