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  • 1 Servicio de Farmacia, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo (Xeral-Cíes), c/Pizarro no 22, 36202, Vigo, Spain
  • | 2 Departamento de Física Aplicada, Facultade de Ciencias Experimentais, Universidade de Vigo, Lagoas Marcosende s/n, 36310, Vigo, Spain
  • | 3 Departamento de Física Aplicada, Facultade de Física, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15706, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Abstract

Microcalorimetry is an experimental technique which allows us to precisely measure the energy released as a consequence of any transformation process. All organisms produce heat as a consequence of metabolism. The rate of heat production is an adequate measurement of metabolic activity of organisms and their constituent parts, cells and sub-cellular levels. Microorganisms produce small amounts of heat, in the order of 1–3 pW per cell. Despite the low quantity of heat produced by bacteria, their exponential replication in culture medium allows their detection using microcalorimetry. This study is a microcalorimetric study of the growth and metabolism of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, using the heat liberated as a consequence of bacterial metabolism. With this aim, we used a Calvet microcalorimeter, inside which two Teflon screw-capped stainless steel cells were located (sample and reference). Experiments were carried out at final concentrations of 106, 105, 103 and 10 CFU/mL, and a constant temperature of 309.65 K was maintained within the microcalorimeter. Recording the difference in calorific potential over time we obtained P. aeruginosa’s growth curves. The shape of these curves is characteristic and has a single phase. Thus, the heat flow curves were mathematically studied to calculate the growth constant and generation time of this bacterium.

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  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Condensed Matter Physics
  • SJR Quartile Score (2019): Q3 Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
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  • SJR Quartile Score (2018): Q2 Condensed Matter Physics
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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1969
Volumes
per Year
4
Issues
per Year
24
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
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Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
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Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 1388-6150 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2926 (Online)