Profiling of Piper betle Linn cultivars by direct analysis in real time mass spectrometric technique

Authors: Vikas Bajpa, Deepty Sharma, Brijesh Kumar, Kumar Madhusudanan
Biomedical Chromatography 2010, Nov, 15, 24(12), 1283–1286
DOI: 10.1002/bmc.1437


Piper betle Linn. is a traditional plant associated with the Asian
and southeast Asian cultures. Its use is also recorded in folk
medicines in these regions. Several of its medicinal properties have
recently been proven. Phytochemical analysis showed the presence of
mainly terpenes and phenols in betel leaves. These constituents vary
in the different cultivars of Piper betle. In this paper we have
attempted to profile eight locally available betel cultivars using the
recently developed mass spectral ionization technique of direct
analysis in real time (DART®). Principal component analysis has also
been employed to analyze the DART® MS data of these betel cultivars.
The results show that the cultivars of Piper betle could be
differentiated using DART® MS data.
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