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Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

William L. Stone

Committee Members

Thomas T. S. Huang, Jeffrey G. Wardeska


This research, focusing mainly on tocotrienols, includes two parts. The first part concerns the uptake and growth inhibition of tocotrienols in PC-3 cells. The second part is a study of the physiochemical properties of Vitamin E.

In the cellular study our results suggested that position 5 of chroman head and side-chain are very important in determining the uptake of tocotrienols and growth inhibition of PC-3 cells. The uptake and growth inhibition are not necessarily related to the antioxidant properties of tocotrienols.

Of the physiochemical studies, the results suggested that the antioxidant properties of vitamin E are due to the phenolic O-H group. In ethanol solution, each tocotrienol has a higher oxidation potential than its corresponding tocopherol. The oxidation potentials of vitamin E are in the order ofα-form < γform < δ-form. The theoretical calculations show that the side chains of tocotrienols are less ordered than those of tocopherols.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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