Polyphenols and health

Lead Research Organisation: Quadram Institute Bioscience
Department Name: Contracts

Abstract

Polyphenols are common dietary components that have emerged as key target phytochemicals for protecting against cardiovascular disease due to positive outcomes in epidemiological and clinical trials. Several cell types play crucial roles in both maintaining healthy vascular function and the development of CVD, and the most crucial are vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells that control vascular tone. The underlying mechanisms by which flavonoid-rich diets induce potentially beneficial changes in these cells are not understood, in particular (i) the identities of the active metabolites in vivo and (ii) the molecular mechanisms by which these metabolites alter cell function, are not known.

The overall aim of this project is to identify and characterise mechanisms by which dietary flavonoids help maintain health. The emphasis will be on the vascular system and the strategy is to link IFR expertise and knowledge of flavonoid human metabolism with modern molecular nutrition methods to identify mechanisms of action that are achievable through diet. The specific objectives are to:
(1) Quantify the bioavailability of polyphenols from foods and plant extracts in human feeding studies
(2) Identify and characterise human polyphenol metabolites in blood, urine and faeces including products of colonic metabolism and human phase-2 metabolism using both targeted quantitative LC-MS/MS methods and non-targeted NMR and LC-MS techniques
(3) Synthesise or isolate authentic human metabolites and assess their potential to modify vascular cell functions and signalling pathways using microarray and metabolomic approaches
(4) Develop new hypotheses concerned with how dietary flavonoids maintain healthy vascular function, and test these using appropriate cell and animal models in combination with various molecular biochemical approaches including gene silencing techniques, protein phosphorylation assays, kinase inhibitors, and targeted assays of vasomodulatory and inflammatory factors.

Publications

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Achterfeldt S (2015) Do anthocyanins in purple tomatoes reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease? in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society

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Bernardi S (2020) Polyphenols and Intestinal Permeability: Rationale and Future Perspectives. in Journal of agricultural and food chemistry

 
Description 1. Our research has shown that dietary polyphenols undergo extensive metabolism both within the gut (mediated by the gut bacteria) and during absorption and passage through the liver. By developing and validating analytical methods for quantifying polyphenol metabolites in blood and urine samples, we have shown that most polyphenols reach plasma as metabolites, and are no longer the same chemical structure as found in the food.
2. By synthesising the actual forms of polyphenols we identified in blood samples, we have been able to investigate their potential to affect cells and tissues in the body. We have focussed on cells from vascular tissues that are involved in that maintaining healthy endothelial function and blood pressure and shown that metabolism of the original food polyphenols sometimes renders them inactive whereas sometimes they retain some or all of the activity of the food polyphenol. These studies are important because they directly connect the relevant polyphenol molecules post-metabolism with human cells, thus representing a physiologically relevant model. IFRs leadership in this area has led to this approach being widely adopted in the scientific community.
3. We have been investigating how some specific polyphenols inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signalling which is a key signalling pathway that controls angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels). For the first time, we have shown that these polyphenol bind directly to the VEGF molecule which is then rendered inactive (unable to bind to its receptor, VEGF-receptor 2; VEGFR2). Our research has shown that the polyphenols bind to VEGF in the region where VEGF binds to its receptor which explains the loss of its ability to bind to VEGFR2. The nature of the binding is very interesting. Whereas the majority of interactions between small molecules and proteins like VEGF involves reversible binding (the small molecule can be released and rebound many times over time), in this case the binding is slow and only reversible over long timescales. This is important when considering the use of such polyphenols as anti-VEGF therapeutics.
4. We are undertaking research to understand the effects of consumption of different polyphenols on cardiovascular disease risk and to gain insights into the underlying (molecular) mechanisms. By reviewing the existing literature, we have observed that consumption of various anthocyanin-rich food sources including strawberries and chokeberries (Aronia). With regard isolated anthocyanins, we know that consumption of cyanidin and delphinidin anthocyanins causes significant reductions in circulating cholesterol levels in participants who are hypercholesterolaemic. Our current research focusses on understanding how anthocyanins cause changes in lipoprotein metabolism, and which anthocyanins / anthocyanin-rich foods are most effective. These findings can be used to underpin future studies of the impact of anthocyanins on health, and the development of effective anthocyanin based foods and ingredients. We have also undertaken genome-wide gene expression analysis and this is being followed up with research to identify the anthocyanin metabolites that cause the changes in gene expression and cholesterol metabolism, and to understand how they do this.
5. We are collaborating with Professor Cathie Martin at the John Innes Centre to understand how the expression of different polyphenols in a food plant (tomatoes) can provide additional / new health benefits. Our first studies were with 'purple' tomatoes in which a couple of transcription factors that switch on the tomato anthocyanin-synthetic genes have been engineered into the plants under the control of a promotor that is fruit and ripening specific, and showed that supplementing mouse diets with these tomatoes significantly reduced the size of atherosclerotic plaques compared to standard red tomatoes. Our next study compared tomatoes expressing different types of polyphenols and showed that anthocyanins and resveratrol-expressing tomatoes, but not flavonol or isoflavone-expressing tomatoes reduced atherosclerotic plaque size in the ApoE knockout mouse model of human atherosclerosis.
Exploitation Route Our research on dietary anthocyanins is providing high quality evidence from human intervention studies to show whether or not anthocyanins in the context of a complex food can beneficially affect vascular health and CVD risk. If we are able to demonstrate this, then this evidence would support interventions to increase anthocyanin consumption in the population, underpin the development of novel functional foods containing appropriate levels of anthocyanins. We are also investigating how these anthocyanins and their metabolites cause changes that reduce CVD risk, and this data could support future attempts to obtain health claims with anthocyanin-rich foods or nutraceuticals.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Healthcare,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL http://www.ifr.ac.uk/research/scientists/paul-kroon/
 
Description 1. Our discovery of specific polyphenols binding directly to VEGF resulted in the preparation of a patent submission led by a UK SME interested in exploiting this knowledge in areas of human health and animal health/performance. 2. Our research with genetically modified tomatoes with much higher levels of existing polyphenols or that expressed novel polyphenols that were developed by the John Innes Centre has had an impact on the debate about whether or not GMOs can be beneficial and whether or not they are safe. The plans to undertake a first-in-humans tolerability trial with the purple tomatoes was discussed in the UK House of Lords. 3. By successfully completing a risk assessment and obtaining ethical approval to undertake a first in humans dose escalation tolerability trial, we have potentially changed the GM landscape in the UK and possibly Europe.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Healthcare,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Impact on sustainability, shelf-life and nutritional value by vertically farmed leafy greens via a new local supply chain
Amount € 729,415 (EUR)
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2020
 
