Guoan Luo

Nankai University, T’ien-ching-shih, Tianjin Shi, China

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    ABSTRACT: Flos Chrysanthemi (FC), a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine, has five major cultivars ('Boju', 'Chuju', 'Gongju', 'Hangbaiju' and 'Huaiju') from different sources. However, the active constituents of these cultivars have not been studied or characterized with respect to their bioactivity, which is a serious problem when considering quality and safety. To evaluate the differences among the five cultivars of FC, and to establish a method for the standardization and quality control of FC related to its bioactivity. In this study, the different ingredients in five cultivars of FC were identified by UPLC-Q/TOF and PCA, and the anti-inflammatory ingredients of FC were predicted and screened by artificial neural network (ANN) and an NF-κB luciferase reporter gene assay system. Using this comprehensive method, we successfully screened the anti-inflammatory markers of different cultivars of FC. Nineteen marker ingredients were confirmed to contribute strongly to the cluster, and eleven compounds in the five cultivars of FC were found to exert potential anti-inflammatory effects. Among these compounds, the NF-κB inhibitor activity of apigenin-7-O-6"-malonyl-glucoside, luteolin-7-O-rutinoside, quercetin-7-O-galactoside, quercetin-3-O-glucoside, apigenin-7-O-rutinoside and apigenin-7-O-glucoside were first reported here. Chlorogenic acid, luteolin-7-O-glucoside, 3, 5-dicaffeoylquinic acid and luteolin were confirmed to be the most important anti-inflammatory marker ingredients useful for the quality control of FC. The proposed efficient and systematic method is helpful for the standardization and quality control of FC. Moreover, this comprehensive strategy may prove to be a powerful technique for the rapid establishment of quality control procedures related to bioactivity for other herbal samples and foods. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
    Journal of ethnopharmacology 08/2015; 174. DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2015.08.044 · 3.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A urinary metabolomics method based on ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF/MS) was employed to investigate the pathogenesis and therapeutic effects of a Baixiangdan capsule on rats undergoing electric-induced stress for five days. Multivariate analysis techniques, such as principal component analysis (PCA) and partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA), were applied to observe the temporal changes in the metabolic state of the electric-stressed rats visually, as well as the recovering tendency of the rats treated with the Baixiangdan capsule. Artificial intelligence technology (artificial neural networks and neurofuzzy logic) was used to identify potential biomarkers, and the results showed a high overlap with the PLS-DA model. A total of 14 potential biomarkers representing the major cause-effect relationships between the variations in the endogenous metabolites and the dynamic pathological processes associated with the stress induced by the electric stimulation were identified, including amino acid metabolites, such as 2-aminoadipic acid, hippuric acid, spermine, 4-hydroxyglutamate and l-phenylalanine, in addition to prostaglandin F3a and melatonin. The results indicated that the pathways corresponding to l-phenylalanine, tyrosine, tryptophan, arginine, proline metabolism, pantothenic acid, and coenzyme A synthesis were disturbed in the electric-stressed rats, and that the application of the Baixiangdan capsule may regulate the aforementioned metabolic pathways back to their initial states. The application of artificial intelligence technologies provided powerful and promising tools to model complex metabolomic data and to discover hidden knowledge regarding the potential biomarkers associated with the development of disease, which are also suitable for other complex biological data sets.
