Quantification of Aromatic Amino Acids in Cordyceps fungi by Micellar Electrokinetic Capillary Chromatography

  • Xin Wei
  • Yaxia Su
  • Hankun HuEmail author
  • Xiangtang Li
  • Rui Xu
  • Yiming Liu


A facile micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) method was developed for quantification of aromatic amino acids in Cordyceps fungi. The proposed MEKC method had linear calibration curves and detection limits at the μmol/L level. Contents of aromatic amino acids in Cordyceps were found in the range from 0.004 9 % to 0.028 0% for tryptophan (Trp), 0.036 6% to 0.078 1% for tyrosine (Tyr), and 0.029 1% to 0.136 2% for phenylalanine (Phe). Levels of amino acids in cultivated Cordyceps militaris were found higher than those in natural Cordyceps sinensis. Interestingly, the ratio of Tyr to its precursor, Phe, in C. sinensis (1.20 ± 0.091, n=3) was significantly higher than that in cultivated C. militaris (0.54 ± 0.170, n=3). This is likely because the enzyme-catalyzed in vivo biotransformation of Phe to Tyr is much more effective in natural C. sinensis, a biological hybrid of larva and parasitic fungus, than in cultivated C. militaris.

Key words

aromatic amino acids micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography edible Cordyceps fungus cultivated Cordyceps militaris 

CLC number

R 91 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin Wei
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yaxia Su
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hankun Hu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xiangtang Li
    • 2
  • Rui Xu
    • 2
  • Yiming Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PharmacyZhongnan Hospital of Wuhan UniversityWuhan, HubeiChina
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryJackson State UniversityJacksonUSA

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