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Graphic representation of xantoprotheic reaction

  1. Sep 30, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    O hai,[STRIKE] my minions.
    [/STRIKE]
    So...we made the xantoprotheic reaction in the lab, but I have to attach the representation of the reaction. I haven't found it anywhere. So I came to you.

    2. Relevant equations
    Protein + NaNO3→(180s@373K)→(room temp) + NaOH→ Weird yellow precipitate, possibly more than two compounds


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm clueless about the answer. It could be NaNO3, but that salt is white, and not yellow, so something else could appear in the final result. What I am missing?
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2012
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  3. Oct 1, 2012 #2

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    I was able to google the answer is 2 minutes. It is not a salt. Protein gets modified in a way that makes it insoluble (and no, it is not just a simple denaturation).
     
  4. Oct 1, 2012 #3
    After some weird results, the answer is apparently a xanthoprotein. Most of sources, however, simply say "the yellow thing is a xanthoprotein", while never saying how it is made. On another source, it simply says "becomes yellow because nitro-compounds are formed.
    But wait! Borek said they become insoluble....that means it is either a very high, or very low density compound, which could mean the huge protein is...broken into not-so-huge aromatic, carboxylic acids, possibly?
    Also, they become sort of solid, which means the yellow thing, if organic, is a long-chain compound, which makes it solid. The long chain also means it becomes apolar and water-non-soluble.
    So....aromatic generic carboxyacids, maybe? Maybe that's a xanthoprotein.
    And yes, I looked at the preffix 'xantho-'. It is a category of crabs. Not very useful,
     
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