The paper provided an overall view of plant sterol detections by variety of technique .A methods for analysis of sterols in plants oils involved saponification of the oil, extraction of the un-saponifiable fraction by thin layer chromatography (TLC). Quantification of the silanized fraction is performed by gas chromatography (GC) with ionization detection. Gas chromatography (GC) with mass spectrometry (MS) detection has been also used. The major abuse of gas chromatography is the requirement of both thermally stable columns and chemical derivatization before analysis. For this reason, the determination of sterols in vegetable oils by high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) and direct infusion mass spectrometry (MS) has been also proposed. Capillary electro-chromatography (CEC) is a separation technique, is a combination of two analytical techniques, which the selectivity of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with the high efficiency of capillary electrophoresis (CE).TLC is the most universal test method as all components are present on the plate and with adequate detection techniques. However, it normally is not as accurate or sensitive as HPLC. Although TLC has a higher analytical variation than HPLC, although see the “whole chromatograph”. where TLC resolution of individual sterol components is less efficient than GC or HPLC. CEC technique was utilized to the determination of sterols in plant oils with different plant extract and to detect olive oil adulteration with sunflower and soybean oils.Keywords: Sterols; GC; HPLC; TLC; CEC; MS; ECTO;Introduction Sterols are the third major class of lipids sorts. It also very insoluble in water and so easily divided into membranes. In general, can be classified into three subclasses (Stillwell, 2016). (Fig. 1): (I) 4,4-desmethylsterols; (II) 4-methylsterols; and (III) 4,4- dimethylsterols; (IV) stigmasrerol; (V) sitosterol; (VI) 5-avenasterol. Sterols are recognized to have a wide reach of biological efficiency and physical properties. Sterols may decrease blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting its absorption from the small intestine, and they may be anti-inflammation, antibacterial and antioxidant. Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, are secondary metabolites characterized by a cyclopentanoperhydro-phenanthrene structure, resembling to the animal-specific cholesterol structure. Similarly to the latter, sterols may exist in a free form or in an esterified one. There are the most free plant sterols like sitosterol, stigmasterol, avenasterol (Kurvinen et al., 2012).It is commonly agreed that a dose of 1-3 g per day of phytosterols reduces by 10-15% the level of whole cholesterol and of LDL-cholesterol (Anghel et al., 2015). In human by inhibition to dietary absorption for cholesterol. (Schwartz, Ollilainen, Piironen, & Lampi, 2008) Plant sterols (i.e. phytosterols), are recognized by a cyclopentanoperhydro-phenanthrene structure in specific, are Economic valuation of the potential health benefits They are useful for cosmetic as emulsifiers (Clausen-Schaumann, Grandbois, & Gaub, 1998). Cholesterol is an animal organism sterol, containing 27 carbon atoms, while sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol are plant sterols with 28 and 29 carbon atoms, with especially presence of an additional methyl or ethyl side chain, respectively (Ayling, Day, Lapsley, & Marshall, 2014). Tables (1) and (2) present data on the sterol content of selected vegetable oils and Foods (weihrauch & Gardner, 1978).As well as, the sterol composition of extra virgin olive oil is very distinctive, thus has become a useful tool to detect adulterations with other plant oils. And can supply more precise data about the actual origin of the olive oil. Analysis and isolation of sterols are performed by four mechanisms: high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), thin layer chromatography (TLC) and capillary electro-chromatography (CEC). The sterols generally can be isolate and separated by a wide sorts of chromatographic techniques contain High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Gas chromatography(GC), Thin layer chromatography (TLC) and Capillary Electrophoresis Chromatography (CEC) (Evershed, Male, & Goad, 1987) (Schwartz et al., 2008).Gas ChromatographyGas chromatography is also sometimes known as Vapor- Phase Chromatography (VPC) (Al-Ismail, Alsaed, Ahmad, & Al-Dabbas, 2010). The polarity and molecular volatility of sterol separation is based on polar differences. By Polar absorbent (Cunha, Fernandes, & Oliveira, 2006). The instrument used to perform gas chromatography is called a gas chromatograph (Al-Ismail et al., 2010) which was equipped with the latter fused-silica capillary column has deposed the former and has been widely admitted as the column of choice by virtue of its strengthly and flexibility. Improved resolution of sterol components can be obtained a polar capillary column coupled directly to the common mass detector are flame ionization (FID). Helium was used as carrier gas ,with steady flow rate (Orozco-Solano, Ruiz-Jiménez, & Luque de Castro, 2010). In a typical analysis the GC mostly interfaced with mass spectrometry (MS), based on atmospheric pressure, chemical ionization, or photoionization (Matysik, Klunemann, & Schmitz, 2012). The method can be separated into five steps: first one filtration of sterols from the interest sample; the second step was saponification by adding KOH and internal standard for sterol sample; then