, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 291-293
Date: 26 May 2006

Methylglyoxal-derived β-carbolines formed from tryptophan and its derivates in the Maillard reaction

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Summary.

Reaction of tryptophan, tryptophan methyl ester and tryptamine with methylglyoxal (a physiological α-oxoaldehyde), which resulted in β-carboline formation, showed that this type of nonenzymatic (Maillard) reaction could spontaneously occur in living organisms or during commercial or domestic food processing and storage.