Phenolic variation among Chamaecrista nictitans subspecies and varieties revealed through UPLC-ESI(-)-MS/MS chemical fingerprinting.


Centro de Investigaciones en Productos Naturales (CIPRONA), Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, 11501-2060, Costa Rica. [Email]


Comparative analysis of metabolic features of plants has a high potential for determination of quality control of active ingredients, ecological or chemotaxonomic purposes. Specifically, the development of efficient and rapid analytical tools that allow the differentiation among species, subspecies and varieties of plants is a relevant issue. Here we describe a multivariate model based on LC-MS/MS fingerprinting capable of discriminating between subspecies and varieties of the medicinal plant Chamaecrista nictitans, a rare distributed species in Costa Rica.


Chamaecrista nictitans,Chemical fingerprinting,Chemotaxonomy,LC–MS/MS,Metabolite fingerprinting,