Description Bespoke synthesis of polyphenol human metabolites 
Organisation University of Barcelona
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We used synthetic organic chemistry routes to make phase-2 conjugates of various dietary flavonoids and phenolic acids and supplied these to various collaborators for testing of biological activity. These compounds are not available commercially and for many of them they are unique to our lab.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have used these physiologically relevant metabolites to test their biological activity using in vitro models such as cultured mammalian cell models, etc... They have also used them as authentic standards to facilitate identification and quantification of metabolites in human and animal tissues including blood, urine and faeces.
Impact Petri N, Tannergen C, Holst B, Mellon FA, Bao Y, Plumb GW, Bacon J, O'Leary KA, Kroon PA, Knutson L, Forsell P, Eriksson T, Lennernas H & Williamson G (2003) "Absorption/metabolism of sulforaphane and quercetin, and regulation of phase II enzymes, in human jejenum in vivo". Drug Metab Disposition 31, 805-813.Nemeth K, Plumb GW, Berrin J-G, Juge N, Jacob R, Naim HY, Williamson G, Swallow DM, Kroon PA (2003) "Deglycosylation by small intestinal epithelial cell ? glucosidases is a critical step in the absorption and metabolism of dietary flavonoid glycosides in humans. Eur J Nutr 42, 29-42.Kroon PA, Clifford MN, Crozier A, Day AJ, Donovan JL, Manach C & Williamson G (2004). How should we assess the effects of exposure to dietary polyphenols in vitro? Am J Clin Nutr 80, 15-21. Dupont MS, Day AJ, Bennett RN, Mellon FA & Kroon PA (2004) "Absorption of kaempferol-3-glucuronide from endive in humans". Eur J Clin Nutr 58, 947-954. Needs PW, Kroon PA (2006) Convenient syntheses of metabolically important quercetin glucuronides and sulfates. Tetrahedron 62, 6862-6868. Davis BD, Needs PW, Kroon PA & Brodbelt (2006) Identification of isomeric flavonoid glucuronides in urine and plasma by metal complexation and liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. J Mass Spectrom 41, 911-920. Tribolo S, Lodi F, Connor C, Suri S, Wilson V, Taylor M, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hughes DA (2008). Comparative effects of quercetin and its predominant human metabolites on adhesion molecule expression in activated human vascular endothelial cells. Atherosclerosis 197, 50-56. Loke WM, Proudfoot JM, Stewart S, McKinley AJ, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hodgson JM & Croft KD (2008). Metabolic transformation has a profound effect on anti-inflammatory activity of flavonoids such as quercetin: Lack of association between antioxidant and lipoxygenase inhibitory activity. Biochem Pharmacol 75, 1045-1053. Loke WM, Proudfoot JM, Stewart S, McKinley AJ, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hodgson JM & Croft KD (2008). Quercetin and its in vivo metabolites inhibit neutrophil-mediated low-density lipoprotein oxidation. J Agric Food Chem 56, 3609-3615. Hollands W, Brett GM, Radreau P, Saha S, Teucher B, Bennett, RN & Kroon PA (2008). Processing blackcurrants dramatically reduces the content and does not enhance the urinary yield of anthocyanins in human subjects. Food Chem 108, 869-878. Suri S, Taylor MA, Verity A, Tribolo S, Kroon PA, Hughes DA, Wilson VG (2008). A comparative study of the effects of quercetin and its glucuronide and sulphate metabolites on human neutrophil function in vitro. Biochem Pharmacol 76, 645-673. Barrington R, Williamson G, Bennett RN, Davis BD, Brodbelt JS, Kroon PA (2009). Absorption, conjugation and efflux of the flavonoids, kaempferol and galangin, using the intestinal CaCo-2/TC7 cell model. J Functional Foods 1, 74-97. Brett GM, Hollands W, Needs PW, Teucher B, Dainty JR, Bennett RN, Davis BD, Brodbelt JS & Kroon PA (2009). Absorption, metabolism and excretion of flavanones from single portions of orange fruit and juice and effects of anthropometric variables and contraceptive pill use on flavanone excretion. Br J Nutr 101, 664-675. http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A44rP6ra (Personal author link) Winterbone MS, Tribolo S, Needs PW, Kroon PA & Hughes DA (2009). Physiologically relevant metabolites of quercetin have no effect on adhesion molecule or chemokine expression in human vascular smooth muscle cells. Atherosclerosis 202, 431-438. Kay CD, Kroon PA, Cassidy A (2009). The bioactivity of dietary anthocyanins is likely to be mediated by their degradation products. Mol Nutr Food Res 53 Suppl 1:S92-101. Lodi F, Jiménez R, Moreno L, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Hughes DA, Santos-Buelga C, González-Paramás A, Cogolludo A, Duarte J, Perez-Vizcaino F (2009). Glucuronidated and sulfated metabolites of the flavonoid quercetin prevent endothelial dysfunction but lack direct vasodilator effects in rat aorta. Atherosclerosis 204, 34-39. Radreau P, Rhodes JD, Mithen RF, Kroon PA, Sanderson J (2009) Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) pathway activation by quercetin in human lens epithelial cells. Exp Eye Res 89, 995-1002. Curtis PJ, Kroon PA, Hollands WJ, Walls R, Jenkins G, Kay CD, Cassidy A (2009). Cardiovascular disease risk biomarkers and liver function are not altered following twelve week ingestion of an elderberry extract rich in anthocyanins. J Nutr 139, 2266-2271. Soler A, Romero MP, Saha S, Furniss CSM, Kroon PA, Motilva MJ (2010). Digestion stability and evaluation of the metabolism and transport of olive oil phenols in human small intestinal epithelial Caco2/TC7 cell line. Food Chem, 119, 703-714. Suri S, Liu XH, Rayment S, Hughes DA, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Taylor MA, Tribolo S, Wilson VG (2010). Quercetin and its major metabolites selectively modulate cyclic GMP-dependent relaxations and associated tolerance in pig isolated coronary artery. Br J Pharmacol 159, 566-575. Bartholomé R, Haenen G, Hollman PCH, Bast A, Dagnelie PC, Roos D, Keijer J, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Arts ICW (2010). Deconjugation kinetics of glucuronidated phase-II flavonoid metabolites by ß-glucuronidase from neutrophils. Drug Metab Pharmacokinet 25, 379-387. Pereira-Caro G, Mateos R, Saha S, Madrona A, Espartero JL, Bravo L, Kroon PA (2010). Trans-epithelial transport and metabolism of new lipopohilic ether derivatives of hydroxytyrosol by enterocyte-like CaCo-2/TC7 cells. J Agric Food Chem 58, 11501-11509. Al-Shalmani S, Suri S, Hughes DA, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Taylor MA, Tribolo S, Wilson VG (2011). Quercetin and its principal metabolites, but not myricetin, oppose LPS-induced hyporesponsiveness of the porcine isolated coronary artery. Br J Pharmacol 162, 1485-1497. Curtis PJ, Sampson M, Potter J, Dhatariya K, Kroon PA, Cassidy A (2012). Chronic ingestion of flavan-3-ols and isoflavones improves insulin sensitivity and lipoprotein status and attenuates estimated 10-year CVD risk in medicated postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes: a one year double-blind randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care 35, 226-232. Saha S, Hollands W, Needs PW, Ostertag LM, de Roos B, Duthie GG, Kroon PA (2012). Human O-sulfated metabolites of (-)-epicatechin and methyl-(-)-epicatechin are poor substrates for commercial aryl-sulfatases: Implications for studies concerned with quantifying epicatechin bioavailability. Pharmacol Res 65, 592-602. Lodi F, Tribolo S, Winterbone MS, Needs PW, Hughes DA, Kroon PA (2012). Human quercetin conjugated metabolites attenuate TNF-a-induced changes in vasomodulatory molecules in a HUASMCs/HUVECs co-culture model. Planta Med 78, 1571-1573. Hollands WJ, Hart D, Dainty JR, Hasselwander O, Tiihonen K, Wood R, Kroon PA (2013). Bioavailability of epicatechin and effects on nitric oxide metabolites of an apple flavanol-rich extract supplemented beverage compared to a whole apple puree: a randomized, placebo controlled, crossover trial. Mol Nutr Food Res 57, 1209-1217. Tribolo S, Lodi F, Winterbone MS, Saha S, Needs PW, Suri S, Taylor MA, Wilson VG, Walls R, Cassidy A, Hughes DA, Kroon PA (2013). Human metabolic transformation of quercetin blocks its capacity to decrease eNOS expression and endothelin-1 secretion by human endothelial cells. J Agric Food Chem 61, 8589-8596. Czank C, Cassidy A, Zhang Q, Morrison DJ, Preston T, Kroon PA, Botting NP, Kay CD (2013). Human metabolism and elimination of the anthocyanin, cyanidin-3-glucoside: a 13C-tracer study. Am J Clin Nutr 97, 995-1003. Konic-Ristic A, Srdic-Rajica T, Kardum N, Kroon PA, Hollands WJ, Hayran O, Boyko N, Jorjadze M, Glibetic M (2013). Effects of bioactive-rich extracts of pomegranate, persimmon, nettle, dill, kale and Sideritis and isolated bioactives on arachidonic acid induced markers of platelet activation and platelet-leucocyte aggregation. J Sci Food Agric 93, 3581-3587. De Ferrars RM, Czank C, Zhang Q, Botting NP, Kroon PA, Cassidy A, Kay CD (2014). The pharmacokinetics of anthocyanins and their metabolites in humans. Br J Pharmacol 171, 3268-3282. De Ferrars R, Czank C, Saha S, Needs PW, Zhang Q, Raheem KS, Kroon PA, Kay CD (2014). Methods for isolating, identifying and quantifying anthocyanin metabolites in clinical samples. Anal Chem 86, 10052-10058. Danesi F, Kroon PA, Saha S, de Biase D, D'Antuono LF, Bordoni A (2014). Mixed pro- and anti-oxidative effects of pomegranate polyphenols in cultured cells. Int J Mol Sci 15, 19458-19471. Barrington RD, Needs PW, Williamson G, Kroon PA. MK571 inhibits phase-2 conjugation of flavonols by Caco-2/TC7 cells, but does not specifically inhibit their apical efflux. Biochem Pharmacol 95, 193-200. Cerezo AB, Winterbone MS, Moyle CW, Needs PW, Kroon PA (2015). Molecular structure-function relationship of dietary polyphenols for inhibiting VEGF-induced VEGFR-2 activity. Mol Nutr Food Res. 59, 2119-2131. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201500407. Gornas P, Redenkovs V, Pugacheva I, Soliven A, Needs PW, Kroon PA (2016). Varied composition of tocochromanols in different types of bran: Rye, wheat, oat, spelt, buckwheat, corn and rice. Int J Food Properties 19, 1757-1764. Dower JI, Geleijnse JM, Kroon PA, Philo M, Mensink M, Kromhout D, Hollman PCH (2016). Does epicatechin contribute to the acute vascular function effects of dark chocolate? A randomised, crossover study. Mol Nutr Food Res 60, 2379-2386. Poór M, Boda G, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Lemli B, Bencsik T (2017). Interaction of quercetin and its metabolites with warfarin: displacement of warfarin from serum albumin and inhibition of CYP2C9 enzyme. Biomed Pharmacol 88, 574-581. Hollands WJ*, Voorspoels S*, Jacobs G, Aaby K, Meisland A, Garcia-Villalbad R, Tomas-Barberan F, Piskula MJ, Mawson D, Vovk I, Needs PW and Kroon PA (2017). Development, validation and evaluation of an analytical method for the determination of monomeric and oligomeric procyanidins in apple extracts. J Chromatogr A 1495, 46-56. Van Rymenant E, Grootaert C, Beerens K, Needs P, Kroon P, Kerimi A, Williamson G, García Villalba R, González-Sarrías A, Tomas-Barberan F, Van Camp J, Van de Voorde J. Vasorelaxant activity of twenty-one physiologically relevant (poly)phenolic metabolites on isolated mouse arteries. Mol Nutr Food Res 13, 4331-4335. Perez-Moral N, Saha S, Philo M, Hart DJ, Winterbone MS, Hollands WJ, Spurr M, Bows J, vander Velpen V, Kroon PA*, Curtis PJC (2018) Comparative bio-accessibility, bioavailability and bioequivalence of quercetin, apigenin, glucoraphanin and carotenoids from freeze-dried vegetables incorporated into a baked snack versus minimally processed vegetables: Evidence from in vitro models and a human bioavailability study. J Func Food 48, 410-419. Poor M, Boda G, Kunsagi-Mate S, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Lemli B (2018). Fluorescence spectroscopic evaluation of the interactions of quercetin, isorhamnetin, and quercetin-3 '-sulfate with different albumins. J Luminescence 194, 156-163. Wu Q, Kroon PA, Shao HJ, Needs PW, Yang XB (2018). Differential effects of quercetin and two of its derivatives, isorhamnetin and isorhamnetin-3-glucuronide, in inhibiting the proliferation of human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. J Agric Food Chem 66, 7181-7189. Wu Q, Needs PW, Lu YL, Kroon PA, Ren DY, Yang XB (2018). Different antitumor effects of quercetin, quercetin-3'-sulfate and quercetin-3-glucuronide in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. Food Func 9, 1736-1746.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Bespoke synthesis of polyphenol human metabolites 
Organisation University of Milan
