Know Your Onions
Researchers tackle elucidation of sulfur-containing metabolites in plant extracts with Fourier transform mass spectrometry.
Rich Whitworth |
Call it Onion-omics: Kazuki Saito and Ryo Nakabayashi, along with colleagues from the RIKEN Plant Science Center, Yokohama, Japan, are probing bioactive compounds of the esteemed bulb and their potential medical application (1). “Chemical assignment is the most crucial issue facing mass spectrometry-based metabolomics,” says Saito, of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science. “Most detected peaks are assigned as ‘unknowns’.”
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