Polyamines pp 349-364 | Cite as

Procedures to Evaluate the Importance of Dietary Polyamines

  • Paul Acheampong
  • Mary J. Macleod
  • Heather M. WallaceEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 720)


Polyamines not only play vital physiological functions including modulating transcription and translation of genetic material, cell proliferation and growth, ion channel regulation and cell signaling, but have also been cited in the pathogenesis of diseases. Many plant and animal sources used as food contain high amounts of polyamines. Knowledge of the content of polyamines in food as a source of these growth factors is therefore critical. A 2-step perchloric acid precipitation method to obtain acid soluble extracts from food that are subsequently taken through a dansylation process to produce dansyl polyamine derivatives for HPLC measurement is described. Examples are provided to illustrate mathematical correction factors

Key words

Polyamine Food Diet Dansylation Perchloric acid 



We thank Gary Cameron (IMS core facilities) for invaluable ­support with HPLC analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Acheampong
    • 1
  • Mary J. Macleod
    • 1
  • Heather M. Wallace
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Applied MedicineUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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