Analysis of Rhizoma Polygoni Cuspidati by HPLC and HPLC-ESI/MS

Tao Yi, Hao Zhang, Zongwei Cai*

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An HPLC method with photodiode array detection (PAD) and ESI/MS detection was developed for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the major chemical constituents of the dried rhizome of Polygonum cuspidatum Sieb. et Zucc. (Rhizoma Polygoni Cuspidati; Chinese name Hu-Zhang). Based on the chromatographic separation on an Altima C18 column using 0.5% aqueous acetic acid and acetonitrile as the mobile phase, nine compounds, including stilbenes, stilbene glucosides, anthraquinones and anthraquinone glucosides, were identified by online ESI/MS analysis and seven were quantified by HPLC-PAD. A full validation of the method including sensitivity, linearity, repeatability and recovery was conducted. Linear calibration was achieved over the concentration range 1-200 mg/L with R2 > 0.999, whilst the limits of detection ranged from 0.51 to 1.57 ng. Repeatability was evaluated by intra- and inter-day assays and the RSD value was within 1.79%. Recoveries of the quantified compounds were within the range 96.0-100.1% with RSD values of less than 2.2%. Five samples of Rhizoma Polygoni Cuspidati from different regions were analysed using the developed method. The major constituents piceid, resveratrol, emodin-8-O-β-D-glucoside and emodin were selected to provide an index for the quality assessment of the herbal drug.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalPhytochemical Analysis
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Food Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Plant Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

User-Defined Keywords

  • Polygonum cuspidatum: Rhizoma Polygoni Cuspidati
  • Quality assessment


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