What is the equation and mechanism of Hopkins-Cole Test reaction?

The Hopkins-Cole reaction or glyoxylic acid reaction, is a chemical test used for qualitative detecting of tryptophan in protein solutions.

tryptophan + glyoxylic acid + sulfuric acid > violet product

I know the chemical formulas of reactants, but I could not find the product formula and a mechanism for the reaction.

Energy for the Body: Oxidative Phosphorylation

Every day, we build bones, move muscles, eat food, think, and perform many other activities with our bodies. All of these activities are based upon chemical reactions. However, most of these reactions are not spontaneous (i.e., they are accompanied by a positive change in free energy, D G>0) and do not occur without some other source of free energy. Hence, the body needs some sort of "free-energy currency," (Figure 1) a molecule that can store and release free energy when it is needed to power a given biochemical reaction.

Figure 1

Just as purchasing transactions do not occur without monetary currency, reactions in the body do not occur without energy currency.

This tutorial will answer four questions:

1. How does the body "spend" free-energy currency to make a nonspontaneous reaction spontaneous? The answer, which is based on thermodynamics, is to use coupled reactions.

2. How is food used to produce the reducing agents (NADH and FADH2) that can regenerate the free-energy currency? The answer, from biology, is found in glycolysis and the citric-acid cycle.

3. How are the reducing agents (NADH and FADH2) able to generate the free-energy currency molecule (ATP)? Once again, coupled reactions are key.

4. What mechanism does the body use to couple the reducing agent reactions and the generation of ATP? ATP is synthesized primarily by a two-step process consisting of an electron-transport chain and a proton gradient. This process is based on electrochemistry and equilibrium, as well as thermodynamics.

The body satisfies it's never-ending need for energy through an elegant combination of processes that illustrate the principles of thermodynamics, electrochemistry and equilibrium.

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Class practical or demonstration

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a by-product of respiration and is made in all living cells. Hydrogen peroxide is harmful and must be removed as soon as it is produced in the cell. Cells make the enzyme catalase to remove hydrogen peroxide.

This investigation looks at the rate of oxygen production by the catalase in pureed potato as the concentration of hydrogen peroxide varies. The oxygen produced in 30 seconds is collected over water. Then the rate of reaction is calculated.

Lesson organisation

You could run this investigation as a demonstration at two different concentrations, or with groups of students each working with a different concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Individual students may then have time to gather repeat data. Groups of three could work to collect results for 5 different concentrations and rotate the roles of apparatus manipulator, result reader and scribe. Collating and comparing class results allows students to look for anomalous and inconsistent data.

Apparatus and Chemicals

For each group of students:

Pneumatic trough/ plastic bowl/ access to suitable sink of water

Conical flask, 100 cm 3 , 2

Syringe (2 cm 3 ) to fit the second hole of the rubber bung, 1

Measuring cylinder, 100 cm 3 , 1

Measuring cylinder, 50 cm 3 , 1

Clamp stand, boss and clamp, 2

For the class – set up by technician/ teacher:

Hydrogen peroxide, range of concentrations, 10 vol, 15 vol, 20 vol, 25 vol, and 30 vol, 2 cm 3 per group of each concentration (Note 1)

Pureed potato, fresh, in beaker with syringe to measure at least 20 cm 3 , 20 cm 3 per group per concentration of peroxide investigated (Note 2)

Rubber bung, 2-holed, to fit 100 cm 3 conical flasks – delivery tube in one hole (connected to 50 cm rubber tubing)

Health & Safety and Technical notes

Wear eye protection and cover clothing when handling hydrogen peroxide.
Wash splashes of pureed potato or peroxide off the skin immediately.
Be aware of pressure building up if reaction vessels become blocked.
Take care inserting the bung in the conical flask – it needs to be a tight fit, so push and twist the bung in with care.

1 Hydrogen peroxide: (See CLEAPSS Hazcard) Solutions less than 18 vol are LOW HAZARD. Solutions at concentrations of 18-28 vol are IRRITANT. Take care when removing the cap of the reagent bottle, as gas pressure may have built up inside. Dilute immediately before use and put in a clean brown bottle, because dilution also dilutes the decomposition inhibitor. Keep in brown bottles because hydrogen peroxide degrades faster in the light. Discard all unused solution. Do not return solution to stock bottles, because contaminants may cause decomposition and the stock bottle may explode after a time.

2 Pureed potato may irritate some people’s skin. Make fresh for each lesson, because catalase activity reduces noticeably over 2/3 hours. You might need to add water to make it less viscous and easier to use. Discs of potato react too slowly.

