Author(s): Nanjo F, Mori M, Goto K, Hara Y
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Abstract (-)-Epigallocatechin gallate was found to be the most effective scavenger among tea catechins for the superoxide anion, hydroxyl radical, and 1,1-diphenyl-3-picrylhydrazyl radical. Examination of the scavenging effects of tea catechins and their glucosides on superoxide anion showed that the presence of at least an ortho-dihydroxyl group in the B ring and a galloyl moiety at the 3 position was important in maintaining the effectiveness of the radical scavenging ability. Stoichiometric factors of tea catechins were estimated to be 2 for (+)-catechin and (-)-epicatechin, 5 for (-)-epigallocatechin, 7 for (-)-epicatechin gallate, and 10 for (-)-epigallocatechin gallate.
This article was published in Biosci Biotechnol Biochem
and referenced in Research & Reviews: Journal of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy