Separation of caffeoylquinic acids and flavonoids from Asteris souliei by high-performance counter-current chromatography and their anti-inflammatory activity in vitro.

Research paper by Qiang Q Zhang, He-Ying HY Pei, Kai K Chen, Huan H Tang, Bo B Wu, Ming-Hai MH Tang, Ai-Hua AH Peng, Hao-Yu HY Ye, Li-Juan LJ Chen

Indexed on: 24 Mar '17Published on: 24 Mar '17Published in: Journal of Separation Science


Eleven compounds were successfully separated from Asteris souliei by using a two-step high-performance counter-current chromatography method. The first step involved a reversed phase isocratic counter-current chromatography separation using hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:0.8:1:1 v/v), which produced three fractions, the first two of which were mixtures. The second step used step-gradient reversed-phase counter-current chromatography with hexane/butanol/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:0.5:3.5:1:4 v/v) initially followed by hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:2:1:2 v/v) to separate Fraction 1 into seven compounds; and hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:1:1:1.2 v/v) to separate Fraction 2 into three further compounds. The chemical structures of the separated compounds were identified by ESI-MS and NMR spectroscopy ((1) H and (13) C). Baicalin (5), eriodictyol (7), apigenin-7-glycoside (8), quercetin (9), luteolin (10), and apigenin (11) showed obvious inhibitory effects on lipopolysaccharide-induced nitric oxide production in RAW264.7 cells at a concentration of 10 μg/mL. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.