3 If the bubbles from the rubber tubing are too big, insert a glass pipette or glass tubing into the end of the rubber tube.


SAFETY: Wear eye protection and protect clothing from hydrogen peroxide. Rinse splashes of peroxide and pureed potato off the skin as quickly as possible.


a Make just enough diluted hydrogen peroxide just before the lesson. Set out in brown bottles (Note 1).

b Make pureed potato fresh for each lesson (Note 2).

c Make up 2-holed bungs as described in apparatus list and in diagram.


d Use the large syringe to measure 20 cm 3 pureed potato into the conical flask.

e Put the bung securely in the flask – twist and push carefully.

f Half-fill the trough, bowl or sink with water.

g Fill the 50 cm 3 measuring cylinder with water. Invert it over the trough of water, with the open end under the surface of the water in the bowl, and with the end of the rubber tubing in the measuring cylinder. Clamp in place.

h Measure 2 cm 3 of hydrogen peroxide into the 2 cm 3 syringe. Put the syringe in place in the bung of the flask, but do not push the plunger straight away.

i Check the rubber tube is safely in the measuring cylinder. Push the plunger on the syringe and immediately start the stopclock.

j After 30 seconds, note the volume of oxygen in the measuring cylinder in a suitable table of results. (Note 3.)

k Empty and rinse the conical flask. Measure another 20 cm 3 pureed potato into it. Reassemble the apparatus, refill the measuring cylinder, and repeat from g to j with another concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Use a 100 cm 3 measuring cylinder for concentrations of hydrogen peroxide over 20 vol.

l Calculate the rate of oxygen production in cm 3 /s.

m Plot a graph of rate of oxygen production against concentration of hydrogen peroxide.

Teaching notes

Note the units for measuring the concentration of hydrogen peroxide – these are not SI units. 10 vol hydrogen peroxide will produce 10 cm 3 of oxygen from every cm 3 that decomposes.(Note 1.)

In this procedure, 2 cm 3 of 10 vol hydrogen peroxide will release 20 cm 3 of oxygen if the reaction goes to completion. 2 cm 3 of liquid are added to the flask each time. So if the apparatus is free of leaks, 22 cm 3 of water should be displaced in the measuring cylinder with 10 vol hydrogen peroxide. Oxygen is soluble in water, but dissolves only slowly in water at normal room temperatures.

Use this information as a check on the practical set-up. Values below 22 cm 3 show that oxygen has escaped, or the hydrogen peroxide has not fully reacted, or the hydrogen peroxide concentration is not as expected. Ask students to explain how values over 22 cm 3 could happen.

An error of ± 0.05 cm 3 in measuring out 30 vol hydrogen peroxide could make an error of ± 1.5 cm 3 in oxygen production.

Liver also contains catalase, but handling offal is more controversial with students and introduces a greater hygiene risk. Also, the reaction is so vigorous that bubbles of mixture can carry pieces of liver into the delivery tube.

If collecting the gas over water is complicated, and you have access to a 100 cm 3 gas syringe, you could collect the gas in that instead. Be sure to clamp the gas syringe securely but carefully.

The reaction is exothermic. Students may notice the heat if they put their hands on the conical flask. How will this affect the results?

Health and safety checked, September 2008


Web links Microscale investigations with catalase – which has been transcribed onto this site at Investigating catalase activity in different plant tissues.

(Website accessed October 2011)

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What is the equation and mechanism of Hopkins-Cole Test reaction? - Biology

The natural cycle of denitrification comprises a cascade of different enzymes that stepwise reduce nitrate to dinitrogen [1]-[3]:

Hence, denitrification corresponds to the part of the biological nitrogen cycle that is opposed to nitrogen fixation. The reduction of nitric oxide to nitrous oxide is mediated in nature by the NO reductases (NOR), which occur in bacteria (NorBC) as well as in fungi (P450nor). The principal reaction scheme of NO reduction corresponds to the equation:

Bacterial and fungal NORs are fundamentally different in the nature of their active sites. Correspondingly, very different reaction mechanisms have been proposed for these two classes of enzymes (see below).

In the biological denitrification cycle, nitrous oxide is reduced to dinitrogen by the N2O reductases (N2OR) following the principal reaction scheme:

The different classes of NO and N2O reductases are described in more detail in the following sections.

Bacterial NORs (NorBC)
These enzymes are closely related to the respiratory heme-copper oxydases, the so called Cytochrome c-Oxidases (CCO). Figure 1 shows the active site of the NorBC from Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the diferric resting state, which consists of a heme b3 with axial (proximal) histidine cooedination and the so called FeB, a non-heme iron center. The latter one is coordinated by three histidines and a glutamate.

