Several classes of flavonoids, such as anthocyanins, flavonols, flavanols and flavones, undergo a slow H/D exchange on aromatic ring A, leading to full deuteration at positions C(6) and C(8). Within the flavanol class, H-C(6) and H-C(8) of catechin and epicatechin are slowly exchanged in D2O to the corresponding deuterated analogues; even quercetin, a relevant flavonol representative, shows the same behaviour in a D2O/DMSOd6 1:1 solution. Detailed kinetic measurements of these H/D scrambling processes are here reported by exploiting the time-dependent changes of their peak areas in the 1H-NMR spectra taken at different temperatures. A unifying reaction mechanism is also proposed based on our detailed kinetic observations, even taking into account pH and solvent effects. Molecular modelling and QM calculations were also carried out to shed more light on several molecular details of the proposed mechanism.

Guella, G.; Bonaldo, F.; Catorci, D.; Mattivi, F.; Arapitsas, P. (2021). A mechanistic investigation of H/D scrambling processes in flavonoids. In: Macrowine 2021, virtual, June 23-30, 2021. url: https://ives-openscience.eu/8379/ handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/70344

A mechanistic investigation of H/D scrambling processes in flavonoids

Mattivi, F.;Arapitsas, P.
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2021

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Several classes of flavonoids, such as anthocyanins, flavonols, flavanols and flavones, undergo a slow H/D exchange on aromatic ring A, leading to full deuteration at positions C(6) and C(8). Within the flavanol class, H-C(6) and H-C(8) of catechin and epicatechin are slowly exchanged in D2O to the corresponding deuterated analogues; even quercetin, a relevant flavonol representative, shows the same behaviour in a D2O/DMSOd6 1:1 solution. Detailed kinetic measurements of these H/D scrambling processes are here reported by exploiting the time-dependent changes of their peak areas in the 1H-NMR spectra taken at different temperatures. A unifying reaction mechanism is also proposed based on our detailed kinetic observations, even taking into account pH and solvent effects. Molecular modelling and QM calculations were also carried out to shed more light on several molecular details of the proposed mechanism.
Guella, G.; Bonaldo, F.; Catorci, D.; Mattivi, F.; Arapitsas, P. (2021). A mechanistic investigation of H/D scrambling processes in flavonoids. In: Macrowine 2021, virtual, June 23-30, 2021. url: https://ives-openscience.eu/8379/ handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/70344
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