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Sixteen minor and trace element contents of diet samples from three different social population groups in Taiwan were determined. Samples were prepared using duplicate portion technique by collecting the 15 subjects ate and drank during a 3-day period. Samples were homogenized, freeze-dried, and elemental concentration of minor and trace elements were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis. Elemental concentrations and daily dietary intake of the elements were compared with those in the other nations, and possible origins were discussed.

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Authors: M. Ji, J. Liu, S. Gao, R. Hu and Q. Shi

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The thermal decomposition behaviour of the complexes of rare earth metals with histidine: RE(His)(NO3)3 H2O (RE=La—Nd, Sm—Lu and Y; His=histidine) was investigated by means of TG-DTG techniques. The results indicated that the thermal decomposition processes of the complexes can be divided into three steps. The first step is the loss of crystal water molecules or part of the histidine molecules from the complexes. The second step is the formation of alkaline salts or mixtures of nitrates with alkaline salts after the histidine has been completely lost from the complexes. The third step is the formation of oxides or mixtures of oxides with alkaline salts. The results relating to the three steps indicate that the stabilities of the complexes increase from La to Lu.

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Thermal behavior of aqueous hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC)/surfactant mixtures was studied in the dilute concentration regime using micro-differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The surfactant used was sodium n-dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The heat capacity of HPMC gel with various concentrations of SDS was much higher than that of the pure HPMC gel. The addition of SDS at different concentrations showed dissimilar influences on the gelation of HPMC; SDS at lower concentrations (≤6 mM) did not affect gelation temperature significantly except for enhancing the heat capacity whilst SDS at higher concentrations (≥6 mM) not only resulted in the gelation of HPMC at higher temperatures but also changed the pattern of the gelation thermograph from a single mode to a bimodal. On the basis of the observed thermal behavior of HPMC/SDS systems, the mechanism behind the sol-gel transition was discussed in terms of the properties of the surfactant and their influences on the extent of polymer/surfactant binding and polymer/polymer hydrophobic association. Gelation kinetics was analysed using the results from the DSC measurements. The kinetic parameters were determined.

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To meet the need for studies of anaerobic microbial and animal cell cultures involving much lower heat effects as compared to aerobic microbial cultures, a bench scale calorimeter, Bio-RCl, has been improved for achieving a higher long-term sensitivity. This newly improved Bio-RCl was used for heat measurement of anaerobic growth of Lactobacillus helveticus. The results showed that the bench-scale calorimetry has powerful potential for on-line monitoring and control of anaerobic bioprocesses as well as fundamental studies, such as stoichiometry, thermodynamics and kinetics of cellular growth.

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The energy of combustion of crystalline 3,4,5-trimethoxybenzoic acid in oxygen at T=298.15 K was determined to be -4795.91.3 kJ mol-1 using combustion calorimetry. The derived standard molar enthalpies of formation of 3,4,5-trimethoxybenzoic acid in crystalline and gaseous states at T=298.15 K, ΔfHm Θ (cr) and ΔfHm Θ (g), were -852.91.9 and -721.72.0 kJ mol-1, respectively. The reliability of the results obtained was commented upon and compared with literature values.

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Polypropylene (PP) /ethylene-octene copolymer (POE) blends with different content of POE were prepared by mixing chamber of a Haake torque rheometer. The crystallization behaviors and crystal structure of PP/POE blends were systematically investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and polarized optical microscopy (POM). The results showed that PP spherulites became defective and the crystallization behavior was influenced intensely with the introduction of POE. At the low content of POE, the addition of POE decreases the apparent incubation period (Δt i) and the apparent total crystallization period (Δt c) of PP in blends due to the heterogeneous nucleation of POE, and small amount of β-form PP crystals form because of the existence of POE. However, at high content of POE, the addition of POE decreases the mobility of PP segments due to their strong intermolecular interaction and chain entanglements, resulting in retarding the crystallization of PP, decreasing in the amount of β-form PP crystals, and increasing in Δt i and Δt c of PP in blends.

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The two complexes, [RE(Gly)4(Im)(H2O)](ClO4)3(s)(RE = Eu, Sm), have been synthesized and characterized. The standard molar enthalpies of reaction for the following reactions, RECl3·6H2O(s)+4Gly(s)+Im(s)+3NaClO4(s) = =[RE(Gly)4(Im)(H2O)](ClO4)3(s)+3NaCl(s)+5H2O(l), were determined by solution-reaction colorimetry. The standard molar enthalpies of formation of the two complexes at T = 298.15 K were derived as Δf H m Θ {Eu(Gly)4(Im)(H2O)}(ClO4)3(s)} = = −(3396.6±2.3) kJ mol−1 and Δf H m Θ {Sm(Gly)4(Im)(H2O)}(ClO4)3(s)} = −(3472.7±2.3) kJ mol−1, respectively.

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Studies of thermokinetics in an adiabatic calorimeter

II. Calorimetric curve analysis methods for irreversible and reversible reactions

Authors: S. Zhan, J. Liu, Z. Qin and Y. Deng
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Studies of thermokinetics in an adiabatic calorimeter

I. Design and testing of an adiabatic automatic calorimeter

Authors: S. Zhan, J. Liu, Z. Qin and Y. Deng

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An adiabatic calorimeter in which automation of the control of the adiabatic condition and the thermogram recording is achieved in a simple way has been designed for studies of both thermochemistry and thermokinetics. A new method for specific heat measurements has been proposed and specific heats ofn-heptane were measured to test the reliability of this calorimeter.

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Authors: J. Chen, L. Wang, W.H. Liu, J. Shi, Y. Zhong, S.J. Liu and S.M. Liu

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Although the use of aspirin has substantially reduced the risks of cardiovascular events and death, its potential mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. In a previous study, we found that aspirin triggers cellular autophagy. In the present study, we aimed to determine the protective effects of aspirin on human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs) and explore its underlying mechanisms. HCAECs were treated with oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL), angiotensin II (Ang-II), or high glucose (HG) with or without aspirin stimulation. The expression levels of endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthase (eNOS), p-eNOS, LC3, p62, phosphor-nuclear factor kappa B (p-NF-κB), p-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p-p38 MAPK), and Beclin-1 were detected via immunoblotting analysis. Concentrations of soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) and soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sVCAM-1) were measured via ELISA. NO levels were determined using the Griess reagent. Autophagic flux was tracked by tandem mRFP-GFP-tagged LC3. Results showed that aspirin increased eNOS level and reduced injury to the endothelial cells (ECs) caused by ox-LDL, Ang-II, and HG treatment in a dose-dependent manner. Aspirin also increased the LC3II/LC3I ratio, decreased p62 expression, and enhanced autophagic flux (autophagosome and autolysosome puncta) in the HCAECs. p-NF-κB and p-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibition, sVCAM-1 and sICAM-1 secretion, and eNOS activity promotion by aspirin treatment were found to be dependent on Beclin-1. These results suggested that aspirin can protect ECs from ox-LDL-, Ang-II-, and HG-induced injury by activating autophagy in a Beclin-1-dependent manner.

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