Navigation Links
Fried purple tomatoes
Date:10/26/2008

Scientists have expressed genes from snapdragon in tomatoes to grow purple tomatoes high in health-protecting anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are naturally occurring pigments found at particularly high levels in berries such as blackberry, cranberry and chokeberry. Scientists are investigating ways to increase the levels of health-promoting compounds in more commonly eaten fruits and vegetables.

"Most people do not eat 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day, but they can get more benefit from those they do eat if common fruit and veg can be developed that are higher in bioactive compounds," says Prof Cathie Martin from the John Innes Centre.

Anthocyanins offer protection against certain cancers, cardiovascular disease and age-related degenerative diseases. There is evidence that anthocyanins also have anti-inflammatory activity, promote visual acuity and hinder obesity and diabetes.

Tomatoes already contain high levels of the antioxidant lycopene. Highly processed tomatoes are the best source, or tomatoes cooked in a little oil, which helps to release the lycopene from cells. Flavonoids meanwhile are soluble in water, and foods containing both water soluble and fat-dissolved antioxidants are considered to offer the best protection against disease.

In this study the scientists expressed two genes from snapdragon that induce the production of anthocyanins in snapdragon flowers. The genes were turned on in tomato fruit. Anthocyanins accumulated in tomatoes at higher levels than anything previously reported for metabolic engineering in both the peel and flesh of the fruit. The fruit are an intense purple colour.

The scientists tested whether these elevated levels actually had an effect on health. In a pilot test, the lifespan of cancer-susceptible mice was significantly extended when their diet was supplemented with the purple tomatoes compared to supplementation with normal red tomatoes.

"This is one of the first examples of metabolic engineering that offers the potential to promote health through diet by reducing the impact of chronic disease," says Professor Cathie Martin.

"And certainly the first example of a GMO with a trait that really offers a potential benefit for all consumers. The next step will be to take the preclinical data forward to human studies with volunteers to see if we can promote health through dietary preventive medicine strategies."


'/>"/>

Contact: Zoe Dunford
zoe.dunford@bbsrc.ac.uk
44-016-032-55111
Norwich BioScience Institutes
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Monell scientist Mark Friedman awarded Guggenheim Fellowship to study diet and obesity
2. Purple extremist thrives under inhospitable conditions
3. Certain form of tomatoes could be key to prostate cancer prevention
4. Can tomatoes carry the cure for Alzheimers?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fried purple tomatoes
(Date:3/31/2016)... PROVIDENCE, R.I. , March 31, 2016  Genomics ... leadership of founding CEO, Barrett Bready , M.D., ... addition, members of the original technical leadership team, including ... Vice President of Product Development, Steve Nurnberg and Vice ... have returned to the company. Dr. Bready ...
(Date:3/23/2016)... March 23, 2016 ... Sicherheit Gesichts- und Stimmerkennung mit Passwörtern ... (NASDAQ: MESG ), ein führender Anbieter ... Unternehmen mit SpeechPro zusammenarbeitet, um erstmals dessen ... wird die Möglichkeit angeboten, im Rahmen mobiler ...
(Date:3/22/2016)... , PROVO and ... Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO), which operates the highest sample ... molecular testing, and Tute Genomics and UNIConnect, leaders in ... respectively, today announced the launch of a project to ... (NGS) testing panel. NSO has been ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/18/2016)... ... May 18, 2016 , ... Every day, more than ... asthma complications.* Costing more than $56 billion in direct costs annually, asthma remains ... too many, the suffering associated with uncontrolled asthma can be overwhelmingly disproportionate and ...
(Date:5/17/2016)... ... 2016 , ... DryLet, LLC, a biotechnology company providing an ... be showcasing ManureMagic™ at booth V1061 at the World Pork Expo, June 8-10 ... last year and more recently made news as the results were released from ...
(Date:5/17/2016)... , May 17, 2016 ... in Basel, Switzerland announced ... inhibitor of P38 mitogen-activated protein kinase. ... Strekin will build the necessary research foundation ... in which MAP Kinases play fundamental roles. Pamapimod ...
(Date:5/17/2016)... ... May 17, 2016 , ... New tests that go ... country promising more specific information that both the patient and doctor want and need ... tests, presented at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting in San Diego, involve using ...
Breaking Biology Technology: