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Biochemical, Nutritional and Toxicological Aspects of Alpha-Amylase Inhibitors from Plant Foods

  • Vincenzo Buonocore
  • Vittorio Silano
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 199)

Abstract

This paper is a critical review of the available data on plant protein inhibitors active either on animal or endogenous plant alpha-amylases. The First Section is a review of available data on molecular properties of the purified inhibitors from cereals, legumes, colocasia and yam. The Second Section deals with properties of amylase-inhibitor complexes and parameters controlling the interaction between amylases and inhibitors. The Third Section discusses possible roles of these inhibitors in the plant, whereas Section Four focusses on nutritional and toxicological significance of amylase inhibitors for human beings and other mammals. Lastly Section Five examines some applications in medicine of alpha-amylase inhibitors from plants.

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Wheat Flour Protein Inhibitor Kidney Bean Wheat Kernel Complete Amino Acid Sequence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincenzo Buonocore
    • 1
  • Vittorio Silano
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Organic and Biological ChemistryNaples UniversityNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Department of Comparative Toxicology and EcotoxicologyIstituto Superiore di SanitàRomeItaly

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