Simultaneous determination of ginsenoside Rb1, ginsenoside Rg1, paeoniflorin, albiflorin and oxypaeoniflorin in rat plasma by liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry: Application to a pharmacokinetic study of wen‐Yang‐Huo‐Xue soft capsule

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  • Published: Jul 26, 2017
  • Author: Xiujun Wu, Yang You, Gonglin Qu, Ran Ma, Mingxue Zhang
  • Journal: Biomedical Chromatography

Abstract

A simple and sensitive HPLC–MS/MS method was developed and fully validated for simultaneous determination of ginsenoside Rb1, ginsenoside Rg1, paeoniflorin, albiflorin and oxypaeoniflorin in rat plasma. Plasma samples were pretreated with protein precipitation using acetonitrile. The chromatographic separation was carried out on a C18 column with a gradient mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and water (containing 0.1% formic acid). All analytes and digoxin (internal stand, IS) were quantitated through electrospray ionization in negative ion multiple reaction monitoring mode. All calibration curves exhibited good linearity (r > 0.9960) over a wide concentration range for all components. The intra‐day and inter‐day precisions (RSD) at three different levels were all <12.0% and the accuracies (RE) ranging from −6.1 to 6.2%. The extraction recoveries of the five compounds ranged from 89.2 to 97.1%. The validated method was successfully applied in a comparative pharmacokinetic study of Wen‐Yang‐Huo‐Xue soft capsule (WYHXSC) in rats. Compared with single pure component, the exposure of the investigated components, except for oxypaeoniflorin, increased after oral administration of WYHXSC in rats, which suggested a synergistic effects between the herbs in the WYHXSC preparations.

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