    RSC Advances 08/2015; 5(92). DOI:10.1039/C5RA10992B · 3.84 Impact Factor
  • Zhonghua Liu · Yong Lin · Sheng Zhang · Qionglin Liang · Guoan Luo ·
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    ABSTRACT: Fuzhuan brick tea has received increasing attention in recent years owing to its benefits for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and associated metabolic syndrome. For exploring the ameliorative mechanism, the liver proteomes from three groups of rats fed either a normal control diet (NCD), a high fat diet (HFD), or a HFD supplemented with high-dose FTE (HFD+HFTE) were comprehensively compared by quantitative proteomics using 2DE-LC-MS/MS. This is the first study of the effects of tea aqueous extract on the liver proteome of rats suffering from metabolic syndrome. The results showed that 57 proteins displayed more than 1.5-fold differences in at least one of two comparisons of HFD versus NCD and HFD versus HFD+HFTE due to HFD feeding and FTE treatment, respectively. Of them, over 75% of proteins exhibited a similar tendency of expression in the two comparisons, meaning FTE was able to correct HFD effects on rat livers. By function analyses, an extensive list of proteins were involved in sugar and lipid metabolism. Compared with HFD-fed rats, the reduced lipogenesis and enhanced β-oxidation, tricarboxylic acid cycle and respiratory chain in HFD+HFTE-fed rats, which mainly contributed to ameliorate hepatic fat accumulation and associated NAFLD. Additionally, some putative drug targets were also revealed such as COX2, PGAM1, ACACB, FAS and ECHS1. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Electrophoresis 06/2015; 36(17). DOI:10.1002/elps.201500076 · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    Yanqi Han · Mengge Zhou · Lu Xing · Min Jiang · Gang Bai · Guoan Luo ·
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    ABSTRACT: Qishenyiqi dropping pills (QSYQ) are a type of standardized cardiovascular multiherb medicine for the treatment of myocardial infarction (MI). Knowledge concerning the systemic identification of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) inhibitors of QSYQ is generally lacking. Therefore, it is necessary to establish an effective method to screen the bioactive components of NF-κB inhibition. In the present study, a rat model of coronary artery ligation was used to assess the cardioprotective effects of QSYQ. The electrocardiograms, histopathology of heart tissues and serum biochemical indicators, such as brain natriuretic peptide, cardiac troponin I and inflammatory cytokines, were measured. Subsequently, ultra-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q/TOF MS) combined with the NF-κB luciferase reporter assay system was applied to screen the potential anti-inflammatory compounds in QSYQ. The results revealed that the administration of QSYQ could improve heart function, ameliorate neutrophil infiltration and diminish the levels of inflammatory cytokines in MI rats. Furthermore, 22 compounds were determined to be potential NF-κB inhibitors. In conclusion, NF-κB inactivation and cytokine suppression might be the main mechanisms of QSYQ for MI treatment. The method of UPLC-Q/TOF MS combined with a bioactive human cell functional evaluation system was proved to be a simple and effective strategy for screening bioactive compounds in traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Biomedical Chromatography 04/2015; 29(10). DOI:10.1002/bmc.3468 · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chaihuang-Yishen formula (CHYS) is a Chinese herbal formula that has been shown clinically to effectively treat chronic kidney disease including diabetic nephropathy (DN), also known as diabetic kidney disease. Our previous animal studies showed that numerous intrarenal metabolites were associated with the development of DN. In the present work, an integrated metabolomic and lipidomic analysis was used to further examine whether CHYS could attenuate the development of DN by regulating the disordered metabolic pathways. Progressive diabetic kidney disease was induced in Wistar rats by uninephrectomy and a single intraperitoneal injection of streptozocin. Over 20 weeks, one group of animals was treated with CHYS and another group went untreated. Effects of CHYS on metabolomic and lipidomic changes in the renal cortex of diabetic rats were studied using gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry, ultra-performance liquid chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry, and tandem MS-based metabolomic and lipidomic. The well-established drug fosinopril was used as positive control throughout the experiment. Like fosinopril, treatment with CHYS produced a renoprotective effect against DN. Metabolomic and lipidomic analyses showed that the therapeutic effect of CHYS on DN was significantly associated with inhibition of the elevated organic toxins including several uremic toxins and glucuronides, and normalization of diminished phospholipids, especially sphingomyelins. Improved abnormal metabolic and lipidomic disorders, such as accumulation of uremic toxins and glucuronides and phospholipids, may be mechanisms by which treatment of CHYS inhibits DN. Results from this study provide new evidence for the pharmacologic characteristics of CHYS on DN. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Ethnopharmacology 02/2015; 166. DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2015.02.019 · 3.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Zheng is the basic theory and essence of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in diagnosing diseases. However, there are no biological evidences to support TCM Zheng differentiation. In this study we elucidated the biological alteration of cirrhosis with TCM "Liver-Kidney Yin Deficiency (YX)" or "Dampness-Heat Internal Smoldering (SR)" Zheng and the potential of urine metabonomics in TCM Zheng differentiation. Differential metabolites contributing to the intergroup variation between healthy controls and liver cirrhosis patients were investigated, respectively, and mainly participated in energy metabolism, gut microbiota metabolism, oxidative stress, and bile acid metabolism. Three metabolites, aconitate, citrate, and 2-pentendioate, altered significantly in YX Zheng only, representing the abnormal energy metabolism. Contrarily, hippurate and 4-pyridinecarboxylate altered significantly in SR Zheng only, representing the abnormalities of gut microbiota metabolism. Moreover, there were significant differences between two TCM Zhengs in three metabolites, glycoursodeoxycholate, cortolone-3-glucuronide, and L-aspartyl-4-phosphate, among all differential metabolites. Metabonomic profiling, as a powerful approach, provides support to the understanding of biological mechanisms of TCM Zheng stratification. The altered urinary metabolites constitute a panel of reliable biological evidence for TCM Zheng differentiation in patients with posthepatitis B cirrhosis and may be used for the potential biomarkers of TCM Zheng stratification.
    Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 01/2015; 2015:464969. DOI:10.1155/2015/464969 · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    Guoan Luo · Yiming Wang ·

    European Journal of Integrative Medicine 12/2014; 6(6). DOI:10.1016/j.eujim.2014.09.031 · 0.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pharmacokinetic characters of rhynchophylline (RIN), gastrodin (GAS), and gastrodigenin (p-hydroxybenzyl alcohol, HBA) were investigated after oral administration of different prescriptions of Yizhi: Yizhi tablets or effective parts of tianma (total saponins from Gastrodiae, EPT) and gouteng (rhynchophylla alkaloids, EPG). At different predetermined time points after administration, the concentrations of GAS, HBA, and RIN in rat plasma were determined by an HPLC-ESI/MS method, and the main pharmacokinetic parameters were investigated. The results showed that the pharmacokinetic parameters C max and AUC0-∞ (P < 0.05) were dramatically different after oral administration of different prescriptions of Yizhi. The data indicated that the pharmacokinetic processes of GAS, HBA, and RIN in rats would interact with each other or be affected by other components in Yizhi. The rationality of the compatibility of Uncaria and Gastrodia elata as a classic "herb pair" has been verified from the pharmacokinetic viewpoint.
    Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 12/2014; 2014:167253. DOI:10.1155/2014/167253 · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A rapid quantitative analytical method for three components of Lonicerae Japonicae Flos solution (Lonicera Japonica Thumb.) extracted by water was developed using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy and the partial least-squares (PLS) method. The NIR spectra of 81 samples collected from a production line were obtained. The concentrations of secologanic acid, chlorogenic acid and galuteolin were determined by using high-performance liquid chromatography-diode array detection as the reference method. Several pretreatment methods for the NIR spectra were used during PLS calibration. The most appropriate latent variable number of the PLS factor was selected based on the standard error of cross-validation (SECV). The performance of the final PLS models was evaluated according to SECV, standard error of prediction (SEP) and determination coefficient (R2). The compounds secologanic acid, chlorogenic acid and galuteolin had SEP values of 0.030, 0.061 and 1.668 μg/mL, respectively and R2 values over 0.85. This work shows that NIR spectroscopy is a rapid and convenient method for the analysis of Lonicerae Japonicae Flos solution extracted by water. The proposed method can help in the application of process analytical technology in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in traditional Chinese medicine injections.
    Journal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences 07/2014; 07(04):1350063. DOI:10.1142/S1793545813500636 · 0.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A rapid near-infrared reflection (NIR) spectroscopy analysis method was developed for discrimination of the dried rhizome part of Acorus calamus L. and Acorus tatarinowii Schott, two kinds of traditional Chinese herbs that are sometimes mixed or used interchangeably, and the simultaneous determination of their main components β-asarone and α-asarone. The NIR spectra of 25 Acorus calamus L. samples and 25 Acorus tatarinowii Schott samples were collected in integrating-sphere diffused reflection mode and pre-processed with different methods. Principal component analysis (PCA) and discriminant partial least squares (DPLS) were applied to discriminate Acorus calamus L. from Acorus tatarinowii Schott, and the latter method proved better, more visual and effective. The quantitative models of β-asarone and α-asarone were developed using partial least squares regression (PLSR) as multivariate regression method with optimum spectral pre-processing method, wavenumber range and latent variables (LV) numbers, and the results from ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) analysis were taken as reference values. The correlation coefficients of the quantitative models of β-asarone and α-asarone are all above 0.98 while the root mean square errors of prediction (RMSEP) are all below 0.6%, indicating that the models we established have good predictive ability. The results demonstrate that NIR spectroscopy could be used to solve analogous problems for the safety of clinical medication, and can also be applied in the medical industry for the quality control of Acorus calamus L. and Acorus tatarinowii Schott.
