Posts made in settembre, 2013

Polyphenols from food waste: pomegranate wine lees.

Posted by on set 29, 2013 in News

Polyphenols from food waste: pomegranate wine lees.

Among the aims of sustainability, finding new alternative uses to food waste and to by-products of the food industry is a relevant goal, as it could provide new value to otherwise useless material, whose disposal is often an actual cost and a problem. We have published various papers on pomegranate during 2013 and in this one we have focused our attention to the profiling of pomegranate wine lees (yes, in some areas of Spain a traditional wine is made using pomegranate). Wine lees are the residue formed at the bottom of recipients containing wine after fermentation and are mainly composed of...

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Going places!

Posted by on set 26, 2013 in News

Going places!

Our recent paper, on in silico evaluation of the xenoestrogenic potential of ellagitannin-derived metabolites, has gained the cover page in the latest issue of Food & Function Journal, edited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Thanks and kudos to Camilla Cozzini, who made the...

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Fumosinins from Fusarium verticillioides and F. proliferatum

Posted by on set 24, 2013 in News

Fumosinins from Fusarium verticillioides and F. proliferatum

Fusarium verticillioides and F. proliferatum can infect maize ears and produce fumonisins, a well known and feared mycotoxin that can pose serious issues to human and animal health in a variety of foods and feeds. Given the lack of information about which maize component may affect fumonisin pattern production, we studied the role of cornmeal and corn starch, as the sole source of nutrition, in the production dynamic of all fumonisin series, hidden forms included, in different strains of F. verticillioides and F. proliferatum incubated at 25 °C for 7–45 days. F. verticillioides was more...

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An the first prize goes to…

Posted by on set 17, 2013 in News

An the first prize goes to…

When presented at the first...

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Urolithins as phytoestrogens: the in silico approach

Posted by on set 16, 2013 in News

Urolithins as phytoestrogens: the in silico approach

In our challenging quest towards a better knowledge of the biological activities of polyphenols and their human catabolites, we welcome any kind of collaboration. This time we enjoyed to mashup our expertise with the one of few colleagues with a vast knowledge and skillness in in silico drug discovery and development. Given preliminary results on some metabolites and catabolites of dietary polyphenols, we focused our evaluations on modelling the possible bioactivity of ellagitannin-derived metabolites (namely, urolithins) on estrogen receptors. Estrogen Receptors are ligand-dependent...

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Buenos Aires, here we come

Posted by on set 6, 2013 in News

Buenos Aires, here we come

The final programme of the Sixth International Conference on Polyphenols and Health has been published during the last summer and the next month we will be in Buenos Aires to attend the conference. LS9′s Daniele Del Rio in particular will be actively involved in the session devoted to “Polyphenols, gut interactions and health”. For a week Buenos Aires will become the-place-to-be to understand if, how and why a polyphenol-rich diet can benefit human health. Maybe someone will also explain us if and how enjoy properly the taste of polyphenols in Malbec wine… The full...

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Looking beyond sugars in Fraxinus manna

Posted by on set 4, 2013 in News

Looking beyond sugars in Fraxinus manna

Ethnobotanists still do not agree on which was the source of biblical manna. The the range of manna sources is in fact extremely wide and includes, among others, pluricellular algae as Arthospira spp., edible lichens as Lecanora affinis and L. esculenta, Gymnospermae as Larix decidua, Angiospermae as Tamarix spp.  or Salix persica and Myoporum platycarpum. Moreover, a number of phytopathogenic or entomogenic saccharidic dried secretions as those produced by Larinus nidificans on Echinops persicus or by psyllid plant bugs on Astragalus adscendens, are often classified as manna. Fraxinus ornus...

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