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Alternating isocratic and step gradient elution high-speed counter-current chromatography for the isolation of minor phenolics from Ormocarpum kirkii bark A

Kamto, Eutrophe Le Doux, Carvalho, Tatiane S.C., Mbing, Joséphine Ngo, Matene, Marie C.N., Pegnyemb, Dieudonné E., Leitão, Gilda G.
Journal of chromatography 2017 v.1480 pp. 50-61
Ormocarpum, bark, countercurrent chromatography, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, ethanol, flavones, glycosides, high performance liquid chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, phenolic compounds, solvents
A total of 14 compounds were isolated from the ethanol bark extract of O. kirkii S. Moore (Fabaceae) by alternating isocratic and step gradient elution high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) methods, using several solvent systems with reference to the polarity of compounds being purified. The extract was successively fractionated with generic solvent systems including n-hexane-ethanol-water (4:2:2) and ethyl acetate-water (1:1). Resulting fractions were further purified using the following preparative gradient elution consisting of ethyl acetate-n-butanol-water (X:Y:10), (X:Y=9:1 (I); 8:2 (II); 7:3 (III); 6:4 (IV); 5:5 (V); 4:6 (VI) 3:7 (VII) and n-hexane- ethyl acetate-methanol-water (1:X:1:1), X=1, 2, 2.5, 3 solvent systems. Two flavone glycosides, apigenin-6-C-β-d-glucopyranosyl-4′-O-[β-d-glucopyranosyl-(1→5)]-β-d-apiofuranoside (1) and apigenin-6-C-β-d-glucopyranosyl-4′-O-β-d-apiofuranoside (2), and one biflavanone diglycoside 7,7″-di-O-β-d-glucosylliquiritigeninyl-(I-3,II-3)-naringenin (4) were isolated as new compounds along with other 11 known ones. The structures of the isolated compounds were identified by HPLC-UV, ESI-MS, 1D and 2D NMR and comparison with literature data. Thus, over common traditional chromatographic methods, the present study shows that HSCCC is a useful and fast method for natural product research with no losses and lower solvent use.