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Investigating the chemistry of antioxidants and polysaccharides present in date-fruit (Phoenix dactylifera) as a novel/potential therapies for neoplastic and infectious diseases.

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

About the Project

Date-fruit contains vast amount of phenols; approx. 80400µmol/100g, which portray antioxidant abilities. Date-fruit extracts have been tested in many recent studies with results showing evidences of the antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-mutagenic properties as natural alternatives in treating diseases. In-vivo and in-vitro studies demonstrated potential abilities in preventing damages to organs and/or slowing down unwanted side effects caused by oxidative stress and/or by chemo therapy. These properties could be extremely useful for different routes of administration through possible combination of nanoparticles cisplatin synthesised with date-fruit extract depending on the constituents and dosages required for a therapeutic effect. Nevertheless, in this context neither the date’s components have been fully examined nor their roles were clearly understood. This study would be a combined chemistry, parasitology, and/or life science project to investigate the mechanism of the date’s components in potentially preventing and/or treating cancer and/or minimising the side effects of the chemo treatment.

Funding Notes

No funding is available for this project


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