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Rapid Characterization of Triterpene Saponins from Zornia brasiliensis by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS

Graduate Program in Natural and Synthetic Bioactive Products, Health Sciences Center, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa 58051-900, Paraíba, Brazil
Graduate Program in Ecology and Conservation, Department of Biology, Center for Biological and Health Sciences, Campina Grande 58429-500, Paraíba, Brazil
Center of Sciences and Technologies, Darcy Ribeiro Norte Fluminense State University, Campos dos Goytacazes 28013-600, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Academic Editors: David Popovich and Valeria Patricia Sülsen
Molecules 2019, 24(14), 2519;
Received: 2 May 2019 / Revised: 6 July 2019 / Accepted: 9 July 2019 / Published: 10 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Saponins)
Zornia brasiliensis Vogel (Leguminosae) is a species popularly known in Brazil as “urinária”, “urinana”, and “carrapicho”, it is popularly used as a diuretic and in the treatment of venereal diseases. A specific methodology to obtain a saponin-enriched fraction and high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detection, ion trap mass spectrometry, and TOF-MS (HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS) was applied for the analysis of triterpene saponins. The MS and MS/MS experiments were carried out by ionization in negative mode. Molecular mass and fragmentation data were used to support the structural characterization of the saponins. Based on retention times, high-resolution mass determination and fragmentation, 35 oleanane-triterpene saponins were tentatively identified in Z. brasiliensis. View Full-Text
Keywords: triterpene saponins; soyasaponins; Zornia brasiliensis; HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS triterpene saponins; soyasaponins; Zornia brasiliensis; HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS
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Nascimento, Y.M.; Abreu, L.S.; Lima, R.L.; Costa, V.C.O.; Melo, J.I.M.; Braz-Filho, R.; Silva, M.S.; Tavares, J.F. Rapid Characterization of Triterpene Saponins from Zornia brasiliensis by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS. Molecules 2019, 24, 2519.

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