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Evaluation on Antioxidant Effect of Xanthohumol by Different Antioxidant Capacity Analytical Methods
Several assays have been frequently used to estimate antioxidant capacities including , DPPH, and FRAP assays. Xanthohumol (XN), the major prenylated flavonoid contained in beer, witnessed various reports on its antioxidant capacity. We systematically evaluated the antioxidant activity of XN using three systems, 2,2,-azino-bis-3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulphonic acid () scavenging assays, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical assays, and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assays. The results are expressed as Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC). The TEAC of XN was μmol·l−1 by the ABTS assay and μmol·l−1 by the FRAP. Meanwhile, the XN did not show obviously scavenging effect on DPPH radical reaction system. These results showed that different methods in the evaluation of compound antioxidant capicity, there may be a different conclusion.
Antioxidant capacity analysis is an important indicator to evaluate the antioxidation of the component. Several assays have been frequently used to estimate antioxidant capacity in free radical biology including 2,2,-azino-bis-3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulphonic acid () scavenging assays, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical assays, and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assays. The difference of these methods is the use of different free radical. Xanthohumol (XN) is a natural prenylated chalcone derived from hops (Humulus lupulus L.). Over the past decade, anticancer, antimutagenic, and anti-inflammatory [1–5] properties of XN have been studied by many researchers, and all of these biological properties are based on its antioxidant effect.
ROS play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of several human diseases, such as cancer, rheumatoid (rheumatoid) arthritis, neurodegenerative diseases, and pulmonary diseases . It seems crucial to quench ROS as fast as possible before they attack biomolecules and cause harm. Antioxidants play an important role to eliminate ROS and other radicals; meanwhile, the antioxidant capacity is positively correlated with the ability of scavenging free radicals. There are many different kinds of evaluation reports for the antioxidant capacity of XN against ROS and other radicals. XN showed high antioxidant activity in inhibiting LDL oxidation , was able to scavenge reactive radicals including hydroxyl and peroxyl radicals, and inhibited superoxide anion and nitric oxide production . However, it has also been reported that XN to be prooxidant, was able to rapidly induces . In this paper, we compared with different methods for XN antioxidant capacity, to clarify whether methodology resulted in the conclusion differences. We have assessed the antioxidant capacity with attention to the following proposals: Niki and Noguchi reported that there are two types of antioxidants that scavenge radicals quickly and quench many radicals, and they proposed assessing reactivity based on both reaction rate and stoichiometry ; the activities of some antioxidants vary depending on the assay method, and thus use of multiple methods is recommended [9–12]; and comparative studies using common antioxidants are essential to clarify the biological significance of the activities of sample. Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) assay has been widely accepted for assessing “antioxidant power” as its inexpensive, highly reproducible, straightforward, and speedy procedure [13–16]. The TEAC method is based on the ability of antioxidant compounds to scavenge the long-lived stable radical cation chromophore of 2,2-azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline 6-sulfonate; ABTS). Nowadays, TEAC value can be assigned to all compounds by comparing their scavenging capacity to that of Trolox, a water soluble vitamin E analogue , by several free radical reaction systems.
2. Materials and Methods
2,2-Azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline 6-sulfonate acid) diammonium salt (ABTS), 6-hydroxy-2,5,7,8-tetramethylchromane-2-carboxylic acid (Trolox), hydrogen peroxide, 2,4,6-tripyridy-s-triazine (TPTZ), and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) were purchased from Sigma (ShangHai, Sigma, China). All chemicals were of analytical grade. Reagents were used without further purification. Milli-Q grade water was used in the whole process.
Xanthohumol was extracted from hop pellets (Humulus lupulus) in Yumen Tuopu Scientific and Technological Development Co. The briefly procedure as the following description. The purity was 98.64% by high performance liquid chromatography.
2.2. Sample Preparation
Stock solutions of each XN (100 μg·mL−1) and Trolox (1 mg·mL−1) were prepared in 100% (v·v−1) ethanol and stored at C until analysis.
