Acetylation and silylation of piperidine solubilized sporopollenin from pollen of Typha angustifolia L

Z Naturforsch C J Biosci. Nov-Dec 2003;58(11-12):807-11. doi: 10.1515/znc-2003-11-1210.


Silyl and acetyl derivatives of sporopollenin from the pollen of Typha angustifolia L. were prepared. The derivatized products were readily soluble in piperidine-d11 and could be investigated employing one- and two-dimensional proton and carbon NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectroscopy (1H,1H-COSY and 13C,1H-HETCOR techniques). For the first time, a two dimensional 13C,1H-HETCOR NMR spectrum of a sporopollenin could be obtained. The results underline the importance of derivatization techniques for obtaining two dimensional 13C-NMR spectra of sporopollenins. Moreover, piperidine turns out to be a more suitable solvent for sporopollenins than 2-aminoethanol, as it allows for higher solubilities, being important for 2D-NMR investigations. From the HETCOR and COSY spectra of the silylated and the acetylated Typha samples the occurrence of aliphatic polyhydroxy compounds as well as phenolic OH groups became evident.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetylation
  • Biopolymers / chemistry*
  • Biopolymers / isolation & purification
  • Carotenoids / chemistry*
  • Carotenoids / isolation & purification
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Piperidines
  • Pollen / chemistry*
  • Solubility
  • Typhaceae / chemistry*


  • Biopolymers
  • Piperidines
  • sporopollenin
  • Carotenoids