Intestinal Metabolism of Two A-type Procyanidins Using the Pig Cecum Model: Detailed Structure Elucidation of Unknown Catabolites with Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry (FTMS)

NRW Graduate School of Chemistry, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Strasse 10, 48149 Münster, Germany.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Impact Factor: 2.91). 12/2011; 60(3):749-57. DOI: 10.1021/jf203927g
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Procyanidins, as important secondary plant metabolites in fruits, berries, and beverages such as cacao and tea, are supposed to have positive health impacts, although their bioavailability is yet not clear. One important aspect for bioavailability is intestinal metabolism. The investigation of the microbial catabolism of A-type procyanidins is of great importance due to their more complex structure in comparison to B-type procyanidins. A-type procyanidins exhibit an additional ether linkage between the flavan-3-ol monomers. In this study two A-type procyanidins, procyanidin A2 and cinnamtannin B1, were incubated in the pig cecum model to mimic the degradation caused by the microbiota. Both A-type procyanidins were degraded by the microbiota. Procyanidin A2 as a dimer was degraded by about 80% and cinnamtannin B1 as a trimer by about 40% within 8 h of incubation. Hydroxylated phenolic compounds were quantified as degradation products. In addition, two yet unknown catabolites were identified, and the structures were elucidated by Fourier transform mass spectrometry.

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    • "Dimers with " A-type " and " B-type " interflavan bonds were degraded between 30–50% and 80%, respectively, using a pig cecum model, yielding hydroxylated low MW phenolic acids as hydroxyphenlyacetic, hydroxyphenlypropionic, and hydroxybenzoic acids[76,77]. Similarly, 40% percent of a PAC trimer with " B-type " interflavan bonds was degraded by intestinal microbiota in a pig cecum model generating hydroxylated low MW phenolic acids[77]. The degradation rate decreases with the increase in PAC DP[56,78]and metabolites of microbial origin as phenylvaleric, phenylpropionic, phenylacetic, and benzoic acid derivatives were identified in mice urine[56]. "
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