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Mar Drugs. 2014 Mar 28;12(4):1876-90. doi: 10.3390/md12041876.

NMR-based metabolomic analysis of spatial variation in soft corals.

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College of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. 163_heqing@mail.bnu.edu.cn.
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College of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. sunruiqi0402@gmail.com.
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Beijing Forensic Science Institute, Beijing 100875, China. huijuan0709@163.com.
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Analytic and Testing Center, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. gengzhufeng@bnu.edu.cn.
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China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, Beijing 100022, China. dila2006@163.com.
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College of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. Xinjiang20041021@163.com.
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College of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. hanjiao19890516@163.com.
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State Key Laboratory of Natural and Biomimetic Drugs, Peking University, Beijing 100083, China. whlin@bjmu.edu.cn.
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State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. dushushan@bnu.edu.cn.
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Analytic and Testing Center, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China. dengzw@bnu.edu.cn.

Abstract

Soft corals are common marine organisms that inhabit tropical and subtropical oceans. They are shown to be rich source of secondary metabolites with biological activities. In this work, soft corals from two geographical locations were investigated using ¹H-NMR spectroscopy coupled with multivariate statistical analysis at the metabolic level. A partial least-squares discriminant analysis showed clear separation among extracts of soft corals grown in Sanya Bay and Weizhou Island. The specific markers that contributed to discrimination between soft corals in two origins belonged to terpenes, sterols and N-containing compounds. The satisfied precision of classification obtained indicates this approach using combined ¹H-NMR and chemometrics is effective to discriminate soft corals collected in different geographical locations. The results revealed that metabolites of soft corals evidently depended on living environmental condition, which would provide valuable information for further relevant coastal marine environment evaluation.

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24686560
PMCID:
PMC4012446
DOI:
10.3390/md12041876
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