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Composition by LC-MS/MS of New Carotenoid Esters in Mango and Citrus

Petry, Fabiane C., Mercadante, Adriana Z.
Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 2016 v.64 no.43 pp. 8207-8224
Citrus, antheraxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, bioavailability, esterification, esters, lutein, mangoes, neoxanthin, oleic acid, orange pulp, tangors, violaxanthin, zeaxanthin
Interest in the composition of carotenoid esters of fruits is growing because esterification may affect their bioavailability. Thus, the aim was to provide a detailed identification of carotenoid esters in citrus and mango. Orange cv. ‘Valencia’ and cv. ‘Pera’ presented 9 free carotenoids, 38 monoesters, and 60 diesters. Violaxanthin and luteoxanthin derivatives were the major ones, followed by antheraxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, and zeinoxanthin esters, many of them reported for the first time in orange pulp. The carotenoid ester composition of tangor cv. ‘Murcott’, reported for the first time, showed 8 free carotenoids, 34 monoesters, and 33 diesters, with β-cryptoxanthin esters as major compounds, followed by violaxanthin and zeaxanthin esters. In citrus, carotenoids were acylated mainly with capric, lauric, myristic, myristoleic, palmitic, palmitoleic, and oleic acids. In mango, 5 free carotenoids, 2 monoesters, and 19 diesters were identified, from which many violaxanthin and neoxanthin esters were reported for the first time.