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Title: Antioxidant capacity and toxicological evaluation of pterospartum tridentatum flower extracts
Author: Ferreira, Fernanda M.
Dinis, Lia T.
Azedo, Pedro
Galhano, Cristina
Cardoso, Susana M.
Domingues, M.R.M.
Pereira, Olívia R.
Simões, Anabela
Palmeira, Carlos
Peixoto, Francisco P.
Keywords: Antioxidant capacity
Oxidative phosphorylation
Pterospartum tridentatum (L.) Willk.
Toxicologic evaluation
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Ferreira, Fernanda; Dinis, Lia; Azedo, Pedro; Galhano, Cristina; Cardoso, Susana; Domingues, M. Rosário; Pereira, Olívia R.; Simões, Anabela; Palmeira, Carlos; Peixoto, Francisco (2012) - Antioxidant capacity and toxicological evaluation of pterospartum tridentatum flower extracts. CyTA - Journal of Food. ISSN 1947-6337. 10:2, p. 92-102
Abstract: Pterospartum tridentatum Willk. (prickled broom) is an autochthonous plant, common in Portuguese territory. The yellow flowers are used in traditional medicine, as a potential cure for all body illnesses, mainly for throat irritation treatment or for diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia therapy.Despite its traditional use, no toxicological assessment has been performed as we know. A high antioxidant activity of P. tridentatum flower water extract was acessed in good agreement with its ESI-MS spectrum that revealed the presence of several flavonoids, as luteolin-O-(O-acetyl)-glucuronide, luteolin-O- glucuronide or isorhamnetin-O-hexoside. Mitocondrial respiratory rates (state 4, state 3 and FCCP-stimulated respiration) and respiratory indexes (respiratory control and P/O ratios) showed no consistent decrease of respiratory and phosphorylative efficiencies for the concentrations tested (up to 500 μg.mL-1). Cytotoxicity evaluation, using MTT assay, was reliable with the previous results. In conclusion, for the concentration range commonly used P. tridentatum flowers usage can be regarded as harmless and trustworthy.
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