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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 39  |  Page : 191-194  

Direct proof by 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance of semi-purified extract and isolation of ent -Catechin from leaves of Eucalyptus cinerea

1 Postgraduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Av. Lothário Meissner, 632, BR-80210-170, Curitiba, Brazil
2 Pharmacy Student, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Av. Lothário Meissner, 632, BR-80210-170, Curitiba, PR, Brazil
3 Postgraduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Palafito, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Av. Colombo, 5790, BR-87020-900, Maringá, Brazil
4 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, BR-14040-900, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

Date of Submission13-Jan-2014
Date of Acceptance25-Apr-2014
Date of Web Publication24-Jul-2014

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Tomoe Nakashima
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Av. Lothário Meissner, 632, BR 80210 170, Curitiba, PR
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Source of Support: The authors are grateful to the REUNI- Programa de Apoio ao Plano de Reestruturação e Expansão das Universidades Federais, CNPq and FINEP for financial support provided,, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.137355

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Background: Eucalyptus cinerea F. Muell. ex Benth. is native to Australia and acclimatized to Southern Brazil. Its aromatic leaves are used for ornamental purposes and have great potential for essential oil production, although reports of its use in folk medicine are few. Objective: This study evaluated the composition of E. cinerea leaves using the solid state 13 C-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and isolation of the compound from the semipurified extract (SE). Materials and Methods: The SE of E. cinerea leaves was evaluated in the solid state by 13 C-NMR spectrum, and the SE was chromatographed on a Sephadex LH-20 column, followed by high-speed counter-current chromatography to isolate the compound. The SE was analyzed by 13 C-NMR and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight spectra. Results: Flavan-3-ol units were present, suggesting the presence of proanthocyanidins as well as a gallic acid unit. The uncommon ent-catechin was isolated. Conclusion: The presence of ent-catechin is reported for the first time in this genus and species.

Keywords: Circular dichroism, Eucalyptus cinerea, ent-catechin, flavan-3-ol units, solid-state 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance

How to cite this article:
Silva SM, Abe SY, Bueno FG, Lopes NP, de Mello JP, Nakashima T. Direct proof by 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance of semi-purified extract and isolation of ent -Catechin from leaves of Eucalyptus cinerea. Phcog Mag 2014;10:191-4

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Silva SM, Abe SY, Bueno FG, Lopes NP, de Mello JP, Nakashima T. Direct proof by 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance of semi-purified extract and isolation of ent -Catechin from leaves of Eucalyptus cinerea. Phcog Mag [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 Dec 10];10:191-4. Available from: http://www.phcog.com/text.asp?2014/10/39/191/137355

   Introduction Top

Eucalyptus cinerea F. Muell. ex Benth. (Myrtaceae) is known as "silver dollar tree", "silver dollar gum," "argyle apple," or "silver eucalyptus." Its young leaves are widely used in floral arrangements. [1],[2] Native to Australia, this tree can reach up to 20 m high, [3] growing in any type of soil. It is grown in the Brazilian state of Paranα. [4] More resistant to cold climates than Eucalyptus globulus Labill., E. cinerea is considered valuable because it produces 1,8-cineol. [5] The 1,8-cineol content found in the aerial parts of E. cinerea (i.e. leaves, flowers, and fruits) may exceed 80%. [6],[7] The essential oil from E. cinerea leaves showed activity against Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. [7] Safaei-Ghomi and Ahd (2010) found antimicrobial and antifungal activity in the essential oil and methanol extract of two Eucalyptus species. [8] Previous phytochemical analyses of hydroalcoholic and aqueous extracts showed some positive biological results, indicating the presence of flavonoids and tannins that are frequently found in Eucalyptus species. [9] The structure of polyphenols has been identified by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in the solid state. [10],[11] This study analyzed a semi-purified fraction of E. cinerea leaves by the use of the solid-state 13 C-NMR spectrum. The compound was isolated by high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) and characterized by the NMR technique and circular dichroism.

   Materials and methods Top

Plant material

The plant material from E. cinerea was collected at the Centro Politécnico of the Universidade Federal do Paranα (UFPR), at Curitiba, Paranα, Brazil (25° 27' 4" S, 49º 13' 52" W, altitude 922 m), in 2009-2010. A voucher specimen of the material is deposited at the herbarium of the Botanical Department in the Sector of Biological Sciences at UFPR, under registration number UPCB#47863.