preconcentration and clean-up of the solution by solid-phase extraction; to convert sterols sample to more volatile by Derivatization procedure via timethylsilylation or acetylation. After that the analytical sample was injected into the chromatograph with fixed temperature (Orozco-Solano et al., 2010). the first eluted were the high polar of esterified while the more polar free sterols are retained in the column, requiring more polar solvents to be eluted completely (Cunha et al., 2006). The GC method for determination of related substances has been validated to showthe Linearity between detector response and analyte concentration, Precision, Robustness, LOD, spike recovery, in analytical solution (Ravindra, 2010).In GC As for the detector, the current was fuse Optimized with two aims: the most distinctive selection Ions to identify each analyte with higher selectivity, and Choose ion with higher sensitivity for amounts of Sterols sample (Orozco-Solano, Ruiz-Jiménez, & Luque de Castro, 2010).High-performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)That detection can make it in all type of plant sterols especially oilseeds obtained variety of sample which contain sterols like (B-sitosterol in herbal,olive oil and goats milk) (Anghel et al., 2015). It should collected instantly oil sample at room temperature and stored in PTFE closed flask .Before any analysis, the major of all inject the sample to column usually silica gel. Analyses were performed on the liquid as the solvent which can used chloroform-aceton in RP-HPLC the most common detection technique it’s by UV, is selected to illustrate the parameters for validation (Anghel et al., 2015) or binary solvent as (methanol/n_hexane) in NP-HPLC (Nagy et al., 2005), the standard stock solutions were prepared is B-sitesterol , or cholesterol with solution of stigmasterol as internal standard (Anghel et al., 2015), conditioned by pumping methanol/water (Nagy et al., 2005). The concentrations of sterols from the samples were calculated based on the calibration curve was added (Anghel et al., 2015). The system was controlled by different types of software as millennium 32 to shown the data analysis. In some analysis the MS connected with HPLC system to measurement qualitative analysis under the suitable condition in some analysis experiments. The MS using anatmospheric pressure chemical ionization in positive mode (Schwartz et al., 2008), moreover ,the results for the samples showing on chromatogram without tails and the front being linear (Anghel et al., 2015). when using NP-HPLC the sample injection directly without any sort of chemical derivatization or purification, the detection was achieved using efficiently method (Nagy et al., 2005). Overall, few analytical reports deal with a separation of the esterified/free sterol fraction, and quantitative data on the free sterol content in vegetable oils are rare. most of studies reports on the optimization and assessment of an analytical method to determine the level of free and esterified sterols in oils followed by a quantification of the free and esterified sterol content in a variety of vegetable oils (Verleyen et al., 2002).Analyte separation by HPLC was achieved using LC column, this method was assessed using the retention time of the respective internal standards. And the mass spectrum data of pure standards for all the analytes of interest (Verleyen et al., 2002). HPLC used for making relatively easy and high resolution in separation of complex mixtures and capability to solve any problems and achieve, however it’s not typical instrument in which you put the sample there are many parameter must determine prior inert the sample into the column (Martino, 1995).Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)Thin layer Chromatography: One of the easiest types of laboratory techniques to detect chemical compounds, to separate them or to assess the purity of the mixture. Also of the characteristics of this technique is that: low cost, simplicity, quick development time, high sensitivity, and good reproducibility. (Smith, & Feinberg, 1977). TLC is used by many application and domains of research’s and experiment, such as: pharmaceutical, clinical analysis, environmental toxicology, food chemistryand many other applications. (Waksmundzka, 2008) (Touchstone, 1978). TLC in the easiest forms, coated glass plates with a regular layer of silica gel (SiO2). place the dissolved sample on the plate, enter the plate into a screw-top jar containing of the solvent and a piece of filter paper, remove is plate when the solvent increases to near the top of the plate. Then plate is dried, and visualization by UV light. (Touchstone & Symposium 1982) (Issaq, 1992).Some studies have shown that TLC of an unsaponefication matter in a oil with hexane–diethyl ether (7:3) leads to distinctly separated of three sterol subclasses (4,4-desmethether ylsterol/4-methylsterol/4,4-dimethylsterol), use of mobile phases (e.g. benzene–ether, 9:1) for the separation of sterol subclasses and their esters in various sample matrixes (W.D. Nes, R.C. Heupel, Arch. 1986). A precursory TLC method for the fractionation of sterols in plant oils has been qualified (Reina. R.J. & et al 1997). In the process, an unsaponified oil extract is streaked on an activated tapered mobile phase (silica gel) precursory plate and developed with light petroleum diethyl ether (70:30). The sterol bands are extracted with chloroform–diethyl ether (80:20)Sterol detection by TLC: in other experiments, a quantitative method for