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In this study, the activities of four ginsenosides Rc, Re, Rd, and Rf on splenic lymphocytes growth were studied by microcalorimetry. Some qualitative and quantitative information, such as the metabolic power–time curves, growth rate constant k, maximum heat-output power of the exponential phase P max and the corresponding appearance peak time t max, total heat output Q t, and promotion rate R p of splenic lymphocytes growth affected by the four ginsenosides were calculated. In accordance with thermo-kinetic model, the corresponding quantitative relationships of k, P max, t max, Q t, R p, and c were established. Also, the median effective concentration (EC50) was obtained by quantitative analysis. Based on both the quantitative quantity–activity relationships (QQAR) and EC50, the sequence of promotion activity was Rc > Re > Rd > Rf. The analysis of structure–activity relationships showed that the number, type, and position of sugar moieties on the gonane steroid nucleus had important influences on the promotion activity of Rc, Re, Rd, and Rf on splenic lymphocytes growth. Microcalorimetry can be used as a useful tool for determining the activity and studying the quantity–activity relationship of drugs on cell.

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A rapid and simple analytical method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry has been developed by using bamboo charcoal as a dispersive adsorbent to simultaneously determine tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) and hexabromocyclododecane diastereoisomers (HBCDs) in soil. The factors influencing the performance of the proposed method were investigated and optimized in detail, and the matrix effects were evaluated. Under optimum conditions, the proposed method showed good linearity within the range of 0.8–80 ng g−1 and limits of detection of 4–75 pg g−1 (S/N = 3). The satisfactory recoveries of TBBPA ranging from 72.8% to 92.5% and HBCDs ranging from 76.8% to 102.2% were obtained with relatively standard deviation (RSD) ranging from 3.4% to 9.8%. The proposed method has been successfully applied to analyze TBBPA and HBCDs in actual soil samples from the Yellow River Delta in China.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
Xiao Yonghou
,
Yan Weifan
,
Yuan Shuanggui
,
Xu Yanbing
,
He Janjun
,
Pan Wiangyan
, and
Li Yingjun

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230Ra and its daughter 230Ac were produced by the reaction of 60 MeV/u 18O with ThO2. Using 133Ba, 224Ra and 212Pb–212Bi as tracers, 0.1M NH4EDTA–0.3M NH4-acetate solution as eluent, the relationship between pH and elution peaks, and the influence of the amount of Ba2+ carrier on the elution curve in cation exchange procedures were tested. Based on the results of conditional experiments, a procedure suitable for isolation of radium from the ThO2 irradiated with 60 MeV/u 18O beam was developed. The results demonstrated that the decontamination effectiveness for main reaction products, specially for barium, was satisfactory.

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Barium isotopes were produced by 60 MeV/u 18O ion bombardment of natural uranium via 238U (18O, X) reactions. Ba sources were prepared by radiochemical separation, and measured by a HPGe detector. The cumulative cross sections were obtained by analysis of measured time sequence g-ray spectra. A double peak phenomenon in Ba isotope distribution was observed.

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The principle for the electro-generative simultaneous leaching (EGSL) is applied to simultaneous leaching of pyrite-MnO2 in this paper. A galvanic system for the bio-electro-generative simultaneous leaching (BEGSL) has been set up. The equation of electric quantity vs. time is used to study the effect of produced sulfur on electro-generative efficiency and quantity. It has been shown that the resistance decreased in the presence of Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans (A. thiooxidans) with the increase of electro-generative efficiency. The effects of temperature and grain size on rate of ferrous extraction from pyrite under the conditions of presence and absence of A. thiooxidans were studied, respectively. The changes in the extraction rate of Fe2+ as particle size in presence of A. thiooxidans were more evident than that in the absence, which indicated that the extraction in bio-electro-generative leaching was affected by particle size remarkably. Around the optimum culture temperature for A. thiooxidans, the bigger change in the conversion rate of Fe2+ was depending on temperature. The transferred charge in BEGSL including part of S0 to sulfate group in the presence of (A. thiooxidans) which is called as biologic electric quantity, and the ratio of biologic electric quantity reached to 58.10% in 72 h among the all-transferred charge.

