Authors:X. Zheng, Y. Yu, G. Xiao, Y. Xu, J. Wu, D. Tang, Y. Cheng, and Y. Zhang
Changes in microbial population, pH, sugar, organic acid, anthocyanins, total soluble phenolics, and anti-glucosidase contents were measured during fermentation of mulberry juice at 30 °C by probiotic Leuconostoc mesenteroides showing rapid growth after an approximately 1-day lag phase and reaching a maximum of 8.6 log CFU ml−1 after 4 d. During the rapid growth phase, the main mulberry juice sugars, glucose and fructose, were largely consumed, and the acidic metabolites, lactic acid and acetic acid, were produced accordingly. A slow decrease in the concentration of the main organic acid, citric acid, was also observed during fermentation. After 4 d fermentation, anthocyanin content showed a 44.4% reduction, but the total amount of soluble phenolics and α-glucosidase inhibitory activity showed no significant changes (P>0.05). This suggests that L. mesenteroides fermentation of mulberry juice is a good strategy to enhance its probiotic value and to decrease the sugar content without changing the anti-glucosidase activity, which is required to reduce postprandial rise in blood glucose.
Authors:D. Lin, H. Wang, M. Lin, M. Lin, and Y. Wu
Adding a magnetic field gradient to the conventional TG system constructs the magnetic thermogravimetry analysis (TG(M) i.e. Faraday methods) and the magnetic derivative thermogravimetry (DTG(M)) techniques. We used the techniques to study the nanocrystalline processes of the FeCuNbSiB and FeCuNbCoSiB amorphous alloys. Some problems of their applications such as the characteristic temperature Tmin and TC are also discussed in detail.
The aim of this study is to investigate the melting/freezing characteristics of paraffin by adding Cu nanoparticles. Cu/paraffin composite phase change materials (PCMs) were prepared by a two-step method. The effects of Cu nanoparticles on the thermal conductivity and the phase change heat transfer of PCMs were investigated by the Hot Disk thermal constants analyzer and infrared monitoring methods, respectively. The maximum thermal conductivity enhancements up to 14.2% in solid state and 18.1% in liquid state are observed at the 2 wt% Cu/paraffin. The photographs of infrared monitoring suggest that the melting and freezing rates of Cu/paraffin are enhanced. For 1 wt% Cu/paraffin, the melting and freezing times can be saved by about 33.3 and 31.6%, respectively. The results provide that adding nanoparticles is an efficient way to enhance the phase change heat transfer of PCMs.
The combustion energy of thioproline was determined
by the precision rotating-bomb calorimeter at 298.15 K to be ΔcU= –2469.301.44 kJ mol–1.
From the results and other auxiliary quantities, the standard molar enthalpy
of combustion and the standard molar enthalpy of formation of thioproline
were calculated to be ΔcHmθC4H7NO2S,
(s), 298.15 K= –2469.921.44 kJ mol–1
and ΔfHmθC4H7NO2S, (s), 298.15K= –401.331.54
Authors:D. Lin, M. Lin, M. Lin, Y. Wu, H. Wang, and Y. Chen
The —T and d/dT—T curves of the FeCuNbSiB amorphous alloy, which are the relationship between the total saturated magnetic moment per unit mass and temperature, are investigated by magnetic thermogravimetry analysis (TG(M)) technique. It is found that the crystallization process of the samples can be divided into five stages. The studies of samples annealed in temperature range of 480–610°C for 1h show that when the annealing temperature (Ta) is less than 540°C, the quantity of nanocrystalline -Fe(Si) phase increases evidently with Ta, and the Curie temperature (TC) of residual amorphous phase also increases linearly with Ta, i.e. TC=0.52Ta+91.7°C, with correlation coefficient =0.98. The variation of volume fraction of -Fe(Si) nanocrystalline phase or residual amorphous phase with Ta is measured by TG(M) technique.
