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Effect of H(2)O-CO(2) organization on ovalbumin adsorption at the supercritical CO(2)-water interface.

Abstract : We have studied the formation of water-CO(2) interfaces in the presence of different concentrations of ovalbumin (OVA) by tensiometry and by means of interfacial rheological measurements to obtain some information on the capacity of protein film to stabilize H(2)O in CO(2) emulsion. The formation of pure water-CO(2) interface can be described as a two-step phenomenon.(1) The CO(2) molecules adsorb onto the water surface and then a reorganization of the interface creates a H(2)O-CO(2) cluster network. This organization occurs at a temperature (40 degrees C) higher than the higher temperature limit (10 degrees C) allowing the formation of crystalline structure called CO(2) clathrate.(2) Our results show that ovalbumin adsorption from bulk concentrations higher than 0.0229 g/L inhibits the cluster formation for a CO(2) pressure less than 80 bar. However, for lower concentrations, the more the CO(2) pressure is close to 80 bar, the more OVA adsorption is reduced by the H(2)O-CO(2) cluster network. Moreover, from a pressure of 90 bar, the affinity of OVA for the interface increases and mixed films made of protein molecules and clusters are obtained for the OVA concentrations lower than 1 g/L.
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Frédéric Tewes, Frank Boury. Effect of H(2)O-CO(2) organization on ovalbumin adsorption at the supercritical CO(2)-water interface.. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, American Chemical Society, 2005, 109 (5), pp.1874-81. ⟨10.1021/jp046940d⟩. ⟨inserm-00264601⟩

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