Diffusion of lysozyme in buffered salt solutions

Moriamou K. Antwi, Allan S. Myerson, Walter Zurawsky

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The diaphragm cell technique was used to measure the diffusion coefficient of lysozyme in buffered solutions with and without NaCl. In the absence of salt, the pseudobinary diffusion coefficient decreases with increasing lysozyme concentration. In the presence of NaCl, the main term D11 decreased slowly with increasing NaCl concentrations and exceeded the pseudobinary values by 4-10%. The main term D22 did not vary significantly with NaCl concentration and was slightly less than the binary diffusion coefficient for NaCl. The cross-term D21 increased sharply with salt concentration. The cross-term D12 is small and decreased slowly with salt concentration. These results are consistent with the expected electrostatic interactions between lysozyme and salt in the diffusion process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10313-10319
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 7 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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