Discrimination of Scrophulariae Radix according to geographical origin and determination of active constituents by near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)

Dong Young Lee, Seung Hyun Kim, Young Choong Kim, Hyo Jin Kim, Sang Hyun Sung

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The potential of near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIR) was investigated for its ability to non-destructively discriminate the geographic origins of Scrophularia spp., Andong, Uisung and China. Application of principal component analysis to NIR spectra leads to a clear separation of Andong sample from the others. Moreover, the contents of two neuroprotective constituents of Scrophularia spp., 8- O-(E- p-methoxycinnamoyl)-harpagide (HG), and E- p-methoxycinnamic acid (MCA), were determined by HPLC-DAD. Partial least squares (PLS) regression of NIR spectra combined with these analytical reference data yield the development of calibration models for the contents of the two constituents. The correlation coefficients of prediction models for HG and MCA were >. 0.87. These outcomes indicated that the NIRS could be useful for the discrimination of Scrophularia spp.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalMicrochemical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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