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Revista Brasileira de Ciências Farmacêuticas

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Abstract

RAYMUNDO, Melissa dos Santos; HORTA, Paulo  and  FETT, Roseane. Antioxidant in vitro activity of extracts of some green seaweed (Chlorophyta) from southern Brazilian coast. Rev. Bras. Cienc. Farm. [online]. 2004, vol.40, n.4, pp.495-503. ISSN 1516-9332.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-93322004000400007.

The antioxidant activity of four species of green seaweeds of the phylo Chlorophyta (Codium decorticatum, Enteromorpha intestinalis, Ulva fasciata and Chaetomorpha anteninna) collected at the seacoast of the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil, was evaluated by means of the inhibition of peroxidation of linoleic acid converted into emulsion. Both ethereal and methanolic extracts were obtained from dried biomasses by sequential extraction procedures in concentrations of 0.01%. The most efficient species towards lipid peroxidation were E. intestinalis and C. anteninna with inhibition yields above 70% .The capacity of methanolic extracts to quench hydrogen peroxide was also estimated. Mean values varied from 1.26 to 20.01%. Chlorophylls a, total carotenoids and phenolic compounds were also quantified in the biomasses. Results indicated that studied green seaweeds are a very promising source of biologically active compounds with antioxidant properties.

Keywords : Sea algae; Antioxidants; Phenolic compounds; Carotenoids; Chlorophylls.

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