Despite much effort, the molecular mechanism of NO reduction by NorBCs has remained largely elusive. Of the many possible mechanisms that have been proposed, the ones summarized in Figure 2 represent the most likely scenarios.[5] Initial work by Girsch and de Vries favors the trans mechanism (Figure 2, top), where catalysis starts from the diferrous form of the enzyme, and each one of the iron centers binds one NO ligand first, followed by a radical-type N-N coupling mechanism.[6] However, heme and non-heme ferrous NO complexes as invoked in this mechanism are typically very stable and unreactive, which poses the question of how these types of complexes could serve as reactive intermediates in the mechanism of cNORs. In terms of the heme, reactivity of the ferrous NO complex could be increased via the trans effect in a corresponding 6C system,[7] although the radical reactivity of such complexes is still intrinsically low as evident from corresponding diferric hyponitrite (N2O2 2- ) complexes, which have a propensity to decompose into the corresponding ferrous heme-nitrosyls,[8]

both in the absence and presence of an axial N-donor ligand L.

The cis-heme b3 mechanism in Figure 2, middle is inspired by the mechanism of Cyt. P450nor (see below), where one molecule of NO is bound first to the heme and subsequently activated for reaction with the second NO. A variation of this pathway where the heme-bound NO interacts with the FeB center is favoured by computational methods, according to Blomberg and coworkers. In this case, the reaction would also start from the diferrous form of the enzyme. The first NO binds to the heme, forming a six-coordinate ferrous heme-nitrosyl complex that is activated by interaction with the FeB center. The second NO then attacks the bound NO and, at the same time, coordinates with its O-atom at the non-heme iron center. This leads to the direct generation of a bridged hyponitrite complex, whereas the non-heme iron-nitrosyl complex never forms. According to the latest study, this mechanism is energetically favourable compared to the trans mechanism, which is disfavoured by high activation energies.[9]

The equivalent of the cis-heme b3 mechanism where the whole reaction proceeds at the non-heme iron center has also been proposed (see Figure 2, bottom). In this case, the formation of a ferrous dinitrosyl complex has been proposed. However, no further evidence for this mechanism is available, and on the contrary, arguments can be made why this mechanism is unlikely. First, a corresponding ferrous dinitrosyl complex has never been observed in any enzyme or model system. Second, in analogous (but more reduced) DNICs, the Fe-NO units are strongly antiferromagnetically coupled, which forces the two NO ligands to have their unpaired electrons aligned with parallel spins. The necessary spin-flip of one NO unit required to generate an N-N bond is energetically extremely unfavourable, which constitutes a general road block for this mechanism. This is also the reason why DNICs are generally stable, and do not show any propensity for N-N bond formation.[10]

Fungal NORs (P450nor)
In contrast to the bacterial NORs, which are related to the CCOs, the fungal NORs are derived from Cytochrome P450 and hence, are designated as P450nor.[11] The crystal structure of the enzyme from Fusarium oxysporum shows a heme b with the typical axial cysteine thiolate ligand (Figure 3).[12]

Several mechanistic studies have shown that the Fe(III) form is catalytically active in the case of P450nor. Coordination of NO then leads to a six-coordinate low-spin complex, that has been characterized with different spectroscopic methods. Figure 3 shows a possible mechanism, which is based on kinetic investigations [13] and DFT calculations.[14] In this proposal, the Fe(III)-NO complex reacts with NAD(P)H in an unusual hydride transfer to generate a ferrous heme-NHO complex. Either this species, or the corresponding, protonated hydroxylamide complex corresponds to the reactive "Intermediate I", which then reacts with a second molecule of NO forming the product N2O. The computational results predict that the imitially formed HNO complex is basic (due to the presence of the axial cysteinate ligand, and that Intermediate I in fact corresponds to the protonated hydroxylamide complex (which can exist in the form of two valence tautomers as indicated in Figure 3).[15]

The crystal structure of N2O reductase (N2OR) has been determined for two different organisms. N2OR contains a unique copper cluster, CuZ [16], which is the designated site of bonding and reduction of the N2O molecule. As shown in Figure 5, the CuZ cluster consists of four copper centers, which are bridged by a sulfide ion. The cluster is connected to the protein through seven His ligands that bind to the Cu centres. Additionally, the CuI-CuIV edge is bridged by a solvent-derived ligand (hydroxide?) in the P. nautica crystal structure, and it has been proposed that this is the site of substrate binding.[17]

D. J. Thomas, N. Lehnert
"The Biocoordination Chemistry of Nitric Oxide with Heme and Non-Heme Iron Centers" in: 'Elsevier Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering' Reedijk, J., Ed., Elsevier, 2017,
doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409547-2.11678-6

N. Lehnert, H. T. Dong, J. B. Harland, A. P. Hunt
"Reversing Nitrogen Fixation"
Nat. Chem. Rev. 2018, 2, 278-289
doi: 10.1038/s41570-018-0041-7

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That is an excellent question to answer by doing the experiment. If I had to guess, some of the membrane that usually sticks on the inside of the shell wouldn't dissolve. But don't take my word for it.

