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Kukoamines Found in Potatoes

Beneficial kukoamines previously only known in Chinese medicinal plant.

UK scientists have identified bioactive plant chemicals called kukoamines in the mundane potato. These natural chemicals have been associated with reduced blood pressure and they have also been used to treat sleeping sickness. Kukoamines are little studied, as they have only previously been found in a plant Lycium chinense used in Chinese herbal medicine

Each amide was present at several tens of micrograms per gram of dry matter. Several of these compounds were subsequently detected in tomato and other relatives of the potato. The discovery was made using metabolomic methods, that allow very large numbers of plant chemicals to be analysed.


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Article details

  • Author(s)
  • Isobel Hoskins
  • Date
  • 04 July 2005
  • Source
  • Institute of Food Research, UK
  • Subject(s)
  • Food science