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Nat Prod Commun. 2012 Dec;7(12):1627-9.

DART MS based chemical profiling for therapeutic potential of Piper betle landraces.

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  • 1Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility, Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR), Lucknow-226001, India.


Piper betle Linn. leaves are traditionally used as a folk medicine in India and other Asiatic countries. Twenty-one P. betle landraces were analyzed using a Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) mass spectral technique and evaluated on the basis of molecules detected in the leaves. Clustering of landraces based on three well known biologically active phenols (m/z 151,165,193) showed two broad groups with high and low phenol contents suggesting differences in their therapeutic potential. Findings of this study could be useful in rapid screening of the landraces for determining their medicinal potential and optimum utilization of the bioresource.

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