Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 2265–2274 | Cite as

Characterization of tannins from two wild blackberries (Rubus spp) by LC–ESI–MS/MS, NMR and antioxidant capacity

  • Oscar Abel Sánchez-Velázquez
  • Julio Montes-Ávila
  • Jorge Milán-Carrillo
  • Cuauhtémoc Reyes-Moreno
  • Saraid Mora-Rochin
  • Edith-Oliva Cuevas-RodríguezEmail author
Original Paper


Tannins are phenolics found in fruits such as wild Rubus berries. The aim of this study was to determine the profile by LC–ESI–MS/MS and NMR, antioxidant capacity (AOX) of the tannins in two Mexican wild blackberries. Fractions rich in tannins (FRT) were isolated using different solvents and chromatographic resins. The LC–ESI–MS/MS and NMR results showed that catechin and epicatechin (m/z 289−1), which are precursors of proanthocyanidins, as well as other six oligomeric forms of ellagitannins (m/z 301−1) were found in R. Liebmannii, whereas in R. Palmeri, only ellagitannins were found, highlighting oligomeric forms of lambertianins and sanguiins (m/z 783−1 to 1869−1). The purification pathway made it possible to increase the AOX 19.7 times from fruits to FRT showing strong positive correlations (R2 > 0.9) with total phenolic content. This study provided a good assessment of the tannin composition of wild blackberries from the Northwest of Mexico and their bioactivity as a potential edible source.


Wild blackberries Tannins LC–ESI–MS/MS NMR Antioxidant capacity Rubus 



This research was supported by Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (Grants PROFAPI2014 and PROFAPI2015). Oscar Abel Sánchez-Velázquez’s scholarship was provided by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). The authors would also like to thank Dr. Alfredo Leal Orduño for his invaluable support of this research.

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The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oscar Abel Sánchez-Velázquez
    • 1
  • Julio Montes-Ávila
    • 1
  • Jorge Milán-Carrillo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cuauhtémoc Reyes-Moreno
    • 1
    • 2
  • Saraid Mora-Rochin
    • 1
  • Edith-Oliva Cuevas-Rodríguez
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Programa Regional de Posgrado en BiotecnologíaUniversidad Autónoma de SinaloaCuliacán RosalesMexico
  2. 2.Posgrado en Ciencia Y Tecnología de Alimentos, Facultad de Ciencias Químico-BiológicasUniversidad Autónoma de SinaloaCuliacán RosalesMexico

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