alexa Analysis of Camellia sinensis green and black teas via ultra high performance liquid chromatography assisted by liquid-liquid partition and two-dimensional liquid chromatography (size exclusion × reversed phase).
Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology

Journal of Cytology & Histology

Author(s): Scoparo CT, de Souza LM, Dartora N, Sassaki GL, Gorin PA,

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Abstract Green and black teas (Camellia sinensis) contain compounds ranging from simple phenolics to complex glycosides, many of which have well-recognized health benefits. Here, we describe two methodologies aiming to achieve a comprehensive analysis of hydro-alcoholic extracts of C. sinensis. In the first step, the extracts were partitioned in water, n-butanol, ethyl acetate and chloroform to separate the compounds according to their polarity, yielding less complex samples to be analyzed by ultra high performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS). Additionally, a comprehensive two dimensional liquid chromatography (2D-LC) technique, employing size exclusion chromatography (SEC) × reversed phase (BEH-C18) was developed. The following compounds were identified on the basis of retention time, UV-spectra and MS fragmentation patterns: catechins, theaflavins and their gallate derivatives; kaempferol, quercetin and myricetin mono-, di-, tri- and tetraglycosides; esters of quinic acid and gallic or hydroxycinnamic acids; purine alkaloids, such as caffeine and theobromine and many lipids. Additionally, there were many novel compounds that were previously undescribed, such as saponin isomers and gallic acid esters of four glycosides of myricetin, quercetin and kaempferol. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This article was published in J Chromatogr A and referenced in Journal of Cytology & Histology

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