It's unclear what you think is inaccurate. So far as I can tell, we say what everybody says except that we describe part of the product as being Ca 2 + rather than as calcium acetate. So I guess the issue is to what extent the calcium ion is free in solution and to what extent it's bound to the acetate ions. This website says on that issue, "The electrolytic dissociation of the salt in solution, calculated from the freezing-point lowering, is much greater than that indicated by the electrical conductivity". That sounds like many of the calcium ions may be loosely bound in hydrated complexes with acetate ions. (That's a little like the BeSO4 that I did some of my thesis on. Some of it goes into solution as free ions, some as a non-conducting hydrated neutral complex, and some as neutral molecules.) At this point you probably need a chemist if you want a more detailed description of what state the calcium ion is mostly in in vinegar.

The main point, however, is that other acids (e.g. HCl, citric, . ) also dissolve the eggshells. There's no special role played by the acetate. The acidity is the key. You can find a full discussion with lots of data here: The solubility depends mostly on the pH and much less on the details of what other ions are around. So the common description of what's in solution as "calcium acetate" is misleading. It's clearer to think of it as the calcium ion.

What is the equation and mechanism of Hopkins-Cole Test reaction? - Biology

In the first reaction of glycolysis, the gama-phosphoryl group of an ATP molecule is transferred to the oxygen at the C-6 of glucose (magnesium ion is required as the reactive form of ATP is the chelated complex with magnesium (II) ion). This step is a direct nucleophilic attack of the hydroxyl group on the terminal phosphoryl group of the ATP molecule (Aleshin, 99). This produces glucose-6-phosphate and ADP. Hexokinase is the enzyme that catalyzes this phosphoryl-group-transfer. Hexokinase undergoes and induced-fit conformational change when it binds to glucose, which ultimately prevents the hydrolysis of ATP. It is also allosterically inhibited by physiological concentrations of its immediate product, glucose-6-phosphate. This is a mechanism by which the influx of substrate into the glycolytic pathway is controlled.

Glycolysis is a sequence of 10 enzyme-catalyzed reactions by which glucose is converted to pyruvate. Most of the enzymes found in this pathway are present in all living species. Moreover, they are found in the cytosol of the cells, and the conversion of one molecule of glucose to two molecules of pyruvate is also accompanied by the net conversion two molecules of ADP to two molecules of ATP. In addition to the two molecules of ATP produced, two molecules of NAD+ are reduced to NADH. In multicellular organisms, this pathway is found in all differentiated cell types.

What is the equation and mechanism of Hopkins-Cole Test reaction? - Biology

In the IUPAC system of nomenclature, functional groups are normally designated in one of two ways. The presence of the function may be indicated by a characteristic suffix and a location number. This is common for the carbon-carbon double and triple bonds which have the respective suffixes ene and yne . Halogens, on the other hand, do not have a suffix and are named as substituents, for example: (CH 3 ) 2 C=CHCHClCH 3 is 4-chloro-2-methyl-2-pentene. If you are uncertain about the IUPAC rules for nomenclature you should review them now.
Alcohols are usually named by the first procedure and are designated by an ol suffix, as in ethanol, CH 3 CH 2 OH (note that a locator number is not needed on a two-carbon chain). On longer chains the location of the hydroxyl group determines chain numbering. For example: (CH 3 ) 2 C=CHCH(OH)CH 3 is 4-methyl-3-penten-2-ol. Other examples of IUPAC nomenclature are shown below, together with the common names often used for some of the simpler compounds. For the mono-functional alcohols, this common system consists of naming the alkyl group followed by the word alcohol . Alcohols may also be classified as primary, 1º , secondary, 2º & tertiary, 3º , in the same manner as alkyl halides. This terminology refers to alkyl substitution of the carbon atom bearing the hydroxyl group (colored blue in the illustration).

Many functional groups have a characteristic suffix designator, and only one such suffix (other than "ene" and "yne") may be used in a name. When the hydroxyl functional group is present together with a function of higher nomenclature priority, it must be cited and located by the prefix hydroxy and an appropriate number. For example, lactic acid has the IUPAC name 2-hydroxypropanoic acid.