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We used synthetic organic chemistry routes to make phase-2 conjugates of various dietary flavonoids and phenolic acids and supplied these to various collaborators for testing of biological activity. These compounds are not available commercially and for many of them they are unique to our lab.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have used these physiologically relevant metabolites to test their biological activity using in vitro models such as cultured mammalian cell models, etc... They have also used them as authentic standards to facilitate identification and quantification of metabolites in human and animal tissues including blood, urine and faeces.
Impact Petri N, Tannergen C, Holst B, Mellon FA, Bao Y, Plumb GW, Bacon J, O'Leary KA, Kroon PA, Knutson L, Forsell P, Eriksson T, Lennernas H & Williamson G (2003) "Absorption/metabolism of sulforaphane and quercetin, and regulation of phase II enzymes, in human jejenum in vivo". Drug Metab Disposition 31, 805-813.Nemeth K, Plumb GW, Berrin J-G, Juge N, Jacob R, Naim HY, Williamson G, Swallow DM, Kroon PA (2003) "Deglycosylation by small intestinal epithelial cell ? glucosidases is a critical step in the absorption and metabolism of dietary flavonoid glycosides in humans. Eur J Nutr 42, 29-42.Kroon PA, Clifford MN, Crozier A, Day AJ, Donovan JL, Manach C & Williamson G (2004). How should we assess the effects of exposure to dietary polyphenols in vitro? Am J Clin Nutr 80, 15-21. Dupont MS, Day AJ, Bennett RN, Mellon FA & Kroon PA (2004) "Absorption of kaempferol-3-glucuronide from endive in humans". Eur J Clin Nutr 58, 947-954. Needs PW, Kroon PA (2006) Convenient syntheses of metabolically important quercetin glucuronides and sulfates. Tetrahedron 62, 6862-6868. Davis BD, Needs PW, Kroon PA & Brodbelt (2006) Identification of isomeric flavonoid glucuronides in urine and plasma by metal complexation and liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. J Mass Spectrom 41, 911-920. Tribolo S, Lodi F, Connor C, Suri S, Wilson V, Taylor M, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hughes DA (2008). Comparative effects of quercetin and its predominant human metabolites on adhesion molecule expression in activated human vascular endothelial cells. Atherosclerosis 197, 50-56. Loke WM, Proudfoot JM, Stewart S, McKinley AJ, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hodgson JM & Croft KD (2008). Metabolic transformation has a profound effect on anti-inflammatory activity of flavonoids such as quercetin: Lack of association between antioxidant and lipoxygenase inhibitory activity. Biochem Pharmacol 75, 1045-1053. Loke WM, Proudfoot JM, Stewart S, McKinley AJ, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hodgson JM & Croft KD (2008). Quercetin and its in vivo metabolites inhibit neutrophil-mediated low-density lipoprotein oxidation. J Agric Food Chem 56, 3609-3615. Hollands W, Brett GM, Radreau P, Saha S, Teucher B, Bennett, RN & Kroon PA (2008). Processing blackcurrants dramatically reduces the content and does not enhance the urinary yield of anthocyanins in human subjects. Food Chem 108, 869-878. Suri S, Taylor MA, Verity A, Tribolo S, Kroon PA, Hughes DA, Wilson VG (2008). A comparative study of the effects of quercetin and its glucuronide and sulphate metabolites on human neutrophil function in vitro. Biochem Pharmacol 76, 645-673. Barrington R, Williamson G, Bennett RN, Davis BD, Brodbelt JS, Kroon PA (2009). Absorption, conjugation and efflux of the flavonoids, kaempferol and galangin, using the intestinal CaCo-2/TC7 cell model. J Functional Foods 1, 74-97. Brett GM, Hollands W, Needs PW, Teucher B, Dainty JR, Bennett RN, Davis BD, Brodbelt JS & Kroon PA (2009). Absorption, metabolism and excretion of flavanones from single portions of orange fruit and juice and effects of anthropometric variables and contraceptive pill use on flavanone excretion. Br J Nutr 101, 664-675. http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A44rP6ra (Personal author link) Winterbone MS, Tribolo S, Needs PW, Kroon PA & Hughes DA (2009). Physiologically relevant metabolites of quercetin have no effect on adhesion molecule or chemokine expression in human vascular smooth muscle cells. Atherosclerosis 202, 431-438. Kay CD, Kroon PA, Cassidy A (2009). The bioactivity of dietary anthocyanins is likely to be mediated by their degradation products. Mol Nutr Food Res 53 Suppl 1:S92-101. Lodi F, Jiménez R, Moreno L, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Hughes DA, Santos-Buelga C, González-Paramás A, Cogolludo A, Duarte J, Perez-Vizcaino F (2009). Glucuronidated and sulfated metabolites of the flavonoid quercetin prevent endothelial dysfunction but lack direct vasodilator effects in rat aorta. Atherosclerosis 204, 34-39. Radreau P, Rhodes JD, Mithen RF, Kroon PA, Sanderson J (2009) Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) pathway activation by quercetin in human lens epithelial cells. Exp Eye Res 89, 995-1002. Curtis PJ, Kroon PA, Hollands WJ, Walls R, Jenkins G, Kay CD, Cassidy A (2009). Cardiovascular disease risk biomarkers and liver function are not altered following twelve week ingestion of an elderberry extract rich in anthocyanins. J Nutr 139, 2266-2271. Soler A, Romero MP, Saha S, Furniss CSM, Kroon PA, Motilva MJ (2010). Digestion stability and evaluation of the metabolism and transport of olive oil phenols in human small intestinal epithelial Caco2/TC7 cell line. Food Chem, 119, 703-714. Suri S, Liu XH, Rayment S, Hughes DA, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Taylor MA, Tribolo S, Wilson VG (2010). Quercetin and its major metabolites selectively modulate cyclic GMP-dependent relaxations and associated tolerance in pig isolated coronary artery. Br J Pharmacol 159, 566-575. Bartholomé R, Haenen G, Hollman PCH, Bast A, Dagnelie PC, Roos D, Keijer J, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Arts ICW (2010). Deconjugation kinetics of glucuronidated phase-II flavonoid metabolites by ß-glucuronidase from neutrophils. Drug Metab Pharmacokinet 25, 379-387. Pereira-Caro G, Mateos R, Saha S, Madrona A, Espartero JL, Bravo L, Kroon PA (2010). Trans-epithelial transport and metabolism of new lipopohilic ether derivatives of hydroxytyrosol by enterocyte-like CaCo-2/TC7 cells. J Agric Food Chem 58, 11501-11509. Al-Shalmani S, Suri S, Hughes DA, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Taylor MA, Tribolo S, Wilson VG (2011). Quercetin and its principal metabolites, but not myricetin, oppose LPS-induced hyporesponsiveness of the porcine isolated coronary artery. Br J Pharmacol 162, 1485-1497. Curtis PJ, Sampson M, Potter J, Dhatariya K, Kroon PA, Cassidy A (2012). Chronic ingestion of flavan-3-ols and isoflavones improves insulin sensitivity and lipoprotein status and attenuates estimated 10-year CVD risk in medicated postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes: a one year double-blind randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care 35, 226-232. Saha S, Hollands W, Needs PW, Ostertag LM, de Roos B, Duthie GG, Kroon PA (2012). Human O-sulfated metabolites of (-)-epicatechin and methyl-(-)-epicatechin are poor substrates for commercial aryl-sulfatases: Implications for studies concerned with quantifying epicatechin bioavailability. Pharmacol Res 65, 592-602. Lodi F, Tribolo S, Winterbone MS, Needs PW, Hughes DA, Kroon PA (2012). Human quercetin conjugated metabolites attenuate TNF-a-induced changes in vasomodulatory molecules in a HUASMCs/HUVECs co-culture model. Planta Med 78, 1571-1573. Hollands WJ, Hart D, Dainty JR, Hasselwander O, Tiihonen K, Wood R, Kroon PA (2013). Bioavailability of epicatechin and effects on nitric oxide metabolites of an apple flavanol-rich extract supplemented beverage compared to a whole apple puree: a randomized, placebo controlled, crossover trial. Mol Nutr Food Res 57, 1209-1217. Tribolo S, Lodi F, Winterbone MS, Saha S, Needs PW, Suri S, Taylor MA, Wilson VG, Walls R, Cassidy A, Hughes DA, Kroon PA (2013). Human metabolic transformation of quercetin blocks its capacity to decrease eNOS expression and endothelin-1 secretion by human endothelial cells. J Agric Food Chem 61, 8589-8596. Czank C, Cassidy A, Zhang Q, Morrison DJ, Preston T, Kroon PA, Botting NP, Kay CD (2013). Human metabolism and elimination of the anthocyanin, cyanidin-3-glucoside: a 13C-tracer study. Am J Clin Nutr 97, 995-1003. Konic-Ristic A, Srdic-Rajica T, Kardum N, Kroon PA, Hollands WJ, Hayran O, Boyko N, Jorjadze M, Glibetic M (2013). Effects of bioactive-rich extracts of pomegranate, persimmon, nettle, dill, kale and Sideritis and isolated bioactives on arachidonic acid induced markers of platelet activation and platelet-leucocyte aggregation. J Sci Food Agric 93, 3581-3587. De Ferrars RM, Czank C, Zhang Q, Botting NP, Kroon PA, Cassidy A, Kay CD (2014). The pharmacokinetics of anthocyanins and their metabolites in humans. Br J Pharmacol 171, 3268-3282. De Ferrars R, Czank C, Saha S, Needs PW, Zhang Q, Raheem KS, Kroon PA, Kay CD (2014). Methods for isolating, identifying and quantifying anthocyanin metabolites in clinical samples. Anal Chem 86, 10052-10058. Danesi F, Kroon PA, Saha S, de Biase D, D'Antuono LF, Bordoni A (2014). Mixed pro- and anti-oxidative effects of pomegranate polyphenols in cultured cells. Int J Mol Sci 15, 19458-19471. Barrington RD, Needs PW, Williamson G, Kroon PA. MK571 inhibits phase-2 conjugation of flavonols by Caco-2/TC7 cells, but does not specifically inhibit their apical efflux. Biochem Pharmacol 95, 193-200. Cerezo AB, Winterbone MS, Moyle CW, Needs PW, Kroon PA (2015). Molecular structure-function relationship of dietary polyphenols for inhibiting VEGF-induced VEGFR-2 activity. Mol Nutr Food Res. 59, 2119-2131. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201500407. Gornas P, Redenkovs V, Pugacheva I, Soliven A, Needs PW, Kroon PA (2016). Varied composition of tocochromanols in different types of bran: Rye, wheat, oat, spelt, buckwheat, corn and rice. Int J Food Properties 19, 1757-1764. Dower JI, Geleijnse JM, Kroon PA, Philo M, Mensink M, Kromhout D, Hollman PCH (2016). Does epicatechin contribute to the acute vascular function effects of dark chocolate? A randomised, crossover study. Mol Nutr Food Res 60, 2379-2386. Poór M, Boda G, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Lemli B, Bencsik T (2017). Interaction of quercetin and its metabolites with warfarin: displacement of warfarin from serum albumin and inhibition of CYP2C9 enzyme. Biomed Pharmacol 88, 574-581. Hollands WJ*, Voorspoels S*, Jacobs G, Aaby K, Meisland A, Garcia-Villalbad R, Tomas-Barberan F, Piskula MJ, Mawson D, Vovk I, Needs PW and Kroon PA (2017). Development, validation and evaluation of an analytical method for the determination of monomeric and oligomeric procyanidins in apple extracts. J Chromatogr A 1495, 46-56. Van Rymenant E, Grootaert C, Beerens K, Needs P, Kroon P, Kerimi A, Williamson G, García Villalba R, González-Sarrías A, Tomas-Barberan F, Van Camp J, Van de Voorde J. Vasorelaxant activity of twenty-one physiologically relevant (poly)phenolic metabolites on isolated mouse arteries. Mol Nutr Food Res 13, 4331-4335. Perez-Moral N, Saha S, Philo M, Hart DJ, Winterbone MS, Hollands WJ, Spurr M, Bows J, vander Velpen V, Kroon PA*, Curtis PJC (2018) Comparative bio-accessibility, bioavailability and bioequivalence of quercetin, apigenin, glucoraphanin and carotenoids from freeze-dried vegetables incorporated into a baked snack versus minimally processed vegetables: Evidence from in vitro models and a human bioavailability study. J Func Food 48, 410-419. Poor M, Boda G, Kunsagi-Mate S, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Lemli B (2018). Fluorescence spectroscopic evaluation of the interactions of quercetin, isorhamnetin, and quercetin-3 '-sulfate with different albumins. J Luminescence 194, 156-163. Wu Q, Kroon PA, Shao HJ, Needs PW, Yang XB (2018). Differential effects of quercetin and two of its derivatives, isorhamnetin and isorhamnetin-3-glucuronide, in inhibiting the proliferation of human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. J Agric Food Chem 66, 7181-7189. Wu Q, Needs PW, Lu YL, Kroon PA, Ren DY, Yang XB (2018). Different antitumor effects of quercetin, quercetin-3'-sulfate and quercetin-3-glucuronide in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. Food Func 9, 1736-1746.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Bespoke synthesis of polyphenol human metabolites 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We used synthetic organic chemistry routes to make phase-2 conjugates of various dietary flavonoids and phenolic acids and supplied these to various collaborators for testing of biological activity. These compounds are not available commercially and for many of them they are unique to our lab.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have used these physiologically relevant metabolites to test their biological activity using in vitro models such as cultured mammalian cell models, etc... They have also used them as authentic standards to facilitate identification and quantification of metabolites in human and animal tissues including blood, urine and faeces.