determining sterol (24b-Ethylcholesta-5,22E,25-triene-3b-ol (ECTO)) in the Agnimantha (plant extracts), has been developed by high performance thin layer chromatography plates (Karuna Shanker1, 2008). In the experiment, the separation was performed on silica gel TLC plates using chloroform methanol as mobile phase. In this experiment, the separation was performed on silica gel TLC plates using chloroform-methanol as mobile phase. And the marker chemical, 24b-ethylcholesta-5,22E,25-triene-3b-ol (ECTO) was isolated from plant materials (purity > 99%) by spectral analysis in laboratory (Karuna Shanker1, 2008). Chromatographic method was developed for a sensitive and precise determination of sterols in plant oils, the oil was submit tosilica solid-phase extraction (SPE) fractionation, cold saponification of the collected fraction and purification on silica TLC (Cercaci. L., Rodriguez-Estrada. M.T., Giovanni Lercker. G., 2003).Using stocks solution as a standard for calibration studies was prepared via dilution. Plant extracts were prepared dry and powder, and change of polarity of different solvents from low polarity to high polarity. Repeat process of extraction three times to obviate incomplete extraction, and use supernatants for TLC analysis (Karuna Shanker1, 2008)A mobile phase consisting of chloroform-methanol (98.5: 1.5, v/v) was found suitable for satisfactory separation and quantitation of ECTO with interfering components of sample matrix. The mobile phase was optimized to 2 min for better resolution, and then then chromatographic peaks are shown.TLC Scanner-III fitted with winCATS 1.3.3 software was applied for quantitative evaluation, then start of validation of the quantitative TLC method.Linearity: using stock solutions were prepared via dilution to give solutions containing ECTO, and the curves assured the significant linear relationship between the concentration and the peak area, used a calibration curve of standard to calculate the percent content of analyte in the sample.Limit of Detection and Quantification: calculate of the limit of detection (LOD) and the limit of quantitation (LOQ) for ECTO by the linear regression equation.Specificity: the specificity of the method was checked by co-analyzing standard and sample, the result was obtained a good relationship between standards and sample overlay spectra (r2 > 0.99).Precision and Accuracy: The results showed that TLC technique is accurate and precise for the analysis of ECTO (sterol in C. phlomidis), the repeatability of measurement of peak area ECTO were expressed by of percent relative standard deviation (% RSD).Recovery: the accuracy of quantitation for the method was estimated in a recovery study by there different spiking concentrations of the standard stock solutions of ECTO were prepared to calculate recovery.Robustness: the robustness of the method was decided by introducing small changes in certain chromatographic parameters, such as: changes in mobile phase in each solvents, thus time gap between spotting to chromatography, from chromatography to scanning and derivatization time (plate heating time) was diverse. Robustness was performed at two levels, the effects on the peaks were tested and the standard deviation (% RSD) of peak areas was calculated for each parameter. The overall low values of % RSD as shown indicated the robustness for the method.In this experiment, it is visibly explicit that no interaction in the analysis of ECTO from the other components and no interaction between the compounds eluted in the sample tracks to effect the quantitation of the targeted marker ECTO. And optimization of condition was worked via mobile phase optimization, the TLC technique was optimized to making increase quantitation of ECTO in the plant extracts. So that, a precise and accurate quantification can be performed in the linear working concentration range with good correlation (r2 = 0.996) via TLC method. And the method was validated for peak purities, precision, accuracy and recovery, robustness, limit of detection (LOD) and quantitation (LOQ) (Karuna Shanker1, 2008). Similar results were achieved with both methods; however, the SPE–coldsaponification-TLC-capillary GC was faster, required less solvent and prevented sterol decomposition (Cercaci. L., Rodriguez-Estrada. M.T., Giovanni Lercker. G., 2003).Capillary Electrophoresis ChromatographyCapillary electro-chromatography (CEC) is a separation technique, is a combination of two analytical techniques (Legido-Quigley, C.et al. 2003) (Eeltink, S., Kok, WT. 2006). Using CEC, compounds with closely similar characteristic can be detected. The successful use of packed columns in CEC separation has been proved in many reports. (Huo, Y., Kok, W. T. 2008). Their preparation is simple and reproducible, used the silica and several organic polymeric materials, such as: acrylamide, and methacrylate esters, have been used as stationary phases in CEC (Eeltink, S., & et ai. 2004) (Eeltink, S., Svec, F. 2007).Sterol detection by capillary electro-chromatography (CEC): before preparation of the columns, surface modification of the inner wall of the silica capillaries. monoliths column in CEC were prepared employing polymerization mixtures contain of a bulk monomer, a cross linker, pore-forming solvents and a positive charge monomer, which was added to supplied monoliths with the capacity of generating EOF. Before use, column components were purified by passing them through activated basic alumina to removed polymerization inhibitors, followed by distillation under reduced