Voltage dependency in coulometric analysis of tea polyphenols and isoflavones in foodstuffs

Po Sheng Wu, Shin Yasuda, Hirofumi Tachibana, Koji Yamada

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To establish an analytical method for phenolic compounds in foodstuffs and tissue samples, we determined five simple polyphenols, five tea polyphenols and five isoflavones using high performance liquid chromatography equipped with a coulometric array detector. When simple polyphenols were detected with eight coulometric array detectors at 350 to 700 mV, trihydroxyphenols gave the highest signal at 350 mV, o- and p-diphenols at 400 mV, and m-diphenol at 700 mV. In tea polyphenols with m-diphenolic A ring and di- or triphenolic B ring, strong signals were detected at 400 and 700 mV. In isoflavone aglycons having monophenolic or m-diphenolic A ring, monophenolic B ring, and C ring with 4-carbonyl group, a strong signal was observed at 500 or 550 mV and at 700 mV. However, equol without 4-carbonyl group gave a single peak at 650 mV. These results suggest that the signal at 350-400 mV is due to the conjugated OH groups present in o- or p-derivative, the signal at 500-550 mV is due to the 4-carbonyl group and the signal at 700 mV to isolated OH groups present in monophenols or m-diphenols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-184
Number of pages5
JournalFood Science and Technology Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing


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