β-Cryptoxanthin (1) was acetylated and then epoxidized with monoperoxyphthalic acid. After hydrolysis, repeated chromatography, and crystallization, (3S,5R,6S)-5,6-epoxy-β-cryptoxanthin (3), (3S,5S,6R)-5,6-epoxy-β-cryptoxanthin (4), (3R,5′R,6′S)-5′,6′-epoxy-β-cryptoxanthin (5), (3S,5R,6S,5′R,6′S)-5,6:5′,6′-diepoxy-β- cryptoxanthin (6), and (3S,5S,6R,5′S,6′R)-5,6:5′,6′-diepoxy-β- cryptoxanthin (7) were isolated as main products and characterized by their UV/VIS, CD, 1H- and 13C-NMR, and mass spectra. The comparison of the carotenoid isolated from yellow, tomato-shaped paprika (Capsicum annuum var. lycopersiciforme flavum) with 3-5 strongly supports the structure of 3 for the natural product.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Drug Discovery
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry