Editorial Comment to the January 2018 Issue of IMARS Highlights

IMARS Highlights Vol 13-1_Jan2018

Editorial comments

IMARS committees would like to celebrate a very happy and successful 2018 to all the members of IMARS. In this year, the 13th international symposium on the Maillard reaction (ISMR) will be held in Montreal, Canada (September 10-13). Our society will step forward through the active international relations in the ISMR meeting. We also expect your further contribution to the IMARS Highlights. The IMARS Highlights editors make best endeavor to provide you useful and exciting information about glycation research in different fields, from food science to medicine, to enjoy international and different-field exchange, and enhance collaboration.

The IMARS president Prof. Varoujan A. Yaylayan is celebrating happy new year for you and kindly submitted the article, entitled “Mechanochemical glycation of proteins”. This article demonstrated that mechanochemically induced glycation occurs at a faster rate than classical heating methods and showed a great potential for the food industry, mainly due to its efficiency in inducing the conjugation reaction between protein and sugar but also due to its enhanced rate of reactivity.

Further, we invited Prof. Motoko Ohata at Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan. Her article, entitled “Functionality and Capability of Odorants Generated by the Maillard Reaction in Foods”, summarizes updated research for odorants generated by Maillard reaction, such as 2,5-dimethyl-4-hydroxy-3(2H)-furanone (DMHF), in the flavor of cooked and processed foods and focuses on the integrative physiological activities of these odorants.

I deeply thank their great contributions to the IMARS Highlights. The IMARS Highlights editors always look forward to submission of your articles, comments to any kinds of issues published in IMARS Highlights and other glycation-related issues in the field of food and medical sciences.

Reiko Inagi, PhD

Division of Chronic Kidney Disease Pathophysiology
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine
email: [email protected]

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