Impact Petri N, Tannergen C, Holst B, Mellon FA, Bao Y, Plumb GW, Bacon J, O'Leary KA, Kroon PA, Knutson L, Forsell P, Eriksson T, Lennernas H & Williamson G (2003) "Absorption/metabolism of sulforaphane and quercetin, and regulation of phase II enzymes, in human jejenum in vivo". Drug Metab Disposition 31, 805-813.Nemeth K, Plumb GW, Berrin J-G, Juge N, Jacob R, Naim HY, Williamson G, Swallow DM, Kroon PA (2003) "Deglycosylation by small intestinal epithelial cell ? glucosidases is a critical step in the absorption and metabolism of dietary flavonoid glycosides in humans. Eur J Nutr 42, 29-42.Kroon PA, Clifford MN, Crozier A, Day AJ, Donovan JL, Manach C & Williamson G (2004). How should we assess the effects of exposure to dietary polyphenols in vitro? Am J Clin Nutr 80, 15-21. Dupont MS, Day AJ, Bennett RN, Mellon FA & Kroon PA (2004) "Absorption of kaempferol-3-glucuronide from endive in humans". Eur J Clin Nutr 58, 947-954. Needs PW, Kroon PA (2006) Convenient syntheses of metabolically important quercetin glucuronides and sulfates. Tetrahedron 62, 6862-6868. Davis BD, Needs PW, Kroon PA & Brodbelt (2006) Identification of isomeric flavonoid glucuronides in urine and plasma by metal complexation and liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. J Mass Spectrom 41, 911-920. Tribolo S, Lodi F, Connor C, Suri S, Wilson V, Taylor M, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hughes DA (2008). Comparative effects of quercetin and its predominant human metabolites on adhesion molecule expression in activated human vascular endothelial cells. Atherosclerosis 197, 50-56. Loke WM, Proudfoot JM, Stewart S, McKinley AJ, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hodgson JM & Croft KD (2008). Metabolic transformation has a profound effect on anti-inflammatory activity of flavonoids such as quercetin: Lack of association between antioxidant and lipoxygenase inhibitory activity. Biochem Pharmacol 75, 1045-1053. Loke WM, Proudfoot JM, Stewart S, McKinley AJ, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hodgson JM & Croft KD (2008). Quercetin and its in vivo metabolites inhibit neutrophil-mediated low-density lipoprotein oxidation. J Agric Food Chem 56, 3609-3615. Hollands W, Brett GM, Radreau P, Saha S, Teucher B, Bennett, RN & Kroon PA (2008). Processing blackcurrants dramatically reduces the content and does not enhance the urinary yield of anthocyanins in human subjects. Food Chem 108, 869-878. Suri S, Taylor MA, Verity A, Tribolo S, Kroon PA, Hughes DA, Wilson VG (2008). A comparative study of the effects of quercetin and its glucuronide and sulphate metabolites on human neutrophil function in vitro. Biochem Pharmacol 76, 645-673. Barrington R, Williamson G, Bennett RN, Davis BD, Brodbelt JS, Kroon PA (2009). Absorption, conjugation and efflux of the flavonoids, kaempferol and galangin, using the intestinal CaCo-2/TC7 cell model. J Functional Foods 1, 74-97. Brett GM, Hollands W, Needs PW, Teucher B, Dainty JR, Bennett RN, Davis BD, Brodbelt JS & Kroon PA (2009). Absorption, metabolism and excretion of flavanones from single portions of orange fruit and juice and effects of anthropometric variables and contraceptive pill use on flavanone excretion. Br J Nutr 101, 664-675. http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A44rP6ra (Personal author link) Winterbone MS, Tribolo S, Needs PW, Kroon PA & Hughes DA (2009). Physiologically relevant metabolites of quercetin have no effect on adhesion molecule or chemokine expression in human vascular smooth muscle cells. Atherosclerosis 202, 431-438. Kay CD, Kroon PA, Cassidy A (2009). The bioactivity of dietary anthocyanins is likely to be mediated by their degradation products. Mol Nutr Food Res 53 Suppl 1:S92-101. Lodi F, Jiménez R, Moreno L, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Hughes DA, Santos-Buelga C, González-Paramás A, Cogolludo A, Duarte J, Perez-Vizcaino F (2009). Glucuronidated and sulfated metabolites of the flavonoid quercetin prevent endothelial dysfunction but lack direct vasodilator effects in rat aorta. Atherosclerosis 204, 34-39. Radreau P, Rhodes JD, Mithen RF, Kroon PA, Sanderson J (2009) Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) pathway activation by quercetin in human lens epithelial cells. Exp Eye Res 89, 995-1002. Curtis PJ, Kroon PA, Hollands WJ, Walls R, Jenkins G, Kay CD, Cassidy A (2009). Cardiovascular disease risk biomarkers and liver function are not altered following twelve week ingestion of an elderberry extract rich in anthocyanins. J Nutr 139, 2266-2271. Soler A, Romero MP, Saha S, Furniss CSM, Kroon PA, Motilva MJ (2010). Digestion stability and evaluation of the metabolism and transport of olive oil phenols in human small intestinal epithelial Caco2/TC7 cell line. Food Chem, 119, 703-714. Suri S, Liu XH, Rayment S, Hughes DA, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Taylor MA, Tribolo S, Wilson VG (2010). Quercetin and its major metabolites selectively modulate cyclic GMP-dependent relaxations and associated tolerance in pig isolated coronary artery. Br J Pharmacol 159, 566-575. Bartholomé R, Haenen G, Hollman PCH, Bast A, Dagnelie PC, Roos D, Keijer J, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Arts ICW (2010). Deconjugation kinetics of glucuronidated phase-II flavonoid metabolites by ß-glucuronidase from neutrophils. Drug Metab Pharmacokinet 25, 379-387. Pereira-Caro G, Mateos R, Saha S, Madrona A, Espartero JL, Bravo L, Kroon PA (2010). Trans-epithelial transport and metabolism of new lipopohilic ether derivatives of hydroxytyrosol by enterocyte-like CaCo-2/TC7 cells. J Agric Food Chem 58, 11501-11509. Al-Shalmani S, Suri S, Hughes DA, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Taylor MA, Tribolo S, Wilson VG (2011). Quercetin and its principal metabolites, but not myricetin, oppose LPS-induced hyporesponsiveness of the porcine isolated coronary artery. Br J Pharmacol 162, 1485-1497. Curtis PJ, Sampson M, Potter J, Dhatariya K, Kroon PA, Cassidy A (2012). Chronic ingestion of flavan-3-ols and isoflavones improves insulin sensitivity and lipoprotein status and attenuates estimated 10-year CVD risk in medicated postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes: a one year double-blind randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care 35, 226-232. Saha S, Hollands W, Needs PW, Ostertag LM, de Roos B, Duthie GG, Kroon PA (2012). Human O-sulfated metabolites of (-)-epicatechin and methyl-(-)-epicatechin are poor substrates for commercial aryl-sulfatases: Implications for studies concerned with quantifying epicatechin bioavailability. Pharmacol Res 65, 592-602. Lodi F, Tribolo S, Winterbone MS, Needs PW, Hughes DA, Kroon PA (2012). Human quercetin conjugated metabolites attenuate TNF-a-induced changes in vasomodulatory molecules in a HUASMCs/HUVECs co-culture model. Planta Med 78, 1571-1573. Hollands WJ, Hart D, Dainty JR, Hasselwander O, Tiihonen K, Wood R, Kroon PA (2013). Bioavailability of epicatechin and effects on nitric oxide metabolites of an apple flavanol-rich extract supplemented beverage compared to a whole apple puree: a randomized, placebo controlled, crossover trial. Mol Nutr Food Res 57, 1209-1217. Tribolo S, Lodi F, Winterbone MS, Saha S, Needs PW, Suri S, Taylor MA, Wilson VG, Walls R, Cassidy A, Hughes DA, Kroon PA (2013). Human metabolic transformation of quercetin blocks its capacity to decrease eNOS expression and endothelin-1 secretion by human endothelial cells. J Agric Food Chem 61, 8589-8596. Czank C, Cassidy A, Zhang Q, Morrison DJ, Preston T, Kroon PA, Botting NP, Kay CD (2013). Human metabolism and elimination of the anthocyanin, cyanidin-3-glucoside: a 13C-tracer study. Am J Clin Nutr 97, 995-1003. Konic-Ristic A, Srdic-Rajica T, Kardum N, Kroon PA, Hollands WJ, Hayran O, Boyko N, Jorjadze M, Glibetic M (2013). Effects of bioactive-rich extracts of pomegranate, persimmon, nettle, dill, kale and Sideritis and isolated bioactives on arachidonic acid induced markers of platelet activation and platelet-leucocyte aggregation. J Sci Food Agric 93, 3581-3587. De Ferrars RM, Czank C, Zhang Q, Botting NP, Kroon PA, Cassidy A, Kay CD (2014). The pharmacokinetics of anthocyanins and their metabolites in humans. Br J Pharmacol 171, 3268-3282. De Ferrars R, Czank C, Saha S, Needs PW, Zhang Q, Raheem KS, Kroon PA, Kay CD (2014). Methods for isolating, identifying and quantifying anthocyanin metabolites in clinical samples. Anal Chem 86, 10052-10058. Danesi F, Kroon PA, Saha S, de Biase D, D'Antuono LF, Bordoni A (2014). Mixed pro- and anti-oxidative effects of pomegranate polyphenols in cultured cells. Int J Mol Sci 15, 19458-19471. Barrington RD, Needs PW, Williamson G, Kroon PA. MK571 inhibits phase-2 conjugation of flavonols by Caco-2/TC7 cells, but does not specifically inhibit their apical efflux. Biochem Pharmacol 95, 193-200. Cerezo AB, Winterbone MS, Moyle CW, Needs PW, Kroon PA (2015). Molecular structure-function relationship of dietary polyphenols for inhibiting VEGF-induced VEGFR-2 activity. Mol Nutr Food Res. 59, 2119-2131. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201500407. Gornas P, Redenkovs V, Pugacheva I, Soliven A, Needs PW, Kroon PA (2016). Varied composition of tocochromanols in different types of bran: Rye, wheat, oat, spelt, buckwheat, corn and rice. Int J Food Properties 19, 1757-1764. Dower JI, Geleijnse JM, Kroon PA, Philo M, Mensink M, Kromhout D, Hollman PCH (2016). Does epicatechin contribute to the acute vascular function effects of dark chocolate? A randomised, crossover study. Mol Nutr Food Res 60, 2379-2386. Poór M, Boda G, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Lemli B, Bencsik T (2017). Interaction of quercetin and its metabolites with warfarin: displacement of warfarin from serum albumin and inhibition of CYP2C9 enzyme. Biomed Pharmacol 88, 574-581. Hollands WJ*, Voorspoels S*, Jacobs G, Aaby K, Meisland A, Garcia-Villalbad R, Tomas-Barberan F, Piskula MJ, Mawson D, Vovk I, Needs PW and Kroon PA (2017). Development, validation and evaluation of an analytical method for the determination of monomeric and oligomeric procyanidins in apple extracts. J Chromatogr A 1495, 46-56. Van Rymenant E, Grootaert C, Beerens K, Needs P, Kroon P, Kerimi A, Williamson G, García Villalba R, González-Sarrías A, Tomas-Barberan F, Van Camp J, Van de Voorde J. Vasorelaxant activity of twenty-one physiologically relevant (poly)phenolic metabolites on isolated mouse arteries. Mol Nutr Food Res 13, 4331-4335. Perez-Moral N, Saha S, Philo M, Hart DJ, Winterbone MS, Hollands WJ, Spurr M, Bows J, vander Velpen V, Kroon PA*, Curtis PJC (2018) Comparative bio-accessibility, bioavailability and bioequivalence of quercetin, apigenin, glucoraphanin and carotenoids from freeze-dried vegetables incorporated into a baked snack versus minimally processed vegetables: Evidence from in vitro models and a human bioavailability study. J Func Food 48, 410-419. Poor M, Boda G, Kunsagi-Mate S, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Lemli B (2018). Fluorescence spectroscopic evaluation of the interactions of quercetin, isorhamnetin, and quercetin-3 '-sulfate with different albumins. J Luminescence 194, 156-163. Wu Q, Kroon PA, Shao HJ, Needs PW, Yang XB (2018). Differential effects of quercetin and two of its derivatives, isorhamnetin and isorhamnetin-3-glucuronide, in inhibiting the proliferation of human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. J Agric Food Chem 66, 7181-7189. Wu Q, Needs PW, Lu YL, Kroon PA, Ren DY, Yang XB (2018). Different antitumor effects of quercetin, quercetin-3'-sulfate and quercetin-3-glucuronide in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. Food Func 9, 1736-1746.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Bespoke synthesis of polyphenol human metabolites 
Organisation University of Perth
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We used synthetic organic chemistry routes to make phase-2 conjugates of various dietary flavonoids and phenolic acids and supplied these to various collaborators for testing of biological activity. These compounds are not available commercially and for many of them they are unique to our lab.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have used these physiologically relevant metabolites to test their biological activity using in vitro models such as cultured mammalian cell models, etc... They have also used them as authentic standards to facilitate identification and quantification of metabolites in human and animal tissues including blood, urine and faeces.
