Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 52, Issue 6, pp 585–592 | Cite as

Cell-protective and antioxidant activity of two groups of synthetic amphiphilic compounds — Phenolics and amineN-oxides

  • A. KrasowskaEmail author
  • K. Sigler


Two classes of newly synthesized amphiphilic compounds, phenolic antioxidants (“phenolics”) andN-oxides exertin vivo antioxidant effects on liveS. cerevisiae cells. Both groups have low toxicity, phenolics being more toxic thanN-oxides and compounds with a longer alkyl chain having higher toxicity than those with a shorter alkyl chain. Phenolic antioxidants protect yeast cells exposed to the superoxide producer paraquat and peroxyl generatorert-butylhydroperoxide better thanN-oxides at 3-fold higher concentration. Both types of antioxidants enhance the survival of pro-oxidant-exposed cells ofS. cerevisiae mutants deficient in cytosolic and/or mitochondrial superoxide dismutase and could be good compounds which mimic the role of superoxide dismutases. The results of measurement of antioxidant activity in anin vitro chemiluminescence test differ from the results obtainedin vivo withS. cerevisiae superoxide dismutase mutants. In contrast to their action on live cells, phenolics are less effective thanN-oxides in preventing lipid peroxidation of an emulsion of lipids isolated fromS. cerevisiae membranes.


Alkyl Chain Paraquat TBHP Lipid Emulsion Peroxy Radical 
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1,1′-azobis(3-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride


inhibitory concentration (50 % reduction of growth)


lethal dose (50 % killing)


critical micelle concentration


N-(7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazol-4-yl)-1,2-dihexadecanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine, triethylammonium salt (‘nitrobenzoxadiazole dipalmitoylphosphatidylethanolamine’)


pleiotropic drug resistance


reactive oxygen species


superoxide dismutase (EC




thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances


N,N,N-trimethyl-4-(6-phenyl-1,3,5-hexatrien-1-yl)phenylammonium 4-toluenesulfonate (‘trimethylammonio-diphenylhexatriene’)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of BiotechnologyWrocław UniversityWrocławPoland
  2. 2.Institute of MicrobiologyAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPragueCzechia

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