Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3778

Full Length Research Paper

ICP-MS determination of trace elements of different growth time in the leaves of Crataegus pinnatifida Bge. var. major

Aijing Leng1, Qiuyang Xu2, Ming Xie3, Wenjie Zhang3, Yongrui Bao3, Yang Du3, Zhongzhe Cheng3, Haibo Wang3, Xixiang Ying3* and Tingguo Kang3#
1First Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University, No. 222 Zhongshan Road, Dalian, 116011, China. 2Division of TCM, Liaoning Institute of for food and drug control, 46 Guihe Street, Tiexi, Shenyang, 110023, China. 3School of Pharmacy, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 77 Shengming 1 Road, DD Port, Dalian, 116600, China.
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  •  Accepted: 04 July 2011
  •  Published: 23 September 2011


A rapid inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) with semiquantitative modes of analysis using Li, Y, Ce, Tl and Co for external calibration of the equipment was developed to simultaneously determine 53 trace elements in the leaves of Crataegus pinnatifida Bge. var. major. Samples were analyzed directly following an acid digestion with 5 ml of conc. HNO3 by the microwave digestion system. The analytical data were obtained over a wide range from 30418.701 ng g-1 of K to 0.759 pg g-1 of Ta. The results indicated that the quality of the leaves could be effectively evaluated according to the distributions of the trace element in the leaves from different growth stages.


Key words: Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), trace elements, leaves of Crataegus pinnatifida Bge. var. major.