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Molecules 2015, 20(5), 9455-9467; doi:10.3390/molecules20059455

Relationship between High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Fingerprints and Uric Acid-Lowering Activities of Cichorium intybus L.

School of Chinese Pharmacy, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100102, China
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Academic Editor: Derek J. McPhee
Received: 26 March 2015 / Accepted: 18 May 2015 / Published: 22 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Natural Products)
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This study aimed to explore the spectrum-effect relationships between high-performance liquid chromatography fingerprints and the uric acid-lowering activities of chicory. Chemical fingerprints of chicory samples from ten different sources were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography, and then investigated by similarity analysis and hierarchical clustering analysis. Pharmacodynamics experiments were conducted in animals to obtain the uric acid-lowering activity information of each chicory sample. The spectrum-effect relationships between chemical fingerprints and the uric acid-lowering activities of chicory were established by canonical correlation analysis. The structures of potential effective peaks were identified by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. The results showed that a close correlation existed between the spectrum and effect of chicory. Aesculin, chlorogenic acid, chicoric acid, isochlorogenic acid A/B/C and 13,14-seco-stigma5(6),14(15)-diene-3α-ol might be the main effective constituents. This work provides a general model of the combination of high-performance liquid chromatography and uric acid-lowering activities to study the spectrum-effect relationships of chicory, which can be used to discover the principle components responsible for the bioactivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: chicory; spectrum-effect relationships; uric acid-lowering chicory; spectrum-effect relationships; uric acid-lowering

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Zhu, C.-S.; Zhang, B.; Lin, Z.-J.; Wang, X.-J.; Zhou, Y.; Sun, X.-X.; Xiao, M.-L. Relationship between High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Fingerprints and Uric Acid-Lowering Activities of Cichorium intybus L.. Molecules 2015, 20, 9455-9467.

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