The deactivation of alkali solid catalysts for the synthesis of glycerol carbonate from glycerol and dimethyl carbonate was investigated. Calcium oxide, calcium hydroxide and calcium methoxide were chosen as the representatives of the alkali solid catalysts. When the catalysts were recycled, the yield of glycerol carbonate decreased dramatically. The alkali solid catalyst was converted to the basic calcium carbonate Cax(OH)y(CO3)z, which was the cause of the decrease of glycerol carbonate yield. It was found that the chemical interactions of the alkali solid catalyst with glycerol and glycerol carbonate led to the formation of the basic calcium carbonate Cax(OH)y(CO3)z, for which the mechanism was proposed. Based on the deactivation mechanism, calcium diglyceroxide was adopted as a new catalyst for the transesterification of glycerol and dimethyl carbonate. Compared to calcium oxide, calcium hydroxide and calcium methoxide, calcium diglyceroxide showed excellent reusability for the transesterification of glycerol and dimethyl carbonate. For calcium oxide, calcium methoxide and calcium diglyceroxide, there were dissolution losses of the catalysts in the reaction medium. For calcium hydroxide, the catalyst dissolution loss in the reaction medium was nearly negligible. For calcium diglyceroxide, the dissolution of the catalyst in the reaction medium did not influence the yield of glycerol carbonate significantly.
Authors:Yanling Zhao, Jiabo Wang, Limei Shan, Ruisheng Li, Dan Yan, and Xiaohe Xiao
The power–time curves of mice splenic lymphocytes growth at 37 °C affected by ginsenoside Rh2 were determined by microcalorimetry using a 3114/3236 TAM air bioactivity monitor with ampoule mode. Then, the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of Rh2 on splenic lymphocytes growth was determined by serial dilution method. From factor analysis (FA) on six quantitative thermokinetic parameters from the power–time curves, the activity of Rh2 on splenic lymphocytes could be quickly evaluated by analyzing the changes in the two main parameters: growth rate constant k, and maximum heat-output power, Pm. The results showed that Rh2 had strong inhibitory activity on splenic lymphocytes growth, and this inhibitory activity was strengthened with increasing concentration of Rh2 in the concentration range of 1.0–32.0 μg mL−1. This strong inhibitory also could be confirmed from the MIC of 50.0 μg mL−1 of Rh2 on splenic lymphocytes growth in RPMI-1640 culture medium. This study illustrated that microcalorimetry could not only offer a useful method for evaluating the activity of drugs, but also serve as a quantitative, sensitive, and simple analytic tool for the evaluation of drugs on cell growth.
Authors:Yan-Ling Zhao, Jia-Bo Wang, Dan Yan, Li-Mei Shan, Ping Zhang, Rui-Sheng Li, and Xiao-He Xiao
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 Pmax and the corresponding appearance peak time tmax, total heat output Qt, and promotion rate Rp of splenic lymphocytes growth affected by the four ginsenosides were calculated. In accordance with thermo-kinetic model, the corresponding quantitative relationships of k, Pmax, tmax, Qt, Rp, 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.
Splenic lymphocytes play an important role in host acute or chronic diseases. The abnormality of these cells in the spleens of humans might lead to some riskful diseases for human. Hence, in this study, the effects of two ginsenosides Rg1 and Rb1 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 Pmax, total heat output Qt of splenic lymphocytes were obtained to present the effects of Rg1 and Rb1 on these cells. The values of k, Pmax, and Qt from the thermogenic growth curves of splenic lymphocytes were found to increase in the presence of Rg1, while the change was adverse for Rb1, illustrating that Rg1 had promotion effect and Rb1 had inhibitory effect on splenic lymphocytes growth and these promotion or inhibitory effects were enhanced with increasing the concentration of the two compounds, respectively. The microcalorimetric results were confirmed by MTT assay for determining the MTT optical density (OD) value and [3H] Thymidine incorporation assay ([3H]-TdR) for determining the count per minute (cpm) value: Rg1 could increase the MTT OD value and the cpm value of [3H]-TdR incorporation into splenic lymphocytes, and these values were increased with increasing the concentration of this compound, while Rb1 had the adverse results. The structure–activity relationships showed that the glucopyranoside and hydroxyl groups at the dammarane-type mother nucleus skeleton might play a crucial role for the opposing effects of the two ginsenosides on splenic lymphocytes. Compared with the other two assay methods, the microcalorimetric method provided more useful and reliable information for quickly and objectively evaluating the effects of drugs or compounds on the living cells, which would be a highly promising analytical tool for the characterization of the biological process and the estimation of the drugs’ efficiency.
The antibacterial effect of Curcumin on Staphylococcus aureus growth was evaluated by microcalorimetry. The heat flow power–time curves and nine quantitative parameters of the S. aureus growth were applied to investigate the inhibitory effect with Curcumin. By analyzing these curves and some quantitative parameters using multivariate analytical methods, similarity analysis and principal component analysis, the antibacterial activity of Curcumin on S. aureus could be accurately evaluated from the change of the two main parameters, the second exponential growth rate constant k2 and the maximum heat flow power Pm2. The main two thermal parameters played more important role in the evaluation: at low concentration (0–10.5 μg mL−1), Curcumin hardly influence the growth of S. aureus, while at high concentration (10.5–43.4 μg mL−1) it could notably inhibit the growth. All these illustrated that the antibacterial activity of Curcumin on S. aureus was enhanced with the increase of the concentration of this compound. This study might provide an useful method and idea accurately evaluate the antibacterial effects of Curcumin, which provides some useful methods for evaluate the nature antibacterial agents.
Using microcalorimetry, the characteristic metabolic heat flow power-time curves of S. aureus growth affected by Ursodesoxycholic acid and Hyodeoxycholic acid were measured at 37 °C. The thermal-kinetic parameters such as, growth rate constant k, the maximum power output (Pm), the time corresponding to the maximum power output (tp), total heat-production Qt, half inhibitory concentration of the drugs (IC50) were calculated from the growth curves. For both HDCA and UDCA, with the increasing of concentration, k, Pm, and Qt decreased, meanwhile, k–c fit a linear equation, tp was prolonged correspondingly. Principle component analysis, the results indicated tp might be the main parameter in evaluating the antibacterial activity of HDCA and UDCA in microcalorimetric method. Combining with tp and IC50, the results revealed that the differences and trends of antibacterial activity of these bile acid derivatives were: HDCA > UDCA. Structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis showed that the α-OH at C-3 and C-6 position at equal pace on the steroid nucleus enhanced the hydrophilicity of HDCA, which led to a stronger antibacterial effect than UDCA. In this study, a useful tool was provided to accurately evaluate the antibacterial effects of bile acid derivatives. The thermolysis curve recorded by microcalorimetry could provide a lot of kinetic and thermodynamic information for the study of growth process of living microbial, which could be helpful in the screening of high efficacy antibacterial agents.