Antioxidant, Antimicrobial Effects and Phenolic Profile of Lycium barbarum L. Flowers
AbstractL. barbarum L. is a widely-accepted nutraceutical presenting highly advantageous nutritive and antioxidant properties. Its flowers have been previously described as a source of diosgenin, β-sitosterol and lanosterol that can be further pharmaceutically developed, but no other data regarding their composition is available. The purpose of this work was to investigate the chemical constituents, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of L. barbarum flowers, as an alternative resource of naturally-occurring antioxidant compounds. The free radical scavenging activity of the ethanolic extract was tested by TEAC, two enzymatic assays with more physiological relevance and EPR spectroscopy. The presence of several phenolic compounds, such as chlorogenic, p-coumaric and ferulic acids, but also isoquercitrin, rutin and quercitrin, was assessed by an HPLC/MS method. The antioxidant assays revealed that the extract exhibited a moderate antioxidant potential. The antimicrobial activity was mild against Gram-positive bacteria and lacking against Escherichia coli. These findings complete the scarce existing data and offer new perspectives for further pharmaceutical valorization of L. barbarum flowers. View Full-Text
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Mocan, A.; Vlase, L.; Vodnar, D.C.; Gheldiu, A.-M.; Oprean, R.; Crișan, G. Antioxidant, Antimicrobial Effects and Phenolic Profile of Lycium barbarum L. Flowers. Molecules 2015, 20, 15060-15071.
Mocan A, Vlase L, Vodnar DC, Gheldiu A-M, Oprean R, Crișan G. Antioxidant, Antimicrobial Effects and Phenolic Profile of Lycium barbarum L. Flowers. Molecules. 2015; 20(8):15060-15071.Chicago/Turabian Style
Mocan, Andrei; Vlase, Laurian; Vodnar, Dan C.; Gheldiu, Ana-Maria; Oprean, Radu; Crișan, Gianina. 2015. "Antioxidant, Antimicrobial Effects and Phenolic Profile of Lycium barbarum L. Flowers." Molecules 20, no. 8: 15060-15071.