Roxana Chiriac

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Electric features of biological membranes are major determinants of the function and physiological manifestation of membrane-penetrating peptides, and such features are prone to be modulated by the properties of the surrounding aqueous medium. In this work, we demonstrate that pH plays crucial roles in modulating electric characteristics of(More)
OBJECTIVE Women who develop gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes and subsequent cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Individuals with cardiovascular disorders have increased central aortic systolic blood pressure (SBP(Ao)) and arterial stiffness. The hypothesis of this study is that increased SBP(Ao) and arterial(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the potential value of measuring mean arterial pressure (MAP), systolic (sBP) and diastolic (dBP) blood pressure at 30-33 weeks' gestation in the prediction of preeclampsia (PE) developing at or after 34 weeks. METHODS Screening study in singleton pregnancies at 30-33 weeks' gestation including 4,294 that were unaffected by PE,(More)
In this experimental work we employed single-molecule electrical recordings on alamethicin oligomers inserted in lipid bilayers made of brain sphingomyelin (bSM), palmitoyloleoylphosphatidylcholine (POPC) and cholesterol (chol) to unravel novel aspects regarding lipid raft interactions with pore-forming peptides. We probed the effect of lipid rafts on(More)
This paper proposes a methodology for modelling time series of realized covariance matrices in order to forecast multivariate risks. The approach allows for flexible dynamic dependence patterns and guarantees positive definiteness of the resulting forecasts without imposing parameter restrictions. We provide an empirical application of the model, in which(More)
The recent financial crisis has raised numerous questions about the accuracy of value-at-risk (VaR) as a tool to quantify extreme losses. In this paper we present empirical evidence from assessing the out-of-sample performance and robustness of VaR before and during the recent financial crisis with respect to the choice of sampling window, return(More)
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