Yun-Feng Zheng

Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nan-ching, Jiangsu, China

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Publications (14)24.94 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Two novel oleanane-type triterpene saponins, licorice-saponin P2 (1) and licorice-saponin Q2 (3), together with nine known compounds 2, 4-11, have been isolated from the water extract of the roots of Glycyrrhiza inflata. The structures of these compounds were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic analysis, including 2D-NMR experiments (1H-1H COSY, HSQC, HMBC and ROESY). In in vitro assays, compounds 2-4, 6 and 11 showed significant hepatoprotective activities by lowering the ALT and AST levels in primary rat hepatocytes injured by D-galactosamine (D-GalN). In addition, compounds 2-4, 6, 7 and 11 were found to inhibit the activity of PLA2 with IC50 values of 6.9 μM, 3.6 μM, 16.9 μM, 27.1 μM, 32.2 μM and 9.3 μM, respectively, which might be involved in the regulation of the hepatoprotective activities observed.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · Molecules
  • Juan-Hua Wei · Yun-Feng Zheng · Cun-Yu Li · Yu-Ping Tang · Guo-Ping Peng
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    ABSTRACT: Three new oleanane-type triterpene saponins, namely licorice-saponin M3 (1), licorice-saponin N4 (2), and licorice-saponin O4 (3), an artificial product (4), as well as five known triterpene glucuronides (5-9), were isolated from the roots of Glycyrrhiza glabra L. Their structures were established using 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and by comparison with spectroscopic data reported in the literature. The inhibitory effects of the selected compounds on neuraminidase were evaluated, and the preliminary structure-activity relationship was also predicted.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
  • Yu Fu · Jun Chen · Yan-Jing Li · Yun-Feng Zheng · Ping Li
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    ABSTRACT: Licorice, the roots and rhizomes of several Glycyrrhiza species (Leguminosae), is an important natural sweetening agent and a widely used herbal medicine. In this work, six flavonoids, 5-(1,1-dimethylallyl)-3,4,4'-trihydroxy-2-methoxychalcone (1), licochalcone B (2), licochalcone A (3), echinatin (4), glycycoumarin (5) and glyurallin B (6), were isolated from the extracts of licorice (Glycyrrhiza inflata and Glycyrrhiza uralensis). Their structures were elucidated using various spectroscopic methods. To our knowledge, compound 1 was isolated from natural plants for the first time. All the isolates were tested by antioxidant and anti-inflammatory assays. Compounds 2, 4 and 5 showed strong scavenging activity toward the ABTS(+) radical, and compounds 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 exhibited potent inhibition of lipid peroxidation in rat liver microsomes compared with the reference controls. Compounds 1-4 dose-dependently inhibited LPS induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in RAW 264.7 cells. Furthermore, compounds 1-5 were demonstrated to inhibit the production of nitric oxide (NO), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in LPS-induced macrophage cells. Moreover, the contents of the six compounds, in different Glycyrrhiza species, were quantified by HPLC-MS.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2013 · Food Chemistry
  • Yun-Feng Zheng · Jin-Qiang Yang · Juan-Hua Wei · Li Huang · Guo-Ping Peng
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    ABSTRACT: To optimize the separation process of liquirtin from glycyrrhiz by static, dynamic adsorption and desorption experiments on polyamide resin, with liquirtin, isoliquiritin and glycyrrhizic acid as the study index. The optimum process conditions were that the pH of solution was regulated to be 7.0, the concentration of liquirtin was 1.296 g x L(-1), the volume of loading buffer was 3 BV. After absorption, efforts shall be made to elute resin with water, 10%, 20%, 30% ethanol (3 BV for each), collect 20% ethanol eluted fraction, and recover solvents. The results showed lower contents of such impurities as isoliquiritin and isoliquiritin in extracts sepaprated under this process conditions, as well as an increase in purity of liquirtin from 4.86% to 88.5%. The method was simple and feasible, it could obtain a higher purity in extracts from liquirtin and provide basis for industrialized separation and preparation of liquirtin.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2013 · Zhongguo Zhong yao za zhi = Zhongguo zhongyao zazhi = China journal of Chinese materia medica
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    ABSTRACT: A green and efficient method for large-scale preparation of glycyrrhizic acid from licorice roots was developed by combination of polyamide and macroporous resin. The entire preparation procedure consisted of two simple separation steps. The first step is to use polyamide resin to remove licorice flavoniods from the licorice crude extract. Subsequently, various macroporous resins were tried to purify glycyrrhizic acid, and HPD-400 showed the most suitable adsorption and desorption properties. Under the optimized conditions, a large-scale preparation of glycyrrhizic acid from licorice roots was carried out. A 20 kg raw material produced 0.43 kg of glycyrrhizic acid using green aqueous ethanol as the solvent. The purity of glycyrrhizic acid was increased from 11.40 to 88.95% with a recovery of 76.53%. The proposed method may be also extended to produce large-scale other triterpenoid saponins from herbal materials.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2013 · Journal of Separation Science
