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Mar. Drugs 2015, 13(10), 6521-6536;

Simultaneous Determination of Fucoxanthin and Its Deacetylated Metabolite Fucoxanthinol in Rat Plasma by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry

Third Institute of Oceanophy Sgratate Oceanic Administration, Xiamen 361005, Fujian, China
College of Pharmacy, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, China
Fujian Collaborative Innovation Center for Exploitation and Utilization of Marine Biological Resources, Xiamen 361005, Fujian, China
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Academic Editors: Patrizia Russo and Massimo Fini
Received: 28 August 2015 / Revised: 28 August 2015 / Accepted: 5 October 2015 / Published: 23 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Natural Products that Target Metabolic Disorders)
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Fucoxanthin and its deacetylated metabolite fucoxanthinol are two major carotenoids that have been confirmed to possess various pharmacological properties. In the present study, fucoxanthinol was identified as the deacetylated metabolite of fucoxanthin, after intravenous (i.v.) and intragastric gavage (i.g.) administration to rats at doses of 2 and 65 mg/kg, respectively, by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) analysis. Next, an accurate and precise LC-MS/MS method was developed to quantitatively determine fucoxanthin and fucoxanthinol in rat plasma. Plasma samples were resolved by LC-MS/MS on a reverse-phase SB-C18 column that was equilibrated and eluted with acetonitrile (A)/aqueous 0.1% formic acid (B; 92/8, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.5 mL/min. Analytes were monitored by multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) under positive electrospray ionization mode. The precursor/product transitions (m/z) were 659.3→109.0 for fucoxanthin, 617.2→109.0 for fucoxanthinol, and 429.4→313.2 for the internal standard (IS). Calibration curves for fucoxanthin and fucoxanthinol were linear over concentrations ranging from 1.53 to 720 and 1.17 to 600 ng/mL, respectively. The inter- and intraday accuracy and precision were within ±15%. The method was applied successfully in a pharmacokinetic study and the resulting oral fucoxanthin bioavailability calculated. View Full-Text
Keywords: fucoxanthin; fucoxanthinol; metabolite; LC-MS/MS; pharmacokinetics fucoxanthin; fucoxanthinol; metabolite; LC-MS/MS; pharmacokinetics

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Zhang, Y.; Wu, H.; Wen, H.; Fang, H.; Hong, Z.; Yi, R.; Liu, R. Simultaneous Determination of Fucoxanthin and Its Deacetylated Metabolite Fucoxanthinol in Rat Plasma by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Mar. Drugs 2015, 13, 6521-6536.

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