Phlobaphenes (or phlobaphens, CAS No.:71663-19-9) are reddish, alcohol-soluble and water-insoluble phenolic substances. They can be extracted from plants, or be the result from treatment of tannin extracts with mineral acids (tanner's red). The name phlobaphen come from the Greek roots φλoιὀς (phloios) meaning bark and βαφή (baphe) meaning dye.
No biological activities have currently been reported for phlobaphenes. Phlobaphenes from hawthorn fruits (Fructus Crataegi) may have a specific action on the coronary circulation. They are converted into humins in soils.
Naturally formed phlobaphenes
Natural phlobaphenes are the common bark, pericarp, cob glume and seed coat (testa) pigments. They have not been found in flowers, unless the brown and black pigments in the involucrum of certain compositae are found to be of the phlobaphen type.
Many cinchona barks contain a particular tannin, cinchotannic acid, which by oxidation rapidly yields a dark-coloured phlobaphene called red cinchonic, cinchono-fulvic acid or cinchona red.
They are common in redwoods barks like Sequoia sempervirens or in oak barks where the chief constituent, quercitannic acid, a molecule also present in quercitron, is an unstable substance, having a tendency to give off water to form anhydrides (phlobaphenes), one of which is called oak-red (C28H22O11).
Phlobaphenes can be extracted from the root of the common tormentil (Potentilla erecta) as tormentil red.
Phlobaphens can be found in the kola nut (where they are called kola red), chocolate liquor (called cocoa red) or in the red skins or testa of the peanut. They are also reported in the fruits of the genus Crataegus (Fructus Crataegi)or can be extracted from hop flowers.
Phlobaphenes are not present in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana but can be studied as the pigment responsible for the red color in some monocot cereals, including wheat, maize or sorghum.
In maize, phlobaphenes are synthesized in the flavonoids synthetic pathway from polymerisation of flavan-4-ols by the expression of maize pericarp color1 (p1) gene which encodes an R2R3 myb-like transcriptional activator of the A1 gene encoding for the dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (reducing dihydroflavonols into flavan-4-ols) while another gene (Suppressor of Pericarp Pigmentation 1 or SPP1) acts as a suppressor. The p1 gene encodes an Myb-homologous transcriptional activator of genes required for biosynthesis of red phlobaphene pigments, while the P1-wr allele specifies colorless kernel pericarp and red cobs, and unstable factor for orange1 (Ufo1) modifies P1-wr expression to confer pigmentation in kernel pericarp, as well as vegetative tissues, which normally do not accumulate significant amounts of phlobaphene pigments. The maize P gene encodes a Myb homolog that recognizes the sequence CCT/AACC, in sharp contrast with the C/TAACGG bound by vertebrate Myb proteins.
In the sorghum, the corresponding yellow seed 1 gene (y1) also encodes a R2R3 type of Myb domain protein that regulates the expression of chalcone synthase, chalcone isomerase and dihydroflavonol reductase genes required for the biosynthesis of 3-deoxyflavonoids.
Chemically formed phlobaphenes
It is a dark-colored resin-like substance made of water-insoluble, alcohol-soluble polymers.
Phlobaphens can be formed under action of acids or heating of condensed tannins or of the fraction of tannins called phlobatannins. Water containing soda can be used for the conversion of hop tannins into phlobaphens. When heated with hydrochloric acid, tannins in cocoa solids yield a glucose and a phlobaphene.
Ordinary or warm soluble quebracho (also known as insoluble quebracho) is the natural extract obtained directly from the quebracho wood. This type of extract is rich in condensed tannins of natural high molecular weight (phlobaphenes), which are not easily soluble. Its use is therefore limited to small additions during sole leather tannage carried out in hot liquors (temperature above 35 °C) to improve the yield and the water-proofness of the leather. The cold soluble extracts are obtained by subjecting the ordinary extract to a sulfiting process which transforms the phlobaphenes into completely soluble tannins. The cold soluble quebracho extracts are the most universally known and used types. The main properties of these extracts are: a very rapid penetration, a high tannin content and a relatively low percentage of non-tannins. The rather low acid and medium salt content characterise them as mild tanning extracts (low astringency).
- Foo, L. Yeap; Karchesy, Joseph J. (1989), "Chemical Nature of Phlobaphenes", Chemistry and Significance of Condensed Tannins, p. 109, doi:10.1007/978-1-4684-7511-1_6, ISBN 978-1-4684-7513-5
- Richard W. Hemingway; Peter Edward Laks; Susan J. Branham (1992). Plant polyphenols: synthesis, properties, significance. ISBN 9780306442520.
- Römpp CD 2006, Georg Thieme Verlag 2006
- Etti, C. (1883). "Zur Geschichte der Eichenrindegerbsäuren". Monatshefte für Chemie. 4: 512–530. doi:10.1007/BF01517990.
- Phlobaphene on Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
- A Manual of pharmacology and its applications to therapeutics and toxicology by Torald Sollmann, M. D.
- Paech, K (1955). "Colour Development in Flowers". Annual Review of Plant Physiology. 6: 273–298. doi:10.1146/annurev.pp.06.060155.001421.