    Analytical methods 06/2014; 6(12):4212. DOI:10.1039/c4ay00039k · 1.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Diabetic nephropathy is one of the most significant microvascular complications associated with diabetes. Until now, there is no effective treatment and the gene mechanism of diabetic nephropathy is still unclear. Tangshen formula is a traditional Chinese medicine, and has been shown to have good clinical efficacy in diabetic nephropathy treatment. The objective of this study was to investigate the changes of gene expression profiling and explore the molecular mechanism using a db/db mice model treated by Tangshen formula. After administration for 12 weeks, a microarray was applied to detect the gene expression of db/db mice kidney tissues. Quantitative real-time PCR was used to confirm the differential gene expression and carry out a JAK/STAT/SOCS signaling pathway study. Treatment with Tangshen formula reduced the levels of serum glucose and urinary albumin in db/db mice, and the effects of Tangshen formula on db/db mice were significantly different from the positive control (Losartan potassium tablets) on microarray data. It also showed that the JAK/STAT/SOCS signaling pathway played an important role in the treatment process. The expressions of JAK1, JAK2, and STAT3 were upregulated, and STAT4 was downregulated in Tangshen formula-treated db/db mice. SOCS1, 3, and 7 were all activated, while negative feedback regulated other related genes in the JAK/STAT/SOCS pathway. Our study suggested that Tangshen formula has beneficial effects on diabetic nephropathy treatment via regulating the JAK/STAT/SOCS signaling pathway. This study will help to provide evidence-based recommendations for Tangshen formula clinical treatment.
    Planta Medica 05/2014; 80(8-9). DOI:10.1055/s-0034-1368454 · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fuzilizhong Pills (FZLZ), a modified form of a famous traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Lizhong Wan in Treatise on Febrile Diseases and consisting of Panax ginseng C.A.Mey. (Ren Shen), Aconitum carmichaelii Debx. (Fu Zi, Zhi), Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch., Glycyrrhiza inflata Bat. or Glycyrrhiza glabra L. (Gan Cao), Atractylodes macrocephala Koidz. (Bai Zhu) and Zingiber offcinale Rosc. (Gan Jiang), show strong clinical therapeutic effects for dyspnea and pulmonary oedema. However, the bioactive compounds are still unclear. In this study, FZLZ was analysed using a rapid detection method to identify its anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic constituents. To develop a simple screening method to detect the anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic constituents of FZLZ. Ultra-performance liquid chromatography with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry combined with dual-bioactive (NF-κB and β2 -adrenergic receptor) luciferase reporter assay systems was employed. Two β2 -adrenergic receptor agonists (salsolinol and higeramine) and three terpenoidal analogues of NF-κB inhibitors such as ginsenosides derivatives, triperpenoids derivatives and diester-diterpenoid aconitum alkaloid derivatives were characterised. Mesaconitine, flaconitine, ginsenosides Rb2, Rf, Rg2, F1 and Ro were considered to be new NF-κB inhibitors. Furthermore, IL-8 detection by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay confirmed the anti-inflammatory effects of the potential NF-κB inhibitors. Compared with conventional fingerprints, activity-integrated fingerprints that contain both chemical and bioactive details offer a more comprehensive understanding of the chemical composition of plant materials. This strategy clearly demonstrated that dual bioactivity-integrated fingerprinting is a powerful tool for the improved screening and identification of potential dual-target lead compounds in complex herbal medicines. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Phytochemical Analysis 03/2014; 25(2). DOI:10.1002/pca.2474 · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fluidic patterning is a convenient and versatile tool for the patterning of materials, cells and microstructures on surface and in microchannels. However, its performance is usually limited by transverse diffusion between fluid streams. It would blur the boundary and deteriorate the precision of patterns. In this paper, we adopted geometric confinement to generate biphasic parallel flow that is constituted of oil and water. Since there is minimum transverse diffusion in biphasic parallel flow, the performance of fluid patterning is expected to be improved. The results show that the metal (Silver and Chromium) patterns have distinct boundary and well-controlled geometry in comparison with that by conventional laminar flow patterning. Furthermore, the high biocompatibility of oil phase (perfluorodecalin, PFD) enables the precise patterning of viable bacteria inside microchannels. Our work demonstrated a new route of using biphasic parallel flow to patterning, which would serve wide applications in prototyping and research settings.
    Biomedical Microdevices 12/2013; 16(2). DOI:10.1007/s10544-013-9828-y · 2.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A method of high performance liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (HPLC-QqQ MS) in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode for simultaneous determination of five Amadori compounds in tobacco has been developed. The separation was performed on an XBridge Amide column (250 mm x 4.6 mm, 3.5 microm) by gradient elution using methanol and water as mobile phases. The linearity of this method was good with the correlation coefficients (r) of 0.9895-0.9989. The limits of detection (S/N = 3) were from 3.51 microg/L to 14.86 microg/L, and the limits of quantitation (S/N = 10) were from 10.18 microg/L to 44.58 microg/L. The recoveries varied from 92.6% to 123.6% with the relative standard deviations (RSDs) less than 9.4%. The established method is rapid, accurate, robust and convenient, and it could be applied to the measurement of the five Amadori compounds in tobacco and cigarettes.