  • He-Min Li · Yun-Feng Zheng · Xing-Lei Zhi · Cun-Yu Li · Ying Jiang · Guo-Ping Peng
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    ABSTRACT: To research the applicability of activated carbon and ultrafiltration technique in the production process of Huoxue Tongluo Injection. The kinetic-turbidimetric method was used to determine the content of bacterial endotoxins in Huoxue Tongluo solution. Particle size change in Huoxue Tongluo solution was determined by nanometer particle size instrument before and after the use of different concentration activated carbon and different molecular weight ultrafiltration membrane. The removal efficacy of bacterial endotoxins was 65.2%, 77.5%, 80.4% by using three concentrations of active carbon at 0.05%, 0.10%, 0.30% in Huoxue Tongluo Injection, respectively. It was above 95% by using cutoff molecular weight both 5 kDa and 10 kDa ultrafiltration membrane. Measure results by nanometer particle size instrument showed that particle size of filter liquor by 10 kDa cutoff molecular weight ultrafiltration membrane was much smaller than that of by use of different concentration activated carbon. Ultrafiltration method is more suitable to the removal of bacterial endotoxins. The solution is more clear after using ultrafiltration method, and large particles of solution is removed. The ultrafiltration method provides the basis for injection production.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2012 · Zhong yao cai = Zhongyaocai = Journal of Chinese medicinal materials
  • He-Min Li · Guo-Ping Peng · Yun-Feng Zheng · Cun-Yu Li · Tong-Xing Zhang
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    ABSTRACT: To study the elimination effect of bacterial endotoxins and the transmittance of Panax notoginseng saponins by ultrafiltration membranes of different cut-off molecular weight and different materials. The kinetic-turbidimetric method was used to determine the content of bacterial endotoxins in Panax notoginseng saponins solution before and after using the ultrafiltration. The change of the contents of active components was examined by HPLC,using notoginsennoside R1, ginsennoside Rg1, ginsennoside Rb1 and ginsennoside Rd as the mark components. The removal rate of bacterial endotoxin fell along with the increasing of membrane aperture. The removal rate was 20. 69% by ultrafiltration membranes of 100 KDa with polysulfone material,less than those of other ultrafiltration membranes with polysulfone material. But the removal rate of bacterial endotoxin by E membranes of blend materials was higher than those of other ultrafiltration membranes with polysulfone material. The contents of active components filtered by E membranes of blend materials was more than that of ultrafiltration membranes of 100 KDa with polysulfone material. The applicability of ultrafiltration membranes of large cut-off molecular weight and blend materials of effectual component in Panax notoginseng saponins and elimination of pyrogen is good.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2011 · Zhong yao cai = Zhongyaocai = Journal of Chinese medicinal materials
  • Yan-Jing Li · Jun Chen · Ying Li · Qin Li · Yun-Feng Zheng · Yu Fu · Ping Li
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    ABSTRACT: Licorice, derived from the dried roots and rhizomes of several species of genus Glycyrrhiza L. (Leguminosae family), has been traditionally used in herbal medicine for over 4000 years. In recent years, the interest in antioxidative constituents in licorice has greatly increased. In this work, a new method based on 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) spiking test combined with HPLC coupled with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (Q-TOF MS/MS) analysis was developed to screen and identify the antioxidants in licorice. The results of the method validation indicated that the developed method was reliable and repeatable. Compared with DPPH on-line method, the HPLC-Q-TOF MS/MS method combined with DPPH spiking test offered much higher sensitivity and resolution. Using this method, 35 radical scavengers were screened from four Glycyrrhiza species (G. inflata, G. glabra, G. pallidiflora and G. uralensis), and 21 of them were unambiguously or tentatively identified by HPLC-Q-TOF MS/MS. Among the 21 identified flavonoids, 10 compounds had been reported to possess antioxidative activities in the previous studies, and the radical scavenging activities of the other 11 compounds were reported for the first time. The effects of six purified flavonoids on DPPH radical and lipid peroxidation were evaluated for validation of the developed method. The results indicated that HPLC-Q-TOF MS/MS coupled with DPPH treatment is an efficient and powerful method to discover the potential antioxidative compounds from the complex natural product mixtures. In this study, the identified components with free radical scavenging activity, would help to explain the therapeutic benefit of licorice in the treatment of human disease associated with oxidative stress.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2011 · Journal of Chromatography A
  • Hua-Jun Liao · Yun-Feng Zheng · Hong-Yang Li · Guo-Ping Peng
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    ABSTRACT: Two new diterpenoid compounds, ginkgolide P(1) and ginkgolide Q(2), were isolated from the leaves of Ginkgo biloba L. Their structures were elucidated by various spectroscopic methods, and the structure of 1 was further confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analysis. The activities of the compounds were evaluated against platelet aggregation induced by platelet activating factor (PAF), and the preliminary structure-activity relationship was also discussed.
