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Gao D.,China Pharmaceutical University | Gao D.,Tasly Academy | Wang B.,Tasly Academy | Huo Z.,Tasly Academy | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis | Year: 2017

Jitong Ning Tablet (JTNT), a traditional Chinese herbal formula, consists of Eucommia ulmodies oliv, Angelicae pubescentis radix, Aconiti radix cocta, Corydalis yanhusuo w.t. wang, Glycyrrhizae radix et rhizoma, Paeoniae radix rubra and Radix puerariae. It has been demonstrated to show protective effects on ankylosing spondylitis and anti-inflammatory effects. The chemical compositions of JTNT, playing a key role in quality control, remain unknown. In this study, an ultra-performance liquid chromatography combined with quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q–TOF–MS) method in both positive and negative ion mode was established to investigate the chemical constituents of JTNT formula. In total, 162 compounds including flavonoids, triterpenoids, coumarins, alkaloids, phenylpropionic acids, lignans, terpenoids, and organic acids were detected, 152 of which were unambiguously or tentatively identified by comparing their retention times and accurate mass measurement with reference compounds and data in literatures. Our results would benefit quality control and chemical basis for JTNT. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.


PubMed | Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin Institute of Pharmaceutical Research, China Pharmaceutical University and 2 more.
Type: | Journal: European journal of medicinal chemistry | Year: 2016

Silibinin, a natural flavanone, derived from the milk thistle plant (Silybum marianum), was illustrated for several medicinal uses such as liver-protective, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammation and many other. However, silibinin has poor absorbance and bioavailability due to low water solubility, thereby limiting its clinical applications and therapeutic efficiency. To overcome this problem, the combination of silibinin with phosphatidylcholine (PC) as a formulation was used to enhance the solubility and bioavailability. The results indicated that silibinin-PC taken orally markedly enhanced bioavailability and therapeutic efficiency. In addition, a deeper understanding of the signaling pathways modulated by silibinin is important to realize its potential in developing targeted therapies against liver disorders and cancer. Silibinin has been shown to inhibit many cell signaling pathways in preclinical models, demonstrating promising effects against liver disorders and cancer through invitro and invivo studies. This review summarizes the pharmacokinetic properties, bioavailability, safety data, clinical activities and modulatory effects of silibinin in different cell signaling pathways against liver disorders and cancer.


PubMed | Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tianjin Institute of Pharmaceutical Research, Heilongjiang University and Tasly Academy
Type: | Journal: Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis | Year: 2016

A rapid and sensitive ultra fast liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method (UFLC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of six Saikosaponins (SSs) (SSa, SSb1, SSb2, SSd, SSc, SSf) of Bupleurum Dropping Pills (BDP) in rat plasma using chloramphenicol as the internal standard (IS). The SSs were separated using an ACQUITY UPLC() BEH C18 column (50 mm 2.1mm, 1.7 m) and detection of these compounds were done by using a Qtrap 5500 mass spectrometer coupled with negative electrospray ionization (ESI) source under the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. According to regulatory guidelines, the established method was fully validated and results were showed within acceptable limits. The lower limit of quantifications (LLOQs) of all analytes were 0.2 ng/mL. The validated method was successfully applied into a pharmacokinetic study of orally administered BDP in rats.


PubMed | Hebei University and Tasly Academy
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Biomedical chromatography : BMC | Year: 2015

A sensitive and reliable GC-MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of ascaridole, p-cymene and -terpinene in rat plasma using naphthalene as internal standard. The plasma samples were extracted with ethyl acetate. Chromatographic separation was carried out on a HP-5MS capillary analytical column (30m0.25mm, 0.25m) and detection was performed on a quadrupole mass spectrometer detector operated under selected ion monitoring mode. The method showed excellent linearity over the investigated concentration range (r>0.99) with the limit of quantitation down to 50, 10 and 5ng/mL for ascaridole, p-cymene and -terpinene, respectively. The intra-day and inter-day precisions (RSD) were <11.3%, and the accuracy was between 90.7 and 113.8%. The method was successfully applied to investigate the pharmacokinetics of Chenopodium ambrosioides L. following oral administration to rats.


PubMed | Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hunan University and Tasly Academy
Type: | Journal: Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis | Year: 2016

In this study, a new approach using


PubMed | Tianjin Institute of Pharmaceutical Research, Tianjin University and Tasly Academy
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of chromatographic science | Year: 2016

A very simple and selective high-performance liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) method was developed for simultaneous determination and pharmacokinetic study of protocatechuic aldehyde (PAL) and its active metabolite protocatechuic acid (PCA). The method involves a simple liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate. The separation was performed on a Hypersil GOLD C18 column (2.1 150 mm, 3.0 m; particle, Thermo, USA) with isocratic elution using a mobile phase consisted of methanol and water (containing 0.1% formic acid) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. The detection of target compounds was done by using low-energy collision dissociation tandem mass spectrometry (CID-MS-MS) using the selective reaction monitoring scan mode. The method was linear for all analytes over the investigated range for all correlation coefficients greater than 0.9950. The lower limits of quantification were 2.0 ng/mL for PAL and PCA. The intra- and interday precisions (relative standard deviation, RSD %) were <6.84 and 5.54%, and the accuracy (relative error, RE %) was between -2.85 and 0.74% (n = 6). The developed method was applied to study the pharmacokinetics of PAL and its major active metabolite PCA in rat plasma after oral and intravenous administration of PAL.


