Liquid chromatographic separation of derivatives of diospyrin, a bioactive bisnaphthoquinonoid plant-product, and analogous naphthyl compounds

J Chromatogr A. 2003 Oct 31;1017(1-2):225-32. doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2003.08.008.


Isocratic reversed-phase liquid chromatography (LC) method was developed using acetonitrile and water for the determination of diospyrin, a pharmacologically important bisnaphthoquinonoid plant-product. The method was validated for precision, accuracy and reproducibility, and was found to be linear over the concentration range of 1-1000 microg/ml; the limits of detection and quantitation were 8 and 20 ng, respectively. The technique was used to determine the amount of diospyrin in plant extracts from four climatic regions in India. It was also applied for differentiation and separation of 27 naphthyl compounds. While a composition of 50:50 was preferable for dimeric compounds, the composition 40:60 was a better choice for the monomers. Also, the isomeric alpha- and beta-naphthols and their dimers could be distinguished by conversion into the respective methyl ethers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dimerization
  • Naphthols / chemistry*
  • Naphthoquinones / isolation & purification*
  • Plant Extracts / chemistry*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity


  • Naphthols
  • Naphthoquinones
  • Plant Extracts
  • diospyrin