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LC/MS Based Tools and Strategies on Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Herbal Components in Complex Matrixes

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Accompanying with hot discussions on developing multi-target drugs for the therapy of multi-gene diseases, herbal medicines are receiving more and more attention worldwide in both academic and industrial fields. Pharmacokinetic and metabolic research is one of the important issues for intensive understanding of therapeutic benefits/risks of herbal medicines. The qualitative and quantitative analysis of herbal medicines, which is a prerequisite for pharmacokinetic and metabolic evaluations, remains a great challenge because of the intrinsic complexity of herbal medicines. This paper provides a review on the recent development of qualitative and quantitative methodologies on herbal medicines analysis. Powerful hybrid mass spectrometric tools such as Q-TOF and IT-TOF are highly useful for both the qualitative and quantitative analysis of complicated components. In the past decade, some universal useful strategies to the qualitative and quantitative analysis and pharmacokinetic assessment of complicated herbal components have been also proposed. Nonetheless, it is urgent to develop additional strategies to resolve the critical challenges underlying herbal analyses, such as the lack of authentic compounds, the difficulties in information processing, and the elimination of complex matrixes interferences.
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Keywords: Chemicalome and metabolome; LC-MS; herbal medicines; metabolism and pharmacokinetics; qualitative and quantitative analysis

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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  • Current Drug Metabolism aims to cover all the latest and outstanding developments in drug metabolism and disposition. The journal serves as an international forum for the publication of timely reviews in drug metabolism. Current Drug Metabolism is an essential journal for academic, clinical, government and pharmaceutical scientists who wish to be kept informed and up-to-date with the latest and most important developments. The journal covers the following areas:

    In vitro systems including CYP-450; enzyme induction and inhibition; drug-drug interactions and enzyme kinetics; pharmacokinetics, toxicokinetics, species scaling and extrapolations; P-glycoprotein and transport carriers; target organ toxicity and interindividual variability; drug metabolism and disposition studies; extrahepatic metabolism; phase I and phase II metabolism; recent developments for the identification of drug metabolites and adducts.
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