S3 Seminar Hender Lopez  

Modena - 13.06.2018 - S3 Seminar Hender Lopez
Date and Time: Wednesday June 13, 2018 - 11.00
Venue: S3 Seminar Room, Third Floor, Physics building, FIM Department

Speaker: Hender Lopez
Institut für Angewandte Physik, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and Institut Laue-Langevin

Title: Coarse-grained modelling of the bionano interface

Abstract: We present a framework for coarse-grained modelling of the interface between foreign nanoparticles (NP) and biological fluids and membranes. Our model is based on atom structures of the corresponding molecules membrane lipids and globular proteins in implicit solvent, which are parameterised using experimental data or atomistic simulation results. The proposed methodology is used to predict the adsorption energies for human blood plasma proteins on NPs of different sizes as well as the preferred orientation of the molecules upon adsorption. Our approach allows one to rank the proteins by their binding affinity to the NP, which can be used for predicting the composition of the NP-protein corona for the corresponding material. We also show how a variation of the model can be used to study the internalization of fullerenes by a lipid bilayer membrane and thus can provide a mechanistic insight for modelling NP toxicity. Finally we also propose a coarse-grained methodology to study the kinetics of the interaction between NPs and blood proteins.

Host: Giorgia Brancolini


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