Reid E Messersmith

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Gold nanoparticles provide a template for preparing supported lipid layers with well-defined curvature. Here, we utilize the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of gold nanoparticles as a sensor for monitoring the preparation of lipid layers on nanoparticles. The LSPR is very sensitive to the immediate surroundings of the nanoparticle surface and it(More)
It has been reported that the oxidation of phosphatidylcholine (PC) is necessary for C-reactive protein (CRP) to bind to lipid membranes, but it remains elusive why CRP only binds oxidized membranes. Here we offer a new perspective on the role of membrane curvature and CRP binding using engineered lipoprotein particle (LPP) mimics. We show that CRP binds(More)
This report describes the synthesis and characterization of a series of borepin-based polycyclic aromatics bearing two different arene fusions. The borepin synthesis features streamlined Ti-mediated alkyne reduction, leading to Z-olefins, followed by direct lithiation and borepin formation. These molecules allow for an assessment of aromatic competition(More)