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ABSTRACT: A method based on capillary electrophoresis with amperometric detection has been developed for the determination of luteolin, chlorogenic acid, 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid and caffeic acid in the dried flower buds, leaves and stems (three medicinal parts) of Lonicera confusa DC., respectively. The effects of several important factors such as detection potential, the concentration of the running buffer, separation voltage and injection time were investigated to acquire the optimum conditions. The detection electrode was a 300 microm diameter carbon disc electrode at a working potential of + 0.90 V (vs saturated calomel electrode). The four analytes can be well separated within 10 min in a 40 cm-long fused silica capillary at a separation voltage of 12 kV in a 50 mM borate-25 mM phosphate buffer (pH 8.0). The relationship between peak current and analyte concentration was linear over about 3 orders of magnitude with detection limits (S/N = 3) ranging from 0.35 to 0.52 microM for all analytes. The proposed method has been successfully applied to the monitoring of bioactive constituents in the real plant samples with satisfactory assay results.
Biomedical Chromatography 12/2006; 20(11):1192-9. · 1.95 Impact Factor