LC–MS/MS method for determination of hederacolchiside E, a neuroactive saponin fromPulsatilla koreanaextract in rat plasma for pharmacokinetic study

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A simple, rapid, and sensitive liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS/MS) method was applied to pharmacokinetic study of a neuroactive oleanolic-glycoside saponin, hederacolchiside E from SK-PC-B70M, a standardized extract of Pulsatilla koreana in rat. Rat plasma samples were pretreated by protein precipitation with acetonitrile, eluted from C18 column, and analyzed using electrospray ionization (ESI)-MS/MS in negative ion mode. Digoxin was used as an internal standard. The standard curves were linear (r > 0.997) over the concentration ranges of 2–500 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precisions were measured to be below 9% and accuracy between 90 and 111% for all quality control samples at 2, 20, 100, and 500 ng/mL (n = 5). The lower limits of quantification (LLOQ) for hederacolchiside E was 2 ng/mL and the limit of detection (LOD) 0.5 ng/mL using 20 μL of plasma sample. Subsequently, hederacolchiside E was determined in rat plasma samples after oral administration of SK-PC-B70M. The mean maximum plasma concentrations of hederacolchiside E were 0.07, 0.13, and 0.36 μg/mL and the mean areas under the plasma concentration versus time curve 0.56, 1.27, and 6.46 μg h/mL at doses of 100, 200, and 400 mg/kg, respectively, which indicated non-linear pharmacokinetic pattern. In conclusion, this method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic study of hederacolchiside E after an oral administration of SK-PC-B70M to rats.

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