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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2004, Issue 5, Pages 279-286
Research article

Characterization of Acylated Anthocyanins in Callus Induced From Storage Root of Purple-Fleshed Sweet Potato, Ipomoea batatas L

1Department of Food Science for Health, Faculty of Health and Nutrition, Minami-Kyushu University, Miyazaki, 5-1-2 Kirishima 880-0032, Japan
2Food Science Australia, CRC for Bioproducts, 16 Julius Avenue, Riverside Corporate Park, North Ryde 2113, NSW, Australia
3National Food Research Institute, Ibaraki, Tsukuba 305-8642, Japan
4National Agricultural Research Centre for Kyushu Okinawa Region, Miyazaki, Miyakonojo 885-0091, Japan
5National Agricultural Research Centre for Kyushu Okinawa Region, Nishigoshi, Kumamoto, Kikuchi 861-1192, Japan

Received 4 June 2004; Revised 8 June 2004; Accepted 15 June 2004

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Four anthocyanins were isolated from a highly pigmented callus induced from the storage root of purple-fleshed sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L) cultivar Ayamurasaki. The anthocyanins were respectively identified as cyanidin 3-O-(2-O-(6-O-(E)-caffeoyl-β-D-glucopyranosyl)-β-D-glucopyranoside)-5-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, cyanidin 3-O-(2-O-(6-O-(E)-p-coumaroyl-β-D-glucopyranosyl)-6-O-(E)-caffeoyl-β-D-glucopyranoside)-5-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, cyanidin 3-O-(2-O-(6-O-(E)-p-coumaroyl-β-D-glucopyranosyl)-6-O-(E)-p-coumaroyl-β-D-glucopyranoside)-5-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, and peonidin 3-O-(2-O-(6-O-(E)-p-coumaroyl-β-D-glucopyranosyl)-6-O-(E)-p-coumaroyl-β-D-glucopyranoside)-5-O-β-D-glucopyranoside by chemical and spectroscopic analyses. These anthocyanins were examined with respect to the stability in neutral aqueous solution as well as the radical scavenging activity against the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical. These acylated anthocyanins exhibited both higher stability and higher DPPH radical scavenging activity than corresponding nonacylated cyanidin and peonidin 3-O-sophoroside-5-O-glucosides.