In Vitro Protocols for Measuring the Antioxidant Capacity of Algal Extracts

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1308)


In the last decade a large amount of research has been directed at targeting algal resources for biologically active molecules. High-throughput in vitro antioxidant assays are routinely used to screen for biologically active compounds present in algal extracts when the requirement is to identify samples for progression to more detailed biological scrutiny. Whilst a myriad of antioxidant assays have been developed, this present chapter aims to give step-by-step practical guidance on how to carry out some of the most popular and biologically relevant assays at the bench.

Key words

Algal extracts Antioxidants Fluorescence assays Preventative oxidation assays Radical scavenging assays Redox assays 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Owen Kenny
    • 1
  • Nigel P. Brunton
    • 2
  • Thomas J. Smyth
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Food BiosciencesTeagasc Food Research CentreDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of Agriculture and Food ScienceUCDDublinIreland
  3. 3.Department of Life SciencesInstitute of Technology SligoSligoIreland

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