Ross W S Rounsevell

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Mechanical unfolding of proteins using atomic force microscopy is becoming a routine biophysical technique. Mechanistic investigations in this rapidly evolving field are beginning to resolve the factors that contribute to the behaviour of biological macromolecules under force. Here we describe the force-mode apparatus, the experimental set-up, tractable(More)
In hematologic diseases, such as sickle cell disease (SCD) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), pathological biophysical interactions among blood cells, endothelial cells, and soluble factors lead to microvascular occlusion and thrombosis. Here, we report an in vitro "endothelialized" microfluidic microvasculature model that recapitulates and integrates(More)
Protein engineering Phi-value analysis combined with single molecule atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to probe the molecular basis for the mechanical stability of TNfn3, the third fibronectin type III domain from human tenascin. This approach has been adopted previously to solve the forced unfolding pathway of a titin immunoglobulin domain, TI I27.(More)
To activate clot formation and maintain hemostasis, platelets adhere and spread onto sites of vascular injury. Although this process is well-characterized biochemically, how the physical and spatial cues in the microenvironment affect platelet adhesion and spreading remain unclear. In this study, we applied deep UV photolithography and protein(More)
Dynamic force spectroscopy is rapidly becoming a standard biophysical technique. Significant advances in the methods of analysis of force data have resulted in ever more complex systems being studied. The use of cloning systems to produce homologous tandem repeats rather than the use of endogenous multidomain proteins has facilitated these developments.(More)
Spectrin is a multidomain cytoskeletal protein, the component three-helix bundle domains are expected to experience mechanical force in vivo. In thermodynamic and kinetic studies, neighboring domains of chicken brain alpha-spectrin R16 and R17 have been shown to behave cooperatively. Is this cooperativity maintained under force? The effect of force on these(More)
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