Distribution, metabolism and excretion of butylidenephthalide of Ligustici chuanxiong rhizoma in hairless mouse after dermal application

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  • The absorption, distribution and excretion of butylidenephthalide after dermal application to hairless mouse have been examined with [8-14C]butylidenephthalide. By the investigation of the whole body autoradiogram and liquid scintillation analysis, it was indicated that the transdermally applied butylidenephthalide quickly permeate into peripheral circulation system without accumulation in the skin and then distribute into lung, liver, bile and kidney. The total radioactivity, however, was decreased due to excretion into urine, and in the case of i.v.-administration, 80% of the administered butylidenephthalide was excreted into urine within 24 h, while only 5% was excreted into feces within 24 h. Then, the metabolite in urine was determined to be a cysteine conjugate by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method. Thus, it has been concluded that after dermal application butylidenephthalide quickly permeates through skin into peripheral circulation system; distributes to lung, liver, bile and kidney; and then excreted into urine as a cysteine adduct. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.
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  • Sekiya K; Tezuka Y; Tanaka K; Prasain JK; Namba T; Katayama K; Koizumi T; Maeda M; Kondo T; Kadota S
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  • 401
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  • 409
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  • 71
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  • 3