GC-MS Analysis of Phytocomponents in the Methanolic Extract of Eupatorium triplinerve

Christy Selvamangai1, Anusha Bhaskar2*
  1. Department of Biotechnology, Alpha Arts and Science College, Chennai.
  2. Department of Biotechnology, PRIST University, Vallam, Thanjavur 614 403.
Corresponding Author: Anusha Bhaskar Email: [email protected]
Received: 04 August 2014 Accepted: 21 August 2012
Citation: Christy Selvamangai, Anusha Bhaskar* “GCMSAnalysis of Phytocomponents in the MethanolicExtract of Eupatorium triplinerve” Int. J. Drug Dev.& Res., October-December 2012, 4(4): 148-153.
Copyright: © 2012 IJDDR, Anusha Bhaskar etal. This is an open access paper distributed under thecopyright agreement with Serials Publication, whichpermits unrestricted use, distribution, andreproduction in any medium, provided the originalwork is properly cited.
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Objective: To characterize the phytochemical constituents of Eupatorium triplinerve using GC – MS. Methods: Ten grams of the powdered sample was subjected to column chromatography over silica gel (100- 200 mesh) and eluted with n-hexane, chloroform, ethanol and methanol respectively. n-hexane and chloroform did not elute much of the compounds. The methanol fraction of the Eupharbatum triplinerve was taken for GC-MS analysis. The analysis was carried out on a GC Clarus 500 GC system with a column packed with Elite – 1 (10% dimethyl poly siloxane, 30 x 0.25 mm ID x 1 EM df), the compounds are separated using with Helium as carrier gas at a constant flow 1ml/min. sample extract (2 μL) injected into the instrument was detected by Turbo gold mass detector (Perkin Elmer) with the aid of the Turbo mass 5.1 software. Results: The GC MS analysis provided peaks of eleven different phytochemical compounds namely hexadecanoic acid (14.65%), 2,6,10-trimethyl,14-ethylene-14-pentadecne (9.84%), Bicyclo[4.1.0]heptane, 7-butyl- (2.38%), Decanoic acid, 8-methyl-, methyl ester (3.86%), 1-undecanol (7.82%), 1-hexyl-1-nitrocyclohexane (2.09%), 1,14-tetradecanediol (6.78%), Octadecanoic acid, 2-hydroxy-1,3-propanediyl ester (19.18%) and 2-hydroxy-3-[(9E) -9-octadecenoyloxy] propyl(9E)-9-octadecenoate (8.79%). Conclusion: The bioactive compounds in the methanolic extract of Eupatorium triplinerve have been screened using this analysis. Isolation of individual components would however, help to find new drugs.

Key words

GC-MS analysis, Eupatorium triplinerve, phytocomponents, hexadecanoic acid.


In recent years the use of plants in the management and treatment of diseases has gained considerable importance. Plants and fruits are considered as one of the main sources of biologically active compounds. An estimate of the World Health Organization (WHO) states that around 85 – 90% of the world’s population consumes traditional herbal medicines [1]. Plants are capable of synthesizing an overwhelming variety of low-molecular weight organic compounds called secondary metabolites, usually with unique and complex structures. Many metabolites have been found to possess interesting biological activities and find applications, such as pharmaceuticals, insecticides, dyes, flavors and fragrances.
Eupatorium triplinerve Vahl is familiarly known as Ayappana belongs to Asteraceae family. It is a slender herb with narrow lanceolate leaves and large number of pedicelled flower-heads at the top of the branch. The methanolic extract of E triplinerve is reported to have hepatoprotective effect and antioxidant effect against carbon tetracholoride induced hepatotoxicity in rats [2], while the ethanolic extract had analgesic effect in inflammatory model of pain [3], antibacterial and antifungal activity [4], antiseptic and in the treatment of various ulcers and haemorrhages [5]. Although the plant is used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of ailments there are no reports on the constituents that are responsible for the therapeutic effect. With this background the present study was aimed to identify the phytoconstituents present in E triplinerve using GC-MS analysis.

