Composition of Indigo naturalis

Plitzko, I. and Mohn, T. and Sedlacek, N. and Hamburger, M.. (2009) Composition of Indigo naturalis. Planta medica, Vol. 75, H. 8. pp. 860-763.

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A proposal for a European Pharmacopoeia monograph concerning Indigo naturalis has recently been published, whereby the indigo (1) and indirubin (2) content should be determined by HPLC-UV. This method was tested, but problems were seen with the dosage of indigo due to poor solubility. A quantitative assay for indigo based on (1)H-NMR was developed as an alternative. The HPLC and qNMR assays were compared with eight Indigo naturalis samples. The HPLC assay consistently gave much lower indigo concentrations because solubility was the limiting factor in sample preparation. In one sample, sucrose was identified by (1)H-NMR as an organic additive. Simple wet chemistry assays for undeclared additives such as sugars and starch were tested with artificially spiked Indigo naturalis samples to establish their limits of detection, and sulfate ash determinations were carried out in view of a better assessment of Indigo naturalis in a future European monograph
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Pharmazeutische Wissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Pharmazie > Pharmazeutische Biologie (Hamburger)
UniBasel Contributors:Hamburger, Matthias
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:22
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