Comparative analysis of the underground parts of Gentiana species by HPLC with diode-array and mass spectrometric detection

Z. Szucs, B. Dános, Sz Nyiredy

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The aim of this work was to compare the chemical composition of the underground parts (roots and rhizomes) of Gentiana cruciota L., Gentiana pneumonanthe L., and Gentiana asclepiadea L. - the three gentians native to Hungary - with that of the widely used stomochic Gentiana lutea L., to determine which of the three Hungarian species could be used as a substitute for Gentiana lutea in pharmaceutical preparations. The four gentians were compared by means of RPHPLC with diode-array detection (DAD) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometric detection (ESI-MSD). The quantities of the lead compounds, the secoiridoid-glycosides, in 220 samples of the underground ports of gentians originating from several locations in Hungary, were determined by a more economical RPHPLC-DAD method. The occurrence of the characteristic compounds investigated - bitter principles and xanthones - in the underground parts of the species Gentiana asclepiadea L. suggest it might be a potential replacement for Gentiana lutea L. in pharmaceutical products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S19-S23
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Jul 25 2002



  • Bitter principles
  • Column liquid chromatography-DAD-MSD
  • Electrospray ionization
  • Gentiana species
  • Xanthones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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