ANALYSIS OF THE FATTY ACID COMPOSITION OF Caulerpa lentillifera USING GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY MASS SPECTROMETRY

Authors

  • Noorhazayti Ab Halim
  • Nurul Najwa Zamimi
  • Syarifah Haizan Sayed Kamar
  • Suhaila Muhammad Ali
  • Deny Susanti Darnis
  • Md Muziman Syah Md Mustafa4

Abstract

Caulerpa lentillifera, also known as Sea Grape or Green Caviar is a type of green seaweed from the class of Caurlepacea and species of Lentillifera. They are common seaweed communities in tropical and subtropical waters. They have different biochemical compounds from various seaweed species. However, the study on phytochemical components and the biological activity of C. lentillifera are not fully understood yet. This study was carried out to determine the best extraction solvents and to evaluate the phytocomponent in the n- hexane, Dichloromethane (DCM) and methanol extract of C. lentillifera using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis. C. lentillifera was collected from the coastal area of Sabah, Malaysia. Then, it was subjected for purification, drying and soxhlet extraction process using n- hexane, DCM and methanol. Only fatty acid compound was analysed using a Perkin Elmer Turbo Mass Spectrophotometer. It showed that, methanol is the most efficientsolvent as it recorded the highest extraction yield in C. lentillifera. Twenty phytocomponents have been identified from all extracts of C. lentillifera by GC-MS analysis. This analysis discovered the presence of major constituents like palmitic acid, oleic acid, pentadecanoic acid, behenic acid, myristic acid, etc. Many studies have shown that, most of the identified major compounds were proven to exhibit antibacterial, antifungal, anti- inflammatory, antiviral, etc. Thus, it is apparent that C. lentillifera has the potential to be used as seaweed of phytopharmaceutical importance as it contains numerous bioactive compounds.

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Published

2019-12-29

How to Cite

Noorhazayti Ab Halim, Zamimi, N. N. ., Kamar, S. H. S. ., Ali, S. M. ., Darnis, D. S. ., & Md Mustafa4, M. M. S. . (2019). ANALYSIS OF THE FATTY ACID COMPOSITION OF Caulerpa lentillifera USING GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY MASS SPECTROMETRY. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES, 3(3), 806–806. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/ijahs/index.php/IJAHS/article/view/369