, Volume 72, Issue 9–10, pp 963–967 | Cite as

A GC–MS-SIM Simultaneous Determination of Ligustilide and Butylidenephthalide from Ligusticum chuanxiong Using SFE

  • Qinhua Chen
  • Peng Li
  • Bing Li
  • Hangdong Yang
  • Xiulou Li
  • Fuchao Chen


A simple capillary GC–MS method for the simultaneous determination of ligustilide (LGT) and butylidenephthalide (BDP) in Ligusticum chuanxiong is described. LGT and BDP were obtained by supercritical fluid extraction (SFE), and muscone was used in this method as an internal standard for quantification. MS detection was performed in SIM mode to increase the sensitivity. The tested ranges were 20–1,000 μg mL−1 for LGT and 2–100 μg mL−1 for BDP. This method was fully validated and showed good performances in terms of recovery (98.2–101.5%) and precision (1.21–3.52%). Finally, the method was applied to the analysis of LGT and BDP in L. chuanxiong by SFE.


Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry Supercritical fluid extraction Butylidenephthalide Ligustilide Linusticumchuanxiong 



These works were supported by the Hubei Education Department Science and Technology Foundation of China (Nos.D20102108 and B20092410) and the Hubei National Scientific Foundation of China (No.2009CDB083).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qinhua Chen
    • 1
  • Peng Li
    • 1
  • Bing Li
    • 1
  • Hangdong Yang
    • 1
  • Xiulou Li
    • 1
  • Fuchao Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacy, Affiliated Dongfeng HospitalHubei Medical UniversityHubeiPeople’s Republic of China

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