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Email: i***@***.edu
University of California , Berkeley

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  • Ph.D.
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Food Wing, 6 July 2013 [cached]
Since most natural antibacterial agents found in food have weak activity, study leader Isao Kubo, a chemist at the University of California, Berkeley, noted, "We were surprised that dodecenal was such a potent antibiotic."
Zwire National News, 1 May 2004 [cached]
The work of Isao Kubo of the University of California in Berkeley is summarized in Tuesday's edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.
Kubo identified the helpful compound as dodecenal, isolated from the fresh leaves of cilantro, or coriander.
"We were surprised that dodecenal was such a potent antibiotic," said Kubo.
Isao Kubo, a chemist at the ..., 1 Aug 2004 [cached]
Isao Kubo, a chemist at the University of California, found that dodecenal, from fresh cilantro leaves, has strong antibacterial properties.
Tidbits 6/23/04, 23 June 2004 [cached]
Cilantro doesn't just taste good - it can be good for you, too, according to a recent study by University of California researcher Isao Kubo.Kubo found that dodecenal, a compound found in fresh cilantro leaves, kills harmful salmonella bacteria.
"We were surprised that dodecenal was ..., 8 Dec 2012 [cached]
"We were surprised that dodecenal was such a potent antibiotic," says study leader Isao Kubo, Ph.D., a chemist with the University of California, Berkeley. Most natural antibacterial agents found in food generally have weak activity.
"The study suggests that people should eat more salsa with their food, especially fresh salsa," Kubo adds.
In addition to dodecenal, about a dozen other antibiotic compounds were isolated from fresh cilantro that show some activity against a variety of harmful bacteria. Salsa likely contains even more antibacterial compounds that have not yet been identified, according to Kubo.
The findings could lead to expanded use of dodecenal as a tasteless food additive to prevent foodborne illness, perhaps as a protective coating for meats in processing plants, or even as a general purpose disinfectant to be used in cleaning and hand washing, Kubo says.
But don't rely on salsa alone to safeguard your food: There's only a small amount of the potent antibacterial in a typical serving. "If you were eating a hot dog or hamburger," explains Kubo, "you would probably have to eat an equivalent weight of cilantro to have an optimal effect against food poisoning."
As the compound does not appear to interfere with any of the protein-manufacturing machinery of the cell, as occurs with many commercial antibiotics, bacteria are less likely to develop resistance to it, Kubo says.
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