Behavior of triterpenes fromMaytenus aquifolium Martius (“espinheira santa”) upon X- and gamma-rays irradiation

  • P. Campos
  • J. H. Y. Vilegas
  • F. M. Lanças


The behavior of the triterpenes friedelin and friedelan-3-ol, contained on the leaves ofMaytenus aquifolium Martius (Celastraceae), upon several doses of X- and γ-rays (10 to 100 kGy), was investigated by high resolution gas chromatography (HRGC) and high resolution, gas chromatography —mass spectrometry (HRGC-MS). The friedelin content has not changed with γ-irradiation, but the content of friedelan-3-ol decreased around 17% at doses of 10, 20 and 40 kGy and around 27% at doses of 60, 80 and 100 kGy. The levels of both triterpenes remained unchanged even, at higher X-ray doses. Lupen-3-one was detected by HRGC-MS.


Chromatography Physical Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Inorganic Chemistry High Resolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Campos
    • 1
  • J. H. Y. Vilegas
    • 1
  • F. M. Lanças
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Química de São CarlosUniversidade de São PauloSão CarlosBrazil

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