UPLC-ESI-Q-TOF/MS Based Metabolic Profiling of Protosappanin B in Rat Plasma, Bile, Feces, Urine and Intestinal Bacteria Samples

Author(s): Wei-Ying Chen, Guang-Yan Liang, Zuo-Liang Zheng, Yun-Shan Wu, Fang-Fang Xu, Bo Liu*, De-an Guo*

Journal Name: Current Drug Metabolism

Volume 22 , Issue 6 , 2021

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Background: Caesalpinia sappan L. is a traditional medicinal plant that is used to promote blood circulation and treat stroke in China. Protosappanin B (PTB) is a unique homoisoflavone compound isolated from Sappan Lignum (the heartwood of Caesalpinia sappan L). In a previous study, the metabolic fate of PTB remained unknown.

Objective: To explore whether PTB is extensively metabolized, the metabolites of PTB in bile, plasma, urine, feces, and intestinal bacteria samples in rats were investigated.

Methods: The biosamples were investigated by ultraperformance liquid chromatography combined with time-offlight mass spectrometry (UPLC-TOF-MS/MS) with MetabolitePilot software.

Results: 28 metabolites were identified in the biosamples: 18 metabolites in rat bile, 8 in plasma, 20 in feces, 7 in urine and 2 in intestinal bacteria samples. Both phase I and phase II metabolites were observed. Metabolite conversion occurred via 9 proposed pathways: sulfate conjugation, glucuronide conjugation, bis-glucuronide conjugation, glucose conjugation, dehydration, oxidation, hydrolysis, methylation and hydroxymethylene loss. The metabolic pathways differed among biosamples and exhibited different distributions. Among these pathways, the most important was sulfate and glucuronide conjugation.

Conclusion: The results showed that the small intestinal and biliary routes play an important role in the clearance and excretion of PTB. The main sites of metabolism in the PTB chemical structure were the phenolic hydroxyl and the side-chains on the eight-element ring.

Keywords: Protosappanin B, Metabolic pathways, UPLC-TOF-MS/MS, Plasma, Bile, Feces, Urine, Intestinal bacteria sample.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 19 February, 2021
Page: [491 - 499]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/1389200222666210219123846
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