- Duke, James A (2000-11-10). Handbook of Nuts: Herbal Reference Library. ISBN 9780849336379. Par James A. Duke
- Cinchona Bark (Cortex Cinchonae). Part 3
- Cinchonaceae on chestofbooks.com
- Quinine on www.1902encyclopedia.com
- Buchanan, M. A.; Lewis, H. F.; Kurth, E. F. (1944). "Chemical Nature of Redwood Tannin and Phlobaphene". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry. 36 (10): 907–910. doi:10.1021/ie50418a008.
- Hager's Handbuch der Pharmazeutischen Praxis, List, P.H. and Horhammer, L., Vols. 2-6, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1969-1979
- "Herbal Medicine Materia Medica: Kola".
- Blyth, Alexander Wynter; Wynter Blyth, Meredith (1903). Foods: Their composition and analysis. C. Griffin & Co., Ltd. p. 236.
- Stansbury, Mack F.; Field, Elsie T.; Guthrie, John D. (1950). "The tannin and related pigments in the red skins (Testa) of peanut kernels". Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. 27 (8): 317. doi:10.1007/BF02649320.
- The Principles Of Hop-Analysis, Cech G. O.
- Kino on www.henriettesherbal.com
- Himi, Eiko; Noda, Kazuhiko (2005). "Red grain colour gene (R) of wheat is a Myb-type transcription factor". Euphytica. 143 (3): 239. doi:10.1007/s10681-005-7854-4.
- Phlobaphene biosynthesis in maize
- Phlobaphene on trophort.com Archived 2012-03-01 at the Wayback Machine
- Himi, E; Mares, DJ; Yanagisawa, A; Noda, K (2002). "Effect of grain colour gene (R) on grain dormancy and sensitivity of the embryo to abscisic acid (ABA) in wheat". Journal of Experimental Botany. 53 (374): 1569–74. doi:10.1093/jxb/erf005. PMID 12096095.
- Winkel-Shirley, B. (2001). "Flavonoid Biosynthesis. A Colorful Model for Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Biotechnology". Plant Physiology. 126 (2): 485–93. doi:10.1104/pp.126.2.485. PMC 1540115. PMID 11402179.
- Braess, CH; Cocciolone, SM; Bushman, S; Sangar, V; McMullen, MD; Peterson, T (1976). "Is Igls worth a journey? Report on the 19th International Congress on General Medicine of the SIMG in Igls/Innsbruck, September 22-27, 1975". Zeitschrift für Allgemeinmedizin. 52 (8): 432–3. PMID 1266355.
- Structural And Transcriptional Analysis Of The Complex P1-wr Cluster In Maize. Wolfgang Goettel, Joachim Messing. Plant & Animal Genomes XVI Conference Archived 2012-02-18 at the Wayback Machine
- Dong, X.; Braun, EL; Grotewold, E (2001). "Functional Conservation of Plant Secondary Metabolic Enzymes Revealed by Complementation of Arabidopsis Flavonoid Mutants with Maize Genes". Plant Physiology. 127 (1): 46–57. doi:10.1104/pp.127.1.46. PMC 117961. PMID 11553733.
- Lee E.A & Harper V (2002). "Suppressor of Pericarp Pigmentation 1 (SPP1), a novel gene involved in phlobaphene accumulation in maize (Zea mays L.) pericarps". Maydica. 47 (1): 51–58. INIST:13772300.
- Grotewold, Erich; Drummond, Bruce J.; Bowen, Ben; Peterson, Thomas (1994). "The myb-homologous P gene controls phlobaphene pigmentation in maize floral organs by directly activating a flavonoid biosynthetic gene subset". Cell. 76 (3): 543–53. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(94)90117-1. PMID 8313474.
- Boddu, Jayanand; Svabek, Catherine; Ibraheem, Farag; Jones, A. Daniel; Chopra, Surinder (2005). "Characterization of a deletion allele of a sorghum Myb gene yellow seed1 showing loss of 3-deoxyflavonoids". Plant Science. 169 (3): 542. doi:10.1016/j.plantsci.2005.05.007. INIST:16983977.
- Boddu, Jayanand; Jiang, Cizhong; Sangar, Vineet; Olson, Terry; Peterson, Thomas; Chopra, Surinder (2006). "Comparative Structural and Functional Characterization of Sorghum and Maize Duplications Containing Orthologous Myb Transcription Regulators of 3-Deoxyflavonoid Biosynthesis". Plant Molecular Biology. 60 (2): 185–99. doi:10.1007/s11103-005-3568-1. PMID 16429259.
- Dihydroquercetin dimers by oxidative coupling reactions. Gonzalez-Laredo, Ruben F., Malan, Johannes C.S., Chen, Jie, Todd, Jim, Karchesy, Joseph J. 2nd International Electronic Conference on Synthetic Organic Chemistry (ECSOC-2), September 1-30, 1998
- Dingler's Polytech. Journ., C. Etti, 1878, p. 354.
- Warden C. J. H., Pharm. Jour., , xviii. 985
- Sealy-Fisher, V. J.; Pizzi, A. (1992). "Increased pine tannins extraction and wood adhesives development by phlobaphenes minimization". Holz Als Roh- und Werkstoff. 50 (5): 212. doi:10.1007/BF02663290.
- Georg Grasser (March 2007). Synthetic Tannins. ISBN 9781406773019.