, Volume 21, Issue 7, pp 1341-1346
Date: 02 May 2011

Antioxidant activities and transition metal ion chelating studies of some hydroxyl Schiff base derivatives

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Several hydroxyl Schiff base (HSB) compounds (110) with good radical scavenging activity (RSA) were designed. Compounds 6, 7, and 10 showed better RSAs than the common synthetic antioxidant 2,6-diter-butyl-4-methylphenol (BHT) in DPPH and ABTS assays. To probe whether these HSB compounds may exert their antioxidant effect through transition metal ion chelation, the copper and ferrous chelating abilities of them were investigated. It was found by fluorescence quenching spectra that the binding constants K a were in the range of 0.85×103–7.30×104 M−1. Further study was carried out by the complexation of a representative compound 5 with ferrous ion in mass spectrum. A 2:1 5-ferrous complex was readily formed in a methanol–water solution (v:v, 8:2), which confirmed that the chelation happened when the HSB compounds were treated with transition metal ions. The above results indicated that the transition metal ion chelation play an important role in their antioxidant abilities.