Ben O. de Lumen

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Lunasin is a novel peptide originally identified in soybean that suppresses chemical carcinogen-induced transformation in mammalian cells and skin carcinogenesis in mice. Since the lunasin gene was cloned from soybean and the chemically synthesized form of the lunasin peptide has been used in experiments conducted so far, the isolation of lunasin from other(More)
Lunasin is a unique 43-amino acid cancer preventive peptide initially reported in soybean and barley and has been shown to be chemopreventive in mammalian cells and in a skin cancer mouse model against oncogenes and chemical carcinogens. We report here the core histone H3- and H-acetylation inhibitory properties of lunasin from wheat, a new source of the(More)
Galactinol synthase (GS) was purified 1591-fold with a 3.9% recovery from the cotyledon of kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) by a novel scheme consisting of ammonium sulfate fractionation followed by diethylaminoethyl, Affi-Gel Blue, and UDP-hexanolamine affinity chromatography. The purified enzyme had a specific activity of 8.75 mumol mg-1 min-1, a pH(More)
Lunasin is a novel, cancer-preventive peptide whose efficacy against chemical carcinogens and oncogenes has been demonstrated in mammalian cells and in a skin cancer mouse model. Isolated and characterized in soy, lunasin peptide is also documented in barley. Lunasin is found in all of the genotypes analyzed from the US soy germ plasm collection and in(More)
Lunasin is a unique and novel cancer preventive peptide originally isolated from soy. Information on lunasin concentration of soybean cultivars and commercial soy proteins would be useful in developing lunasin-enriched cultivars and soy products. We report the development of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method to identify lunasin and(More)
It has been previously demonstrated that lunasin is a novel and promising cancer preventive peptide from soybean. The Bowman-Birk protease inhibitor (BBI) and isoflavones are well-studied substances from soy. This study evaluated the levels and bioactivities of these three compounds as affected by stages of seed development and sprouting under light and(More)
Lunasin is a unique 43-amino acid soybean peptide that contains at its carboxyl end: (a) nine Asp (D) residues; (b) an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) cell adhesion motif; and (c) a predicted helix with structural homology to a conserved region of chromatin-binding proteins. We demonstrated previously that transfection of mammalian cells with the lunasin gene arrests(More)
Lunasin, a unique 43 amino acid, 4.8 kDa cancer-chemopreventive peptide initially reported in soybean and now found in barley and wheat, has been shown to be cancer-chemopreventive in mammalian cells and in a skin cancer mouse model against oncogenes and chemical carcinogens. To identify bioactive components in traditional herbal medicines and in search for(More)
Lunasin is a novel and promising chemopreventive peptide from soybean. We have shown previously that lunasin suppresses transformation of mammalian cells caused by chemical carcinogens and inhibits skin carcinogenesis in mice when applied topically. Although the lunasin gene was cloned from soybean, all experiments carried out so far in our lab have used(More)
Lunasin is a 43-amino acid bioactive peptide from soybean and other plant sources which is reported to possess anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. The objective of this study was to assess the presence and concentration of lunasin in blood of men fed soy protein products. Five healthy male subjects who were 18-25 years old consumed 50 g of soy(More)