Refael Minnes

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In this paper, we report on the effect of short segments of type I antifreeze protein (AFP I) on the thermotropic properties of a model membrane. Two different types of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine model membranes were used, multilamellar vesicles and small unilamellar vesicles. The membrane properties were studied by differential scanning calorimetry(More)
Microtubules (MTs) and associated motors play a central role in nuclear migration, which is crucial for diverse biological functions including cell division, polarity, and sexual reproduction. In this paper, we report a dual mechanism underlying nuclear congression during fission yeast karyogamy upon mating of haploid cells. Using microfluidic chambers for(More)
In this study we investigated, spectroscopically, the effect of electrolytes on the partitioning of hematoporphyrin IX (HP) and hypericin (Hy) into non-charged lipid vesicles. Our aim was to assess the salting-out effect of electrolytes on membrane-partitioning. We titrated aqueous solutions of HP and Hy with lecithin liposomes, at different concentrations(More)
We synthesized a series of analogues of 5,20-diphenyl-10,15-bis(4-carboxylatomethoxy)phenyl-21,23-dithiaporphyrin (I) as potential photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy (PDT). The photosensitizers differ in the length of the side chains that bind the carboxyl to the phenol at positions 10 and 15 of the thiaporphyrin. The spectroscopic, photophysical,(More)
The acid-base, spectroscopic, photophysical and liposome-binding properties of the recently synthesized free base, 29H,31H,1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octafluoro-2,3,9,10,16,17,23, 24-octakisperfluoro(isopropyl) phthalocyanine, F64PcH2, are reported. The perfluoroalkylation of the phthalocyanine core renders the hydrogen atoms acidic, with a pK(a) = 6. The(More)
The vast majority of cancer related deaths are caused by metastatic tumors. Therefore, identifying the metastatic potential of cancer cells is of great importance both for prognosis and for determining the correct treatment. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy of biological cells is an evolving research area, whose main aim is to find the spectral differences(More)
The resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents, whether through intrinsic mechanisms or developed resistance, motivates the search for new chemotherapeutic strategies. In the present report, we demonstrate a facile synthetic strategy towards the discovery of new anti-cancer substances. This strategy is based on simple covalent coupling between(More)
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