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Bioorg Med Chem. 2001 Jan;9(1):41-50.

Antioxidant constituents from rhubarb: structural requirements of stilbenes for the activity and structures of two new anthraquinone glucosides.

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Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan.


The methanolic extracts from five kinds of rhubarb were found to show scavenging activity for DPPH radical and .O2-. Two new anthraquinone glucosides were isolated from the rhizome of Rheum undulatum L. together with two anthraquinone glucosides, a naphthalene glucoside, and 10 stilbenes. In the screening test for radical scavenging activity of rhubarb constituents, stilbenes and a naphthalene glucoside showed activity, but anthraquinones and sennosides did not. In addition, most stilbenes inhibited lipid peroxidation of erythrocyte membrane by tert-butyl hydroperoxide. Detailed examination of the scavenging effect on various related compounds suggested the following structural requirements; 1) phenolic hydroxyl groups are essential to show the activity; 2) galloyl moiety enhances the activity; 3) glucoside moiety reduces the activity; 4) dihydrostilbene derivatives maintain the scavenging activity for the DPPH radical, but they show weak activity for .O2-. In addition, several stilbenes with both the 3-hydroxyl and 4'-methoxyl groups inhibited xanthine oxidase.

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