The proteome of coconut milk

Lihtar, Silvija (2015) The proteome of coconut milk. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Coconut milk is a sweet, milky white liquid derived from the meat of mature coconut - the fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera L.). It is rich in vitamins, minerals and good fats and therefore has a very wide application. It is a common ingredient in many tropical cuisines, in the west is mainly used as a beverage, and in vegan cuisine it is used as a substitute for cow's milk. Other than in nutrition, it is also used in cosmetics, and is thought to have many beneficial effects on human health. The proteome of coconut milk has been extensively mapped via capture with combinatorial peptide ligand libraries (CPLL) at three pH values. A grand total of 307 unique gene products could be listed, 200 discovered via CPLL capture, 137 detected in the control, untreated material and 30 species in common between the two sets of data. CPLL treatment has more than doubled the total discovery of proteins in coconut milk, and with that the exploration of the coconut milk proteome has reached unprecednted depth. The database of this plant contained only 123 proteins, and 6 of those are listed in results of this exploration. It means that the vast majority of the classified proteins has been identified only by homologies with sequences deposited in the general Viridiplantae database. This unique set of data could be the starting point for nutricionists and researchers involved in nutraceutics for enucleating proteins responsible for some of the beneficial health effects attributed to coconut milk.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Balen, Biljana
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 14
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 09:59
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2016 09:59
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/4714

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