Rapid characterization of chemical constituents and metabolites of Qi‐Jing‐Sheng‐Bai granule by using UHPLC–Q‐TOF‐MS

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  • Published: Feb 23, 2018
  • Author: Ran Wu, Shan Lin, Jinxin Wang, Saisai Tian, Xisong Ke, Yi Qu, Xinhui Tian, Xiaopo Qi, Ji Ye, Weidong Zhang
  • Journal: Journal of Separation Science


Qi‐Jing‐Sheng‐Bai granule is an effective traditional Chinese medicine formula that has been widely used for the treatment of leukopenia post radiotherapy or chemotherapy. However, its chemical constituents were still unclear, which hindered interpreting bioactive constituents and studying integrative mechanisms. In this study, we developed a three‐step strategy to characterize the chemical constituents and metabolites of Qi‐Jing‐Sheng‐Bai by using ultra‐high performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time‐of‐flight mass spectrometry. As a result, a total of 143 compounds, including 56 flavonoids, 51 saponins, and 36 other compounds, of which contained six pairs of isomers, were tentatively identified and characterized via reference standards and by comparing mass spectrometry data with literature. After oral administration of 15 g/kg Qi‐Jing‐Sheng‐Bai, a number of 42 compounds including 24 prototype compounds and 18 metabolites have been detected in the serum of rats. This work serves as the first reference for Qi‐Jing‐Sheng‐Bai chemical components and metabolites. Moreover, it provided a rapid and valid analytical strategy for characterization of the chemical compounds and metabolites of traditional Chinese medicine formula.

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