Anti-oxidative and inhibitory activities on nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (COX-2) production of flavonoids from seeds of Prunus tomentosa Thunberg


Chemical investigation of the 80% Me2CO extract from the seeds of Prunus tomentosa led to the isolation and identification of six flavonoids: kaempferol (1), kaempferol 3-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside (2; afzelin), kaempferol 3-O-β-D-(6-acetyl)-glucopyranosyl(1→4)-α-L-rhamnopyranoside (3; multiflorin A), kaempferol 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl(1→4)-α-L-rhamnopyranoside (4; multiflorin B), quercetin 3-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside (5; quercitrin), and quercetin 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl (1→4)-α-L-rhamnopyranoside (6; multinoside A). Anti-oxidative and inhibitory activities on nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 production in interferon-γ (INF-γ) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated RAW 264.7 cells in vitro (COX-2) of the isolated compounds were evaluated. Compounds 1, 5, and 6 exhibited potent anti-oxidative activity in the DPPH radical scavenging assay with IC50 values of 57.2, 59.4, and 54.3 μg/mL respectively. The positive control, ascorbic acid, had an IC50 of 55.5 μg/mL. Compounds 1, 5, and 6 also reduced COX-2 levels in a dose dependent manner with IC50 values of 10.2, 8.7, and 9.6 μg/mL respectively, with the positive control, indomethacin, having an IC50 of 5.1 μg/mL. All six compounds inhibited NO production in a dose dependent manner with IC50 values of 35.1, 42.8, 40.0, 44.8, 43.7, and 43.9 μg/mL respectively, while the positive control, L-NMMA, had an IC50 of 42.1 μg/mL.

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Kim, S.K., Kim, H.J., Choi, S.E. et al. Anti-oxidative and inhibitory activities on nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (COX-2) production of flavonoids from seeds of Prunus tomentosa Thunberg. Arch. Pharm. Res. 31, 424 (2008).

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Key words

  • Prunus tomentosa
  • Rosaceae
  • Flavonoid
  • Antioxidative activity
  • Nitric oxide
  • Cyclooxygenase-2