Mirko Prošek

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DNA extracted from plants rich in polyphenols and/or polysaccharides is often problematic when subjected to polymerase chain reaction, especially when mature tissues are used for DNA extraction. In order to overcome the problems associated with poor-quality DNA extracted from such plant samples, a protocol has been developed, availing on a high salt(More)
BACKGROUND Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring compound that plays a fundamental role in cellular bioenergetics and is an effective antioxidant. Numerous health benefits of CoQ10 supplementation have been reported, resulting in growing demands for its use in fortifying food. Due to its insolubility in water, the enrichment of most food products is(More)
A reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method for analyzing phenolic compounds in fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has been developed. The use of a monolithic column with short dimensions in combination with optimized chromatographic conditions allows over 100 samples per day to be analyzed. Chromatographic parameters such as column(More)
The present paper demonstrates that electrochemical detection (ECD) coupled to ion chromatography and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (IC-ECD-ESI/MS/MS) can be used to rapidly estimate some indications of the health status of organisms. The lactulose to mannitol ratio (L/M) is used as a non-invasive assay to investigate small intestinal(More)
Globalization forces analysts to demand extended control of variability in analytical measurements. A calculation procedure named the "error budget model" following recommendations proposed more than 20 years ago by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures is established as a rule for evaluating and expressing the measurement uncertainty across a broad(More)
An adequate analytical method for determination of amino acids can provide a better insight in the metabolism of in vitro human embryo cultures, increasing the success rate of embryo implantation. Since individual amino acid amounts per embryo occur in the nanogram range, GC was the technique of choice, due to its inherent sensitivity and high sample(More)
The development of some sensitive assays for quantitative nutritional analysis with an emphasis on selected hyphenated analytical techniques is reviewed in the present paper. The majority of work is dedicated to reviewing the development of analytical tools for routine analysis of carbohydrates and lipids in biological samples, many of them introduced in(More)
Phenylketonuria is a common metabolic disorder disease. Those affected appear normal at birth, but without treatment they develop severe psychomotor retardation. Throughout life, they must control their blood levels of phenylalanine (Phe) and consume a diet containing adequate amounts of Phe and tyrosine (Tyr). We have developed a liquid(More)