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Barium(II) tetraphenylborate, Ba(Bph4))2·4H2O was prepared, and its decomposition mechanism was studied by means of TG and DTA. The products of thermal decomposition were examined by means of gas chromatography and chemical methods. A kinetic analysis of the first stage of thermal decomposition was made on the basis of TG and DTG curves and kinetic parameters were obtained from an analysis of the TG and DTG curves using integral and differential methods. The most probable kinetic function was suggested by comparison of kinetic parameters. A mathematical expression was derived for the kinetic compensation effect.

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The contents of eight rare earth elements (La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Yb and Lu) in various plant species taken from a rare earth ore area were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis. For a given plant, the REE patterns in root, leaf and host soil are different from each other. The REE distribution characteristics in roots of various species are very similar and resemble those in the surface water. The results of this study suggest that there is no significant fractionation between the REEs during their uptake by the plant roots from soil solution. However, the variation of the relative abundance of individual REE occurs in the process of transportation and deposition of REEs in plants.

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In this study, the microcalorimetric method was applied to investigate the activity of berberine on Shigella dysenteriae (S. dysenteriae). Heat flow power (HFP)–time curves of the growth metabolism of S. dysenteriae affected by berberine were determined using the thermal activity monitor (TAM) air isothermal microcalorimeter, ampoule mode, at 37 °C. By analyzing these curves and some quantitative parameters using multivariate analytical methods, similarity analysis (SA) and principal component analysis (PCA), the antibacterial activity of berberine on S. dysenteriae could be accurately evaluated from the change of the two main parameters, the maximum heat flow power P m 2 and total heat output Q t: berberine at low concentration (25 μg mL−1) began to inhibit the growth of S. dysenteriae, high concentrations (50–200 μg mL−1) of berberine had strong antibacterial activity on S. dysenteriae, when the concentration of berberine was higher (250–300 μg mL−1), this antibacterial activity was stronger. All these illustrated that the antibacterial activity of berberine on S. dysenteriae was enhanced with the increase of the concentration of this compound. Berberine can be used as potential novel antibacterial agent for treating multidrug-resistant Shigella. This work provided a useful idea of the combination of microcalorimetry and multivariate analysis for studying the activity of other compounds or drugs on organisms.

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Fingernails of pathologically diagnosed normal people, light esophageal epitheliosis patients, severe esophageal epitheliosis patients and esophageal cancer patients were irradiated and their elemental contents were determined by INAA. Multivariate statistical treatment of Ca, Cl, K. Mg, Se and Zn data shows that esophageal cancer patients are distinguishable from non-cancer patients. The accuracy computed by neural networks is greater than 80%.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Cheng-Li Jiao
,
Li-Fang Song
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Chun-Hong Jiang
,
Jian Zhang
,
Xiao-Liang Si
,
Shu-Jun Qiu
,
Shuang Wang
,
Li-Xian Sun
,
Fen Xu
,
Fen Li
, and
Ji-Jun Zhao

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The low-temperature molar heat capacity of crystalline Mn3(HEDTA)2·10H2O was measured by temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry (TMDSC) for the first time. The thermodynamic parameters such as entropy and enthalpy relative to 298.15 K were calculated based on the above molar heat capacity data. The compound was characterized by powder XRD, FT-IR spectrum. Moreover, the thermal decomposition characteristics of Mn3(HEDTA)2·10H2O were investigated by thermogravimetry–mass spectrometer (TG–MS). The experimental result through TG measurement shows that a three-step mass loss process exists. H2O, CO2, NO, and NO2 were observed as products for oxidative degradation of Mn3(HEDTA)2·10H2O from the MS curves.

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