Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 93–100

Agglutinating activity of alcohol-soluble proteins from quinoa seed flour in celiac disease

  • M. De Vincenzi
  • M. Silano
  • R. Luchetti
  • B. Carratù
  • C. Boniglia
  • N.E. Pogna


The edible seeds of the quinoa plant contain small quantities of alcohol-soluble protein which, after peptic-tryptic digestion, are unable to agglutinate K562(s) cells. When separated by affinity chromatography on sepharose-6B coupled with mannan, peptic-tryptic digest separated in two fractions. Fraction B peptides (about 1% of total protein) were shown to agglutinate K562(s) cells at a very low concentration, whereas peptides in fraction A and in the mixed fraction A+B were inactive, suggesting that fraction A contains protective peptides that interfere with the agglutinating activity of toxic peptides in fraction B.

Amino acids Celiac disease Cells Cereals Prolamines Quinoa seeds 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. De Vincenzi
    • 1
  • M. Silano
    • 2
  • R. Luchetti
    • 1
  • B. Carratù
    • 1
  • C. Boniglia
    • 1
  • N.E. Pogna
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratorio AlimentiIstituto Superiore di SanitàRomeItaly
  2. 2.Clinica PediatricaOspedale S.Paolo, Università di MilanoMilanItaly
  3. 3.Istituto Sperimentale CerealicolturaRomeItaly

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