Jensen G.S.,NIS Labs | Beaman J.L.,NIS Labs | He Y.,Tasly Academy | Guo Z.,Tasly Academy | Sun H.,Tasly Pharmaceuticals Inc
Clinical Interventions in Aging | Year: 2016

Objective: The goal for this study was to evaluate the effects of daily consumption of Puer tea extract (PTE) on body weight, body-fat composition, and lipid profile in a non-Asian population in the absence of dietary restrictions. Materials and methods: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study design was used. A total of 59 overweight or mildly obese subjects were enrolled upon screening to confirm fasting cholesterol level at or above 220 mg/dL (5.7 mmol/dL). After giving informed consent, subjects were randomized to consume PTE (3 g/day) or placebo for 20 weeks. At baseline and at 4-week intervals, blood lipids, C-reactive protein, and fasting blood glucose were evaluated. A dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan was performed at baseline and at study exit to evaluate changes to body composition. Appetite and physical and mental energy were scored at each visit using visual analog scales (0-100). Results: Consumption of PTE was associated with statistically significant weight loss when compared to placebo (P<0.05). Fat loss was seen for arms, legs, and the gynoid region (hip/belly), as well as for total fat mass. The fat reduction reached significance on within-group analysis, but did not reach between-group significance. Consumption of PTE was associated with improvements to lipid profile, including a mild reduction in cholesterol and the cholesterol:high-density lipoprotein ratio after only 4 weeks, as well as a reduction in triglycerides and very small-density lipoproteins, where average blood levels reached normal range at 8 weeks and remained within normal range for the duration of the study (P<0.08). No significant changes between the PTE group and the placebo group were seen for fasting glucose or C-reactive protein. A transient reduction in appetite was seen in the PTE group when compared to placebo (P<0.1). Conclusion: The results from this clinical study showed that the daily consumption of PTE was associated with significant weight loss, reduced body mass index, and an improved lipid profile. © 2016 Jensen et al.


PubMed | NIS Labs, Tasly Pharmaceuticals Inc and Tasly Academy
Type: | Journal: Clinical interventions in aging | Year: 2016

The goal for this study was to evaluate the effects of daily consumption of Puer tea extract (PTE) on body weight, body-fat composition, and lipid profile in a non-Asian population in the absence of dietary restrictions.A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study design was used. A total of 59 overweight or mildly obese subjects were enrolled upon screening to confirm fasting cholesterol level at or above 220 mg/dL (5.7 mmol/dL). After giving informed consent, subjects were randomized to consume PTE (3 g/day) or placebo for 20 weeks. At baseline and at 4-week intervals, blood lipids, C-reactive protein, and fasting blood glucose were evaluated. A dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan was performed at baseline and at study exit to evaluate changes to body composition. Appetite and physical and mental energy were scored at each visit using visual analog scales (0-100).Consumption of PTE was associated with statistically significant weight loss when compared to placebo (P<0.05). Fat loss was seen for arms, legs, and the gynoid region (hip/belly), as well as for total fat mass. The fat reduction reached significance on within-group analysis, but did not reach between-group significance. Consumption of PTE was associated with improvements to lipid profile, including a mild reduction in cholesterol and the cholesterol:high-density lipoprotein ratio after only 4 weeks, as well as a reduction in triglycerides and very small-density lipoproteins, where average blood levels reached normal range at 8 weeks and remained within normal range for the duration of the study (P<0.08). No significant changes between the PTE group and the placebo group were seen for fasting glucose or C-reactive protein. A transient reduction in appetite was seen in the PTE group when compared to placebo (P<0.1).The results from this clinical study showed that the daily consumption of PTE was associated with significant weight loss, reduced body mass index, and an improved lipid profile.


PubMed | Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Tasly Academy
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Biomedical chromatography : BMC | Year: 2016

A simple, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for the determination of periplocymarin in biological samples was developed and successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution study of periplocymarin after oral administration of periplocin. Biological samples were processed with ethyl acetate by liquid-liquid extraction, and diazepam was used as the internal standard. Periplocymarin was analyzed on a C18 column with isocratic eluted mobile phase composed of methanol and water (containing 0.1% formic acid) at a flow rate of 0.2mL/min (73:27, v/v). Detection was performed on a triple-quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer using positive-ion mode electrospray ionization in the selected reaction monitoring mode. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were m/z 535.3355.1 and 285.1193.0 for periplocymarin and diazepam, respectively. Good linearity was observed over the concentration ranges. The lower limit of quantification was 0.5ng/mL in plasma and tested tissues. The intra-and inter-day precisions (relative standard deviation) were <10.2 and 10.5%, respectively, and accuracies (relative error) were between -6.8 and 8.9%. Recoveries in plasma and tissue were >90%. The validated method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution studies of periplocymarin in rats. Copyright 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Zhang Y.-M.,Nankai University | Han M.,Nankai University | Han M.,Tasly Academy | Chen H.-Z.,Nankai University | And 2 more authors.
Organic Letters | Year: 2013

A novel molecular switch based on the supramolecular complex of 2,4,6-triarylpyridine modified β-cyclodextrin and acridine red was successfully constructed in aqueous solution, displaying the controlled photophysical behaviors by the effect of supramolecular positive cooperativity and fluorescence resonance energy-transfer process. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

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