2.3. Xanthohumol (Figure 1) Extraction and Isolation
The air-dried spent hop pellets (Humulus lupulus, 1.0 kg) were extracted three times with 70% acetone in water at room temperature; after filtration and evaporation, the residue (150 g) was dissolved in water (2.0 L) and the solution was extracted three times by ethyl acetate (EtOAc) and N-butyl alcohol (n-BuOH), respectively. The EtOAc portion (18 g) was chromatographed on a silica gel column (200–300 mesh 170 g) using CHCl3 : MeOH (100 : 1–2 : 1) gradient to provide 7 fractions (Fr A–G). Fr C was subjected to column chromatography (CC), eluted with CHCl3 : MeOH (100 : 1–3 : 1) to give five fractions (Fr C1–C5). Fr C5 (1.5 g) was subjected to CC eluted with petroleum ether: CH3COCH3 (4 : 1–2 : 1) to give four fractions (C5-1–C5-4). C5-4 was subjected to CC eluted with petroleum ether: CH3COCH3 (4 : 1–2 : 1) and then on a Sephadex LH-20 column (CHCl3 : MeOH, 2 : 1) to obtain Xanthohumol (50 mg).
2.4. Measurement of XN Antioxidant Capacity
Three types of radical scavenging capacity analytical methods were employed in the study as the following description. Each concentration of XN was run in triplicate, respectively. Mean and standard deviation () were calculated.
2.5. Radical Cation Scavenging Activity of XN
The assay is based on the inhibition of the absorbance of the radical cation of 2,2-azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline 6-sulfonate; ABTS) which has characteristic long-wavelength absorption spectrum showing maximum at 734 nm [17, 18] slightly modified by Erel . 150 μL of ABTS test reagent [17, 18] and 50 μL of sample were added to each well in a 96-well microtiter plate. As unpaired electrons are sequestered by antioxidants in the sample, the ABTS test reagent turns colourless. The absorbance of reaction system at 734 nm with microplate reader is reduced. The percentage inhibition of by the sample was calculated according to the following formula: is the absorbance of the control, and is the absorbance of the sample.
The free radical scavenging capacity of the XN, calculated as percentage inhibition of , was equated against a Trolox standard curve (10–60 μmol·L−1). Results are expressed in TEAC (μmol·L−1). Necessary dilution was done to ensure the ABTS value fell in the linear range of the standard curve.
2.6. Radical Scavenging Activity Assay of XN
The DPPH assay was performed according to the method developed by Brand-Williams et al. . The percentage inhibition of by the sample was calculated according to the following formula: is the absorbance of the control, and is the absorbance of the sample.
The free radical scavenging capacity of the XN, calculated as percentage inhibition of , was equated against a Trolox standard curve (10–60 μmol·L−1). Results are expressed in TEAC concentration (μmol·L−1). Necessary dilution was done to ensure the DPPH value fell in the linear range of the standard curve.
2.7. Ferric-Ion Reducing Antioxidant Power
A slightly modified FRAP method was used to test the total antioxidant capacity of XN . In Benzie and Strain’s original FRAP protocol [13, 21], 300 μL of FRAP reagent and 40 μL of sample were used in the reaction system. Half the amounts of FRAP reagent (150 μL) and sample (20 μL) were applied in this study to minimize the amount of sample needed to run the assay . Briefly, the FRAP reagent was produced by mixing 300 mmol·L−1 acetate buffer (pH 3.6), 10 mmol·L−1 TPTZ solution, and 20 mmol·L−1 FeCl3·6H2O in a 10 : 1 : 1 ration and was prepared freshly at 37°C [21, 23, 24]. A total of 150 μL of working FRAP reagent and 20 μL of sample were added into each well in a 96-well microtiter plate and incubated at room temperature for 30 min in dark . Reading of the colored product (ferrous tripyridyltriazine complex) was taken at 593 nm with microplate reader . The Trolox standard curve was linear between 10 and 60 μmol·L−1 Trolox. The initial blank reading for each well with just FRAP reagent was then subtracted from the final reading of FRAP reagent with sample to determine the FRAP value for sample . Results are expressed in TEAC (μmol·L−1). Necessary dilution was done to ensure the FRAP value fell in the linear range of the standard curve. Sample was measured in triplicate. Mean and standard deviation () were calculated.
