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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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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 P max, total heat output Q t of splenic lymphocytes were obtained to present the effects of Rg1 and Rb1 on these cells. The values of k, P max, and Q t 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.

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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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Thermotropic phase behaviors of paeonol-encapsulated liposomes containing stigmasterol or cholesterol have been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. We compared the thermotropic phase behavior of pure dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) liposomes, sterol/DPPC liposomes, and paeonol/sterol/DPPC liposomes increasing the ratio of paeonol to sterol from 0 to 1, by analyzing the calorimetric parameters of main phase transition of liposomes including phase transition temperature (onset temperature and peak temperature) and phase transition cooperativity. The results showed that paeonol could incorporate into the hydrophobic region of DPPC, thus, decrease phase transition temperature of DPPC. Though stigmasterol interacts with DPPC less favorably than cholesterol, thermotropic phase behavior of paeonol/cholesterol/DPPC liposomes and that of paeonol/stigmasterol/DPPC liposomes are very similar. A phase separation occurred when the molar ratio of paeonol to sterol reached 1:1 in paeonol-encapsulated liposomes, where a paeonol-rich domain coexisted with a sterol-rich domain. The packing order of acyl chains of DPPC in sterol-rich domain is a little higher than that in paeonol-rich domain.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: Liang Xue, Feng-Qi Zhao, Xiao-Ling Xing, Zhi-Ming Zhou, Kai Wang, Hong-Xu Gao, Jian-Hua Yi, and Rong-Zu Hu

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The thermal decomposition behavior of 3,4,5-triamino-1,2,4-triazole dinitramide was measured using a C-500 type Calvet microcalorimeter at four different temperatures under atmospheric pressure. The apparent activation energy and pre-exponential factor of the exothermic decomposition reaction are 165.57 kJ mol−1 and 1018.04s−1, respectively. The critical temperature of thermal explosion is 431.71 K. The entropy of activation (ΔS ), enthalpy of activation (ΔH ), and free energy of activation (ΔG ) are 97.19 J mol−1K−1, 161.90 kJ mol−1, and 118.98 kJ mol−1, respectively. The self-accelerating decomposition temperature (T SADT) is 422.28 K. The specific heat capacity of 3,4,5-triamino-1,2,4-triazole dinitramide was determined with a micro-DSC method and a theoretical calculation method. Specific heat capacity (J g−1K−1) equation is C p = 0.252 + 3.131 × 10−3 T (283.1 K < T < 353.2 K). The molar heat capacity of 3,4,5-triamino-1,2,4-triazole dinitramide is 264.52 J mol−1 K−1 at 298.15 K. The adiabatic time-to-explosion of 3,4,5-triamino-1,2,4-triazole dinitramide is calculated to be a certain value between 123.36 and 128.56 s.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: Liang Xue, Feng-Qi Zhao, Xiao-Ling Xing, Zhi-Ming Zhou, Kai Wang, Hong-Xu Gao, Jian-Hua Yi, Si-Yu Xu, and Rong-Zu Hu

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The thermal decomposition behaviors of 1,2,3-triazole nitrate were studied using a Calvet Microcalorimeter at four different heating rates. Its apparent activation energy and pre-exponential factor of exothermic decomposition reaction are 133.77 kJ mol−1 and 1014.58 s−1, respectively. The critical temperature of thermal explosion is 374.97 K. The entropy of activation (ΔS ), the enthalpy of activation (ΔH ), and the free energy of activation (ΔG ) of the decomposition reaction are 23.88 J mol−1 K−1, 130.62 kJ mol−1, and 121.55 kJ mol−1, respectively. The self-accelerating decomposition temperature (T SADT) is 368.65 K. The specific heat capacity was determined by a Micro-DSC method and a theoretical calculation method. Specific heat capacity equation is (283.1 K < T < 353.2 K). The adiabatic time-to-explosion is calculated to be a certain value between 98.82 and 100.00 s. The critical temperature of hot-spot initiation is 637.14 K, and the characteristic drop height of impact sensitivity (H 50) is 9.16 cm.

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Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Authors: Shan-Shan Ma, Patrick D. Worhunsky, Jian-song Xu, Sarah W. Yip, Nan Zhou, Jin-Tao Zhang, Lu Liu, Ling-Jiao Wang, Ben Liu, Yuan-Wei Yao, Sheng Zhang, and Xiao-Yi Fang

Background

Cue-induced brain reactivity has been suggested to be a fundamental and important mechanism explaining the development, maintenance, and relapse of addiction, including Internet gaming disorder (IGD). Altered activity in addiction-related brain regions has been found during cue-reactivity in IGD using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), but less is known regarding the alterations of coordinated whole brain activity patterns in IGD.

Methods

To investigate the activity of temporally coherent, large-scale functional brain networks (FNs) during cue-reactivity in IGD, independent component analysis was applied to fMRI data from 29 male subjects with IGD and 23 matched healthy controls (HC) performing a cue-reactivity task involving Internet gaming stimuli (i.e., game cues) and general Internet surfing-related stimuli (i.e., control cues).

Results

Four FNs were identified that were related to the response to game cues relative to control cues and that showed altered engagement/disengagement in IGD compared with HC. These FNs included temporo-occipital and temporo-insula networks associated with sensory processing, a frontoparietal network involved in memory and executive functioning, and a dorsal-limbic network implicated in reward and motivation processing. Within IGD, game versus control engagement of the temporo-occipital and frontoparietal networks were positively correlated with IGD severity. Similarly, disengagement of temporo-insula network was negatively correlated with higher game-craving.

Discussion

These findings are consistent with altered cue-reactivity brain regions reported in substance-related addictions, providing evidence that IGD may represent a type of addiction. The identification of the networks might shed light on the mechanisms of the cue-induced craving and addictive Internet gaming behaviors.

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