Special Issue "Polyphenols and Foods: Authentication, Analysis and Characterization. Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activity"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Function and Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Charalampos Proestos

Laboratory of Food Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15771 Athens, Greece
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Interests: food chemistry; food analysis; food antioxidants; foodomics; food technology
Guest Editor
Dr. Panagiotis Zoumpoulakis

National Hellenic Research Foundation; 48 Vas. Constantinou Ave.11635 Athens; Greece
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Prof. Dr. Vassilia Sinanoglou

Technological Educational Institute of Athens(TEIATH); Department of Food Technology; Athens, Greece
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Secondary metabolites, including polyphenols, alkaloids and terpenoids, provide food products with pigmentation, health benefits, and sensory attributes. These compounds may lend disease protection to botanicals and supplements, and, specifically in the case of polyphenols, enhance the quality of foods and beverages, such as tea, wine, beer, etc.  Polyphenols significance for the human diet and antimicrobial activity has been recently established. In this special issue extraction and isolation of polyphenols by conventional and high energy techniques such as ultrasound and microwave assisted will be discussed. Additionally, current trends in mass spectrometry (multiple quadrupole (LC-MSn), time of flight (QTOF) LTQ-Orpitrap), metabolomic analyses by QTOF, LC-LTQ-Orbitrap-MS. LTQ-Orbitrap, with two-stage mass analysis (MS/MS) and multi-stage mass analysis (MSn), GC-MS after silylation and NMR spectroscopy (i.e., 2D Diffusion Ordered Spectroscopy) for the identification and chemical characterization of polyphenols will be discussed. Metabolomics have been increasingly applied during the last five years to food and plant matrices and have been correlated mainly to fraud and authenticity issues.  Last but not least, the antioxidant and antimicrobial (antifungal) activity of naturally occurring polyphenols will be presented.

Prof. Dr. Proestos Charalampos
Dr. Panagiotis Zoumpoulakis
Prof. Dr. Vassilia Sinanoglou
Guest Editors

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  • polyphenols
  • food authenticity
  • analysis
  • antioxidants
  • antimicrobial activity

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Open AccessArticle HPLC-ED Analysis of Phenolic Compounds in Three Bosnian Crataegus Species
Received: 20 March 2018 / Revised: 18 April 2018 / Accepted: 19 April 2018 / Published: 24 April 2018
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The aim of this work was the qualitative and quantitative determination of selected phenolic compounds in three Crataegus species grown in Bosnia. Crataegus plants are consumed for medicinal purposes and as foodstuff in the form of canned fruit, jam, jelly, tea, and wine.
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The aim of this work was the qualitative and quantitative determination of selected phenolic compounds in three Crataegus species grown in Bosnia. Crataegus plants are consumed for medicinal purposes and as foodstuff in the form of canned fruit, jam, jelly, tea, and wine. Two samples of plant material, dry leaves with flowers, and berries of three Crataegus species—Crataegus rhipidophylla Gand., Crataegus x subsphaericea Gand., and Crataegus x macrocarpa Hegetschw.—were analyzed. Twelve ethanolic extracts were isolated from the selected plant material using Soxhlet and ultrasound extraction, respectively. Soxhlet extraction proved to be more effective than ultrasound extraction. A simple and sensitive method, high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection, HPLC-ED, was used for the simultaneous determination of phenolic acids and flavonoids in Crataegus species. The content of gallic acid in the extracts ranged from 0.001 to 0.082 mg/g dry weight (DW), chlorogenic acid from 0.19 to 8.70 mg/g DW, and rutin from 0.03 to 13.49 mg/g DW. Two flavonoids, vitexin and hyperoside, commonly found in chemotaxonomic investigations of Crataegus species, were not detected in the examined extracts. In general, leaves with flowers samples are richer in gallic acid and rutin, whereas the berries samples are richer in chlorogenic acid. Distinct similarities were found in the relative distribution of gallic acid among the three species. Extracts of C. x macrocarpa had the highest content of all detected compounds, while significant differences were found in rutin content, depending on the plant organ. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study reporting content of phenolic compounds in Crataegus rhipidophylla Gand., Crataegus x subsphaericea, and Crataegus x macrocarpa from Bosnia. Full article

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