Materials and methods

Collection and preparation of plant material

Fresh plants of E. triplinerve were collected from the natural habitats of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India. The samples were washed thoroughly in running tap water to remove soil particles and other adhered debris and finally washed with sterile distilled water. The whole plants were shade dried and ground into fine powder. The powdered materials were stored in air tight polythene bags until use.

Plant sample extraction

Plant sample extraction and Column chromatography

Ten grams of powdered sample was extracted with 50 mL methanol overnight and filtered through ash less filter paper with sodium sulphate (2 g). The crude extract was subjected to column chromatography over silica gel (100-200 mesh) and eluted with nhexane, chloroform, ethanol and methanol respectively. n-Hexane and Chloroform did not elute much of the compounds. The methanol fraction of the Eupharbatum triplinerve was taken for GC-MS analysis.

Gas Chromatography- Mass Spectrum Analysis (GC-MS)

GC-MS analysis was carried out on a GC Clarus 500 Perlin Elmer system comprising a AOC-20i autosampler and gas chromatograph interfaced to a mass spectrophotometer (GC – MS) instrument employing the following conditions: column Elite – 1 fused silica capillary column (30 x 0.25 mm ID x 1 EM df, composed of 100% Dimethyl polysiloxane), operating in electron impact mode at 70 eV; helium (99.999%) was used as carrier gas at a constant flow of 1 ml/min and an injection volume of 0.5 EI was employed (split ratio of 10:1 injector temperature 250 ºC; ion-source temperature 280 ºC. The oven temperature was programmed from 110 ºC (isothermal for 2 min). with an increase of 10 C/min, to 200 ºC then 5 ºC/min to 280 ºC, ending with a 9 min isothermal at 280 ºC. Mass spectra were taken at 70 eV; a scan interval of 0.5s and fragments from 40 to 550 Da.

Identification of components

Interpretation on mass spectrum GC-MS was conducted using the database of National Institute Standard and Technology (NIST) having more than 62,000 patterns. The spectrum of the unknown component was compared with the spectrum of the known components stored in the NIST library. The name, molecular weight and structure of the components of the test materials were ascertained.


The identified compounds of the leaves of E triplinerve, their retention indices, percentage composition, chemical structure and activities are given in Table 1. The compound prediction is based on Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. The results showed the presence of hexadecanoic acid (14.65%), 2,6,10-trimethyl, 14- ethylene-14-pentadecne (9.84%), bicycle[4.1.0]heptanes (2.38%), decanoic acid (3.86%), 1-undecanol (7.82%), 1-hexyl-1- nitrocyclohexane (2.09%), 1,14-tetradecanediol (6.78%), octadecanoic acid (19.18%) and 2-hydroxy- 3-[(9E)-9-octadecenoyloxy]propyl(9E)-9- octadecenoate (8.79%). The spectrum profile of GCMS confirmed the presence of 10 major components with retention time15.084, 15.75, 16.2,16.40,16.96,17.15,18.38,19.986,20.148 and 21.619 respectively (Figure 1). The individual fragmentation of the components is illustrated in (Figures 2A-2J).


In the present study, the GC-MS analysis of the methanolic extract of E triplinerve showed the presence of ten compounds. In terms of percentage amounts hexadecanoic acid, tetradecanoic acid and octadecanoic acid were predominant in the extract. These three major compounds have all shown to have hypocholesterolemic activity, antioxidant and lubricating activity. Anticancer and antiproliferative are shown by tetradecanoic acid and 2,6,10,-trimethyl,14-ethylen-14-pentadecne, while 1-hexyl-1-nitrocyclohexane and 1,14- tetradecanediol other compounds show antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities.
There is growing awareness in correlating the phytochemical components and their biological activities [6,7,8]. E triplinerve is a plant used in Ayurvedic medicine however there are no reports on the thorough phytochemical analysis of the plant. We report the presence of some of the important components resolved by GC-MS analysis and their biological activities. Thus this type of GC-MS analysis is the first step towards understanding the nature of active principles in this medicinal plant and this type of study will be helpful for further detailed study.

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