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© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York
26 February 2007 (online)
It is possible to obtain approximately 0.2% (relative to dry weight) phenols soluble in ethyl acetate from Himanthalia elongata. After removal of a fraction containing high-molecular weight substances, a total of 17 oligomeric phlorotannins with 2 to 8 aromatic rings can be isolated from the mixture of the acetylated phenol fraction. Apart from 2 derivatives belonging to the fucol group, diphlorethol and a tetraphlorethol not yet fully identified, all the other substances are fucophlorethols. Amongst these substances, a phenoxylated therphenyl derivative and several fucophlorethols with two-fold phenoxy-substituted biphenyl moieties were identified for the first time.