Vassili Karanassios

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Thermotoga hypogea is an extremely thermophilic anaerobic bacterium capable of growing at 90°C. It uses carbohydrates and peptides as carbon and energy sources to produce acetate, CO2, H2, l-alanine and ethanol as end products. Alcohol dehydrogenase activity was found to be present in the soluble fraction of T. hypogea. The alcohol dehydrogenase was(More)
Protein aggregation is a hallmark of many diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) where aggregation of copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) is implicated in pathogenesis. We report here that fully metallated (holo) SOD1 under physiologically relevant solution conditions can undergo changes in metallation and/or dimerization over time and(More)
Wireless data acquisition using smartphones or handhelds offers increased mobility, it provides reduced size and weight, it has low electrical power requirements, and (in some cases) it has an ability to access the internet. Thus, it is well suited for mobile spectrometry applications using miniaturized, field-portable spectrometers, or detectors for(More)
resemble those observed in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Young-Mi Hwang, Peter B. Stathopulos, Kristin Dimmick, Hong Yang, Hamid R. Badiei, Ming Sze Tong, Jessica A. O. Rumfeldt, Pu Chen, Vassili Karanassios, and Elizabeth M. Meiering From the Departments of Chemistry and Biology, and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200(More)
Because of their desirable characteristics, for example small size, lightness, low power and gas consumption, and potential for portability, miniaturized plasma sources are receiving significant attention in the scientific literature. To take advantage of these characteristics we micromachined and fabricated new, planar-geometry, self-igniting,(More)
A method is described for screening of lead in diluted micro-samples of whole blood by a Re-cup, in-torch vaporization (ITV) sample introduction system for inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). The method required minimum sample preparation. For example, blood was diluted with water and Triton X-100 in 0.5% HNO3 and, 5 microL(More)
The apparently paradoxical behaviour of facile exchange (kinetic lability) of tightly bound (thermodynamic stability) zinc ions in the enzyme IMP-1 metallo-beta-lactamase with Zn-68 and cadmium ions, as indicated by in-torch vaporization inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ITV-ICP-MS) and electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), is(More)