Anthocyanin Profiles in Flowers of Grape Hyacinth
AbstractGrape hyacinth (Muscari spp.) is a popular ornamental bulbous perennial famous for its blue flowers. To understand the chemical basis of the rich blue colors in this plant, anthocyanin profiles of six blue flowering grape hyacinths as well as one pink and one white cultivar were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Along with two known compounds, eight putative anthocyanins were identified in the tepals of grape hyacinth for the first time. The accumulation and distribution of anthocyanins in the plant showed significant cultivar and flower development specificity. Violet-blue flowers mainly contained simple delphinidin-type anthocyanins bearing one or two methyl-groups but no acyl groups, whereas white and pink flowers synthesised more complex pelargonidin/cyanidin-derivatives with acyl-moieties but no methyl-groups. The results partially reveal why solid blue, orange or red flowers are rare in this plant in nature. In addition, pelargonidin-type anthocyanins were found for the first time in the genus, bringing more opportunities in terms of breeding of flower color in grape hyacinth. View Full-Text
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Lou, Q.; Wang, L.; Liu, H.; Liu, Y. Anthocyanin Profiles in Flowers of Grape Hyacinth. Molecules 2017, 22, 688.
Lou Q, Wang L, Liu H, Liu Y. Anthocyanin Profiles in Flowers of Grape Hyacinth. Molecules. 2017; 22(5):688.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lou, Qian; Wang, Lin; Liu, Hongli; Liu, Yali. 2017. "Anthocyanin Profiles in Flowers of Grape Hyacinth." Molecules 22, no. 5: 688.
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