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© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.Plants are a reservoir of high-value molecules with underexplored biomedical applications. With the aim of identifying novel health-promoting attributes in underexplored natural sources, we scrutinized the diversity of (poly)phenols present within the berries of selected germplasm from cultivated, wild, and underutilized Rubus species. Our strategy combined the application of metabolomics, statistical analysis, and evaluation of (poly)phenols’ bioactivity using a yeast-based discovery platform. We identified species as sources of (poly)phenols interfering with pathological processes associated with redox-related diseases, particularly, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cancer, and inflammation. In silico prediction of putative bioactives suggested cyanidin–hexoside as an anti-inflammatory molecule which was validated in yeast and mammalian cells. Moreover, cellular assays revealed that the cyanidin moiety was responsible for the anti-inflammatory properties of cyanidin–hexoside. Our findings unveiled novel (poly)phenolic bioactivities and illustrated the power of our integrative approach for the identification of dietary (poly)phenols with potential biomedical applications.
Author(s): Menezes R, Foito A, Jardim C, Costa I, Garcia G, Rosado-Ramos R, Freitag S, Alexander CJ, Outeiro TF, Stewart D, Santos CN
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Online publication date: 26/08/2020
Acceptance date: 18/08/2020
Date deposited: 19/07/2022
ISSN (electronic): 2076-3921
Publisher: MDPI AG
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