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Unusual amount of (-)-mesquitol from the heartwood of Prosopis juliflora

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A large amount of flavonoid has been extracted and isolated from the heartwood of Prosopis juliflora, an exogenous wood species of Kenya. Structural and physicochemical elucidation based on FTIR, 1H and 13C NMR, GC-MS and HPLC analysis clearly demonstrated the presence of (-)-mesquitol as the sole compound without any noticeable impurities. The product was able to slow down oxidation of methyl linoleate induced by AIBN. The important amount and high purity of (-)-mesquitol present in the acetonic extract of P. juliflora could therefore be of valuable interest as a potential source of antioxidants from a renewable origin.
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Keywords: Prosopis juliflora; antioxidant; flavonoid; heartwood; mesquitol

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherche sur le Materiau Bois (LERMAB), Equipe de Chimie Organique et Microbiologie, Universite Henri Poincare Nancy 1, Vandoeuvre les Nancy Cedex, France 2: CRITT BOIS, France

Publication date: 01 January 2009

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