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Arch Pharm Res. 2005 Jul;28(7):804-9.

Neuroprotective and free radical scavenging activities of phenolic compounds from Hovenia dulcis.

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Laboratory of Immunomodulator, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, PO Box 115, Yuseong, Daejeon 305-333, Korea.


The EtOAc-soluble fraction from a methanolic extract of Hovenia dulcis Thunb. exhibited neuroprotective activity against glutamate-induced neurotoxicity in mouse hippocampal HT22 cells. The neuroprotective activity-guided isolation resulted in 8 phenolic compounds (1-8), such as vanillic acid (1), ferulic acid (2), 3,5-dihydroxystilbene (3), (+)-aromadendrin (4), methyl vanillate (5), (-)-catechin (6), 2,3,4-trihydrobenzoic acid (7), and (+)-afzelechin (8). Among these, compounds 6 and 8 had a neuroprotective effect on the glutamate-induced neurotoxicity in HT22 cells. Furthermore, compound 6 had a DPPH free radical scavenging effect with an IC50 value of 57.7 microM, and a superoxide anion radical scavenging effect with an IC50 value of 8.0 microM. Both compounds 6 and 8 had ABTS cation radical scavenging effects with IC50 values of 7.8 microM and 23.7 microM, respectively. These results suggest that compounds 6 and 8 could be neuroprotectants owing to their free radical scavenging activities.

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