Artemisinin in Artemisia annua from Burundi

Samantha Reale 1, Loretta Pace 2, Paolo Monti 3, Francesco De Angelis 1 and Giordana Marcozzi 4*

1 Dept. Chemistry and Chemical Engine and Material, University of L’Aquila
2 Dept. Environmental Sciences, University of L’Aquila
3 F.I.M.A.C. Onlus (Italian Doctor Foundation for Central Africa), Piazza Montevecchio, 22 – 00186 Rome, Italy
4 Dept Basic and Applied Biology, University of L’Aquila, Via Vetoio, 67010 AQ – Italy
Samantha Reale 1, Loretta Pace 2, Paolo Monti 3 and Giordana Marcozzi 4*

* Dept. Basic and Applied Biology, University of L’Aquila, Via Vetoio, 67010 AQ – Italy
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e-mail: giordanamarcozzi@hotmail.com
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Abstract
We describe a simple, rapid combined method for extracting the antimalarial compound artemisinin from the leaves of Artemisia annua, L. cultivated for the first time in Burundi, and quantitating the active principle by high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray mass spectrometry (HPLC-ESIMS).

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