Qualitative analysis of chemical constituents in traditional Chinese medicine analogous formula cheng-Qi decoctions by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry

Xuexun Wen, Kedi Luo, Shun Xiao, Ni Ai, Shufang Wang, Xiaohui Fan

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Abstract

Cheng-Qi decoctions (CQs), a group of analogous formulas, are well-known traditional Chinese preparations used as purgative remedies to treat 'internal heat'-induced symptoms, which manifest as a bloated and painful abdomen, hard stools, fever and other clinical observations. In this study, HPLC-ESI-MS/MS and UPLC-TOF-MS were employed for separation and structural identification of constituents in CQs. As a result, a total of 90 compounds, including seven anthraquinones, 39 flavones, 21 glycosides, 11 stilbene glycosides, six organic acids, five coumarins and one lignans, were detected and tentatively identified in CQs extracts. The characterization results shed some light on the scientific foundation for clinical application of the CQ analogous formulas. Our results also indicate that the HPLC-MS method is useful for the systemic identification of major constituents in traditional Chinese medicine formulas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-311
Number of pages11
JournalBiomedical Chromatography
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the National Basic Research Program of China (no. 2012CB518405), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities for financial support of this work. The CQs samples were provided by Dr Shufang Wang and the HRMS data were collected by Dr Xiaodan Wu from the Analysis Center of Agrobiology and Environmental Sciences of Zhejiang University.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Keywords

  • Cheng-Qi decoctions
  • HPLC-MS/MS
  • Identification
  • Major chemical constituents

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