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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 8684-8697; doi:10.3390/ijms14058684
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Characterization, Purification of Poncirin from Edible Citrus Ougan (Citrus reticulate cv. Suavissima) and Its Growth Inhibitory Effect on Human Gastric Cancer Cells SGC-7901

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Received: 20 January 2013; in revised form: 2 April 2013 / Accepted: 17 April 2013 / Published: 24 April 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Research in Plant Secondary Metabolism)
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Abstract: Poncirin is a bitter flavanone glycoside with various biological activities. Poncirin was isolated from four different tissues (flavedo, albedo, segment membrane, and juice sac) of Ougan fruit (Citrus reticulate cv. Suavissima). The highest content of poncirin was found in the albedo of Ougan fruit (1.37 mg/g DW). High speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) combined with D101 resin chromatography was utilized for the separation and purification of poncirin from the albedo of Ougan fruit. After this two-step purification, poncirin purity increased from 0.14% to 96.56%. The chemical structure of the purified poncirin was identified by both HPLC-PDA and LC-MS. Poncirin showed a significant in vitro inhibitory effect on the growth of the human gastric cancer cells, SGC-7901, in a dose-dependent manner. Thus, poncirin from Ougan fruit, may be beneficial for gastric cancer prevention. The purification method demonstrated here will be useful for further studies on the pharmacological mechanism of poncirin activity, as well as for guiding the consumption of Ougan fruit.
Keywords: macroporous resin; high speed counter-current chromatograph (HSCCC); Citrus reticulate; poncirin; purification; gastric cancer macroporous resin; high speed counter-current chromatograph (HSCCC); Citrus reticulate; poncirin; purification; gastric cancer
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Zhu, X.; Luo, F.; Zheng, Y.; Zhang, J.; Huang, J.; Sun, C.; Li, X.; Chen, K. Characterization, Purification of Poncirin from Edible Citrus Ougan (Citrus reticulate cv. Suavissima) and Its Growth Inhibitory Effect on Human Gastric Cancer Cells SGC-7901. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 8684-8697.

AMA Style

Zhu X, Luo F, Zheng Y, Zhang J, Huang J, Sun C, Li X, Chen K. Characterization, Purification of Poncirin from Edible Citrus Ougan (Citrus reticulate cv. Suavissima) and Its Growth Inhibitory Effect on Human Gastric Cancer Cells SGC-7901. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(5):8684-8697.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Zhu, Xiaoyan; Luo, Fenglei; Zheng, Yixiong; Zhang, Jiukai; Huang, Jianzhen; Sun, Chongde; Li, Xian; Chen, Kunsong. 2013. "Characterization, Purification of Poncirin from Edible Citrus Ougan (Citrus reticulate cv. Suavissima) and Its Growth Inhibitory Effect on Human Gastric Cancer Cells SGC-7901." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 5: 8684-8697.


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