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Phytochemistry. 2006 Jun;67(11):1053-67. Epub 2006 Apr 19.

The enzymic and chemically induced decomposition of glucosinolates.

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Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway.


While the myrosinase-glucosinolate system has been reviewed in recent years by a number of authors, little attention has been paid to the enzymic and non-enzymic degradation of glucosinolates. Non-enzymic degradation processes are particularly important in the processing of brassica vegetables with respect to both flavour and in the role of glucosinolates as precursors of anticancer compounds in the diet. This review highlights early empirical work on glucosinolate degradation along with more recent aspects related to current research on mechanism of glucosinolate degradation in plants, microbes and animals.

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