The triacylglycerol structure of olive oil determined by silver ion high-performance liquid chromatography in combination with stereospecific analysis

  • F. Santinelli
  • P. Damiani
  • W. W. Christie


The compositions of positionssn-1,sn-2 andsn-3 of triacylglycerols from “extra-virgin” olive oil (Olea europaea) were determined. The procedure involved preparation of diacyl-rac-glycerols by partial hydrolysis with ethyl magnesium bromide; 1,3-, 1,2- and 2,3-diacyl-sn-glycerols as (S)-(+)-1-(1-naphthyl)ethyl urethanes were isolated by highperformance liquid chromatography (HPLC) on silica, and their fatty acid compositions were determined. The same procedure was also carried out on the five main triacylglycerol fractions of olive oil after separation according to the degree of unsaturation by HPLC in the silver ion mode. Although stereospecific analysis of the intact triacyl-sn-glycerols indicated that the compositions of positionssn-1 andsn-3 were similar, the analyses of the molecular species demonstrated marked asymmetry. The data indicate that the “1-random, 2-random, 3-random” distribution theory is not always applicable to vegetable oils.

Key words

Chiral chromatography diacylglycerols high-performance liquid olive oil (Olea europaeasilver ion chromatography stereospecific analysis triacylglycerols 


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© American Oil Chemists’ Society 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Santinelli
    • 2
  • P. Damiani
    • 2
  • W. W. Christie
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Chimica BromatologicaUniversita degli StudiPerugiaItaly
  2. 2.Hannah Research InstituteAyrScotland

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