Current Bioactive Compounds

Adriano Mollica
Department of Pharmacy, University ”G. d' Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara
Via dei Vestini 31
Chieti, 66100


Antioxidant Activity and Chemical Composition of Essential Oil of Cupressus atlantica Gaussen

Author(s): My Youssef Arjouni, Abderrahmane Romane, My A. El Fels, Abdellatif Boukir, Methaq Algabr.

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The present study describes the volatile profile and antioxidant activity from leaves, woods and cones of Cupressus atlantica Gaussen (Cupressaceae). The hydrodistillated essential oils of different part were analyzed by GC and GC/MS. In the leaves essential oil fifty-one constituents were identified representing 98.8 % of the oil. The main components comprising trans Muurola-4(14),5-diene (31.2 %), pinene (18.1 %) and α-phellandrene (6.78 %). Monoterpene hydrocarbons representing 81.09% and 89.01%, respectively in the woods and cones essential oil, the major components are pinene (56.6 % - 54.55 %) and α:pinene (56.6 % - 54.55 %) and pα:hellandrene (7.1 % - 15.7 %). The simples were subjected to screening for their possible antioxidant activities by using 2,2-diphenyl-1- picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay. The IC50 values of leave, wood and cone essential oils were found to be (1.13 ± 0.24, 3.42 ± 0.18 and 3.84 ± 0.38) mg/mL, respectively.

Keywords: Antioxidant activity, Cupressus atlantica, essential oil. GC/MS.

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Article Details

Year: 2015
Page: [56 - 60]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/157340721101150804151917