Planta Med 1992; 58(4): 342-344
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-961481

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Activity of Polyphenolic Crude Extracts as Scavangers of Superoxide Radicals and Inhibitors of Xanthine Oxidase

Luca Costantino, Albano Albasini, Guilio Rastelli, Stefania Benvenuti
  • Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche della Università di Modena, Via Campi 183, I-41100-Modena, Italy
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05 January 2007 (online)


In view of the pharmacological interest in phenolic substances, we have determined the total amount of anthocyanins and polyphenols present in the berries of several cultivars of Ribes, Rubus, and Vaccinium genera. The in vitro antiradical activity of the crude extracts on chemically-generated superoxide radicals as well as the inhibitory activity towards the enzyme xanthine oxidase were studied. All the crude extracts examined showed a remarkably high activity towards chemically-generated superoxide radicals. The activities were greater than those expected on the basis of the quantities of anthocyanins and polyphenols present in the samples. Furthermore, the extracts showed a certain inhibitory activity towards xanthine oxidase. Ribes nigrum extracts exhibit the highest activity, being the richest in both anthocyanins and polyphenols. On the other hand, Ribes rubrum extracts seem to contain more active substances than the other crude extracts.