Author: Jian Yu, Li-Qiang Gu, Yan-Fei Xin, Hai-Yan Gao, Xiao-Zhen Xu, Sheng Zhang, Guo-Liang Zhou, Zhen-Qiang You, Li-Ru Huo and Yao-Xian Xuan

Publishing Date: 2017

E-ISSN: 1011-601X

Volume 30 Issue 2


SHENMAI injection, a prescription comprised of Panax ginseng and Ophiopogon japonicas, is being extensively applied in the field of cardio-protection and immune-modulation in China. Ginsenosides are the main active components in SHENMAI injection. In order to capture and analyze the pharmacokinetic profile of major ginsenosides of SHENMAI injection in Beagle dogs, liquid chromatography equipped with electro-spray ionization and tandem mass spectrometry method was applied in simultaneous determination for protopanaxatriol type ginsenoside (Re, Rf, Rg1), protopanaxadiol type ginsenoside (Rb2, Rb1, Rd, Rc) and oleanolic acid type ginsenoside (Ro). A C18 column (150 × 2.1mm, 5μm) and a linear gradient program were used to achieve chromatographic separation, with 0.02% acetic acid solution and acetonitrile. I.S. and ginsenosides were detected by LC-MS/MS in selective reaction mode. Good linearity spanning 5- 1500ng/mL was achieved with the R2 values higher than 0.99 for all analytes. Limit of quantification of all analytes were 3ng/mL. Intra- and inter-day precisions ranges from 0.47 to15.68 % and accuracies were within the range of 85.27-117.57%. Validated analyzing method was then used in the pharmacokinetic experiment for SMI in dogs. The results showed that the pharmacokinetic profile of protopanaxadiol, protopanaxatriol and oleanolic acid type ginsenoside were significant difference in dogs. Protopanaxadiol type ginsenosides exhibited an extremely higher level of exposure and a much slower elimination process. Whereas protopanaxatriol type ginsenosides were quickly eliminated. We concluded that 20 (S) – protopanaxadiol type ginseno sides could be a potential pharmacokinetic marker of SHENMAI injection.

KEYWORDS: ‘SHENMAI’ injection, HPLC-ESI-MS/MS, ginsenosides, dogs, pharmacokinetics.

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