Matrix-free thin-layer chromatography/laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry for facile separation andidentification of medicinal alkaloids
2009 (English)In: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, ISSN 0951-4198, E-ISSN 1097-0231, Vol. 23, no 23, 3655-3660 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Quaternary protoberberine alkaloids belong to a pharmaceutically important class of isoquinoline alkaloids associated with bactericidal, fungicidal, insecticidal and antiviral activities. As traditional medicine gains wider acceptance, quick and robust analytical methods for the screening and analysis of plants containing these compounds attract considerable interest. Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) combined with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) is a powerful technique but suffers from dilution of the TLC bands resulting in decreased sensitivity and masking of signals in the low-mass region both due to addition of matrix. This study integrates for the first time conventional silica gel TLC and laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (LDI-MS) thus eliminating the need for any external matrix. Successful separation of berberine (Rf = 0.56) and palmatine (Rf = 0.46) from Berberis barandana including their identification by MS are demonstrated. Furthermore, a robust electrospray ionization (ESI)-MS method utilizing residual sample from TLC for quantification of berberine applying selected reaction monitoring and standard addition method is presented. The amount of berberine in the plant root prepared for the study was determined to be 0.70% (w/w). Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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2009. Vol. 23, no 23, 3655-3660 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-33258DOI: 10.1002/rcm.4297OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-33258DiVA: diva2:282780