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Two crystal samples, sodium 5-methylisophthalic acid monohydrate (C9H6O4Na2·H2O, s) and sodium isophthalic acid hemihydrate (C8H4O4Na2·1/2H2O, s), were prepared from water solution. Low-temperature heat capacities of the solid samples for sodium 5-methylisophthalic acid monohydrate (C9H6O4Na2·H2O, s) and sodium isophthalic acid hemihydrate (C8H4O4Na2·1/2H2O, s) were measured by a precision automated adiabatic calorimeter over the temperature range from 78 to 379 K. The experimental values of the molar heat capacities in the measured temperature region were fitted to a polynomial equation on molar heat capacities (C p,m) with the reduced temperatures (X), [X = f(T)], by a least-squares method. Thermodynamic functions of the compounds (C9H6O4Na2·H2O, s) and (C8H4O4Na2·1/2H2O, s) were calculated based on the fitted polynomial equation. The constant-volume energies of combustion of the compounds at T = 298.15 K were measured by a precise rotating-bomb combustion calorimeter to be Δc U(C9H6O4Na2·H2O, s) = −15428.49 ± 4.86 J g−1 and Δc U(C8H4O4Na2·1/2H2O, s) = −13484.25 ± 5.56 J g−1. The standard molar enthalpies of formation of the compounds were calculated to be Δ f H m θ (C9H6O4Na2·H2O, s) = −1458.740 ± 1.668 kJ mol−1 and Δ f H m θ(C8H4O4Na2·1/2H2O, s) = −2078.392 ± 1.605 kJ mol−1 in accordance with Hess’ law. The standard molar enthalpies of solution of the compounds, Δ sol H m θ(C9H6O4Na2·H2O, s) and Δ sol H m θ(C8H4O4Na2·1/2H2O, s), have been determined as being −11.917 ± 0.055 and −29.078 ± 0.069 kJ mol−1 by an RD496-2000 type microcalorimeter. In addition, the standard molar enthalpies of hydrated anion of the compounds were determined as being Δ f H m θ(C9H6O4 2−, aq) = −704.227 ± 1.674 kJ mol−1 and Δ f H m θ(C8H4O4Na2 2−, aq) = −1483.955 ± 1.612 kJ mol−1, from the standard molar enthalpies of solution and other auxiliary thermodynamic data through a thermochemical cycle.

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Acta Biologica Hungarica
Authors: Xiang-Rong Xu, Fu-Qing Tan, Jun-Quan Zhu, Ting Ye, Chun-Lin Wang, Yi-Feng Zhu, Hans-Uwe Dahms, Fan Jin, and Wan-Xi Yang

We used single-cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) to detect the integrity of sperm DNA of the teleost large yellow croaker, Pseudosciaena crocea, cryopreserved with Cortland solution and a range of 5% to 30% DMSO concentrations in order to test how sperm cryopreservation affected the DNA stability of nuclei. Electrophoresis was conducted for 60 min at 130 mA and 15 V. The comet images were analyzed with software CometScore 1.5, and parameters such as comet length, tail length and percentage DNA in the tail were obtained. Then the comet rate and damage coefficient were calculated. Results demonstrated that there were no significant differences in motility, comet rate and damage coefficient between fresh sperm and cryopreserved sperm stored in 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% DMSO, while the sperm cryopreserved with 25% and 30% DMSO had a lower motility, higher comet length and damage coefficients than those of fresh sperm. There was a positive correlation between comet rate of cryopreserved sperm and the concentration of DMSO. Our results demonstrate that toxicity of the cryoprotectant is the main cause of DNA damage in cryopreserved sperm nuclei.

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Exploring antibiotic resistant mechanism by microcalorimetry

Determination of thermokinetic parameters of metallo-β-lactamase L1 catalyzing penicillin G hydrolysis

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: Hui-Zhou Gao, Qi Yang, Xiao-Yan Yan, Zhu-Jun Wang, Ji-Li Feng, Xia Yang, Sheng-Li Gao, Lei Feng, Xu Cheng, Chao Jia, and Ke-Wu Yang


In an effort to probe the reaction of antibiotic hydrolysis catalyzed by B3 metallo-β-lactamase (MβL), the thermodynamic parameters of penicillin G hydrolysis catalyzed by MβL L1 from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia were determined by microcalorimetric method. The values of activation free energy ΔG θ are 88.26, 89.44, 90.49, and 91.57 kJ mol−1 at 293.15, 298.15, 303.15, and 308.15 K, respectively, activation enthalpy ΔH θ is 24.02 kJ mol−1, activation entropy ΔS θ is −219.2511 J mol−1 K−1, apparent activation energy E is 26.5183 kJ mol−1, and the reaction order is 1.0. The thermodynamic parameters reveal that the penicillin G hydrolysis catalyzed by MβL L1 is an exothermic and spontaneous reaction.

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