Re: [gardeners] tomatine?

Kay Lancaster (
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 21:57:14 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 11 Apr 1998, penny x stamm wrote:

> Kay said:
> >BTW, tomatine is the basis for one of the cholesterol assays.  Binds
> >to cholesterol quite nicely.> 
> Could you explain that, Kay?

One of the older cholesterol tests was an assay that used tomatine to
"pull" the cholesterol out of a blood or tissue homogenate sample.  I
don't know whether it has a similar effect in vivo... just a mention in
passing, that tomatine has been known for a long, long time.

Kay Lancaster
just west of Portland, OR; USDA zone 8 (polarfleece)