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Whole grain rye as a functional food for suppression of prostate cancer – elucidating the role of benzoxazinoids and other bioactive constituents

Project summary

The present project will investigate the uptake and metabolization of rye bioactive constituents in prostate tissue; elucidate the effects of a high and low benzoxazinoid diet on metabolic changes in prostate cancer; correlate between markers, clinic-pathological factors and metabolomics results; conclude on which compounds are active in the suppressive effects on prostate cancer and so provide the reasons for using whole grain rye as adjuvant to the medicinal treatment of prostate cancer.  


The RyeproC project (“Whole grain rye as a functional food for suppression of prostate cancer – elucidating the role of benzoxazinoids and other bioactive constituents”) is coordinated by associate professor, PhD Inge S. Fomsgaard, Aarhus University, Dept. of Agroecology.

The research work is distributed in two work packages as listed below (Acronym of participating researcher in parenthesis, bold text: principal).

WP1. Elucidation of chemical structures

Structural elucidation of whole grain rye bioactive constituents in human prostate tissue (IFO, SKS, MIB, MEB), search for specific prostate tissue metabolization products (SKS, IFO), synthesis of identified compounds (SKS, IFO).

WP2.  Effect of intake of whole grain rye food products on prostate cancer
Intervention study and sampling of prostate biopsies (MIB, MEB, SØH), elucidation of molecular reactions (SØH, MIB, scholar), metabolic profiling of primary and secondary metabolites (SKS, MIB, IFO), advanced statistical correlation (MIB, SØH, SKS, IFO, MEB).

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Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology, 
Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark

Associate professor, PhD Inge S. Fomsgaard
87158212 / 22283399

Head Laboratory Technician Bente B. Laursen
87157503 / 24242956

Administrative case officer Inge Harbo

Post doc Stine Krogh Steffensen

Clinical nutritionist Mette Borre
78462815 / 24625453 

Consultant Mette Skaanild
21 63 77 70

Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Clinical Medicine - The Department of Urology K
Brendstrupgårdsvej 100, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark  

Clinical professor, dr.med Michael Borre
78 45 26 16
29 61 27 13

Project Nurse Helene Holm Pedersen
78 45 26 38

Aarhus University Hospital, Department of  Pathology,

Noerrebrogade 44, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Head of department, Dr. Søren Høyer
78 46 36 93 / 29 87 18 24  




The RyeproC project is funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research – Technology and Production (12-127498).

External support is generously provided by the following companies:

Lantmännen http://lantmannen.se/

Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs www.minipigs.dk

Cytotrack www.cytotrack.dk

Participants of the RyeproC project are grateful for the funding.