Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences

Measurement of hydroxysafflor yellow A in human urine by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

PMID 25463208


A rapid and specific high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed for the quantification of hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) in human urine with isorhamnetin-3-O-neohespeidoside as internal standard (IS). HSYA and IS were extracted from urine samples by simple solid-phase extraction and separated on an Agilent Zorbax SB C18 column (4.6 mm × 150 mm, 5 μm) with the mobile phase of 0.2 mM ammonium acetate: methanol (30/70, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. Polar endogenous interferences eluted in 0.1-2.5 min were switched into waste channel by the Valve Valco, to reduce the possible matrix effect for MS detection in each run. The MS detection of analytes was performed on a tandem mass spectrometer equipped with an electrospray ionization source in negative mode using multiple-reaction monitoring. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were m/z 611.3→491.2 for HSYA and m/z 623.2→299.2 for IS. The method was fully validated for selectivity, sensitivity, linearity, precision, accuracy, recovery, matrix effect and stability, and then was applied to the urinary excretion study of injectable powder of pure HSYA in healthy Chinese volunteers for the first time. The results suggested that urine was the main excretion way of HSYA in healthy volunteers, further demonstrating the feasibility and necessity of our current method.