Acutifoliside, a novel benzoic acid glycoside from Salix acutifolia

Ultra high-performance liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (UHPLC–MS) profiling of a polar solvent extract of juvenile stem tissue of Salix acutifolia Willd. identified a range of phenolic metabolites. Salicortin, 1, a well-known salicinoid, was the major compound present and the study identified young stem tissue of this species as a potential source of this compound for future studies. Three further known metabolites (salicin 2, catechin 3 and tremuloidin 4) were also present. The UHPLC–MS analysis also revealed the presence of a further, less polar, unknown compound, which was isolated via HPLC peak collection. The structure was elucidated by high-resolution mass spectroscopic analysis, 1- and 2-D NMR analysis and chemical derivatisation and was shown to be a novel benzoic acid glycoside 5, which we have named as acutifoliside.