Pascal D Odermatt

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Nanoscale characterization of living samples has become essential for modern biology. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) creates topological images of fragile biological structures from biomolecules to living cells in aqueous environments. However, correlating nanoscale structure to biological function of specific proteins can be challenging. To this end we have(More)
We report the synthesis of poly(methacrylic acid)-co-(oleyl methacrylate) with three different amounts of oleyl methacrylate and compare the ability of these polymers with that of poly(methacrylic acid)-co-(cholesteryl methacrylate) (PMA(c)) to noncovalently anchor liposomes to polymer layers. We subsequently assembled ∼1 μm diameter PMA(c)-based(More)
We report the coencapsulation of glutathione reductase and disulfide-linked polymer-oligopeptide conjugates into capsosomes, polymer carrier capsules containing liposomal subcompartments. The architecture of the capsosomes enables a temperature-triggered conversion of oxidized glutathione to its reduced sulfhydryl form by the encapsulated glutathione(More)
Chronic inflammation is associated with a variety of pathological conditions in epithelial tissues, including cancer, metaplasia and aberrant wound healing. In relation to this, a significant body of evidence suggests that aberration of epithelial stem and progenitor cell function is a contributing factor in inflammation-related disease, although the(More)
Multifrequency atomic force microscopy imaging has been recently demonstrated as a powerful technique for quickly obtaining information about the mechanical properties of a sample. Combining this development with recent gains in imaging speed through small cantilevers holds the promise of a convenient, high-speed method for obtaining nanoscale topography as(More)
Cell division is tightly controlled in space and time to maintain cell size and ploidy within narrow bounds. In bacteria, the canonical Minicell (Min) and nucleoid occlusion (Noc) systems together ensure that division is restricted to midcell after completion of chromosome segregation1. It is unknown how division site selection is controlled in bacteria(More)
Chromatin recruitment of effector proteins involved in gene regulation depends on multivalent interaction with histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) and structural features of the chromatin fiber. Due to the complex interactions involved, it is currently not understood how effectors dynamically sample the chromatin landscape. Here, we dissect the(More)
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