Impact Petri N, Tannergen C, Holst B, Mellon FA, Bao Y, Plumb GW, Bacon J, O'Leary KA, Kroon PA, Knutson L, Forsell P, Eriksson T, Lennernas H & Williamson G (2003) "Absorption/metabolism of sulforaphane and quercetin, and regulation of phase II enzymes, in human jejenum in vivo". Drug Metab Disposition 31, 805-813.Nemeth K, Plumb GW, Berrin J-G, Juge N, Jacob R, Naim HY, Williamson G, Swallow DM, Kroon PA (2003) "Deglycosylation by small intestinal epithelial cell ? glucosidases is a critical step in the absorption and metabolism of dietary flavonoid glycosides in humans. Eur J Nutr 42, 29-42.Kroon PA, Clifford MN, Crozier A, Day AJ, Donovan JL, Manach C & Williamson G (2004). How should we assess the effects of exposure to dietary polyphenols in vitro? Am J Clin Nutr 80, 15-21. Dupont MS, Day AJ, Bennett RN, Mellon FA & Kroon PA (2004) "Absorption of kaempferol-3-glucuronide from endive in humans". Eur J Clin Nutr 58, 947-954. Needs PW, Kroon PA (2006) Convenient syntheses of metabolically important quercetin glucuronides and sulfates. Tetrahedron 62, 6862-6868. Davis BD, Needs PW, Kroon PA & Brodbelt (2006) Identification of isomeric flavonoid glucuronides in urine and plasma by metal complexation and liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. J Mass Spectrom 41, 911-920. Tribolo S, Lodi F, Connor C, Suri S, Wilson V, Taylor M, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hughes DA (2008). Comparative effects of quercetin and its predominant human metabolites on adhesion molecule expression in activated human vascular endothelial cells. Atherosclerosis 197, 50-56. Loke WM, Proudfoot JM, Stewart S, McKinley AJ, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hodgson JM & Croft KD (2008). Metabolic transformation has a profound effect on anti-inflammatory activity of flavonoids such as quercetin: Lack of association between antioxidant and lipoxygenase inhibitory activity. Biochem Pharmacol 75, 1045-1053. Loke WM, Proudfoot JM, Stewart S, McKinley AJ, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Hodgson JM & Croft KD (2008). Quercetin and its in vivo metabolites inhibit neutrophil-mediated low-density lipoprotein oxidation. J Agric Food Chem 56, 3609-3615. Hollands W, Brett GM, Radreau P, Saha S, Teucher B, Bennett, RN & Kroon PA (2008). Processing blackcurrants dramatically reduces the content and does not enhance the urinary yield of anthocyanins in human subjects. Food Chem 108, 869-878. Suri S, Taylor MA, Verity A, Tribolo S, Kroon PA, Hughes DA, Wilson VG (2008). A comparative study of the effects of quercetin and its glucuronide and sulphate metabolites on human neutrophil function in vitro. Biochem Pharmacol 76, 645-673. Barrington R, Williamson G, Bennett RN, Davis BD, Brodbelt JS, Kroon PA (2009). Absorption, conjugation and efflux of the flavonoids, kaempferol and galangin, using the intestinal CaCo-2/TC7 cell model. J Functional Foods 1, 74-97. Brett GM, Hollands W, Needs PW, Teucher B, Dainty JR, Bennett RN, Davis BD, Brodbelt JS & Kroon PA (2009). Absorption, metabolism and excretion of flavanones from single portions of orange fruit and juice and effects of anthropometric variables and contraceptive pill use on flavanone excretion. Br J Nutr 101, 664-675. http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A44rP6ra (Personal author link) Winterbone MS, Tribolo S, Needs PW, Kroon PA & Hughes DA (2009). Physiologically relevant metabolites of quercetin have no effect on adhesion molecule or chemokine expression in human vascular smooth muscle cells. Atherosclerosis 202, 431-438. Kay CD, Kroon PA, Cassidy A (2009). The bioactivity of dietary anthocyanins is likely to be mediated by their degradation products. Mol Nutr Food Res 53 Suppl 1:S92-101. Lodi F, Jiménez R, Moreno L, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Hughes DA, Santos-Buelga C, González-Paramás A, Cogolludo A, Duarte J, Perez-Vizcaino F (2009). Glucuronidated and sulfated metabolites of the flavonoid quercetin prevent endothelial dysfunction but lack direct vasodilator effects in rat aorta. Atherosclerosis 204, 34-39. Radreau P, Rhodes JD, Mithen RF, Kroon PA, Sanderson J (2009) Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) pathway activation by quercetin in human lens epithelial cells. Exp Eye Res 89, 995-1002. Curtis PJ, Kroon PA, Hollands WJ, Walls R, Jenkins G, Kay CD, Cassidy A (2009). Cardiovascular disease risk biomarkers and liver function are not altered following twelve week ingestion of an elderberry extract rich in anthocyanins. J Nutr 139, 2266-2271. Soler A, Romero MP, Saha S, Furniss CSM, Kroon PA, Motilva MJ (2010). Digestion stability and evaluation of the metabolism and transport of olive oil phenols in human small intestinal epithelial Caco2/TC7 cell line. Food Chem, 119, 703-714. Suri S, Liu XH, Rayment S, Hughes DA, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Taylor MA, Tribolo S, Wilson VG (2010). Quercetin and its major metabolites selectively modulate cyclic GMP-dependent relaxations and associated tolerance in pig isolated coronary artery. Br J Pharmacol 159, 566-575. Bartholomé R, Haenen G, Hollman PCH, Bast A, Dagnelie PC, Roos D, Keijer J, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Arts ICW (2010). Deconjugation kinetics of glucuronidated phase-II flavonoid metabolites by ß-glucuronidase from neutrophils. Drug Metab Pharmacokinet 25, 379-387. Pereira-Caro G, Mateos R, Saha S, Madrona A, Espartero JL, Bravo L, Kroon PA (2010). Trans-epithelial transport and metabolism of new lipopohilic ether derivatives of hydroxytyrosol by enterocyte-like CaCo-2/TC7 cells. J Agric Food Chem 58, 11501-11509. Al-Shalmani S, Suri S, Hughes DA, Kroon PA, Needs PW, Taylor MA, Tribolo S, Wilson VG (2011). Quercetin and its principal metabolites, but not myricetin, oppose LPS-induced hyporesponsiveness of the porcine isolated coronary artery. Br J Pharmacol 162, 1485-1497. Curtis PJ, Sampson M, Potter J, Dhatariya K, Kroon PA, Cassidy A (2012). Chronic ingestion of flavan-3-ols and isoflavones improves insulin sensitivity and lipoprotein status and attenuates estimated 10-year CVD risk in medicated postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes: a one year double-blind randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care 35, 226-232. Saha S, Hollands W, Needs PW, Ostertag LM, de Roos B, Duthie GG, Kroon PA (2012). Human O-sulfated metabolites of (-)-epicatechin and methyl-(-)-epicatechin are poor substrates for commercial aryl-sulfatases: Implications for studies concerned with quantifying epicatechin bioavailability. Pharmacol Res 65, 592-602. Lodi F, Tribolo S, Winterbone MS, Needs PW, Hughes DA, Kroon PA (2012). Human quercetin conjugated metabolites attenuate TNF-a-induced changes in vasomodulatory molecules in a HUASMCs/HUVECs co-culture model. Planta Med 78, 1571-1573. Hollands WJ, Hart D, Dainty JR, Hasselwander O, Tiihonen K, Wood R, Kroon PA (2013). Bioavailability of epicatechin and effects on nitric oxide metabolites of an apple flavanol-rich extract supplemented beverage compared to a whole apple puree: a randomized, placebo controlled, crossover trial. Mol Nutr Food Res 57, 1209-1217. Tribolo S, Lodi F, Winterbone MS, Saha S, Needs PW, Suri S, Taylor MA, Wilson VG, Walls R, Cassidy A, Hughes DA, Kroon PA (2013). Human metabolic transformation of quercetin blocks its capacity to decrease eNOS expression and endothelin-1 secretion by human endothelial cells. J Agric Food Chem 61, 8589-8596. Czank C, Cassidy A, Zhang Q, Morrison DJ, Preston T, Kroon PA, Botting NP, Kay CD (2013). Human metabolism and elimination of the anthocyanin, cyanidin-3-glucoside: a 13C-tracer study. Am J Clin Nutr 97, 995-1003. Konic-Ristic A, Srdic-Rajica T, Kardum N, Kroon PA, Hollands WJ, Hayran O, Boyko N, Jorjadze M, Glibetic M (2013). Effects of bioactive-rich extracts of pomegranate, persimmon, nettle, dill, kale and Sideritis and isolated bioactives on arachidonic acid induced markers of platelet activation and platelet-leucocyte aggregation. J Sci Food Agric 93, 3581-3587. De Ferrars RM, Czank C, Zhang Q, Botting NP, Kroon PA, Cassidy A, Kay CD (2014). The pharmacokinetics of anthocyanins and their metabolites in humans. Br J Pharmacol 171, 3268-3282. De Ferrars R, Czank C, Saha S, Needs PW, Zhang Q, Raheem KS, Kroon PA, Kay CD (2014). Methods for isolating, identifying and quantifying anthocyanin metabolites in clinical samples. Anal Chem 86, 10052-10058. Danesi F, Kroon PA, Saha S, de Biase D, D'Antuono LF, Bordoni A (2014). Mixed pro- and anti-oxidative effects of pomegranate polyphenols in cultured cells. Int J Mol Sci 15, 19458-19471. Barrington RD, Needs PW, Williamson G, Kroon PA. MK571 inhibits phase-2 conjugation of flavonols by Caco-2/TC7 cells, but does not specifically inhibit their apical efflux. Biochem Pharmacol 95, 193-200. Cerezo AB, Winterbone MS, Moyle CW, Needs PW, Kroon PA (2015). Molecular structure-function relationship of dietary polyphenols for inhibiting VEGF-induced VEGFR-2 activity. Mol Nutr Food Res. 59, 2119-2131. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201500407. Gornas P, Redenkovs V, Pugacheva I, Soliven A, Needs PW, Kroon PA (2016). Varied composition of tocochromanols in different types of bran: Rye, wheat, oat, spelt, buckwheat, corn and rice. Int J Food Properties 19, 1757-1764. Dower JI, Geleijnse JM, Kroon PA, Philo M, Mensink M, Kromhout D, Hollman PCH (2016). Does epicatechin contribute to the acute vascular function effects of dark chocolate? A randomised, crossover study. Mol Nutr Food Res 60, 2379-2386. Poór M, Boda G, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Lemli B, Bencsik T (2017). Interaction of quercetin and its metabolites with warfarin: displacement of warfarin from serum albumin and inhibition of CYP2C9 enzyme. Biomed Pharmacol 88, 574-581. Hollands WJ*, Voorspoels S*, Jacobs G, Aaby K, Meisland A, Garcia-Villalbad R, Tomas-Barberan F, Piskula MJ, Mawson D, Vovk I, Needs PW and Kroon PA (2017). Development, validation and evaluation of an analytical method for the determination of monomeric and oligomeric procyanidins in apple extracts. J Chromatogr A 1495, 46-56. Van Rymenant E, Grootaert C, Beerens K, Needs P, Kroon P, Kerimi A, Williamson G, García Villalba R, González-Sarrías A, Tomas-Barberan F, Van Camp J, Van de Voorde J. Vasorelaxant activity of twenty-one physiologically relevant (poly)phenolic metabolites on isolated mouse arteries. Mol Nutr Food Res 13, 4331-4335. Perez-Moral N, Saha S, Philo M, Hart DJ, Winterbone MS, Hollands WJ, Spurr M, Bows J, vander Velpen V, Kroon PA*, Curtis PJC (2018) Comparative bio-accessibility, bioavailability and bioequivalence of quercetin, apigenin, glucoraphanin and carotenoids from freeze-dried vegetables incorporated into a baked snack versus minimally processed vegetables: Evidence from in vitro models and a human bioavailability study. J Func Food 48, 410-419. Poor M, Boda G, Kunsagi-Mate S, Needs PW, Kroon PA, Lemli B (2018). Fluorescence spectroscopic evaluation of the interactions of quercetin, isorhamnetin, and quercetin-3 '-sulfate with different albumins. J Luminescence 194, 156-163. Wu Q, Kroon PA, Shao HJ, Needs PW, Yang XB (2018). Differential effects of quercetin and two of its derivatives, isorhamnetin and isorhamnetin-3-glucuronide, in inhibiting the proliferation of human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. J Agric Food Chem 66, 7181-7189. Wu Q, Needs PW, Lu YL, Kroon PA, Ren DY, Yang XB (2018). Different antitumor effects of quercetin, quercetin-3'-sulfate and quercetin-3-glucuronide in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. Food Func 9, 1736-1746.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Collaboration to assess the prebiotic activity of orange polyphenols and fibre 
Organisation Universidade de São Paulo
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We provided expertise in the analysis of polyphenol human metabolites in complex human tissue samples and the access to LC-MS platforms and extraction and analysis protocols for analysing orange flavanones and their human and gut microbiota metabolites.
Collaborator Contribution The USP group provided human samples from a RCT in which participants were fed orange containing flavanones.
Impact 6-month placement of a PGR student from USP at QIB
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with Protexin for development of functional foods 
Organisation Protexin
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration with Protexin for development of functional foods
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration with Protexin for development of functional foods
Impact Collaboration with Protexin for development of functional foods
Start Year 2019
 
