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Colloquium Schedule: Spring 2012

January 18th

Dr. Amit Basu, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Brown University; Providence, RI

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Title: "Probing carbohydrate-carbohydrate interactions with multivalent glycoconjugates"

 

 

Abstract:

The myelin sheath is a multilayered glycolipid enriched membrane that encircles and insulates axons.  A carbohydrate-carbohydrate interaction (CCI) between the sugars galactose and 3-sulfo-galactose has been implicated in signal transduction in oligodendrocytes, myelin producing cells.  I will describe the synthesis and characterization of carbohydrate coated fluorescent silica nanoparticles as a model system that can be used to study this CCI.  The use of these nanoparticles to study CCI in oligodendrocytes, along with preliminary structure-function relationships, will be described.

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