Dandan Yu and Xianrui Liang* Pages 580 - 591 ( 12 )
Introduction: The root of Millettia speciosa Champ. (Leguminosae) is one of the wellknown traditional Chinese medicines abundant in phenolic compounds and plays important roles in the treatment of pain or numbness of the joints, blood deficiency sallow, chronic bronchitis and chronic hepatitis.
Objective: An ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS) based chemical profiling approach was established for the separation and characterization of isoflavonoids in the roots of Millettia speciosa Champ.
Methods: The roots of Millettia speciosa Champ. were prepared by ethanol extraction followed by further extraction with chloroform. The extracts were analyzed by UPLC-Q-TOF-MS in positive and negative electrospray ion modes at different Collision Energy (CE) values.
Results: A total of 48 components were simultaneously detected, of which 38 components, including 21 isoflavones, 4 phenolic acids, 4 isoflavanones, 2 phenolic aldehydes, 2 flavanones, 1 aliphatic acid, 1 chalcone, 1 flavonol, 1 isoflavane and 1 pterocarpan were unambiguously identified or tentatively assigned based on the retention time, UV spectra, characteristic molecular ions, MS/MS fragmentation data and reference standards. The isomers of isoflavonoids were distinguished using accurate mass, the diagnostic fragmentations of C-ring and UV spectra. The major diagnostic fragment ions of isoflavonoids were observed and the corresponding fragmentation pathways were proposed.
Conclusion: This investigation provides important analysis data for further quality control, pharmacological and toxicological research on Millettia speciosa Champ.
Fragment ions, isoflavonoids, isomers, Millettia speciosa, phenolic compounds, UPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS.
Key Laboratory for Green Pharmaceutical Technologies and Related Equipment of Ministry of Education, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, Key Laboratory for Green Pharmaceutical Technologies and Related Equipment of Ministry of Education, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou