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Enhanced Photoreactivity of Riboflavin in Aqueous Solution in the Presence of Macromolecules

Nature volume 199, pages 9991000 (07 September 1963) | Download Citation

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THE photoreduction of riboflavin in aqueous buffered solutions illuminated with visible light is considerably enhanced when colloidal substances such as micellar sodium decyl sulphate, the non-ionic surface-active agent polyoxyethylene 20 sorbitanmono-oleate, and the non-ionic polymer polyvinylpyrrolidone are present. Although a part of the catalysis produced by the non-ionic surfactant and the polyvinylpyrrolidone might be attributed to the presence of residual reducing groups, the effect of micellar sodium decyl sulphate appears to be wholly a result of its colloidal nature. Non-micellar sodium decyl sulphate has no effect on the photolysis of riboflavin as illustrated in Fig. 1.

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  1. School of Pharmacy, Temple University, Philadelphia 40.

    • H. B. KOSTENBAUDER
    •  & PATRICK P. DELUCA

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