Microextraction of reseda luteola-dyed wool and qualitative analysis of its flavones by uhplc-uv, nmr and ms

Elbert van der Klift, Alexandre Villela, Goverdina C.H. Derksen, Peter P. Lankhorst, Teris A. van Beek*

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Detailed knowledge on natural dyes is important for agronomy and quality control as well as the fastness, stability, and analysis of dyed textiles. Weld (Reseda luteola L.), which is a source of flavone-based yellow dye, is the focus of this study. One aim was to reduce the required amount of dyed textile to ≤50 µg for a successful chromatographic analysis. The second aim was to unambiguously confirm the identity of all weld flavones. By carrying out the extraction of 50 µg dyed wool with 25 µL of solvent and analysis by reversed-phase UHPLC at 345 nm, reproducible chromatographic fingerprints could be obtained with good signal to noise ratios. Ten baseline separated peaks with relative areas ≥1% were separated in 6 min. Through repeated polyamide column chromatography and prepHPLC, the compounds corresponding with the fingerprint peaks were purified from dried weld. Each was unequivocally identified, including the position and configuration of attached sugars, by means of 1D and 2D NMR and high-resolution MS. Apigenin-4-O-glucoside and luteolin-4-O-glucoside were additionally identified as two trace flavones co-eluting with other flavone glucosides, the former for the first time in weld. The microextraction might be extended to other used dye plants, thus reducing the required amount of precious historical textiles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3787
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2021


  • Fingerprinting
  • Flavones
  • Micro-extraction of wool
  • Natural yellow dye
  • NMR
  • Reseda luteola L
  • Structure elucidation
  • Weld
  • µ-analysis


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