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Harmaline and harmine accounted for more than 70% in composition in extracts of P. harmala. More attention, however, should be paid to the other alkaloids which would be favorable or unfavorable to the efficacy and safety of the products. It was necessary to determine these trace alkaloids in the extracts; thereafter, most of them have been characterized. Diglycoside vasicine, vasicine, vasicinone, harmalol, harmol, tetrahydroharmine, 8-hydroxy-harmine, ruine, harmaline, and harmine were separated and identified with reference substances and characteristic MS spectra in extracts by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Three trace alkaloids, vasicine, harmalol, and harmol were determined using the developed chromatographic separation method subsequently. The average contents of vasicine, harmalol, and harmol in extracts of ten batches were 2.53 ± 0.73, 0.54 ± 0.19, and 0.077 ± 0.03%, respectively. The total content of the three alkaloids was 3.23 ± 0.90% (from 1.81 to 4.48%). For rough estimation of all the relative alkaloids except of harmaline and harmine, the average total areas of all peaks in extracts varied from 4.35 to 26.64% detected at 220, 254, 265, 280, and 380 nm, respectively. The results indicated that area normalization method was powerless for the quality evaluation for traditional herb medicine consisting of numerous compounds with highly differential features. It might be concluded that LC-MS or HPLC could be utilized as a qualitative and quantitative analytical method for quality control of the extracts from seeds of P. harmala L.

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The different separation patterns of petroleum ether extract of leaves of Heiba (Ficus pomifera Wall.) were studied with open column chromatography, highperformance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS). A new method of locating and estimating newly discovered compounds by LC-ESI-MS was developed. Compound 1, a triterpenoid of mass 398, was identified by spectral analysis. It was located in the chromatogram by comparison of mass spectrum of the isolated compound to mass spectra of in mass spectral data of LC-ESI-MS. The concentration of the triterpenoid was found to be 8.64 ppm in 2000 ppm of the extract, assuming that all the components are eluted.

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Aegle marmelos Correa (Bael tree) is a medicinal fruit tree, widely used for healing purposes in various systems of medicines. Coumarins and alkaloids present in various parts of bael tree including roots and fruit pulp are the primary active constituents implicated for its biological activities. An efficient liquid chromatography–electrospray ionization—tandem mass spectrometry (LC—ESI—MS/MS) method was developed for identification and simultaneous determination of four coumarin derivatives, namely, umbelliferone, psoralene, marmin, and imperatorin, and an alkaloid, skimmianine, in root and stem bark of A. marmelos. The chromatographic separation of analytes was performed on Altima C18 (50 × 4.6 mm, 3 μm) column using methanol and 0.1% acetic acid in water (54:46, v/v) as the mobile phase under isocratic conditions. The LC–MS/MS parameters were optimized in the positive ionization mode using electrospray ionization source. The quantification of the analytes was performed using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions, umbelliferone (m/z 163.1 → 107.1), psoralene (m/z 187.2 → 131.1), marmin (m/z 333.5 → 163.2), imperatorin (m/z 271.1 → 203.1), and skimmianine (m/z 260.1 → 227.0). The extraction method was standardized for optimum yield of coumarin derivatives and the alkaloid in different extraction solvents. Higher yield of the analytes was found in methanolic extracts in comparisons to petroleum ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate, ethanol, and water. The method was validated for linear range, intra- and inter-batch precision and accuracy. The distribution of coumarin derivatives and an alkaloid was found to vary significantly in different plant samples, and their concentration was much higher in roots as compared to stem bark.

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Ionic liquid-based ultrasonic-assisted extraction (ILUAE) was successfully applied to the extraction of the four chromones (prim-O-glucosylcimifugin, cimifugin, 5-O-methylvisammioside, and sec-O-glucosylhamaudol) from Saposhnikovia divaricata (Radix Saposhnikoviae) for the first time. A series of l-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ILs differing in anion and cation compositions was evaluated for extraction efficiency, and [C3MIM]Br was selected as the optimal solvent. In addition, ultrasound extraction parameters were optimized, and the chromones were directly quantified and analyzed by rapid resolution liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry (RRLC-ESI/MS). The optimal conditions were as follows: 0.4 M concentration of [C3MIM]Br, 20:1 solvent to solid ratio, and ultrasonic time, temperature, and frequency of 5 min, 40 °C, and 50 kHz, respectively. This approach obtained the highest extraction yield of 10.188 ± 0.473 mg g−1 for total chromones. Compared with regular UAE, the proposed approach exhibited a higher efficiency (61.56% increase) and shorter extraction time (nine times shorter). Also, ILUAE was an efficient, rapid, and simple sample preparation technique for extraction of chromones, and the established RRLC-DAD method could serve as a rapid and effective technique for extracting chromones from Radix Saposhnikoviae.

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A sensitive and simple liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS) method for determination of dasatinib in rat plasma using one-step protein precipitation was developed. After addition of carbamazepine as internal standard (IS), protein precipitation by acetonitrile was used as sample preparation. Chromatographic separation was achieved on an SB-C18 (2.1 mm × 150 mm, 5 μm) column with methanol-0.1% formic acid as mobile phase with gradient elution. Electrospray ionization (ESI) source was applied and operated in positive ion mode; selective ion monitoring (SIM) mode was used to quantification using target fragment ions m/z 488.2 for dasatinib and m/z 338.7 for the IS. Calibration plots were linear over the range of 10–1000 ng mL−1 for dasatinib in rat plasma. Lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) for dasatinib was 10 ng mL−1. Mean recovery of dasatinib from plasma was in the range 82.2%–93.6%. Relative standard deviation (RSD) of intra-day and inter-day precision were both less than 8%. This developed method is successfully used in pharmacokinetic study of dasatinib in rats.

