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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2004 (2004), Issue 5, Pages 287-292
Research article

Caffeoylquinic Acids Generated In Vitro in a High-Anthocyanin-Accumulating Sweet potato Cell Line

1Food Science Australia, CRC for Bioproducts, 16 Julius Avenue, Riverside Corporate Park, North Ryde, NSW 2113, Australia
2Department of Upland Farming, Kyushu Okinawa National Agricultural Research Center, Miyazaki, Miyakonojo 885-0091, Japan

Received 2 April 2004; Revised 27 May 2004; Accepted 15 June 2004

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Accumulation of phenolic compounds has been monitored in a suspension culture of anthocyanin-accumulating sweet potato cell line grown under the conditions of modified Murashige and Skoog high-anthocyanin production medium (APM) over a period of 24 days. Tissue samples extracted with 15% acetic acid were analysed using HPLC at a detection wavelength of 326 nm. Among others, the following derivatives of caffeoylquinic acids were detected: 4,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, 3,4-dicaffeoylquinic acid, and 3,4,5-tricaffeoylquinic acid. Their total amount reached a maximum of 110 mg/gFW between the 4th and the 15th day of culture growth on APM. The major compound of the phenolic mixture was 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid with maximum accumulation level of 80 mg/100 gFW. The potential effects of targeted phenolic compounds on the nutraceutical qualities of in vitro produced anthocyanin-rich extracts are discussed.