Rebecca Notman

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The delivery of therapeutic peptides and proteins to the central nervous system is the biggest challenge when developing effective neuropharmaceuticals. The central issue is that the blood-brain barrier is impermeable to most molecules. Here we demonstrate the concept of employing an amphiphilic derivative of a peptide to deliver the peptide into the brain.(More)
The interactions of silica surfaces with water and biomolecules are of considerable significance in bio- and nanotechnology and in geochemistry. An important goal in the fields of biomineralization and biomimetics is to fine-tune these interactions for the control, e.g., of assembly of materials at the nanoscale. Here we report molecular dynamics(More)
Receptor tyrosine kinases bind ligands such as cytokines, hormones, and growth factors and regulate key cellular processes, including cell division. They are also implicated in the development of many types of cancer. One such example is the Neu receptor tyrosine kinase found in rats (homologous to the human ErbB2 protein), which can undergo a valine to(More)
Type IX collagen is covalently bound to the surface of type II collagen fibrils within the cartilage extracellular matrix. The N-terminal, globular noncollagenous domain (NC4) of the α1(IX) chain protrudes away from the surface of the fibrils into the surrounding matrix and is available for molecular interactions. To define these interactions, we used the(More)
The lipids of the topmost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, represent the primary barrier to molecules penetrating the skin. One approach to overcoming this barrier for the purpose of delivery of active molecules into or via the skin is to employ chemical permeability enhancers, such as dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). How these molecules exert their effect(More)
Understanding the mechanisms of biomineralization and the realization of biology-inspired inorganic materials formation largely depends on our ability to manipulate peptide/solid interfacial interactions. Material interfaces and biointerfaces are critical sites for bioinorganic synthesis, surface diffusion, and molecular recognition. Recently adapted(More)
We use replica-exchange molecular dynamics (REMD) to interrogate molecular structures and properties of four engineered dodecapeptides (in solution, in the absence of a surface) that have been shown to bind to quartz with different propensities. We find that all of the strong-binding peptides feature some polyproline type II secondary structure, have less(More)
Molecular dynamics simulations are used to explore the encapsulation behaviour of reversible cyclic peptides when adsorbed onto single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in aqueous solution. Our findings suggest that CNT encapsulation via cyclisation of a single peptide chain is relatively less likely, compared with encapsulation via two-chain complexes. These(More)
Nature has evolved many elegant solutions to enable life to flourish at low temperatures by either allowing (tolerance) or preventing (avoidance) ice formation. These processes are typically controlled by ice nucleating proteins or antifreeze proteins, which act to either promote nucleation, prevent nucleation or inhibit ice growth depending on the specific(More)
A new class of peptidomimetic is reported in which one of the amide C=O bonds of the peptide backbone is replaced by an oxetane ring. They are synthesised by conjugate addition of various α-amino esters to a 3-(nitromethylene)oxetane, reduction of the nitro group and further coupling with N-Z protected amino acids to grow the peptide chain. Structural(More)