2.8. Statistical Analysis
All data are presented as means (±SD) of at least three independent experiments, each experiment having a minimum of three replicates of sample. Student’s paired -test, correlation analyses, and linear regression analyses were performed using SPSS (version 13). The level of statistical significance was set at for two-side testing.
3. Results and Discussion
In the radical cation scavenging assay system, the final concentrations of XN used in the analysis are 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 μmol·L−1 with 100% (v·v−1) ethanol, and there was significant linear correlation in the percentage inhibition of concentrations of the XN (15.1%–47%). The maximum inhibition was 47% at the concentration of XN being 60 μmol·L−1. The calibration curve (Figure 2) revealed a highly positive linear correlation between the mean inhibition percentage and Trolox concentration. This curve was therefore employed to reliably estimate antioxidant potential of the tested samples, and the curve revealed a highly positive linear () correlation between mean inhibition percentage and concentration of XN too (Figure 3). The TEAC value of XN was μmol·L−1 by the ABTS assay (Table 1).
|Data are expressed as mean ± SD. Each assay was run three times .|
radical scavenging activity was quantified in terms of percentage inhibition of a preformed free radical by antioxidants in each sample. Trolox was used as standard antioxidant too. There was a highly positive linear () correlation between the mean inhibition value and the Trolox concentration (Figure 4). However, there was no statistic signification on the inhibition (10.7%–11.9%) of the radical by the various concentrations of XN (250, 200, 150, 100, 50 μmol·L−1 in 100% (v·v−1) ethanol) (Figure 5), with no clear linear correlation between the mean inhibition value and the XN concentration and no clear linear correlation between the mean inhibition value and the XN concentration ().
The calibration curve (Figure 6) revealed a highly positive linear () relation between mean FRAP value and concentration of Trolox. Figure 7 showed the correlation between FRAP and XN concentrations (125, 100, 75, 50, 25 μmol·L−1 in 100% (v·v−1) ethanol), revealed a highly positive linear (). The maximum FRAP value appeared at the 125 μmol·L−1 of XN. The TEAC value of XN was μmol·L−1 by the FRAP (Table 1).
We evaluated the antioxidant capacity of XN by the TEAC assay through , , and FRAP system and found significant difference for reducing ability of tested sample. Results showed that XN has stronger antioxidant activity in the free radical inhibition and FRAP assay system. In the radical cation scavenging assay system, the 10 μmol·L−1 of XN has 16.3% inhibition rate. The inhibition rate of XN reached 46.8% when its concentration was increased to 60 μmol·L−1. There was a highly positive linear () correlation between mean inhibition value and concentrations of XN which showed that XN significantly inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner. Since FRAP measures the reduction of FeIII-TPTZ to FeII-TPTZ, the reduction values were 49.2%, 42.3%, 37.2%, 31.5%, and 23.5% with final concentrations of XN (25, 50, 75, 100, and 125 μmol·L−1). Comparing with FRAP radical assay system, XN has stronger scavenging capacity in than FRAP system. In the DPPH assay system, XN showed that the maximum inhibitory is 11.9% with any concentration of XN. Therefore, XN has no or little scavenging effect on DPPH radical cation. Danila et al. have reported that a DPPH does not react with flavonoids without substituted OH in the B-ring or with aromatic acids with a single OH group; consequently, it could be said that DPPH scavenging highly depends on the degree of electron delocalization in a structure-activity study [26, 27]. XN possesses OH phenolics in the B-ring. The Bors’s found cannot be used to explain XN’s weak DPPH free radical system scavenging effect therefore. The farther studies are needed to clarify the relationship between the structure of XN and its free radical scavenging capacity in DPPH assay system.
The findings of the present study based on different analytical principals suggest that the ABTS, DPPH, and FRAP assays gave comparable results for the antioxidant activity measured of XN. XN is able to scavenge many types of ROS, has stronger free radical scavenging capacity in than FRAP system, and has no or little scavenging effect on DPPH radical cation reaction. So, we need to pay attention to the choice of methods when evaluating the antioxidant capacity of XN.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
This study was supported by the project supported by the Science-Technology Foundation for Middle-Aged and Young Scientists of Gansu Province, China, no.1170RJY031.
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