Validation of infrared spectroscopy for assessment of vinyl polymers of bile-pigment gallstones

Robert V Rege, C. C. Webster, J. D. Ostrow, S. H. Carr, H. Ohkubo

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The i.r. spectra of bilirubin isomers that differ in number and position of vinyl groups were examined to verify the assignment of the 988 cm-1 peak of bilirubin (991 cm-1 peak in calcium bilirubinate) to its pendant vinyl groups. There were only small changes in this peak with changes in position of vinyl groups (exo-2- and -18-vinyl versus endo-3- and -17-vinyl), but progressive loss of peaks in this region was observed when vinyl groups were reduced to ethyl goups (dihydrobilirubin and mesobilirubin). Methylvinylmaleimide, a monopyrrole derived from the outer (A and D) rings of bilirubin, has a pendant vinyl group and exhibits a prominent peak at 986 cm-1, but haematinic acid methyl ester derived from the inner (B and C) rings has no vinyl group and shows no peak near 988 cm-1. These observations verify the assignment of the 988 cm-1 peak of bilirubin to its pendant vinyl groups. This supports our previous proposal that a decrease in the peak at 985-995 cm-1 in the i.r. spectra of pigment gallstones, as compared with unconjugated bilirubin or calcium bilirubinate, indicates a consumption of vinyl groups in the process of formation of the polymer in the pigment stones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-876
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical Journal
Volume224
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984

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Bile Pigments
Gallstones
Bilirubin
Infrared spectroscopy
Spectrum Analysis
Polymers
Pigments
Group Processes
Isomers
Esters

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Rege, R. V., Webster, C. C., Ostrow, J. D., Carr, S. H., & Ohkubo, H. (1984). Validation of infrared spectroscopy for assessment of vinyl polymers of bile-pigment gallstones. Biochemical Journal, 224(3), 871-876.

Validation of infrared spectroscopy for assessment of vinyl polymers of bile-pigment gallstones. / Rege, Robert V; Webster, C. C.; Ostrow, J. D.; Carr, S. H.; Ohkubo, H.

In: Biochemical Journal, Vol. 224, No. 3, 1984, p. 871-876.

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Rege, RV, Webster, CC, Ostrow, JD, Carr, SH & Ohkubo, H 1984, 'Validation of infrared spectroscopy for assessment of vinyl polymers of bile-pigment gallstones', Biochemical Journal, vol. 224, no. 3, pp. 871-876.
Rege, Robert V ; Webster, C. C. ; Ostrow, J. D. ; Carr, S. H. ; Ohkubo, H. / Validation of infrared spectroscopy for assessment of vinyl polymers of bile-pigment gallstones. In: Biochemical Journal. 1984 ; Vol. 224, No. 3. pp. 871-876.
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