Compound "J'' in Late Cretaceous/Tertiary terrigenous oils revisited: Structure elucidation of a rearranged oleanane coeluting on GC with 18 beta(H)-oleanane
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AuthorsNytoft, Hans Peter
Stojanović, Ksenija A.
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A C-30 pentacyclic triterpane eluting slightly after 18 alpha(H)-oleanane in the m/z 191 mass chromatograms of Late Cretaceous/Tertiary terrigenous oils (peak "J'' in the early literature) has been isolated from a Niger Delta oil and identified using NMR spectroscopy as 3 beta-methyl-24-nor-18 alpha(H)-oleanane. The previous assignment as 18 beta(H)-oleanane is therefore partly erroneous. 3 beta-Methyl-24-nor-18 alpha(H)-oleanane affords a larger m/z 412 - gt 356 response than the oleananes and the relative contribution of 3 beta-methyl-24-nor-18 alpha(H)-oleanane to the 412 - gt 191 "oleanane peak'' can be roughly estimated from comparison of the 412 - gt 356/412 - gt 191 ratio from the oleanane peak with that of the pure compounds. 3 beta-Methyl-24-nor-18 alpha(H)-oleanane can be as abundant as 18a(H)-oleanane in oils having a high concentration of early eluting rearranged oleananes. 3 beta-Methyl-24-nor-19 alpha(H)-taraxastane was also tentatively assigned in the oils on the bas...is of its mass spectrum as well as its gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography retention times. 3 beta-Methyl-24-nor-gammacerane was tentatively assigned in a similar way in an oil containing gammacerane. All 3 beta-methyl-24-nor-triterpanes could be formed via dehydration, rearrangement and hydrogenation of triterpenoids having an OH group at C-3. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Biomarkers / Oleananes / Rearranged oleananes / Crude oil / NMR / HPLC / GC-MS
Source:Organic Geochemistry, 2014, 77, 89-95
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- Geochemical investigations of sedimentary rocks - fossil fuels and environmental pollutants (RS-176006)
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