Renzo Bortolomeazzi

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Extra-virgin olive oils (EVOO), high in phenolic compounds with antioxidant properties, could be partly responsible for the lower mortality and incidence of cancer and CVD in the Mediterranean region. The present study aims to measure oxidative DNA damage in healthy human subjects consuming olive oils with different concentrations of natural phenols. A(More)
The antioxidant activity of 12 aqueous commercial smoke flavorings used in the food industry was determined by two methods: bleaching of the carotenoid crocin and scavenging of the DPPH radical. The reaction with the DPPH radical was evaluated by calculating the effective concentration (EC50) and the antiradical efficiency (AE). A gas chromatography-mass(More)
The content of phytosterol oxidation products was determined in samples of crude vegetable oils: peanut, sunflower, maize, palm nut, and lampante olive oils that were intended for refining and not for direct consumption. The 7 alpha- and 7 beta-hydroxy derivatives of beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, and campesterol and the 7-keto-beta-sitosterol were the(More)
The mite Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman is a parasite of the honeybee Apis mellifera L. and represents a major threat for apiculture in the Western world. Reproduction takes place only inside bee brood cells that are invaded just before sealing; drone cells are preferred over worker cells, whereas queen cells are not normally invaded. Lower incidence(More)
The main aim of green-coffee processing techniques, such as decaffeination and roasting, is always to maintain a very high level of quality in taste and flavor, the beverage's most important characteristics to consumers. Oxidative alterations of coffee lipids, which can occur in roasting, exert a very marked influence on these quality traits. Determining(More)
The dehydration of sterols during the refining process of vegetable oils results in the formation of steroidal hydrocarbons (sterenes or steradienes) with two double bonds in the ring system. Other steroidal hydrocarbons whose structures were in agreement with the presence of three double bonds in the ring system were detected in the sterene fractions of(More)
The 5alpha-hydroperoxides of beta-sitosterol, campesterol, stigmasterol, and brassicasterol were obtained by photooxidation of the respective sterols in pyridine in the presence of hematoporphyrine as sensitizer. The reduction of the hydroperoxides gives the corresponding 5alpha-hydroxy derivatives. The 7alpha- and 7beta-hydroperoxides of the sterols were(More)
Coffea arabica beans were roasted in an oven at 200 °C for increasing lengths of time under vacuum (i.e. 0.15 kPa). The samples were then analysed for colour, weight loss, acrylamide concentration and sensory properties. Data were compared with those obtained from coffee roasted at atmospheric pressure (i.e. conventional roasting), as well as at atmospheric(More)
In this work, a rapid and reliable purification method based on a single mixed solid phase extraction (SPE) column, for the determination of acrylamide in roasted coffee by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, was developed. Deuterium labelled d(3)-acrylamide was used as internal standard. Acrylamide was extracted by 10 mL of water and the(More)
The hydrocarbon fraction of 30 virgin olive oils was analyzed, focusing in particular on the sesquiterpenes. The oil samples were of different geographical origins and obtained from different olive varieties. The hydrocarbon fraction was isolated by silica gel column chromatography of the unsaponifiable fraction of the oils. The sesquiterpene hydrocarbons(More)