Description Prebiotic ingredients from orange by-products 
Organisation Universidade de São Paulo
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution My research team provide expertise in investigating the effects of food components on the gut microbiota structure and metabolic capacity and also the colon models in which to do these experiments and the analytical chemistry methods for quantifying the concentrations of polyphenols and their metabolites and nutrients such as choline and their metabolites
Collaborator Contribution The partner has generated some fractions from orange that may have prebiotic activity and also food products such as cookies that contain these putative prebiotic components that can be tested at QIB.
Impact 9-month placement of USP PGR student at QIB
Start Year 2019
 
Title First-in-humans dose-escalation tolerability trial for a non-approved genetically modified food plant 
Description Following the completion of a successful risk assessment, we have obtained a favourable opinion by a UK National Research Ethics Committee to undertake the first ever human dietary intervention research trial with a non-approved genetically modified food plant. This work was supported by funding from the EU FP7 programme (FP7-ATHENA) and by a BBSRC through a institute strategic programme grant to the Quadram Institute (formerly the Institute of Food Research). 
Type Preventative Intervention - Nutrition and Chemoprevention
Current Stage Of Development Initial development
Year Development Stage Completed 2017
Development Status Actively seeking support
Impact Following the completion of a successful risk assessment, we have obtained a favourable opinion by a UK National Research Ethics Committee to undertake the first ever human dietary intervention research trial with a non-approved genetically modified food plant. This sets a precedent for the process of obtaining ethical approval for feeding GM foods that have been developed through research but not been through the regulatory approval process. The impact is likely, in time, to be substantial if the public acceptance and commercial interest in improved GM foods is realised. 
 
