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Anal Chem. 2009 Oct 15;81(20):8426-33. doi: 10.1021/ac901389p.

Characterization of pollen carotenoids with in situ and high-performance thin-layer chromatography supported resonant Raman spectroscopy.

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Chemistry Department, Humboldt Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, Brook-Taylor-Strasse 2, D-12489 Berlin, Germany.

Abstract

Raman signatures of the carotenoid component are studied in individual pollen grains from different species of trees. The information is obtained as differences in the strong pre-resonant Raman spectra measured before and after photodepletion of the carotenoid molecules. The results provide the first in situ evidence of interspecies differences in pollen carotenoid content, structure, and/or assembly between plant species without prior purification. The analysis of carotenoids in situ is confirmed by high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC)-supported resonance Raman data measured directly on the HPTLC plates after separation of carotenoids in pollen extracts. Utilization of the in situ, extraction-free procedure in carotenoid analysis will improve sensitivity and structural selectivity and provides insight into carotenoid structure and composition in single pollen grains.

PMID:
19778038
DOI:
10.1021/ac901389p
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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