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Simultaneous determination of eight bioactive components in rat plasma after oral administration of Yan-Ke-Ning-Tablet by liquid chromatography coupled with Q-Exactive Orbitrap tandem mass spectrometry.

Biomed Chromatogr. 2019 Feb 26;:e4519

Authors: Xia Y, Sun M, Li R, Liu Y

A rapid, sensitive and reliable quantitative method based on ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with Q-Exactive Orbitrap tandem mass spectrometry was developed for simultaneous determination of berberine, berberrubine, palmatine, jatrorrhizine, columbamine, baicalin, baicalein, and wogonin in rat plasma after orally administered with Yan-Ke-Ning-Tablet (YKNT). After precipitation with acetonitrile, the plasma samples were separated on a reverse C18 column with 1 mM ammonium acetate containing 0.2% acetic acid-acetonitrile as mobile phase. Calibration curves showed good linearity (r > 0.9983) over the tested concentration ranges of 0.5-200 ng/mL for berberine, berberrubine, palmatine, jatrorrhizine and columbamine, and 1-300 ng/mL for baicalin, baicalein, and wogonin. The precision (RSD%) at three different concentration levels were less than 12.15% and the accuracy (RE%) ranged from -8.24 to 10.85%. No matrix effects were observed with ME% value ranging from 89.23 to 107.68%. The extraction recovery was in the range of 82.34-92.31%. The validated assay was further successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of these components after oral administration of YKNT. The present study provides the pharmacokinetic profiles of major bioactive components found in YKNT, and provides valuable information regarding the chemical components that were absorbed into plasma, which would be helpful for us to understand the therapeutic effects of YKNT.

PMID: 30807650 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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