Preparation of extracts

The crude extract from dried and crushed E. cinerea leaves (600 g) was prepared by turbo-extraction (SKYMSEM, TA-02) using acetone/water (7:3; v/v) at a proportion of 10% (w/v) during 25 min. [12] The crude extract was then filtered and concentrated in a rotary evaporator under reduced pressure (Büchi R-114, t < 40°C) and then lyophilized, yielding 171.24 g. About 150 g of the crude extract was resuspended in distilled water (1500 mL) and partitioned with ethyl acetate (1500 mL, 10 times). [13] The ethyl acetate phases were combined, concentrated by rotary evaporator under reduced pressure, and lyophilized, yielding the ethyl-acetate fraction (56.53 g) and the aqueous phase (50.89 g). The amount of 500 mg of the semi-purified ethyl-acetate fraction was separated for structural analysis of the solid-state 13 C-NMR spectrum.

Column chromatography

The ethyl-acetate fraction (6 g) was subjected to column chromatography (h: 700 mm, Ø: 55 mm) containing Sephadex ® LH-20, using the mobile phase: 50% ethanol (F1, 1000 mL); 100% ethanol (F2, 800 mL); 50% methanol (F3, 600 mL); 100% methanol (F4, 600 mL), and 70% acetone (F5, 600 mL). Monitoring was performed on silica gel 60 F 254 precoated thin layer chromatography (TLC) plates (0.200 mm, Merck, Darmstadt, Germany), and an eluent system composed of ethyl acetate:formic acid:water (90:5:5; v/v). The compounds were observed under UV light at 254 nm and then revealed by using FeCl 3 at 1% in ethanol. Fractions were concentrated by rotary evaporator under reduced pressure, and then lyophilized, yielding 2.89 g (F1), 0.46 g (F2), 0.028 g (F3), 0.12 g (F4), and 0.35 g (F5). The F1 fraction (1 g) was partitioned with 400 mL of n-hexane/water (1:1; v/v). The hexane phase (F1-1) and the aqueous phase (F1-2) were concentrated and lyophilized. Subfraction F1-2 yielded 0.5853 g.

High-speed counter-current chromatography

Subfraction F1-2 (0.4 g) was subjected to HSCCC according to Mello et al. [13] and Lopes et al. [14] The eluent system used was n-hexane:ethyl acetate:methanol:water (1:5:1:5; v/v), with the lower phase being the stationary phase and the upper phase being the mobile phase. The 352 tubes were monitored by TLC and then combined by similarity, yielding 17 subfractions. From these subfractions, the isolated compound termed F1-2#10 was selected.

Structural analysis

The isolated compound F1-2#10 was analyzed by 1D ( 1 H and 13 C) and 2D ( 1 H/ 1 H COSY) NMR spectra and by optical methods (polarimetry, Perkin Elmer 343, USA, and Circular Dichroism, Jasco J-815, Japan). NMR spectra were obtained on a Varian Mercury Plus 300BB, 300 MHz for 1 H and 75 MHz for 13 C, using deuterated solvent (CD 3 OD). The spectra of the compound were analyzed and compared with literature data.

The ethyl-acetate fraction was analyzed by solid-state 13 C-NMR, with a 7 mm CP-MAS solid-state probe and a 7 mm silicon nitride rotor with a Kel-F cap, with rotation of 5 kHz, 33.9° pulse of 4.9 s and 1.0 s interval between pulse sequences (4168 repetitions) at frequency of 75 MHz.

The spectrum was recorded in a micrOTOF-QII-electrospray ionization (ESI)-TOF mass spectrometer (MS) (Brucker Daltonics, Billerica, MA, USA). ESI was performed using a time-of-flight analyzer (ESI-TOF-MS) in positive and negative modes within the range of m/z 900-3000.

   Results and Discussion Top

13 C-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum

The 13 C-NMR spectrum was obtained with the ethyl-acetate fraction from the semi-purified extract of E. cinerea leaves [Figure 1]. This analysis was based on Czochanska et al. [10] and Navarrete et al. [11] The spectrum was divided into two regions, A and B.
Figure 1: Solid-state 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum of ethyl-acetate fraction. (a) prodelphinidin and procyanidin units (C-4); (b) methoxy carboxylic acid; (c) C-3 terminal unit flavan-3-ol; (d) C-2 prodelphinidin units (configuration 2,3-cis); (e) C-4 glucose; (f) C-8 flavonol unit; (g) C6 and C8 procyanidins; (h) C-3', C-4' and C-5'-OH of B ring; (i) C-2' and C-6' of prodelphinidin nonsubstituted B rings; (j) C-5' inter-flavonoids; (l) C-6' catechin unit; (m) C-1' procyanidin unit; (n) C-4'' gallic acid; (o) C-3' and C-4'-OH of B ring; (p) C-5 and C-7-OH of flavonoids and condensed tannins; (q) C = O at position C-4 of flavonols

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The chemical shifts of 30-90 ppm correspond to the ring in region A, and between 90 and 160 ppm, to the ring in region B. The region between 70 and 90 ppm corresponds to the stereochemistry of C ring. [15]

