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J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Sep 11;61(36):8514-23. doi: 10.1021/jf402487a. Epub 2013 Sep 5.

Headspace-solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC-MS2) method for the determination of pyrazines in perilla seed oils: impact of roasting on the pyrazines in perilla seed oils.

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College of Food Science, Woosuk University , Samrea-Up, Wanju-Kun, Jeonbuk Province 565-701, Republic of Korea.


A new headspace (HS)-solid phase microextraction (SPME)-gas chromatography-tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC-MS(2)) was established for the simultaneous characterization and quantitation of pyrazines in perilla seed oils. HS-SPME conditions such as fiber choice, extraction temperature, and adsorption times were tested. The established GC-MS(2) showed low detection limit (LOD) and high specificity, recovery, and precision for analysis of pyrazines in perilla seed oils. The LODs for the pyrazines were in the range of 0.07-22.22 ng/g oil. The relative standard deviations (RSDs) for the intra- and interday repeated analyses of pyrazines were less than 9.49 and 9.76%, respectively. The mean recoveries for spiked pyrazines in perilla seed oil were in the range of 94.6-107.92%. Perilla seed oils were obtained by mechanical pressing from perilla seeds roasted to different degrees of roasting (mild, medium, medium dark, and dark roasting). Fourteen pyrazine compounds in perilla seed oils were isolated, identified, and quantitated. Among them, 2-methyl-3-propylpyrazine, tetramethylpyrazine, and 2,3-diethyl-5-methylpyrazine were the first identified in perilla seed oils. Degree of roasting influenced greatly the composition and contents of pyrazines in perilla seed oils. In light-roasted perilla seed oil, 2,5-dimethylpyrazine was the most predominant pyrazine. However, in dark-roasted perilla seed oil, 2-methylpyrazine was the most abundant pyrazine in the oil, representing 38.3% of its total pyrazine content. Dark-roasted perilla seed oil contains 16.78 times higher quantity of pyrazines than light-roasted perilla seed oil. This represents the first report on the quantity of pyrazines in perilla seed oils.

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