Author(s): Liebler DC, Burr JA
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Abstract Alpha-tocopherolhydroquinone (TQH2) is a product of alpha-tocopherol oxidation/reduction that exerts antioxidant effects in biological systems. TQH2 inhibited autoxidation of methyl linoleate initiated by peroxyl radicals derived from thermolysis of 2,2'-azobis(2,4-dimethylvaleronitrile) in acetonitrile. TQH2 oxidation yielded alpha-tocopherolquinone (TQ) as a major product and 2,3-epoxy-alpha-tocopherolquinone and 5,6-epoxy-alpha-tocopherolquinone as minor products. Each TQH2 consumed approximately two peroxyl radicals in the course of the oxidation. The data suggest that TQH2 scavenges peroxyl radicals primarily by electron transfer to form TQ and secondarily by addition-elimination to form the epoxyquinones.
This article was published in Lipids
and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology