Journal of chromatography. A

A strategy for screening antioxidants in Ginkgo biloba extract by comprehensive two-dimensional ultra high performance liquid chromatography.

PMID 26477520


Recently, screening of bioactive compounds by on-line ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) draws increasing attentions for the advantages of rapidity and intuition. Nevertheless, most on-line methods were limited to the shortcoming like low resolution and peak capacity, which could interfere the active ingredient identification. Comprehensive two-dimensional UHPLC (LC×LC) has revealed to be a powerful tool to separate complex mixtures. Herein, a strategy based on LC×LC analysis coupled with pre-column 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay was proposed to screen the antioxidants from the extract of Ginkgo biloba (EGB). A total of 61 compounds were identified in EGB, and 25 of them showed appreciable radical scavenging capacity. This work may offer pharmacodynamics base for further research about EGB, also the strategy is likelihood to be applied in screening antioxidant in other herbal medicine.