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Fatty acid variability in three medicinal herbs of Panax species
Zhang X.-J.; Huang L.-L.; Cai X.-J.; Li P.; Wang Y.-T.; Wan J.-B.
Source PublicationChemistry Central Journal

Background: Fatty acid profiling has been widely used in the bacteria species identification, we hypothesized that fatty acid characteristics might discriminate the Panax herbs according to species. To test the hypothesis, fatty acids of Panax species, including Panax ginseng, Panax notoginseng and Panax quinquefolius, were characterized and compared using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) followed by multivariate statistical analysis.Results: The content of investigated 11 fatty acids, including myristic acid, pentadecanoic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, heptadecanoic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, α-linolenic acid, arachidic acid and eicosadienoic acid, obviously varied among three species, suggesting each species has its own fatty acid pattern. Principal component analysis and hierarchical clustering analysis according to the absolute and relative contents of fatty acids, showed that 30 tested samples could be clearly differentiated according to the species.Conclusions: These findings demonstrated that GC-MS-based fatty acid profiling coupled with multivariate statistical analysis provides reliable platform to classify these three Panax species, which is helpful for ensuring their safety and efficacy. © 2013 Zhang et al.; licensee Chemistry Central Ltd.

KeywordFatty Acids Gas Chromatography-mass Spectrometry Hierarchical Cluster Analysis Multivariate Statistical Analysis Panax Species Principal Component Analysis
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WOS Research AreaChemistry
WOS SubjectChemistry, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000315271500001
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CollectionInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
Affiliation1.State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, University of Macau, Macau
2.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital, Guangzhou, China
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Zhang X.-J.,Huang L.-L.,Cai X.-J.,et al. Fatty acid variability in three medicinal herbs of Panax species[J]. Chemistry Central Journal,2013,7(1).
APA Zhang X.-J.,Huang L.-L.,Cai X.-J.,Li P.,Wang Y.-T.,&Wan J.-B..(2013).Fatty acid variability in three medicinal herbs of Panax species.Chemistry Central Journal,7(1).
MLA Zhang X.-J.,et al."Fatty acid variability in three medicinal herbs of Panax species".Chemistry Central Journal 7.1(2013).
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