Ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with high-resolution quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis of the impact of bran-processing on the chemical profile of Radix Paeoniae Alba (Baishao)

In this study, a rapid and versatile ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with high-resolution quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry-based chemical profiling approach was applied to evaluate chemical constitution of crude and processed Radix Paeoniae Alba (RPA) samples. A total of 44 compounds were identified, among which the contents of 9 compounds in processed samples were obviously decreased and 8 compounds were increased. Furthermore, compound 28 was not found in RPA sample after stir-frying with wheat bran. The proposed method provided a chemical basis for exploring the processed mechanism of herbal medicine.