Event Title

Molecular Mass of Potentially Carcinogenic Heterocyclic Amines

Presenter Information

Irene Hwang, Andrews University

Start Date

3-3-2017 2:30 PM

End Date

3-3-2017 4:00 PM

Description

Investigation of cancer-inducing molecules in cooked foods has led to the discovery of mutagenic heterocyclic amines (HCAs) in meat. The amino acids creatin(in)e and phenylalanine form the precursors for these HCAs. Recent research here at AU has found similar mutagenic HCAs produced from plant-based proteins when arginine, rather than creatin(in)e, is substituted in high temperature reactions (simulated cooking) with phenylalanine. Our research focuses on developing HPLC methods to isolate individual candidates that are then screened for mutagenicity via the Ames test. Mass spectroscopy methods are also being developed to identify the molecular structure of these lead mutagenic arginine-based HCAs.

Acknowledgments

Dr. Ryan Hayes

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Molecular Mass of Potentially Carcinogenic Heterocyclic Amines

Investigation of cancer-inducing molecules in cooked foods has led to the discovery of mutagenic heterocyclic amines (HCAs) in meat. The amino acids creatin(in)e and phenylalanine form the precursors for these HCAs. Recent research here at AU has found similar mutagenic HCAs produced from plant-based proteins when arginine, rather than creatin(in)e, is substituted in high temperature reactions (simulated cooking) with phenylalanine. Our research focuses on developing HPLC methods to isolate individual candidates that are then screened for mutagenicity via the Ames test. Mass spectroscopy methods are also being developed to identify the molecular structure of these lead mutagenic arginine-based HCAs.