Description Engagement with PepsiCo: Modification of carbohydrate quality in cereals and its consequences for digestion and metabolism 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Functional foods characterisation and development: Mechanical processes controlling digestion of food structures and subsequent nutrient release
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description 'Heroes of Food Research' Public Engagement activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the set of activities was to engage in a dialogue with members of the public in the region where we recruit participants to partake in dietary intervention studies. The activities included two sessions in Norwich's Forum Library public space where visitors could read about the types of studies that were going on, discuss what was involved when volunteering to participate in a study, ask questions of study PIs and study managers, taste intervention foods, complete a short questionnaire, and sign up for future activities which included an evening session with audience participation and voting and a workshop to gather feedback from potential volunteers. As a result of the activities and the significant feedback from the general public and those who had previously participated in human studies, we completely revamped our institute's Human Studies internet pages, recorded feedback and subsequently changed various features of our adverts that invited people to participate in specific studies, and recruited a significant number of new people to our database of interested volunteers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL https://quadram.ac.uk/volunteer/
 
Description Appearance on BBC Programme 'How to Stay Young' with Angela Rippon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A Group Leader at the Institute of Food Research (now the Quadram Institute Bioscience) was filmed doing some research with anthocyanin-rich purple potatoes for the BBC programme 'How to stay young' with Angela Rippon and Dr Chris van Tulleken. This was screened nationally in 2016 and was also available on BBC iPlayer. The audience was millions. A number of enquiries from members of the public came to the QIB researcher following the showing of the programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b095gd8f
 
