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Abstract

During our studies on the metabolism of kobophenol A (1) in rats, we had isolated, purified, and identified the main new oxidative metabolite of 1, koboquinone A (2) from rats' feces. To elucidate the metabolic pathway of 1 in rats, we conducted the in vitro metabolic experiments of 1 by human intestinal bacteria and found that Klebsiella pneumoniae produced appreciable amounts of 2. This was verified by means of high performance liquid chromatography mass/mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS/MS) analysis.