Authors:Z.-X. Liao, B.-B. Zhang, L.-S. Ding, and Y. Zhou
An ultra-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry UPLC-QTOF-MS method has been developed for qualitative and quantitative analysis major compounds in Saussurea eopygmaea Hand-Mazz, which has long been used as a traditional Tibetan medicine. This method was validated to be sensitive, precise, and accurate with the limits of detection of compounds 2,3,4,6, and 7 with 0.67–1.90 μg mL−1, the overall intra-day and inter-day variations less than 8.45%, and the overall recovery over 93.8%, respectively. The correlation coefficients (R2) of the calibration curves were higher than 0.998. In addition, by comparison MS and MS/MS spectra with those of authentic compounds and literatures, a total of 14 main peaks were identified within 6 min. These results demonstrate that this approach has the potential for quality control of S. eopygmaea and other Tibetan herbal medicines.
Authors:F. Z. Yin, W. Yin, X. Zhang, T. L. Lu, and B. C. Cai
The ripe fruits of Schisandrae chinensis have a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diseases and improve health. There is substantial evidence that lignan constituents are mainly responsible for the beneficial effects of this plant medicine. The amounts of the major bioactive lignans in this plant vary widely with species, habitat, and the collecting time, and as such, establishment of an HPLC fingerprint for quality control of this herbal medicine is of particular importance. To achieve this, ten batches of Fructus schisandrae chinensis were collected from Tieli, in China, and their chemical components were analyzed under optimized HPLC conditions. On the basis of the chromatographic data, a consistent HPLC fingerprint pattern containing 20 common peaks was obtained. Among these common peaks, six were identified as schizandrin, schizandrol B, schisantherin, deoxyschiandrin, γ-schizandrin B, and schizandrin C. On the basis of this HPLC fingerprint and principal-components analysis, the quality of fifteen samples from different producing areas of China was objectively assessed, and the species difference between Fructus schisandrae sphenantherae and Fructus schisandrae chinensis was clearly differentiated. To summarize, the data described in this study offer valuable information for quality control and proper use of Fructus schisandrae chinensis.