Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 663–665 | Cite as

Chemical composition and antioxidant activity of Saussurea involucrata seed

  • Qiang Wang
  • Li Liu
  • Haji Akber Aisa

Saussurea involucrata Kar. et Kir. (snow lotus) is an endangered and rare plant, which belongs to the family Asteraceae. The snow lotus, as traditional folk medicine, has been used in the treatment of rheumatic arthritis, gynopathy, stomachache, and altitude sickness [1, 2, 3]. It was found that this plant had anti-inflammatory, cardiotonic, abortifacient, anticancer, and antifatigue effects [4, 5, 6]. In addition, coumarins, flavonoids, guaianolides, and sesquiterpene lactones have been reported from the snow lotus [7, 8, 9]. However, no study on the chemical composition and antioxidant activity of snow lotus seed has been reported so far.

Snow lotus seed was collected from Tianshan Mountain in Xinjiang. The snow lotus seed was extracted with hexane by a Soxhlet extractor for 4 h. The yield of snow lotus seed oil was 15.43%. Fatty acid compositions of the oil were analyzed by GC and GC-MS in methyl ester form by the method [ 3]. GC and GC-MS of fatty acids were performed on a Hewlett-...


Antioxidant Activity Flavonoid DPPH Rutin Total Phenolic Content 
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We are grateful to the China National Fund for Distinguished Young Scientists No. 30925045 and the CAS/SAFEA International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams for support of this study. We are also grateful to Dr. Weijun Yang (Xinjiang Institute of Pharmacy, China) for the identification of snow lotus seed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Plant Resources and Natural Products Chemistry, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesUrumqiP. R. China
  2. 2.Graduate Schools of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP. R. China

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