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Synthesis of nanocrystal calcium carbonate from bile in the presence of amino acids

O.A. Golovanova, I.A. Tomashevsky

Dostoevsky Omsk State University

DOI: 10.26456/pcascnn/2023.15.962

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Abstract: In this paper, we studied the effect of amino acids in the composition of bile, the formation of various modifications of calcium carbonate (aragonite, vaterite, calcite). In this work, 22 samples of calcium carbonate in bile were synthesized by varying the concentrations of amino acids (histidine, methionine, arginine and tryptophan). For the amino acids methionine and arginine, their stabilizing effect with respect to metastable aragonite has been proven: with an increase in their concentration in bile, an increase in the mass fraction of aragonite in the composition of the solid phase occurs. Optical microscopy showed the presence of vaterite spherulites in all obtained powders. The results of photon correlation spectroscopy correlate with the data of X-ray phase analysis. It is shown that calcium carbonate microparticles with a radius of less than 10 µm are represented by three fractions. It has been shown that syntheses involving histidine and tryptophan, in which, with increasing amino acid concentrations, an increase in the proportion of the small-sized fraction and a decrease in the proportion of the large-sized ones are observed. Thus, all studied amino acids have the potential to be used as medicines for the treatment and prevention of nanocholelithiasis.

Keywords: gallstones, crystallization, calcium carbonates, amino acids, additives, vaterite, radius, morphology

  • Olga A. Golovanova – Dr. Sc., Professor, Head of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Dostoevsky Omsk State University
  • Ivan A. Tomashevsky – Ph.D., Researcher, Inorganic Chemistry Department, Dostoevsky Omsk State University


Golovanova, O.A. Synthesis of nanocrystal calcium carbonate from bile in the presence of amino acids / O.A. Golovanova, I.A. Tomashevsky // Physical and chemical aspects of the study of clusters, nanostructures and nanomaterials. — 2023. — I. 15. — P. 962-972. DOI: 10.26456/pcascnn/2023.15.962. (In Russian).

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