Stefano Borocci

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Monolayers of a cationic gemini surfactant, 2,3-dimethoxy-1,4-bis(N-hexadecyl-N;N-dimethyl-ammonium)butane dibromide (abbreviated as SS-1) and its mixtures with 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) were studied using a Langmuir balance. More specifically, we measured the force-area (pi-A) curves and determined the elastic area(More)
The condensation of calf thymus DNA into the cholesteric-like psi-phase was observed by circular dichroism in liposome suspensions formulated with specific cationic gemini surfactants. The stereochemistry of the gemini spacer, the presence of specific functional groups, and the covalent link between the headgroups are fundamental issues in the condensation(More)
Chiral recognition of the enantiomeric couples of ditryptophan and diphenylalanine was observed by (1)H NMR spectroscopy in micelles formed by sodium N-dodecanoyl-L-prolinate. Ditryptophan showed a selective association with the Z domains of the amidic aggregates, whereas diphenylalanine did not show any selectivity in the association. Partition(More)
The efficiencies of the binary liposomes composed of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine and cationic gemini surfactant, (2S,3R)-2,3-dimethoxy-1,4-bis(N-hexadecyl-N,N-dimethylammonium)butane dibromide as transfection vectors, were measured using the enhanced green fluorescent protein coding plasmid and COS-1 cells. Strong correlation between the(More)
The specificity of carbohydrate-lectin interaction has been reported as an attractive strategy for drug delivery in cancer therapy because of the high levels of lectins in several human malignancies. A novel cationic glucosylated amphiphile was therefore synthesized, as a model system, to attribute specificity toward d-glucose receptors to liposome(More)
Noble gas anions of general formula FNgBN- (Ng = He-Xe) have been investigated by MP2, coupled-cluster, and multireference-CI calculations with correlation-consistent basis sets. These species reside in deep wells on the singlet potential energy surface and are thermodynamically stable with respect to the loss of F, F-, BN, and BN-. They are unstable with(More)
Two diastereomeric cationic surfactants derived from L-proline, in which the second chiral center is a quaternary nitrogen, have been separated and fully characterized. The recognition properties of the aggregates formed by the two diastereomeric surfactants have been investigated by circular dichroism and (1)H NMR through deracemization of racemic(More)
The xenon-difluoronitrenium ion F(2)N-Xe(+) , a novel xenon-nitrogen species, was obtained in the gas phase by the nucleophilic displacement of HF from protonated NF(3) by Xe. According to Møller-Plesset (MP2) and CCSD(T) theoretical calculations, the enthalpy and Gibbs energy changes (ΔH and ΔG) of this process are predicted to be -3 kcal mol(-1) . The(More)
The structure, harmonic frequencies, enthalpies of formation, and dissociation energies of the GeF(n)(+) cations (n = 1-3) and of their neutral counterparts GeF(n) have been investigated at the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels of theory and discussed in connection with previous experimental and theoretical data. The CCSD(T,full)/cc-pVTZ-optimized geometries and(More)
The structure and stability of FXeGeF and FXeGeF3 were investigated by MP2, CCSD(T), and B3LYP calculations, and their bonding situation was examined by NBO and AIM analysis. These molecules are thermochemically stable with respect to dissociation into F + Xe + GeF(n) (n = 1, 3), and kinetically stable with respect to dissociation into Xe + GeF(n+1), thus(More)