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Curcumin (CUR), a frequently-used food additive and flavorings, has been reported to be safe at a wide dose range. Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) is commonly found in soil and decomposing organic matter, and it was reported beneficial for humans when ingested. Up to now, there have been no contraindication of B. subtilis except for the avoidance of the drug combination with antibiotics, and the interaction of food and B. subtilis drug is blank. In this study, the interaction of CUR and B. subtilis was investigated. Microcalorimetry was applied to evaluate the effect of CUR on B. subtilis growth. By analyzing the main parameters extracted from the heat-flow power–time curves, it was concluded that CUR could inhibit the growth of B. subtilis, and the 50% inhibiting concentration (IC50) valued 109.9 μg mL−1. The results revealed that it is unreasonable to take CUR and B. subtilis at the same time, and it also provided a new way for the investigation of the interaction between food and drug. Meanwhile, this study indicated that the safety of CUR should be re-evaluated.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Yumei Han
,
Dan Yan
,
Yanling Zhao
,
Cheng Peng
, and
Xiaohe Xiao

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Rhizoma Coptidis consists mainly of protoberberine alkaloids (PAs), and has been used for many years as a traditional medicine. Recent research revealed the toxicity of Rhizoma Coptidis, but studies focusing on the relationships between the structures of PAs and their toxicities are lacking. The toxic effects of four PAs from Rhizoma Coptidis on the growth of Tetrahymena thermophila BF5 were investigated by microcalorimetry. The power-time curves of T. thermophila BF5 with and without PAs were obtained; the extent and duration of toxic effects on the metabolism of this organism were evaluated by studying thermokinetic parameters and the half-inhibitory ratio (IC 50). All the thermokinetic parameters showed regular variations with alteration of PA concentrations. The magnitude of the toxic effects of PAs was ascertained from IC 50 values: palmatine > jateorhizine > berberine ≈ coptisine. The structure–function relationship of PAs indicated that the C2 and C3 positions contributed more to the toxic effect of PAs. That is, when substituted with methoxyl groups, the toxic effect would be increased.

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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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Using a LKB-2277 bioactivity monitor, stop-flow mode, the power–time curves of Candida albicans growth at 37 °C affected by berberine were measured. The check experiments were studied based on agar cup method to observe the inhibitory diameter and serial dilution method to determine the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of berberine on C. albicans growth. By analyzing the quantitative thermogenic parameters taken from the power–time curves using correspondence analysis (CA), we could find that berberine at a low concentration (5.0 μg mL−1) began to inhibit the growth of C. albicans and at a high concentration (75.0 μg mL−1) completely inhibited C. albicans growth. The anti-fungal activity of berberine could also be expressed as half-inhibitory concentration IC50, i.e., 50% effective in this inhibition. The value of IC50 of berberine on C. albicans was 34.52 μg mL−1. The inhibitory diameters all exceeded 10 mm in test range and the MIC was 500 μg mL−1. Berberine had strong anti-fungal effect on C. albicans growth. This work provided an important idea of the combination of microcalorimetry and CA for the study on anti-fungal effect of berberine and other compounds. Compared with the agar cup method and serial dilution method, microcalorimetry not only offered a useful way for evaluating the bioactivity of drugs, but also provides more information about the microbial growth and all this information was significant for the synthesis and searching of antibiotics.

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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, P m. 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.

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Application of microcalorimetry and principal component analysis

Antibacterial evaluation of Benzoinum and Styrax on Staphylococcus aureus growth

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Jian Wang
,
Danhong Cheng
,
Nan Zeng
,
Houlin Xia
,
Yong Fu
,
Dan Yan
,
Yanling Zhao
, and
Xiaohe Xiao

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A useful microcalorimetric technique based on the bacterial heat production was applied to evaluate the antibacterial effects of Benzoinum and Styrax on the growth of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). The thermogenic power-time curves of S. aureus growth in the presence of the two drugs were determined by a thermal activity monitor (TAM) air isothermal microcalorimeter, ampoule mode, at 310 K. Some quantitative metabolic parameters, such as growth rate constant k, the heat-flow power P, the appearance time for the heat power t, and the heat production Q were obtained from these curves. By analyzing these curves and some quantitative parameters using principal component analysis (PCA), the antibacterial effects of Benzoinum and Styrax on S. aureus growth were accurately evaluated from the change of the two main parameters, the heat-flow power for the second peaks P 2nd and total heat production Q t: the antibacterial effects of the two drugs at concentrations of 0–125 mg mL−1 were both enhanced with increasing the concentration, and Benzoinum with IC50 of 132.2 mg mL−1 had stronger antibacterial effect than Styrax with IC50 of 179.8 mg mL−1. This study provides some useful references for the application of Benzoinum and Styra as potential antibacterial agents. Microcalorimetry is a powerful analytical tool for the characterization of the microbial growth progress and the evaluation of the drugs’ efficiency.

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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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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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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Xingfeng Li
,
Cheng Jin
,
Wei Liu
,
Jian Zhou
,
Weijun Kong
,
Bing Dai
,
Jiabo Wang
,
Dan Yan
,
Yanling Zhao
,
Yun Luo
, and
Xiaohe Xiao

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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 (P m), the time corresponding to the maximum power output (t p), total heat-production Q t , half inhibitory concentration of the drugs (IC 50) were calculated from the growth curves. For both HDCA and UDCA, with the increasing of concentration, k, P m, and Q t decreased, meanwhile, kc fit a linear equation, t p was prolonged correspondingly. Principle component analysis, the results indicated t p might be the main parameter in evaluating the antibacterial activity of HDCA and UDCA in microcalorimetric method. Combining with t p and IC 50, 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.

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Detection of microorganisms in different growth states based on microcalorimetry

A challenging test for establishing a rapid and reliable sterility method

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Manrong Tan
,
Yongsheng Ren
,
Dan Yan
,
Xianghong Meng
,
Longhu Chen
,
Lingling Qiu
,
Yan Yan
,
Jianyu Li
, and
Xiaohe Xiao

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A challenging method for sterility test which was rapid and reliable had been established to assess the adaptability and robustness of the microbial under different conditions. There were material and energy metabolism or exchange with microbial on microcalorimetry, as a result this method can be served as one of the optimization of thermodynamics sterility test. Thermal power-time curves under various environmental conditions (including processing temperature, storage time, and drugs inhibition) were determined. Typical microbial growth thermal power-time curves were obtained. The curves were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively by similarity values of bio-profiles and thermodynamics parameters, such as the exponential growth rate constant (k), detection time (T d). The similarity showed that microbial growth curves of low processing temperature, short storage time (1 month), and Traditional Chinese Medicine injection (Shuanghuanglian, contained native compounds) inhibiting were match better with the normal than other circumstance. Thermodynamic parameters indicated that the microcalorimetric method could detect the positive bacteria within 18 h (less than 10 cfu), and more quickly identify the different states of the bacterium growth and metabolism than routine sterility. In conclusion, characterized by of the specific and strong two-dimensional information, microcalorimetry could supply thermograms as biological profiles to describe the microbial activity under different conditions, which were not only used as a rapid and reliable identification of microbial, but also as a method for sterility test of microcalorimetry optimization.

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