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R1. Anti-inflammatory Efficacy of Emu Oil Refinement of an in vitro assay
Last Updated: 08/01/2016

The aim of this short term study is to refine an in vitro test to provide a quantitative measure of the potential anti-inflammatory efficacy of emu oil. Subsequent work will then investigate factors that affect the anti-inflammatory activity of emu oil using the in vitro assay as a measure of its potential anti-inflammatory efficacy.

To maximize the market potential for emu oil, the Emu Industry needs to overcome two problems. The first is to identify those factors that result in the different levels of its anti-inflammatory activity, thereby allowing the consistent production of oil with known anti-inflammatory efficacy. The second problem is to develop a sensitive in vitro assay to provide a quantitative measure of the potential anti-inflammatory activity of each batch of oil. This report describes the effect of emu oil on the in vitro production of inflammatory mediators from stimulated human lymphocytes.

This report also provides a methodology to form a stable emulsion of emu oil that is non-toxic to human lymphocytes. This project was funded from RIRDC Core Funds which are provided by the Australian Government for the program area of New Animal Products.

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