    Se pu = Chinese journal of chromatography / Zhongguo hua xue hui 12/2013; 31(12):1189-93. DOI:10.3724/SP.J.1123.2013.06029
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    ABSTRACT: Lotus nelumbo (LN) (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) is an aquatic crop that is widely distributed throughout Asia and India, and various parts of this plant are edible and medicinal. It is noteworthy that different organs of this plant are used in traditional herbal medicine or folk recipes to cure different diseases and to relieve their corresponding symptoms. The compounds that are contained in each organ, which are named based on their chemical compositions, have led to their respective usages. In this work, a strategy was used to identify the difference ingredients and screen for Nuclear-factor-kappaB (NF-κB) inhibitors with anti-inflammatory ability in LN. Seventeen main difference ingredients were compared and identified from 64 samples of 4 different organs by ultra-performance liquid chromatography that was coupled with quadrupole/time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/Q-TOF-MS) with principal component analysis (PCA). A luciferase reporter assay system combined with the UPLC/Q-TOF-MS information was applied to screen biologically active substances. Ten NF-κB inhibitors from Lotus plumule (LP) extracts, most of which were isoquinoline alkaloids or flavone C-glycosides, were screened. Heat map results showed that eight of these compounds were abundant in the LP. In conclusion, the LP extracts were considered to have the best anti-inflammatory ability of the four LN organs, and the chemical material basis (CMB) of this biological activity was successfully validated by multivariate statistical analysis and biological research methods.
    PLoS ONE 11/2013; 8(11):e81971. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0081971 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Renal accumulation of reactive carbonyl compounds (RCCs) has been linked to the progression of diabetic nephropathy. We previously demonstrated that carbonyl stress induces the formation of amino-carbonyl cross-links and sharply increases the content of β-sheet-rich structures, which is the seed of insoluble aggregates formation, and tea catechin (-)-epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) can reverse this process in vitro and in vivo. In this study, methylated derivative (-)-epigallocatechin-3-O-(3-O-methyl)-gallate (EGCG3"Me) was hypothesized to neutralize carbonyl stress mediating the formation of insoluble ubiquitinated protein (IUP) aggregates, and reduce the early development of diabetic nephropathy. Diabetes was induced in mice by intraperitoneally injecting alloxan monohydrate (200 mg/kg/d) twice and administering EGCG3"Me by gavage for 15 d. Reagent case and western blot results showed that, in diabetic kidneys, the carbonyl proteins in the serum increased; and in insoluble protein fraction, 4-hydroxynonenal-modified proteins, IUP aggregates and p62 accumulated; FT-IR study demonstrated that the lipid content, anti-parallel β-sheet structure and aggregates increased. EGCG3"Me treatment could effectively reverse this process, even better than the negative control treatment. EGCG3"Me exhibiting anti-β-sheet-rich IUP aggregate properties, maybe represents a new strategy to impede the progression of diabetic nephropathy and other diabetic complications.
    PLoS ONE 09/2013; 8(9):e75687. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0075687 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 'Ershiwuwei Shanhu' pill (ESP), a classical and famous prescription of traditional Tibetan medicine, has a long history of empirical clinical use for the treatment of cerebrovascular and neurological diseases, but the absence of scientific evidence for its effect restricted its clinical application and further development. The methodology of plasma pharmacochemistry was adopted to analyze the potentially bioactive components in ESP extracts. A method based on UPLC-DAD/Q-TOF-MS was established to identify herb components in ESP extracts and analyze the absorbed components of ESP and their metabolites in rat plasma, brain, heart, liver and kidney samples after oral administration of ESP extracts. A total of 61 herb components were detected and identified in ESP extracts, while 35 absorbed components -including 19 prototype compounds and 16 metabolites- were discovered as potentially bioactive components in rat plasma and tissues by comparative analysis of the UV and MS chromatograms of ESP extracts, blank biosamples and dosed biosamples. The potentially bioactive components of ESP extracts identified from rat plasma and tissues provide useful information for further study of the pharmacology and mechanism of action of ESP.
