Phytoestrogens:health-protecting plant secondary metabolites. Isolation of...


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Title Phytoestrogens:health-protecting plant secondary metabolites. Isolation of flavonoid prenyltransferase genes from plants.
Period 01 / 2003 - 12 / 2007
Status Completed
Dissertation Yes
Research number OND1300662
Data Supplier METIS Wageningen Universiteit en Researchcentrum


Scope & objectives
Food is an important factor in the prevention of chronic diseases such as coronary heart diseases and cancer. Several epidemiological studies have shown that a high intake of soy products, cereals and fibres is inversely correlated with the occurrence of these chronic diseases. There are strong indications that the health-protecting properties of these products may be caused by the presence of phytoestrogens: plant metabolites that influence estrogen-dependent signal transduction in men and animals. This project aims to isolate and characterise key genes involved in the biosynthesis of a new class of plant defense-related and human health-protecting compounds. Eventual goal is to enrich tomatoes for these compounds.

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Supervisor Prof.dr. R.J. Bino
Supervisor Prof.dr. L.H.W. van der Plas
Researcher Dr. A.G. Bovy
Project leader Q. YongYan
Doctoral/PhD student Q. YongYan

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