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Org Biomol Chem. 2008 Mar 21;6(6):1097-102. doi: 10.1039/b715727d. Epub 2008 Feb 18.

Antioxidant activity of the new thiosulfinate derivative, S-benzyl phenylmethanethiosulfinate, from Petiveria alliacea L.

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Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kyorin University, 476 Miyasita-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-8508, Japan.


The antioxidant effects of the new thiosulfinate derivative, S-benzyl phenylmethanethiosulfinate (BPT), against the oxidation of cumene and methyl linoleate (ML) in chlorobenzene were studied in detail using HPLC. The results showed that BPT provided effective inhibition with a well-defined induction period under these oxidation conditions, and it was found that the stoichiometric factor (n), the number of peroxyl radicals trapped by one antioxidant molecule, of BPT is about 2. We then undertook a thorough investigation aimed at elucidating the active structural site of BPT. Various model compounds, such as diphenyl disulfide, dibenzyl disulfide, S-phenyl benzenethiosulfinate and S-ethyl phenylmethanethiosulfinate, were used which provided evidence that the benzylic hydrogen of BPT is mainly associated with the peroxyl radical scavenging. Moreover, we measured the rate constant for the reaction of BPT with peroxyl radicals derived from cumene and ML in chlorobenzene, and based on these measurements, BPT reacts with these peroxyl radicals with a rate constant of k(inh) = 8.6 x 10(3) and 6.2 x 10(4) M(-1) s(-1), respectively.

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