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Simple and Cost-Effective Eggshell Membrane Model for Diffusion Characteristics of Biochemical Materials

Understanding of diffusion of solute particles across the biological partition is very well studied both in vitro and in vivo. Diffusion is the movement of solute molecules by random thermal or Brownian motion across the barriers. Various experimental and mathematical models were employed to study the diffusion characteristics which have also helped to design the experiments and interpretation of data. In the present investigation, we have developed a simple, cost-effective eggshell membrane model for understanding diffusion characteristics. The passive diffusion (in vitro) of sugar molecules through a natural (Chicken egg shell) membrane model was studied. The diffusion coefficient (D), diffusion rate (J), and permeability coefficient (P) in relation to temperature, viscosity of solution, surface area of the membrane, and the molecular size of diffusing molecules have been quantitatively determined. Fick’s first law of diffusion is used for the evaluation of experimental data. All the experiments were carried out at a physiological pH. The diffused solute particles in the donor compartment were measured using UV visible spectroscopy at three different time intervals. Diffusion rate and the permeability coefficient were found to increase with the higher temperature of the solution as well as for the larger surface area of the membrane; however, it decreased with the viscosity and size of the diffusing solute particles. The possible mechanisms and characteristics of the diffusion of the molecules have been elucidated. We conclude that such a model may be useful as a teaching and learning model for diffusion characteristics.

Diffusion, Eggshell Membrane, Sugars, Surface Area, Temperature, Viscosity

APA Style

Shah, P. K. K., Jaiswal, V. D., Kulkarni, A. A., Dongre, P. M. (2023). Simple and Cost-Effective Eggshell Membrane Model for Diffusion Characteristics of Biochemical Materials. International Journal of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, 8(1), 6-11.

ACS Style

Shah, P. K. K.; Jaiswal, V. D.; Kulkarni, A. A.; Dongre, P. M. Simple and Cost-Effective Eggshell Membrane Model for Diffusion Characteristics of Biochemical Materials. Int. J. Biochem. Biophys. Mol. Biol. 2023, 8(1), 6-11. doi: 10.11648/j.ijbbmb.20230801.12

AMA Style

Shah PKK, Jaiswal VD, Kulkarni AA, Dongre PM. Simple and Cost-Effective Eggshell Membrane Model for Diffusion Characteristics of Biochemical Materials. Int J Biochem Biophys Mol Biol. 2023;8(1):6-11. doi: 10.11648/j.ijbbmb.20230801.12

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