Isolation and identification of glycinol from Glycine max [L.] Merri

Y. Qi, S.I.A. Moco, S. Boeren, C.H. de Vos, A.G. Bovy

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As one of the main phytoalexins and phytoestrogens, glyceollin is an important prenylflavonoid in Glycine max [L.] Merri. (soybean). Many kinds of elicitors can be used to induce its accumulation. Its biosynthesis pathway is commonly used to study the characteristics of prenyltransferase, which catalyzes the prenylated reaction happening in a very few plant families in nature. Glycinol, the direct precursor of glyceollin, is necessary to study the prenylated reaction in soybean. In comparing with the other elicitors to elicit the glycinol accumulation in soybean cotyledons, AgNO3 is the most effective elicitor. Exposure of 6-8 days old cotyledons to 0.01 mol/L AgNO3 and incubation for 24 h result in the accumulation of 256 microg (glycinol)/g (fresh weight). The glycinol was extracted by methanol. Then the isolation and purification were conducted by preparative high performance liquid chromatography. Instead of 100% acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid as the elution system, the extract was eluted by 100% methanol-0.1% formic acid. Glycinol eluted earlier than daidzin under this system and decreased the disturbance from the large amount of daidzin. Identification was performed by comparing the mass spectrum (liquid chromatography/quadrupole-time of flight) and ultraviolet spectrum with those of the standard. At last, 100 mg purified glycinol was obtained from 390 g of fresh material
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-357
JournalChinese Journal of Chromatography
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Glycine max [L. ] Merri
  • Glycinol
  • Preparative high performance liquid chromatography
  • Quadrupole-time of flight/mass spectrum
  • Silver nitrate


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