Gas and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based metabolic profiling of marine angiosperm Zostera Muelleri (alismatales, zosteraceae)

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Systems Biology of Marine Ecosystems, 2017, pp. 189 - 203
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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017. Seagrasses are monocotyledonous marine flowering plants that are considered lungs of the sea and are the most intense carbon sinks on the planet, delivering a range of ecologically and economically valuable biological services. In this study, we report the chemical fingerprint of Zostera muelleri using an untargeted metabolomic approach. High-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) were performed to study the metabolic profile of Z. muelleri. A total of 98 metabolites belonging to various chemical classes including flavonoids, phenolics, lipids, fatty acids, sugar alcohols and amino acids were identified, including two characteristic marker compounds of the genus, zosteric acid and rosmarinic acid. Chromatographic profiling yield a comprehensive map for the chemical constituents of Z. muelleri, and this method can be used as an effective and convenient approach to gain insights into the chemical composition of other seagrasses.
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