A rapid and validated method using ultra high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with a triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (UHPLC-QQQ MS) was developed for simultaneous determination of four active steroidal saponins, i.e., dichotomin (1), pennogenin 3-O-α-l-arabinofuranosyl-(1→4)-[α-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)]-β-d-glucopyranoside (2), pennogenin 3-O-α-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-[α-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→4)-α-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→4)]-β-d-glucopyranoside (3) and diosgenin 3-O-α-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-[α-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→4)-α-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→4)]-β-d-glucopyranosidein (4), in Ypsilandra thibetica Franch. The optimized sample preparation and UHPLC-QQQ MS conditions were chosen for quantitative analysis. The separation was performed on an Agilent Zorbax Eclipse Plus C18 column (2.1 mm × 50 mm, 1.8 μm) with gradient elution of acetonitrile-0.1% formic acid in water. All calibration curves showed good linear regression (r> 0.9985) within the test range. The limits of detection and quantification were in the range of 0.02-4.40 and 0.04-22.0 ng/mL, respectively. The proposed method was applied to analyze two batches of Y. thibetica samples for target compounds within 10 min. This work promoted the quality control method for raw material or preparations of Y. thibetica.
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