Evaluation of fruit extracts of six Turkish Juniperus species for their antioxidant, anticholinesterase and antimicrobial activities

Article (PDF Available)inJournal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 91(5):867-76 · March 2011with107 Reads
DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.4258 · Source: PubMed
Juniperus L. (Cupressaceae) species are mostly spread out in the Northern Hemisphere of the world, and some of them are used as folkloric medicines. The fruits of some species are eaten. Since oxidative stress is one of the reasons for neurodegeneration and is associated with the Alzheimer's disease (AD), the extracts prepared from the fruits of six Juniperus species were screened for their antioxidant activity. Therefore, the extracts were also evaluated against acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), which are chief enzymes in the pathogenesis of AD. In addition, antimicrobial activity was also evaluated. In the β-carotene-linoleic acid assay, acetone extracts of J. oxycedrus subsp. oxycedrus, J. sabina and J. excelsa, and methanol extracts of J. phoenicea and J. sabina, effectively inhibited oxidation of linoleic acid. The hexane extracts of J. oxycedrus subsp. oxycedrus, J. foetidissima and J. phoenicea showed remarkable inhibitory effect against AChE and BChE. Because of their high antioxidant activity, J. excelsa, J. oxycedrus subsp. oxycedrus, J. sabina and J. phoenicia might be used in the food industry as preservative agents or extension of the shelf-life of raw and processed foods. Since the hexane extracts of J. oxycedrus subsp. oxycedrus and J. foetidissima demonstrated significant anticholinesterase activity they should be considered as a potential source for anticholinesterase agents.
    • "Consequently, this compound may be speculated to donate to BChE inhibitory action of the shoot-EtOH extract as it was formerly shown by us to possess BChE-inhibiting property[19]. In accordance with our data, J. communis fruit extracts from Turkey were reported to have a low cholinesterase inhibitory effect[20]. We have recently reported about cholinesterase inhibitory and antioxidant activities of several extracts of the cones and leaves (needles) of C. sempervirens var. "
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    • "The acetone extract from bark was the most active, the only one that inhibited all the Gram(+) bacteria, with inhibition zone diameters of 9-11 mm at 200 µg per disc. Although the results are not comparable with those obtained for the reference antibiotics (24-32 mm at 10 µg per disc), they show that the active extracts tested here are much more active than other acetone and methanolic extracts from other Juniperus species, where inhibition zone diameters are also presented in the order of 8-10 mm but obtained with 400 µg per disc [17]. When searching and suggesting new products for application in the food, pharmaceutical and/or cosmetic industries as antioxidant, antibacterial and/or anti-acetylcholinesterasic agents, the toxicity of the product must be taken into account. "
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