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Analysis of Litchi Seed Extracts

Reference Number: AA-02670 Created: 06/22/2015 12:11 PM Last Updated: 06/22/2015 02:04 PM

Recently there has been an epidemic in India mostly affecting malnourished children. Authorities have identified consumption of litchi fruit as the cause of the illness. Hypoglycin A and methylenecyclopropylglycine are two compounds found in the extract that studies have shown to be toxic. Methylenecyclopropylglycine inhibits the synthesis of fatty acids from glucose, and therefore undernourished children are more at risk since their glucose reserves are low. In this study, we used LC-MS with the Cogent Diamond Hydride™ column to detect these compounds in litchi extracts. The results confirmed the presence of these compounds in all the extracts except the overripe fruit. Hence the conclusion that can be gleaned from this work is that selection of a proper harvest time can allow for safe fruits to be sold to the consumer.

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