    No preview · Article · May 2011 · Planta Medica
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    Jian-Ming Cheng · Yun-Feng Zheng · Guo-Ping Peng
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    ABSTRACT: In the title mol-ecule, C(22)H(15)Cl(2)NO, the dihedral angles between the central aromatic ring and the N- and C=O-bonded rings are 43.13 (13) and 0.80 (14)°, respectively. The dihedral angle between the terminal rings is 43.15 (14)°. The major twist occurs about the C(ar)-N bond [C(ar)-C(ar)-N=C = 42.3 (4)°; ar is aromatic].
    Preview · Article · May 2011 · Acta Crystallographica Section E Structure Reports Online
  • Yun-Feng Zheng · Lian-Wen Qi · Jian-Liang Zhou · Ping Li
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    ABSTRACT: Oleanane-type triterpene saponins (OTS) are major active ingredients in Glycyrrhiza uralensis. In this work, a rapid-resolution liquid chromatography with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (RRLC/TOF-MS) method has been developed to characterize and identify OTS from G. uralensis. The major diagnostic ions and fragmentation pathways from thirteen OTS have been characterized for the first time. At a low fragmentor voltage of 120  V in positive ion mode, the precursor ion [M + H](+) or/and [M + Na](+) was obtained for accurate determination of molecular formula. When the fragmentor voltage was increased to 425  V, abundant characteristic fragment ions were observed for structural characterization. Neutral losses of sugar moieties, such as glucuronic acid (GlcA, 176  Da), glucose (Glc, 162  Da) and rhamnose (Rha, 146 Da), were commonly observed in the MS spectra for prediction of the sugar number and sequences. Other typical losses included AcOH (60  Da), CH(2)O (30  Da), 2 × H(2)O (2 × 18  Da) and HCOOH (46  Da) from [Aglycone + H-H(2)O](+) (named [B](+)), corresponding to the presence of a C(22)-acetyl group, C(24)-hydroxyl group, C(22)-hydroxyl group or C(30)-carboxyl group on the aglycone moiety, respectively. In particular, characteristic ring cleavages of the aglycone moieties on A- and B-rings were observed. Based on the fragmentation patterns of reference compounds, nineteen OTS have been identified in an extract of G. uralensis, thirteen of which were unambiguously identified and the other six were tentatively assigned.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2010 · Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
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    ABSTRACT: Investigation of characteristic constituents of the roots of Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fischer led to isolation of four new triterpene glucuronides, namely uralsaponins C-F (1-4), an artificial product, namely the methyl ester of glycyrrhizin (5), as well as six known triterpene glucuronides (6-11). These new compounds were identified by 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic analysis. The cytotoxicity of the selected compounds and their aglycones were evaluated against HeLa and MCF-7 cancer cell lines, and the preliminary structure-activity relationship was also elucidated.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2010 · Planta Medica
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    ABSTRACT: A reliable and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography/quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/Q-TOF-MS) method has been optimized and established for analysis of protostane triterpenoids in a commonly used traditional Chinese herbal medicine Alisma orientalis (Sam.) Juzep. The separation of crude extract of A. orientalis was achieved on a Waters ACQUITY HSS T3 column (100 mm x 2.1 mm, 1.8 microm) eluting with 0.1% (v/v) formic acid/acetonitrile. A total of 20 protostane triterpenoids including 19 known compounds and a new one were well separated within 7 min. The collision-induced dissociation (CID) tandem mass spectrometric (MS/MS) fragmentation patterns of protostane triterpenoids was firstly reported in this study. The hydrogen rearrangement at the C-23-OH leads to dissociation of the bond between C-23 and C-24 in the protostane triterpenoid skeleton during the CID process. This dissociation was the characteristic CID fragmentation pathway of this class of triterpenoids, and was useful for further differentiation of some positional isomers which contain an acetyl unit on the C-23 or C-24 position. The identities of isolated compounds were identified by comparing their retention times and CID fragmentation behaviors with those of reference standards or tentatively assigned by matching the empirical molecular formulae with those reported in the literature. It is concluded that this newly established UPLC/Q-TOF-MS method is a powerful approach for structural elucidation of protostane triterpenoids isolated from A. orientalis.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2010 · Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
  • Yun-Feng Zheng · Xian-Feng Huang · Guo-Ping Peng
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    ABSTRACT: Two new heterocyclics, named hirudonucleodisulfide A (1) and hirudonucleodisulfide B (2), were isolated from the dried material of Whitmania pigra Whitman. Their structures were elucidated by various spectroscopic means in combination with X-ray crystallographic analysis. A biological assay in vitro against anoxic injury demonstrated that 1 and 2 have moderately anti-anoxic activity with EC (50) values of 27.01 +/- 2.23 microg/mL and 19.54 +/- 1.53 microg/mL, respectively.
    No preview · Article · May 2008 · Planta Medica

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155 Citations
24.94 Total Impact Points


  • 2008-2015
    • Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
      • Department of Pharmacy
      Nan-ching, Jiangsu, China
  • 2011-2013
    • China Pharmaceutical University
      • Department of Pharmacognosy
      Nan-ching-hsü, Jiangxi Sheng, China