Authors:Y. Li, F.Q. Lu, Y. Feng, Z.D. He, and X.L. Wu
Analysis of the binding interaction of (−)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and pepsin is important for understanding the inhibition of digestive enzymes by tea polyphenols. We studied the binding of EGCG to pepsin using fluorescence spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry, and protein-ligand docking. We found that EGCG could inhibit pepsin activity. According to thermodynamic parameters, a negative ΔG indicated that the interaction between EGCG and pepsin was spontaneous, and the electrostatic force accompanied by hydrophobic binding forces may play major role in the binding. Data from multi-spectroscopy and docking studies suggest that EGCG could bind pepsin with a change in the native conformation of pepsin. Our results provide further understanding of the nature of the binding interactions between catechins and digestive enzymes.
The catalytic and accelerating effects of three coal-burning additives (CBA) on the burning of graphite were studied with
the help of thermogravimetric (TG) analysis. The kinetic study on the catalytic oxidation of the graphite doped with CBA was
carried out and the results were presented. The results show that the CBA can change the carbon oxidation/combustion course
by catalytic action and change the activation energy, thus improving the combustion efficiency.
Authors:J. Wu, H. Xing, D. Tang, Y. Gao, X. Yin, Q. Du, X. Jiang, and D. Yang
The method of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with diode array detector (DAD) was used and validated for the simultaneous determination of nine flavonoids (rutin, myricetin, quercitrin, quercetin, luteolin, genistein, kaempferol, apigenin, and isorhamnetin) in beagle dog plasma. Plasma sample was pre-treated with acetonitrile (containing 0.05% formic acid). Chromatographic separation was performed on a kromasil C18 column (250 × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) maintained at 35 °C. The mobile phase was a mixture of methanol and 0.2% formic acid with a step linear gradient. At 1.0 mL min−1 flow rate, the eluent of other eight flavonoids was detected simultaneously at 360 nm with good separation except genistein (detected at 254 nm). Under optimum conditions, the correlation coefficient between the peak area and the concentrations for each analyte was all above 0.999. The intra-day and inter-day precisions were less than 10% for all analytes. The limit of detection and the limit of quantification for the selected nine flavonoids were 0.006–0.03 and 0.02–0.12 g mL−1, respectively. The extracted recoveries of selected nine flavonoids were 74.02%–99.37%. The assay has been successfully applied to determine concentrations of nine flavonoids in plasma from beagle dog after being intravenously administrated Ginkgo biloba extract.
The present study was performed to investigate the effect of β-aminobutyric acid (BABA) treatment on defence activation in grape berries and to analyse its cellular mechanism. The results implied that BABA treatment at an effective concentration of 20 mM significantly inhibited gray mould rot caused by Botrytis cinerea in grape berries by inducing resistance. Accordingly, 20 mM BABA triggered a priming defence in grape suspension cells, since only the BABA-treated cells exhibited an accelerated ability for augmenting defence responses upon the pathogen inoculation. The primed cellular reactions were related to an early H2O2 burst, prompt accumulation of stilbene phytoalexins and activation of PR genes. Thus, we assume that 20 mM BABA can induce resistance to B. cinerea infection in intact grape berries perhaps via intercellular priming defence. Moreover, the BABA-induced priming defence is verified, because no negative effects on cell growth, anthocyanin synthesis, and quality impairment in either grape cells or intact berries were observed under low pathogenic pressure.
Authors:G.P. Li, D. Zhou, L.N. Kan, Y.W. Wu, J.F. Fan, and J. Ouyang
The inhibitory effects of phytic acid (PA) on the browning of fresh-cut chestnuts and the associated mechanisms of PA on polyphenol oxidase (PPO) and peroxidase (POD) activities were investigated. The enzymatic browning of chestnut surfaces and interiors was suppressed by soaking shelled and sliced chestnuts in a PA solution. The specific activities of PPO and POD extracted from chestnuts declined due to inhibition by PA. PA was determined to be a competitive inhibitor of both PPO and POD by Lineweaver-Burk plots. The binding modes of PA with PPO and POD were analysed by AutoDock 4.2.