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Revista Cubana de Plantas Medicinales

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MESA-VANEGAS, Ana M. et al. Antioxidant activity and total phenols content from some species of Calophyllum genus. Rev Cubana Plant Med [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.2, pp.13-26. ISSN 1028-4796.

INTRODUCTION: the search of new natural antioxidant compounds has been of great interest for research since they interrupt the oxidation process via radical pathway of lipid, proteins, DNA and enzymes. The Calophyllum genus belongs to Clusiaceae family producing a great variety of secondary metabolites with antioxidant features; the flavonoids, the coumarins and the xanthones are the more reported compounds. The species from this genus may be a potential antioxidant source. OBJECTIVE: to determine the antioxidant activity of extracts from different polarity of Calophyllum cf. brasiliense Cambess, Calophyllum inophyllum L., Calophyllum sp. METHODS: a percolation process was carried out from the vegetal material by decoction using solvent of different polarity: hexane, dichloromethane, and ethyl acetate and methanol, concentrated at decreased pressure and monitored by thin layer chromatography (TLC). The antioxidant capacity assessment was determined using different methodologies: total phenols, ABTS (2,2-azinobis-[3 ethylbenzothiazolin-6-sulphoni]), FRAP (ferric reducing/antioxidant power) and in some selected ORAC samples (oxygen radical absorbance capacity). RESULTS: the samples containing phenol compounds with a high reducing capacity were CBTExtM, CNHTExtM, CRHTExtA, CRHTExtM, CBHExtA and CBHExtM, which also have very high ORAC values compared with other substrates; the extract with better values was the CBTExtM. The FRAP technique describes very well the oxidative phenomenon in extracts CHSTExtA, CBHExtA, CIHTExtM, CSHTExtM and CIHTExtM: in DPPH•) the extract showing TEAC high values was the CSHTExtA. The CBTExtM extract showed the better inhibition values of ABTS radical. CONCLUSIONS: the polar and moderately polar extracts from the three species of Calophyllum showed a high antioxidant activity in the assessed methodologies.

Palabras clave : antioxidant activity; free radicals; Calophyllum.

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