Analytical Procedures

  • Valeria P. SülsenEmail author
  • Cesar A. N. Catalán
  • Virginia S. Martino


The aim of this chapter is to provide an introduction to the current methods available for the analysis of plant material containing sesquiterpene lactones, delineate the most widely used extraction methods and provide a brief review of the literature on the subject. A general classification of sesquiterpene lactones, based on their carbocyclic skeletons, is given. The physicochemical properties and methods most commonly used for its extraction from the plant material, including more recent techniques such as supercritical fluid extraction, are analysed. Furthermore, visualization reagents for thin layer chromatography and isolation techniques, using different chromatographic methods, are also described.


Sesquiterpene lactones Structural types Extraction Isolation Chromatographic analysis TLC HPLC GC GC-MS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valeria P. Sülsen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Cesar A. N. Catalán
    • 3
  • Virginia S. Martino
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímica, Cátedra de FarmacognosiaBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.CONICET – Universidad de Buenos Aires, Instituto de Química y Metabolismo del Fármaco – CONICET (IQUIMEFA)Buenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.CONICET – Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Instituto de Química del Noroeste – CONICET (INQUINOA)San Miguel de TucumánArgentina

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