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BACKGROUND Plant sterols have been shown to reduce serum lipid concentrations. The effectiveness is highly dependent on the physical state of the plant sterols. By means of a new crystallizing method, plant sterols can be added into dietary fats and oils homogeneously. In this fat ingredient, plant sterols are in a microcrystalline form. AIMS OF THE STUDY(More)
An ethnobotanical investigation on the medicinal uses of some species of Terminalia and Combretum (Combretaceae) was carried out in Mbeya, Tanzania during a 5-weeks field expedition. Of the sixteen species collected, Combretum fragrans F. Hoffm., Combretum molle G. Don., Combretum psidioides Welw., Combretum zeyheri Sond., Terminalia kaiserana F. Hoffm. and(More)
An HPLC method with evaporative light-scattering detection (ELSD) was optimized and validated for the simultaneous quantitation of cholesteryl esters (CEs), triacylglycerols (TGs), free cholesterol (FC) and phosphatidylcholine (PC) in human plasma. The separation of CEs from TGs, the most variable plasma lipid class, was improved by speeding up the gradient(More)
Antimicrobial screening against selected Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, yeasts, mold, as well as plant pathogenic fungi, with emphasis on method optimization was carried out on methanol extracts prepared from seven plants grown in Finland. Sensitivity to the extracts was found to vary considerably among the micro-organisms, the extract from(More)
The fruit extracts of Ficus sycomorus L., F. benjamina L., F. bengalensis L. and F. religiosa L. were screened for bioactivity. F. bengalensis and F. religiosa demonstrated activity in the brine shrimp test (Artemia salina) which indicates toxicity, whereas F. sycomorus and F. benjamina showed no activity. All the fruit extracts exhibited antitumor activity(More)
Combined headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HSGC-MS) was used in the analysis of garlic volatile compounds. Twenty major components were identified in the gas phases enriched by fresh, sliced garlic cloves ( ALLIUM SATIVUM L, Allioceae, Liliidae). Suspended dry garlic powder and crushed garlic, incubated in vegetable oil, revealed a different(More)
Near infrared (NIR) reflectance spectroscopy was used to develop a non-destructive and rapid qualitative method for the analysis of plastic films used by the pharmaceutical industry for blistering. Three types of films were investigated: 250 microm PVC [poly(vinyl chloride)] films, 250 microm PVC films coated with 40 g m(-2) of PVDC [poly(vinylidene(More)
Successful plant regeneration was achieved for the first time from hairy root-derived protoplasts of Hyoscyamus muticus. High yields (7 × 10(6) / g fresh weight) of protoplasts were isolated directly from the transformed roots of Hyoscyamus muticus using an enzyme mixture comprising 1 % macerozyme and 2 % cellulase in an osmoticum consisting of 0.2 M CaCl2(More)