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Inhibition of growth of L-cystine crystals by N-acetyl-L-cysteine

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N-Acetyl-L-cysteine, a thiol drug used commonly as an expectorant, was used to inhibit the growth of L-cystine crystals. Dual effects of a chemical decomposition reaction and crystallization inhibition ensure that N-acetyl-L-cysteine has an unusual inhibitory effect on the growth of L-cystine crystals, and could aid its development as a new drug for the treatment of L-cystine stones.

Graphical abstract: Inhibition of growth of l-cystine crystals by N-acetyl-l-cysteine

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The article was received on 10 Aug 2016, accepted on 12 Oct 2016 and first published on 13 Oct 2016

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6CE01749E
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2016,18, 8587-8590
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    Inhibition of growth of L-cystine crystals by N-acetyl-L-cysteine

    T. Fu, T. Wei, Y. Liu, J. Jing, Y. Xu, C. Ou, Y. Chen, J. Li, B. Li and H. Zhu, CrystEngComm, 2016, 18, 8587
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CE01749E

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