Compounds incorporating a C–S–H functional group are named thiols or mercaptans . The IUPAC name of (CH 3 ) 3 C–SH is 2-methyl-2-propanethiol, commonly called tert-butyl mercaptan. The chemistry of thiols will not be described here, other than to note that they are stronger acids and more powerful nucleophiles than alcohols.

Reactions of Alcohols

Alcohol Reactions

The functional group of the alcohols is the hydroxyl group, –OH . Unlike the alkyl halides, this group has two reactive covalent bonds, the C–O bond and the O–H bond. The electronegativity of oxygen is substantially greater than that of carbon and hydrogen. Consequently, the covalent bonds of this functional group are polarized so that oxygen is electron rich and both carbon and hydrogen are electrophilic, as shown in the drawing on the right. Indeed, the dipolar nature of the O–H bond is such that alcohols are much stronger acids than alkanes (by roughly 10 30 times), and nearly that much stronger than ethers (oxygen substituted alkanes that do not have an O–H group). The most reactive site in an alcohol molecule is the hydroxyl group, despite the fact that the O–H bond strength is significantly greater than that of the C–C, C–H and C–O bonds, demonstrating again the difference between thermodynamic and chemical stability.

For a discussion of how acidity is influenced by molecular structure Click Here.

Electrophilic Substitution at Oxygen

1. Substitution of the Hydroxyl Hydrogen

Because of its enhanced acidity, the hydrogen atom on the hydroxyl group is rather easily replaced by other substituents. A simple example is the facile reaction of simple alcohols with sodium (and sodium hydride), as described in the first equation below. Another such substitution reaction is the isotopic exchange that occurs on mixing an alcohol with deuterium oxide (heavy water). This exchange, which is catalyzed by acid or base, is very fast under normal conditions, since it is difficult to avoid traces of such catalysts in most experimental systems.

2 R–O–H + 2 Na 2 R–O (–) Na (+) + H 2
R–O– H + D 2 O R–O– D + D –O– H

The mechanism by which many substitution reactions of this kind take place is straightforward. The oxygen atom of an alcohol is nucleophilic and is therefore prone to attack by electrophiles. The resulting "onium" intermediate then loses a proton to a base, giving the substitution product. If a strong electrophile is not present, the nucleophilicity of the oxygen may be enhanced by conversion to its conjugate base (an alkoxide). This powerful nucleophile then attacks the weak electrophile. These two variations of the substitution mechanism are illustrated in the following diagram.

The preparation of tert-butyl hypochlorite from tert-butyl alcohol is an example of electrophilic halogenation of oxygen, but this reaction is restricted to 3º-alcohols because 1º and 2º-hypochlorites lose HCl to give aldehydes and ketones. In the following equation the electrophile may be regarded as Cl (+) .

(CH 3 ) 3 C–O–H + Cl 2 + NaOH (CH 3 ) 3 C–O– Cl + Na Cl + H 2 O

Alkyl substitution of the hydroxyl group leads to ethers. This reaction provides examples of both strong electrophilic substitution (first equation below), and weak electrophilic substitution (second equation). The latter S N 2 reaction is known as the Williamson Ether Synthesis , and is generally used only with 1º-alkyl halide reactants because the strong alkoxide base leads to E2 elimination of 2º and 3º-alkyl halides.

One of the most important substitution reactions at oxygen is ester formation resulting from the reaction of alcohols with electrophilic derivatives of carboxylic and sulfonic acids. The following illustration displays the general formulas of these reagents and their ester products, in which the R'–O– group represents the alcohol moiety. The electrophilic atom in the acid chlorides and anhydrides is colored red. Examples of specific esterification reactions may be selected from the menu below the diagram, and will be displayed in the same space.

UChicago builds for the future

Today, the William Eckhart Research Center is rising from a construction site directly across the street from where Fermi and his associates achieved the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. The Eckhart Center will occupy the site of the former Research Institutes building, where Fermi and many other Manhattan Project veterans did transformative research.

UChicago scientists formally honored the Research Institutes&rsquo legacy in June 2011, when they publicly revealed the contents of the time capsule that Fermi had sealed within the Research Institutes building cornerstone nearly 62 years earlier. In retrospect the cornerstone&rsquos contents, which included booklets on the institutes and a sketch of their building, barely hinted at the accomplishments that would follow. That inspiring legacy survives to this day, said Robert Fefferman, dean of the University&rsquos Physical Sciences Division.

&ldquoThis is not just something about the distant past,&rdquo Fefferman, remarked at the cornerstone unveiling ceremony. &ldquoThis is something that continues, and we&rsquore extremely proud of the grand tradition of science here.&rdquo

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