Periodic and chaotic precipitation phenomena in bile salt system related to gallstone formation

Q. Peng, J. G. Wu, R. D. Soloway, T. D. Hu, W. D. Huang, Y. Z. Xu, L. B. Wang, X. F. Li, W. H. Li, D. F. Xu, G. X. Xu

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Abstract

This is the first observation that both chaotic and periodic patterns are formed in metal ions-deoxycholate-gel systems. It is an in vitro model for approximating the conditions present during gallstone formation. The experimental results suggest that a nonlinear scientific concept such as the "butterfly effect" should be considered in understanding gallstone formation. This effect suggests that a butterfly flapping its wings in Beijing today may lead to a thunderstorm in New York months later. Applying this concept to biology, minor changes in the local chemical environment within biological systems may lead to large variations in the structure and morphology of gallstone through changes in the behavior of biological mineralization process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-205
Number of pages11
JournalBiospectroscopy
Volume3
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997

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Thunderstorms
Deoxycholic Acid
Gallstones
Biological systems
Bile Acids and Salts
Metal ions
Butterflies
Gels
Salts
Biological Phenomena
Metals
Observation
Ions

Keywords

  • Bile salts
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Fractal precipitation
  • Gallstone
  • Periodic precipitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Peng, Q., Wu, J. G., Soloway, R. D., Hu, T. D., Huang, W. D., Xu, Y. Z., ... Xu, G. X. (1997). Periodic and chaotic precipitation phenomena in bile salt system related to gallstone formation. Biospectroscopy, 3(3), 195-205.

Periodic and chaotic precipitation phenomena in bile salt system related to gallstone formation. / Peng, Q.; Wu, J. G.; Soloway, R. D.; Hu, T. D.; Huang, W. D.; Xu, Y. Z.; Wang, L. B.; Li, X. F.; Li, W. H.; Xu, D. F.; Xu, G. X.

In: Biospectroscopy, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1997, p. 195-205.

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Peng, Q, Wu, JG, Soloway, RD, Hu, TD, Huang, WD, Xu, YZ, Wang, LB, Li, XF, Li, WH, Xu, DF & Xu, GX 1997, 'Periodic and chaotic precipitation phenomena in bile salt system related to gallstone formation', Biospectroscopy, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 195-205.
Peng Q, Wu JG, Soloway RD, Hu TD, Huang WD, Xu YZ et al. Periodic and chaotic precipitation phenomena in bile salt system related to gallstone formation. Biospectroscopy. 1997;3(3):195-205.
Peng, Q. ; Wu, J. G. ; Soloway, R. D. ; Hu, T. D. ; Huang, W. D. ; Xu, Y. Z. ; Wang, L. B. ; Li, X. F. ; Li, W. H. ; Xu, D. F. ; Xu, G. X. / Periodic and chaotic precipitation phenomena in bile salt system related to gallstone formation. In: Biospectroscopy. 1997 ; Vol. 3, No. 3. pp. 195-205.
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