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Phytochemical Section

Rawlins, Catherine [1], Langsford, Samantha [2], Carlson, Kitrina [3].

Characterization of secondary compounds of Tradescantia zebrina.

Through oral interviews with Hmong elders, Tradescantia zebrina (Tz) was identified as a therapeutic plant used in traditional Hmong medicine. In this culture, Tz isused as a poultice on abnormal growths and in the treatment of wounds. Previous research at UW-Stout found that water decoction extracts of Tz leaves were toxic and inhibitory to certain head and neck cancer cells. To better understand the medicinal properties of Tz, and potentially isolate plant compounds of interest, a more thorough screening of Tz is underway examining the production of anthocyanins and the behavior of certain proteins when exposed to different environmental conditions. The focus is on the influence of light intensity on anthocyanin production in Tz leaves using specific protocols developed for this work including: plant chemical extraction, anthocyanin quantification assays and plant tissue culture protocols.

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1 - University of Wisconsin-Stout, Biology, 224 Main St, Apt. #8, Menomonie, WI, 54751, United States
2 - University of Wisconsin-Stout, Biology, 421 Wilson Ave, Apt. #2, Menomonie, WI, 54751, United States
3 - UW-STOUT, Biology, 334G Jarvis Hall, Menomonie, WI, 54751, USA


Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Battelle South/Convention Center
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PPT001
Abstract ID:826

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