pressure (Svec, F. & et al 1996) (Eeltink, S. & et al 2005). An HPLC pump was utilized to flush the columns with methanol after polymerization to remove the pore-forming solvents and possible unreact monomers. The samples were extractscontain of the sterol fraction of the vegetable oils. (Lerma-Garci?a, M. J. & et al 2008). These solutions were duly diluted with the mobile phase and injected. (Lerma-Garci?a, M. J. & et al 2008). And optimization of condition was worked via mobile phase optimization to obtain an optimal mobile phase for sterol separation (Abidi, S. L., J. Chromatogr. A. 2004) (Lerma-Garci?a, M. J. & et al 2008). Order of elution for the analytes that an RP mechanism (hydrophobic interaction with the stationary phase) dominated over other possible interactions (Lerma-Garci?a, M. J. & et al 2008).Separation occurred late in the polymerization process, because of the high solubility of the polymer in the solvent. At the time of separation, the system contains more polymers that precipitates, which are allowed to grow for only a limited period of time before all the monomers are exhausted. Overall, the sphere that is formed in such a system are small and, inevitably, the voids between them (pores) are small. The result would be a polymer with high surface area, and consequently, more reactivity. (Lerma-Garci?a, M. J. & et al 2008).Quantitation studies: in one experiment, injection of the mixture ten times per day during three sequential days. The column-to-column reproducibility was also established by ten injections on three different monolithic columns, which were prepared with the same polymerization mixture. The reproducibility of EOF, retention times and peak areas are summarized. RSD values for the retention times and peak areas were lower than 4.4 and 6.2%, respectively. And External calibration curves utilized, peak areas were constructed by injection of six standard solutions of each solute. Straight lines with (r>0.994) were obtained All the sterols gave similar sensitivities, the LODs calculated by linear regression equation. It was expressing high sensitivity. The optimized technique was utilized, to the analysis of oil samples. Peak identification was determined by compare between the retention times and thestandards or by spiking the sample extracts with the standards (Lerma-Garci?a, M. J. & et al 2008).Some studies have shown, soybean and sunflower oils showed large quantities of stigmasterol, this sterol being below the LOD in extra virgin olive oils (Jee, M. 2002) Benitez-Sa´ nchez, P. L. & et al. 2003) (Mart?´nez Vidal, J. L. & et al 2007). For this reason, stigmasterol peak could be used as adulteration marker (Ballesteros, E. & et al.1995) (Kamm, W. & et al.2001).A rapid CEC technique for the analysis of sterols in plant oils has been developed. The better resolution and efficiency values, in short analysis time (<7 min). were obtained with an LMA-based column prepared at 60:40% wt:wt LMA/ EDMA ratio and 60 wt% porogens with 20 wt% of 1,4-butanediol (12 wt% 1,4-butanediol in the polymerization mixture), and using a mobile phase containing 85:10:5 v/v/v ACN–2-propanol–water buffer (5mM Tris at pH 8.0). In comparison with other CEC process, the method was not able to disolve the b-sitosterol/campesterol pair, yet the analysis time was highly decreased and the assessment of sterol percentages in plant oils, with low LOD values, was also demonstrated. as well as, the process allows the quick detection and evaluation of adulterations of olive oil with other oils, such as sunflower and soybean (Lerma-Garci?a, M. J. & et al 2008).The column in CEC has several advantages such as: easily adjustable polarity, control of pore characteristics and high stability under extreme pH conditions (Svec, F. & et al 1996) (Peters, E. C. & et al 1998) (Peters, E. & et al 1997). Although of these good characteristics, no CEC method has been reported of the analysis for sterols in plant oils (Lerma-Garci?a, M. J. & et al 2008).SummaryCapillary electro-chromatography (CEC) is high efficiency, high resolution and high separations with minimum consume of solvent. It is a combine of capillary electrophoresis and High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).Comparison between CEC and HPLC, in the HPLC column is low efficiency because of the need to an external pressure to pump analytes with the mobile phase through the column. In contrast, the chromatographic flow in CEC is paying by electroosmotic force (EOF) to migrate solutes through a packed capillary column.The chromatographic flow in CEC is paying by electroosmotic force (EOF) to migrate solutes through a packed capillary column. Thereby, the high column efficiency of CEC its essential benefit derived from the flow of the EOF relative to the flow from HPLC. HPLC and CEC separations are affecting by parameters percentage of mobile phase organic modifier, buffer pH/concentration, type of stationary phase. Low conductivity buffers are bespoken to prevent excessive heat generation in the CEC.TLC is the most universal test method as all components are present on the plate and with adequate detection techniques. However, it normally is not as accurate or sensitive as HPLC. Although TLC has a higher analytical variation than HPLC, although see the "whole chromatograph". Where TLC resolution of individual sterol components is less efficient than GC or HPLC. HPLC and GC, they are both reliable, depend on analyte of interest if volatile GC is suitable, While HPLC most suitable for non-volatile and semi volatile.