Wilma Febo-Ayala

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Surface-tethered biomimetic bilayer membranes (tethered bilayer lipid membranes (tBLMs)) were formed on gold surfaces from phospholipids and a synthetic 1-thiahexa(ethylene oxide) lipid, WC14. They were characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, neutron reflection (NR), and Fourier-transform infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy(More)
The rate of Ca2+ -triggered phospholipase A2 (PLA2) degradation of tethered bilayer membranes (tBLMs), composed of a synthetic lipid, beta-mercaptoethanol, and palmitoyloleoylphosphatidylcholine (POPC), is approximately 80 times greater than for those prepared with diphytanoylphosphatidylcholine (DPhyPC). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and(More)
We demonstrate a method for simultaneous structure and function determination of integral membrane proteins. Electrical impedance spectroscopy shows that Staphylococcus aureus alpha-hemolysin channels in membranes tethered to gold have the same properties as those formed in free-standing bilayer lipid membranes. Neutron reflectometry provides(More)
We report the lateral diffusion properties of 2,2'-di-O-decyl-3,3'-di-O-(eicosanyl)-bis-(rac-glycero)-1,1'-diphosphocholine (C20BAS) using pulsed-field gradient NMR (PFG-NMR) and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP). C20BAS membranes display a melting transition at Tm = 15.7 degrees C, as determined by differential scanning calorimetry and 31P(More)
A library of oxazoline-substituted potassium organotrifluoroborates was prepared via the condensation of various potassium formyl-substituted aryl- and heteroaryltrifluoroborates with tosylmethyl isocyanide under basic conditions. The efficient Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of products thus formed to various aryl bromides was achieved in good yields. The(More)
Three bipolar archaeal-type diglycerophosphocholine tetraether lipids (also known as bolalipids) have been prepared to determine (1) the influence of molecular structure on the physical properties of bolalipid membranes and (2) their impact on the functional reconstitution of Ste14p, a membrane-associated isoprenylcysteine carboxyl methyltransferase from(More)
Organotrifluoroborates are generating increased interest because of their ease of preparation and purification and indefinite shelf life. Herein we report the preparation of organotrifluoroborates bearing functional groups that can be manipulated at different stages of the synthetic route, exploiting the inertness of their carbon-boron bonds. The alkylation(More)
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