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Acta Alimentaria
Authors: R.T. Mócsai, A. Maczó, C. Grünwald-Gruber, K. Majer-Baranyi, N. Adányi, P. Milotay, J. Czelecz, and R. Tömösközi-Farkas

Investigation of putative allergens from tomato berries is challenging as differences between human serum IgE specificity and reactivity as well as the non-specific binding of the primary and secondary antibodies often cause difficulties. In this study five tomato cultivars were investigated to evaluate their potential allergenicity in Hungarian tomato sensitive patients. The major allergens proved to be low molecular weight proteins, but several previously described allergens could be identified as well using IgE-Western blotting. IgE binding to cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants (CCDs) was ruled out through the use of CCD inhibitor, but non-specific binding of the secondary antibody remained an issue. IgE binding activity of a purified, immunoblot positive protein (band at 40 kDa), and non-specific binding of the secondary antibody to the same protein, was demonstrated with an Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopy (OWLS) based immunosensor. LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis showed this protein is an as-yet undescribed vicilin-type putative allergen.

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An accurate and rapid liquid chromatography–electrospray ionizaion– tandem mass spectrometry (LC—ESI—MS/MS) analytical method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of antcins A, B, C, H, and K, dehydroeburicoic acid, and 4,7-dimethoxy-5-methyl-1,3-benzodioxole in the extract and capsule of Antrodia cinnamomea (AC) fruiting body. These seven signature compounds were ionized using an electrospray ion source and analyzed by a triple-quadrupole mass analyzer under a multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The MRM transitions of m/z 453/409 (antcin A), m/z 467/408 (antcin B), m/z 469/425 (antcin C), m/z 485/413 (antcin H), m/z 487/407 (antcin K), m/z 467/337 (dehydroeburicoic acid), and m/z 197/139 (4,7-dimethoxy-5-methyl-1,3-benzodioxole) were used to quantify these seven components, respectively. Their calibration curves presented good linear regressions (R 2 > 0.997) within the tested concentration range. The intra- and inter-day precisions were less than 1.97% and 2.53%, respectively. The overall recovery was in the range of 87.55%–95.41%. This validated high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)—MS/MS method offers promising applications for the accurate and rapid quantification of signature compounds in the fruiting body and its commercial products.

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An effect of ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation on fluoxetine stability in solid phase with and without the presence of selected metal ions was studied using the chromatographic-densitometric method. Silica gel TLC F254 plates were used as the stationary phase and chloroform-methanol-ammonia 25% (45:4.5:0.5, v/v/v) as the mobile phase. The chromatograms were recorded densitometrically at a wavelength of λ = 260 nm.

Both the concentration and kind of an ion have an effect on the photodegradation process. Kinetic studies demonstrated that fluoxetine photodegradation is the fastest in the presence of Cu(II) ions, decreases in the presence of Fe(III) and Fe(II) ions, and is the lowest in the presence of Al(III) ions. Under conditions established without the presence of metal ions, fluoxetine maintains photostability.

The liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry (LC-ESI/MS) method was applied for the identification of decomposition products noting the presence of 3-phenyl-3-hydroxypropylamine and 4-trifluoromethylphenol.

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High-performance liquid chromatography coupled with fluorescence (HPLC-FD) and tandem mass spectrometric detection (LC-MS/MS) was studied as a versatile tool for fast and reliable determination of nine regulated quinolones in food of animal origin (Council Regulation 2377/90/ECC). The sample pre-treatment protocol includes double step extraction with acetonitrile followed by solid phase extraction (SPE) cleanup on hydrophobic-lipophilic balance (HLB) cartridge. The separation of quinolones in HPLC-FD determination was performed on C18 Zorbax column with a gradient mixture of aqueous formic acid, methanol, and acetonitrile. A multi-wavelength excitation/emission program was used for sensitive quinolones detection. The separation efficiency of newly available chromatographic columns: Gemini C18 and Synergi Polar RP (fully porous particles), as well as Kinetex PFP and Poroshell 120 EC-C18 (core-shell particles), was studied in liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) analysis. Appropriate gradient elution program was designed for each column. Multiple reaction monitoring was used for selective determination of each quinolone. LC-MS/MS allowed quinolones determination in less than 5 min. Both methods showed detection limits below maximum residue limits for quinolones residues in food commodities.

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Capsaicin has been reported to exhibit an inhibitory effect on the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) function in vitro. To investigate its concentration-dependent effect in vivo, a sensitive assay that can characterize the absorption and disposition of capsaicin needs to be developed. This study reports the development of a sensitive LC-MS/MS assay for the determination of capsaicin in mouse plasma. The sample pretreatment involved a one-step extraction of 20 μL plasma with t-butyl methyl ether. Separations were achieved on a C18 column and the detection was performed on an LC-ESI-MS/MS by multiple reaction monitoring. The assay was linear over a wide concentration range from 0.325 to 650 ng mL−1 (r > 0.999), with a LLOQ of 0.325 ng mL−1. The developed method was applied to i.v. (dose 0.325 and 0.65 mg kg) and oral absorption (dose 40 mg kg) studies in mice. After i.v. injection, the t 1/2,λz, V z and CL s ranged from 0.13–0.16 h, 127.6–141.8 mL, and 547.3–775.4 mL/h, respectively. After oral administration, a secondary peak was observed and the terminal half-life was prolonged (1.51 h). Capsaicin was poorly absorbed, with the absolute oral bioavailability (F) ranging from 1.02% to 1.56%. The developed assay may be useful in studies where sample volumes are limited.

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