Planta

, Volume 179, Issue 3, pp 376–380

p-Coumaric acid — a monomer in the sporopollenin skeleton

  • K. Wehling
  • Ch. Niester
  • J. J. Boon
  • M. T. M. Willemse
  • R. Wiermann
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00391083

Cite this article as:
Wehling, K., Niester, C., Boon, J.J. et al. Planta (1989) 179: 376. doi:10.1007/BF00391083

Abstract

Sporopollenin obtained from wings of Pinus mugo (Turra) pollen was analysed by pyrolysis mass spectrometry. In the spectrum, mass peaks which are characteristic for p-coumaric acid were dominant. p-Coumaric acid was the main degradation compound when the wing material was treated by a gentle method using AII3, and also when the remaining residue of the treated sporopollenin material was saponified. It is therefore assumed that p-coumaric acid is a genuine structural unit in the sporopollenin skeleton. In addition, the effects of AII3 treatment indicate that the p-coumaric acid might be bound by ether linkages.

Key words

p-Coumaric acid Pinus (sporopollenin) Pollen Sporopollenin (natural, synthetic) 

Abbreviations

HPLC

high-performance liquid chromatography

MS

mass spectrometry

TLC

thin-layer chromatography

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Wehling
    • 1
  • Ch. Niester
    • 1
  • J. J. Boon
    • 2
  • M. T. M. Willemse
    • 3
  • R. Wiermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanisches Institut der Westfälischen Wilhelms-UniversitätMünster/WestfalenFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.FOM-Instituut voor Atoom-en MolecuulfysicaAmsterdam-WatergraaftsmeerThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Plant Cytology and MorphologyAgricultural UniveristyWageningenThe Netherlands

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