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Química Nova

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MERTINS, Omar et al. Characterization of soybean phosphatidylcholine purity by 1H and 31P NMR. Quím. Nova [online]. 2008, vol.31, n.7, pp.1856-1859. ISSN 0100-4042.

A strategy is proposed to evaluate the purity of phosphatidylcholine from soybean lecithin, obtained by extraction or column chromatography, using the integrals ratio of 1H NMR spectra. Integrals of methylene signals, around 1.3 and 1.6 ppm, are added and divided by the integral of the choline methyl groups, around 3.3 ppm. Before purification, a ratio of 19.68±1.37 was determined. Using extraction, a ratio of 10.70±0.61 was found, while from column chromatography, a value of 2.99±0.25 was detected. 31P NMR of standard phosphatidylcholine showed signals at -0.2 and -0.9 ppm, whereas the purified one showed a single signal at -0.9 ppm.

Keywords : NMR; phosphatidylcholine; purity determination.

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