Thamara Laredo

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In this work, we show molecular resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of gramicidin, a model antibacterial peptide, inserted into a phospholipid matrix. The resolution of the images is superior to that obtained in previous attempts to image gramicidin in a lipid environment using atomic force microscopy (AFM). This breakthrough has allowed(More)
Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaeffer methods were employed to deposit a mixed bilayer consisting of 90% of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) and 10% of gramicidin (GD), a short 15 residue ion channel forming peptide, onto a Au(111) electrode surface. This architecture allowed us to investigate the effect of the electrostatic potential(More)
Potentiometric titrations of the cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) immobilized in a biomimetic membrane system were followed by two-dimensional surface-enhanced IR absorption spectroscopy (2D SEIRAS) in the ATR-mode. Direct electron transfer was employed to vary the redox state of the enzyme. The CcO was shown to undergo a conformational transition from a(More)
We have applied a recently developed method (Langmuir 2006, 22, 5509-5519) to determine charge numbers per adsorbed molecule and packing densities in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of octadecanethiol (C18SH), a representative long-chain thiol. Our method yields values of area per molecule that are physically reasonable, in contrast to the popular(More)
A film of oriented bilayers containing a mixture of gramicidin and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) has been deposited on a fused-silica window coated with a 10 nm thick gold layer. The thin layer of gold allows the application of an electric potential across the film and the study of its influence on the structure and integrity of the bilayers.(More)
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