Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A polyamine compound, C7H19N3, found in ribosomes and living tissues and having various metabolic functions. It was originally isolated from semen.

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  • n. The triamine N-(3-aminopropyl)butane-1,4-diamine, originally obtained from semen, that is involved in cell metabolism.

Etymologies

sperm(i)- + -id(e) + -ine2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Handa and Autar Mattoo, a research plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and collaborator in the research, had shown earlier that polyamines such as spermidine and spermine enhance nutritional and processing quality of tomato fruits.

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  • Worms treated with spermidine lived 15 per cent longer, while fruit flies given the compound outlasted their untreated counterparts by a margin of 30 per cent.

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  • According to a researcher at Graz University, spermidine, a compound that is found in sperm, guards the cells in flies, worms, yeast, mice and even human blood against damage, thereby slowing the aging process.

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  • The stench is from the breakdown of amino acids into amines, which include the evocatively named cadaverine, putrescine, and spermidine.

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  • Savithri Nambeesan, who was a graduate student in Handa's laboratory, introduced the yeast spermidine synthase gene, which led to increased production of spermidine in the tomatoes.

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  • Image 2: The tomato with increased spermidine (top) stays fresh longer than those that do not have an increased level of the natural organic compound.

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  • The organic compound spermidine is a polyamine and is found in all living cells.

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  • The pelleted nuclei were re-suspended in 1 mL of homogenization buffer (10 mM Tris base; 80 mM KCl; 0.1 M EDTA; 10 mM spermidine; 10 mM spermine; 0.5 M sucrose; pH 9.3) and warmed to 45°C for 5 min.

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  • Adding spermidine suppressed various processes associated with ageing, as well as reducing free radicals and increasing lifespan.

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  • It appears that spermidine inhibits a protein in the cell's nucleus that is involved with controlling the genes for autophagy.

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