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An Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography Photodiode Array Detection Tandem Mass Spectrometric Method for Simultaneous Determination of Seven Major Bioactive Constituents in Xiaochaihutang and Its Application to Fourteen Compatibilities Study

Lijuan Wang, Chunfu Wu, Longshan Zhao, Xiumei Lu, Fang Wang, Jingyu Yang and Zhili Xiong

in Journal of Chromatographic Science

Volume 53, issue 9, pages 1570-1576
Published in print October 2015 | ISSN: 0021-9665
Published online May 2015 | e-ISSN: 1945-239X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chromsci/bmv059
An Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography Photodiode Array Detection Tandem Mass Spectrometric Method for Simultaneous Determination of Seven Major Bioactive Constituents in Xiaochaihutang and Its Application to Fourteen Compatibilities Study

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A rapid and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography photodiode array detection tandem mass spectrometric method (UPLC–PDA–MS-MS) was developed and validated to simultaneously determine seven major bioactive constituents in the formula of traditional Chinese medicines Xiaochaihutang (XCHT). To investigate the discipline of compatibility in XCHT, 14 kinds of compatibilities designed by orthogonal array were also analyzed. The separation was performed on an ACQUITY UPLC™ BEH C18 column (100 × 2.1 mm, 1.7 µm) using gradient elution with a mobile phase of 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. Two detection techniques of PDA detector and MS-MS detector were proposed, respectively. The concentrations of baicalin and wogonoside were high enough for PDA detection while low-concentration bioactive constituents including saikosaponin a, ginsenoside Rg1, liquiritin, baicalein and wogonin were quantified by MS–MS detection. The proposed method was fully validated in terms of sensitivity, linearity, specificity, precision, repeatability and recovery. This is the first report on the simultaneous determination of the major bioactive constituents of XCHT by UPLC–PDA–MS-MS, which could be used to evaluate the quality of XCHT and to investigate the discipline of compatibility in XCHT.

Journal Article.  5738 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Chemistry

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