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A rapid and sensitive method for the identification and quantification of phillyrin (POG) in Forsythia suspense is described. The phillyrin standard solution was directly infused into the ion trap mass spectrometers (IT-MS) for collecting the MSn spectra. The electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectral fragmentation pathway of phillyrin was proposed, and the ESI-MSn fragmentation behavior of phillyrin was deduced in detail. The major product ion at m/z 355 belongs to furofuran, which was formed by loss the glucopyranoside (180 Da), and the characteristic fragment ions m/z 473, 395, 337, 309, and 249 were observed. The loss of 18 Da could arise from two different fragmentation pathways, and the observed ion was composed of a mixture of two different structural ions. Quantification of phillyrin was assigned in positive-ion mode at a product ion at m/z 557 → 355 by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). The LC-MS method was validated for linearity, sensitivity, accuracy, and precision and then used to determine the content of the phillyrin. Lastly, the LC-MS method was successfully applied to determine phillyrin in real sample F. suspense and three of its medicinal preparations in the positive mode at the first time.

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Bee pollen is a health food with a wide range of nutritional and therapeutic properties. However, the bioactive compounds of bee pollen have not been extensively revealed due to low efficacy in separation. High-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) and solvent extraction were applied to separate tyrosinase inhibitors from camellia pollen in this study. The camellia pollen extracts prepared with petroleum ether, ethyl acetate, and n-BuOH have tyrosinase inhibitory activity. Acidic hydrolysis could promote the tyrosinase inhibitory activity of crude sample. Three fractions with tyrosinase inhibitory activity were separated from the hydrolysate by a one-step HSCCC procedure. Among the fractions, two chemicals were sufficiently purified and identified to be levulinic acid (LA) and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF). The recovery was 0.80 g kg−1 pollen for LA and 1.75 g kg−1 pollen for 5-HMF; and their purity was all over 98%. The study demonstrates that HSCCC method is powerful for preparative separation of tyrosinase inhibitors from camellia pollen.

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Shuganjieyu (SGJY) capsule is a classical formula widely used in Chinese clinical application. In this paper, an ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization and ion trap mass spectrometry has been established to separate and identify the chemical constituents of SGJY and the multiple constituents of SGJY in rats. The chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 RRHD column (150 × 2.1 mm, 1.8 μm), while 0.1% formic acid–water and 0.1% formic acid–acetonitrile was used as mobile phase. Mass spectral data were acquired in both positive and negative modes. On the basis of the characteristic retention time (R t) and mass spectral data with those of reference standards and relevant references, 73 constituents from the SGJY and 15 ingredients including 10 original constituents and 5 metabolites from the rat plasma after oral administration of SGJY were identified or tentatively characterized. This study provided helpful chemical information for further pharmacology and active mechanism research on SGJY.

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