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A thin-layer chromatographic (TLC) method for fast screening of trans-resveratrol, pterostilbene, and p-coumaric acid in samples of recombinant bacterial cultures, food supplements, and wine was developed. The separation was performed on high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) silica gel 60 plates using n-hexane-ethyl acetate-formic acid (20:19:1, v/v) as developing solvent in tank configuration of horizontal developing chamber, in which better resolution between trans-resveratrol and p-coumaric acid than in sandwich configuration of the same chamber or in automatic developing chamber (ADC) was obtained. Compounds were detected before and after post-chromatographic derivatization (three detection reagents) by image analyzing system (at 366 nm or white light) and by densitometer (absorption-reflectance and fluorescence mode). The lowest densitometric limits of detection (LOD) 2 ng for trans-resveratrol (303 nm), 5 ng for pterostilbene (303 nm), and 15 ng for p-coumaric acid (286 nm) were found before derivatization in absorption-reflectance mode. Post-chromatographic derivatization with anisaldehyde-sulfuric acid detection reagent resulted in higher LOD in the same mode: 13 ng for trans-resveratrol and pterostilbene at 500 nm and 30 ng for p-coumaric acid at 566 nm. Natural fluorescence of both stilbenes was less sensitive than UV absorption and less selective than post-chromatographic derivatization with anisaldehyde reagent at densitometric screening of trans-resveratrol in the samples. A complementary high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was developed for screening and quantification of the three compounds in recombinant bacterial cultures. Adequate separation of the analytes was performed in 35 min by a gradient elution from a stainless-steel column Hypersil ODS (150 × 4.6 mm I.D., particle size: 5 μm) with the mobile phase consisting of 50 mM sodium acetate buffer pH 5.6 (solvent A) and acetonitrile (solvent B) at the flow rate of 1.5 mLmin−1.

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JPC - Journal of Planar Chromatography - Modern TLC
Authors: Vesna Glavnik, Breda Simonovska, Irena Vovk, Dragana Pavlović, Danijela Ašperger, and Sandra Babić

Validation of a method for the quantification of (−)-epicatechin and procyanidin B2 in chocolates is reported. After a simple preparation of the chocolate test solution, thin-layer chromatography (TLC) on high-performance thin-layer chromatographic (HPTLC) cellulose plates with n-propanol-water-acetic acid (20:80:1, ν/ν) and derivatization with 4-dimethylaminocinnamaldehyde (DMACA) were performed. Densitometry at 655 nm enabled accurate quantification of both analytes in chocolates. The milk chocolate sample which served for precision and recovery experiments contained 13.0 mg/100 g of (−)-epicatechin (relative standard deviation (RSD)) 5.8%, n = 6) and 13.2 mg/100 g of procyanidin B2 (RSD 4.2%, n = 6). Usable polynomial curves were 2–30 ng for (−)-epicatechin and 4–60 ng for procyanidin B2. The validated TLC method can be applied for routine quality control of the two major polyphenolic compounds in different chocolate samples.

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High-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) is a powerful separation technique which is often overlooked. In this study, we comprehensively assessed the applicability, ease, and performance of HPTLC in combination with densitometry and mass spectrometry (MS) to characterize physalins — relatively polar secondary metabolites from Physalis alkekengi L. HPTLC silica gel plates were evaluated in combination with 14 developing solvents (13 published in the literature). Bonded stationary phases (HPTLC RP-18, RP-18 W, CN F254S) were also tested. Four detection reagents (sulfuric acid, anisaldehyde, 4-dimethylaminocinnamaldehyde (DMACA), and molybdatophosphoric acid) were compared to ascertain which one is the most suitable. For all chromatographic analyses, a commercial standard physalin L and a P. alkekengi L. crude extract were used. In some cases, physalin L standard appeared as two clearly resolved bands on silica plates, but only after derivatization, where sulfuric acid reagent provided the best selectivity and sensitivity. Physalin L standard impurity was found to belong to the physalin family as confirmed by HPTLC–MS/(MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Compared to high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), our HPTLC method showed extremely high sensitivity for standard impurity (ca. 4% determined by NMR) as it was clearly visible on the plate during image analysis after derivatization. Unlike (ultra)-high-performance liquid chromatography ((U)HPLC), HPTLC was also able to separate physalin L standard from its impurity. We show that (HP)TLC is a suitable chromatographic technique for the analysis of physalins and can even surpass the performance of (U)HPLC, namely, due to a wide array of different developing solvents available.

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High-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) and HPTLC–mass spectrometry (MS)/(MSn) methods for analyses of phenolic acids (chlorogenic acid, rosmarinic acid, protocatechuic acid, gallic acid, syringic acid, ellagic acid, trans-cinnamic acid, o-coumaric acid, m-coumaric acid, p-coumaric acid, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, sinapic acid) were developed. Separation was performed on HPTLC silica gel plates with and without fluorescent indicator (F254) in a saturated twin-trough chamber using n-hexane–ethyl acetate–formic acid (12:8:2, v/v) as the developing solvent. The developed HPTLC method is also suitable for the preliminary screening of some flavonoids (flavone, apigenin, luteolin, chrysin, quercetin, myricetin, kaempferide, kaempferol, hesperetin, naringenin, pinocembrin), although some interferences of phenolic acids with flavonoids were observed. The effect of pre-development on the HPTLC analysis of phenolic acids on the detection by densitometry and mass spectrometry was also explored. Pre-development of the plates with chloroform–methanol (1:1, v/v) decreased the intensity of secondary front like dark band that appeared at RF 0.7 on unpre-developed plates and enabled densitometric evaluation of phenolic acids at 280 and 330 nm. To eliminate severe spectral background observed during HPTLC–MS analysis, caused by the presence of an acidic modifier in optimized developing solvent, two pre-developments of the plates (1st methanol–formic acid 10:1, v/v and 2nd methanol) were applied. This resulted in a substantial decrease in the intensity of the background signals of sodium formate clusters and considerably improved the analysis of phenolic compounds. The applicability of the developed HPTLC and HPTLC–MS/(MSn) methods was confirmed by analyses of different complex matrix samples, e.g., propolis, roasted coffee, and rose hip crude extracts.

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