In region A, a bandwidth of d 40 ppm can be seen, corresponding to C-4, which can be related to the cis or trans configuration. [10] Signals at d 56 ppm correspond to the methoxy group, [16] which can be at C-4' units of proanthocyanidins or at C-4'' gallic acid. [13] Signals at d 122 and 140 ppm correspond to C-1'' and C-4'' of gallic acid, respectively. [17] Signals at d 65-66 ppm correspond to C-3 of the terminal unit flavan-3-ol. [10] At d 75 ppm a bandwidth that corresponds to C-2 of prodelphinidin units with 2,3-cis configuration can be seen. [18] A signal at d 92 ppm corresponds to C-8 of flavonols. [19] The chemical shift at d 110 ppm confirms the presence of prodelphinidin units and the absence of procyanidins, indicating the presence of OH in C-3'. According to Koupai-Abyazani et al. [18] this signal corresponds to C-2' and C-6' of prodelphinidins, and Ishida et al. [14] established that there is no substitution of these carbons in the B ring, confirming the trihydroxylation in this ring. [18] A signal at d 105 ppm indicates C-4 and C-8 with a 4 → 8 type bond, and perhaps a small contribution of C-6 in 4 → 6 bonds of procyanidin and prodelphinidin. The absence of a signal at d 95 ppm combined with the presence of a signal at d 105 ppm indicate the predominance of interflavonoid bonds with a 4 → 8 type of bonding, the standard classification of procyanidins. [20] Signals at d 102-107 ppm indicate the presence of hydroxyls at positions C-3', C-4' and C-5' of the B ring. [18] A signal at d 86 ppm, although with low intensity, corresponds to the glycosidic bond of glucose in C4. [21] Signals at d 116 ppm represent C-5' of inter-flavonoid 4 → 8 type units, and for 4 → 6 bonds the signal is at d 105 ppm. [11] A signal at d 120 ppm indicates C-6' of the catechin unit. At d 130 ppm it characterizes C-1' of procyanidin, at d 139 ppm C-4'' of gallic acid, and at d 144 ppm C-3' and C-4'-OH of the B ring. [21] A signal at d 97 ppm suggests C6, C8 and C10 of procyanidins. [21] At d 157 ppm, it corresponds to C-5 and C-7 with OH groups of flavonoids and condensed tannins related to the A ring. [11] A signal at d 160-180 ppm indicates the presence of a C = O group at the C-4 position of flavonols. [19]

In the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-TOF spectrum, a combination of the masses of the catechin and gallic acid monomers can be used to determinate the masses of the oligomer peaks. The peak in m/z 1055 [M + 23] + may be a combination of three catechin and one gallic acid units, additionally with a CH 3 unit. Another peak in m/z 1261 [M + 1] + was calculated with three catechin and two gallic acid units.

Isolation and identification of compound by high-speed counter-current chromatography

Analysis of spectral and chromatographic data of 1 H NMR, 1 H/ 1 H COSY and 13 C-NMR spectra of the isolated compound termed F1-2#10 showed close similarity to catechin compounds. Using authentic material, [22],[23],[24] the compound was easily identified by comparison of spectroscopic data ( 1 H-and 13 C-NMR spectra, and circular dichroism). The absolute stereochemistry of compound F1-2#10 was carried out using the specific optical rotation, obtaining = −4.69° (methanol; c = 0.64). Analysis of catechin derivatives showed two aromatic chromophores - A and B benzene rings -, with absorption bands at around 280 nm (called transition L b ) and 240 nm (transition L a ). Concerning the A chromophore (transition L b ), the configurations 2 (R) and 2 (S) generate negative and positive Cotton effects, respectively. With respect to the B chromophore (transition L a ), a positive Cotton effect characterizes configuration 3(R) and a negative Cotton effect characterizes configuration 3 (S). [25] Thus, as seen in [Figure 2]a, it is concluded that catechin is 2 (S), 3 (R), because it has a positive Cotton effect in the A chromophore and a negative Cotton effect in the B chromophore. Therefore, the isolated compound F1-2#10 was identified as ent-catechin or (-)-catechin [Figure 2]b], which is reported for the first time in this genus and species.
Figure 2: (a) Circular dichroism spectroscopy of compound F1-2#10; (b) ent-catechin

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   Conclusion Top

The ethyl-acetate fraction from the leaves of E. cinerea contains units of flavan-3-ols, suggesting the presence of proanthocyanidins, as well as gallic acid and methoxy units. The uncommon ent-catechin is reported for the first time in leaves of E. cinerea.

   Acknowledgments Top

The authors are grateful to the REUNI- Programa de Apoio ao Plano de Reestruturação e Expansão das Universidades Federais, CNPq and FINEP for financial support provided. Special thanks to Professor Dr. Olavo Guimarães (in memoriam), taxonomist of the Department of Botany/UFPR, for identifying the plant species.

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