A. Zotou, Z. Loukou
Aug 1, 2001
SummaryAn isocratic reversed-phase liquid chromatographic method for the simultaneous determination of hypericin and pseudohypericin, two of the main constituents ofHypericum Perforatum L., has been developed. The compounds were eluted from an Inertsil ODS-3, column by triethylammonium acetate-methanol-acetonirile (5:15:80) eluent and detected fluorimetrically, excitation 478, emission 598 nm. Hypericin and pseudohypericin were extracted from flowring tops by Soxhlet and pseudohypericin was isolated from the extract by collecting its chromatographic peak from the eluent flow. Identification of peaks was by HPLC coupled to a diode array detector and electrospray MS. The method was applied to the determination of hypericin and pseudohypericin in plant extract and in pharmaceutical tablets. For the latter a solid-phase extraction procedure was adopted. Riboflavin (0.1 ng.μL−1) was used as internal standard. The linear working range of the method is 0.025–4 ng.μL−1 and limit of detection 0.2 ng injected on-column. A comparative SPE study for hypericin is presented.