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Journal > Journal of Chemistry > DEGRADASI KOLESTEROL DAN KOPROSTANOL DALAM SEDIMEN SUNGAI

 

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Journal of Chemistry
Vol. 4, No. 2 Juli 2010
DEGRADASI KOLESTEROL DAN KOPROSTANOL DALAM SEDIMEN SUNGAI
Article Info   ABSTRACT
Published date:
14 Nov 2012
 
Cholesterol and other steroid compounds like coprostanol, epicoprostanol, have been used as sourceindicator for fecal pollution in aquatic environments. This is because of the unique steroid composition of animalfeces. To determine the source of fecal pollution, the ratios of steroid compounds in the sample are used. Thus anyreaction or changes to any steroid compound in the environment will affect the determination. In this paper a studyon the interconversion of cholesterol and coprostanol in river sediments is reported. The study suggests that there isno such changes that any steroid compounds detected in a sediment sample will show their primary sources. Thisimplies that the composition or ratio of the compounds can be used as source indicator for fecal pollution. The studyalso found that both cholesterol and coprostanol degradation are first order with rate constants of0,063[kolesterol]mgL-1day-1 and 0.045[kop]t mgL-1day-1 respectively.
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