Description Bioavailability 2018 International Conference, 'Understanding the bioavailability of micronutrients and bioactive compounds for improved public health', the 8th in the series of Bioavailability conferences. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Bioavailability 2018 International Conference, 'Understanding the bioavailability of micronutrients and bioactive compounds for improved public health', the 8th in the series of Bioavailability conferences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Blog on Polyphenols and cardiovacsular health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Describing beneficial effects of polyphenols on cardiovascular health
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://quadram.ac.uk/blogs/polyphenols-chocolate-apples/
 
Description Cool Food Facts - primary school BIO outreach event in Lowestoft 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Lowestoft primary school requested the activity for the science day to the School of Biology, UEA (contact - Carl Harrington). The session ran 4 times for Yr2 to Yr6, with approximately 30 students in each session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Exploring food and health 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Q&A panel to discuss with the girls (various schools aged 15/16) about her role and the career pathway to it
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/1iXE85g03RQ
 
Description International Clinical Trial Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact International Clinical Trial Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting in London with collaborators from the University of Leicester and Protexin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting in London with collaborators from the University of Leicester and Protexin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Norwich Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Norwich Science Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Reepham Food Festival - Fun Food Science Activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Reepham Food Festival - Fun Food Science Activity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The interplay between plant, human and microbial sulphur metabolism in the prevention of aggressive prostate cancer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation - The interplay between plant, human and microbial sulphur metabolism in the prevention of aggressive prostate cancer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training for placement student from the University of Surrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Training for placement student from the University of Surrey
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Transcriptional changes in prostate of men on active surveillance following a 12-month glucoraphanin-rich broccoli intervention - results from the ESCAPE study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact PRESENTATION - Transcriptional changes in prostate of men on active surveillance following a 12-month glucoraphanin-rich broccoli intervention - results from the ESCAPE study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UEA Co-creation Sandpit Event - Innovation, Health and Well-being 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact There were 70 participants and several teams developed and pitched ideas. Each team involved participants from different background, with a good balance between industry, policy makers, healthcare workers, social scientists, nutritionists etc. Project development and further applications for funding are encouraged. A linked in page has been set up for further networking https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8991208/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8991208
 
Description What are the risk and benefits of a plant based diet? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PhD Student Federico Bernuzzi wrote the blog to explore the "risks and benefits" that should be considered by anyone considering a move to a diet containing less or no meat.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://quadram.ac.uk/what-are-the-risks-and-benefits-of-a-plant-based-diet/
 
Description Women of the future online Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Career advice to women of the future in science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020