Contact: Rachel Champeau
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences
Caption: Images demonstrate growing and harvesting genetically-engineered tomatoes that produce 6F, a small peptide that mimics the action of the chief protein in HDL. The tomatoes were freeze-dried and made up 2.2 percent of a high-fat diet fed to mice in the study. Note less cholesterol build-up (in red) in the artery of the mouse fed tomatoes with 6F versus the mouse that ate the high-fat diet containing 2.2 percent freeze-dried control tomatoes that did not contain 6F.
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