American Journal of Applied Sciences

Antioxidant Activity of Leaves of Calophyllum rubiginosum

Muhammad Taher, Nissad Attoumani, Deny Susanti, Solachuddin Jauhari Arief Ichwan and Farediah Ahmad

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2010.1305.1309

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 10

Pages 1305-1309

Abstract

Problem statement: Calophyllum species have been used in traditional medicine for their therapeutic values for many years. This use was explained by several previous studies where antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-HIV and anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds were isolated from several Calophyllum species. Approach: The leaves were extracted with n-hexane (hexane), dichloromethane (DCM) and methanol using soxhlet apparatus. Total phenolic contents of each extract were evaluated using Folin Ciocalteau Reagent (FRC) while Ferric Thiocyanate (FTC) and 2,2-Diphenyl-1-Picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) were used for lipid peroxidation and free radical scavenging activity respectively. Results: As the results, methanol extracts (5 mg mL-1) has higher phenolic contents of 66.2 ?g mg-1 Gallic Acid Equivalent (GAE) compared to n-hexane and DCM extracts with phenolic content of 50.5 and 52.5 ?g mg-1 GAE respectively. In FTC method, methanol had the lower absorbance values which indicate high antioxidant activities. In DPPH radical scavenging test however, DCM extract showed high antioxidant activity with an IC50 value of 0.11mg mL-1, followed by methanol and hexane with IC50 values of 0.23 and 4.5 mg mL-1 respectively. The IC50 of standards were 0.74 and 0.56 mg mL-1 for ascorbic acid and ?-tocopherol, respectively. Conclusion: Finally, the positive outcome of the research can be further tested in the future to ascertain the active compound of the leaves of C. rubiginosum.

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© 2010 Muhammad Taher, Nissad Attoumani, Deny Susanti, Solachuddin Jauhari Arief Ichwan and Farediah Ahmad. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.