    Journal of ethnopharmacology 09/2013; 150(1). DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2013.08.046 · 3.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Multi-component fingerprinting and quantitation of the glucosinolates and nucleosides in samples of Radix Isatidis have been carried out using high-performance liquid chromatography with diode-array detection and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC–DAD–ESI/MS). Five nucleosides together with one glucosinolate were identified by comparing retention times, ultraviolet spectra, mass spectra and/or empirical molecular formulae of reference compounds. Quantitation of these six compounds was carried out simultaneously by HPLC on a Phenomenex Luna C18 column using gradient elution with methanol and water and detection at 254 nm. All calibration curves were linear (r>0.9994) within test ranges. Limits of detection and quantitation were 0.33 ng and 2.50 ng on column, respectively. Intra- and inter-day precision (as relative standard deviation) for all analytes was <2.19% with recoveries in the range 99.6%–101.8% at three concentration levels. The validated method was successfully applied to fingerprinting and assay of 25 batches of Radix Isatidis sourced from different geographical regions of China. The method is simple and reliable and has potential value in the quality control of Radix Isatidis.
    09/2013; 3(5):337–344. DOI:10.1016/j.apsb.2013.08.002
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    ABSTRACT: The main constituents in an aqueous extract of Tricholoma matsutake (Tm) were identified by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detection and electrospray ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (HPLC-DAD/TOF-MS) and ion trap mass spectrometry (HPLC-DAD/Trap-MSn). The main factors in the extraction process which affect the yields of nutrients were optimized by single-factor experiments and orthogonal experiment design. In total, 12 constituents were identified from the aqueous extract of Tm, including tyrosine, cytidine, uridine, eritadenine, phenylalanine, nicotinamide, inosine, guanosine, tryptophan, adenosine, 5′-deoxy-5′-methylthioadenosine and riboflavin. The optimized extraction conditions were: the ratio of water to sample was 10 : 1 (v/w), Tm was extracted by ultrasonic-assisted extraction for 10 min, followed by water bath heating at 60 °C for 1 h. Among these extraction factors, the heating temperature is significant based on analysis of variance (ANOVA). The yields of nutrients were affected dramatically at high temperature leading to the loss of nutrients, especially for nucleosides and some amino acids. This study provides a basis for industrialized production of health products extracted from Tricholoma matsutake and other mushrooms.
    Journal of Food Science 08/2013; 78(8):C1173-82. DOI:10.1111/1750-3841.12219 · 1.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the most abundant catechin found in green tea, effectively reduces body weight and tissue and blood lipid accumulation. To explore the mechanism by which EGCG inhibits cellular lipid accumulation in free fatty acid (FFA) induced HepG2 cell culture, we investigated the proteome change of FFA-induced HepG2 cells exposed to EGCG using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry. In this study, 36 protein spots showed a significant change in intensity by more than 1.5-fold from the control group to the FFA group and from the FFA group to the FFA + EGCG group. Among them, 24 spots were excised from gels and identified by LC-MS/MS. In total, 18 proteins were successfully identified. All identified proteins were involved in lipid metabolism, glycometabolism, antioxidant defense, respiration, cytoskeleton organization, signal transduction, DNA repair, mRNA processing, iron storage, or were chaperone proteins. This indicated that these physiological processes may play roles in the mechanism of inhibition of lipid accumulation by EGCG in FFA-induced HepG2 cells. Western blotting analysis was used to verify the expression levels of differentially expressed proteins, which agree with the proteomic results. From the proteomic analysis, we hypothesized that EGCG reduced cellular lipid accumulation in FFA-induced HepG2 cells through the activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) resulting from the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The induction of ROS may be a result of EGCG regulation of the antioxidant defense system. Activation of AMPK shifted some FFA toward oxidation, away from lipid and triglyceride storage, and suppressed hepatic gluconeogenesis. The findings of this study improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of inhibition of lipid accumulation by EGCG in HepG2 cells.
    Proteome Science 07/2013; 11(1):32. DOI:10.1186/1477-5956-11-32 · 1.73 Impact Factor

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  • 2008-2015
    • Nankai University
      • • State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology
      • • College of Pharmacy
      T’ien-ching-shih, Tianjin Shi, China
  • 1998-2015
    • Tsinghua University
      • Department of Chemistry
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2014
    • Shenyang Pharmaceutical University
      • Department of Pharmacy
      Feng-t’ien, Liaoning, China
    • Macau University of Science and Technology
      Macao, Macau, Macao
  • 2010-2013
    • East China University of Science and Technology
      • School of Pharmacy
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2011
    • University of Science and Technology of China
      Luchow, Anhui Sheng, China