Identification and Characterization of Polyphenolic Antioxidants Using On-Line Liquid Chromatography, Electrochemistry, and Electrospray Ionization Tandem Mass Spectrometry
2009 (English)In: Analytical Chemistry, ISSN 0003-2700, E-ISSN 1520-6882, Vol. 81, no 21, 8968-8977 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
It is demonstrated that electrochemistry (EC) coupled to liquid chromatography (LC) and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC/EC/ESI-MS/MS) can be used to rapidly obtain information about the antioxidant activity (i.e., oxidation potential) and capacity (i.e., amount) of polyphenolic compounds, including catechin, kaempferol, resveratrol, quercetin, and quercetin glucosides. The described on-line LC/EC/ESI-MS/MS method facilitates the detection and characterization of individual antioxidants based on a combination of the obtained m/z values for the antioxidants and their oxidation products, the potential dependences for the ion intensities, and correlations between the retention times in the LC, EC, and MS chromatograms. As these results provide patterns that can be used in rapid screening for antioxidants in complex samples, the method should be a valuable complement to chemical assays commonly used to determine the total antioxidant capacity of samples. It is shown that the antioxidant capacity for a mixture of polyphenolic compounds depends on the redox potential employed in the evaluation, and this should consequently be taken into account when comparing results from different total antioxidant capacity assays. It is also demonstrated that the inherent antioxidant capacities of phenolic compounds increase with an increasing number of hydroxyl groups and that the potential needed to oxidize the remaining hydroxyl groups increases successively upon oxidation of the compound. Unlike chemical assays, which generally do not provide any information about the identities of the compounds on the molecular level, the present screening method can be used to identify individual antioxidants, rank compounds with respect to their ease of oxidation, and to study the antioxidant capacity at any redox potential of interest.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 81, no 21, 8968-8977 p.
Analytical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry
Research subject Analytical Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99328DOI: 10.1021/ac901397cISI: 000276191900046OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-99328DiVA: diva2:207623