Betacyanins from vine cactus Hylocereus polyrhizus

S. Wybraniec, Itzhak Platzner, Shimona Geresh, Hugo E. Gottlieb, Marcela Haimberg, Michael Mogilnitzki, Yosef Mizrahi

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The presence of betacyanin pigments and their isoforms has been detected in the fruit of Hylocereus polyrhizus, a vine cactus native to South America. Along with the known betanin and phyllocactin (6′-O-malonylbetanin), a new betacyanin was structurally elucidated as betanidin 5-O-[6′-O-(3′-hydroxy-3′-methyl-glutaryl)β- D-glucopyranoside] (proposed trivial name hylocerenin) by means of electrospray MS/MS, HPLC, and NMR techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1209-1212
Number of pages4
Issue number8
StatePublished - 14 Dec 2001


  • Betacyanins
  • Betalains
  • Betanin
  • Cactaceae
  • Hylocereus polyrhizus
  • Phyllocactin
  • Vine cactus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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