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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 30  |  Page : 156-161  

Analysis and comparison of the active components and antioxidant activities of extracts from Abelmoschus esculentus L


1 The Nurturing Station for the State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Silviculture, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, Lin'an; Zhejiang Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Engineering, College of Pharmaceutical Science, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
2 Institute of vegetable, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Science, Hangzhou, China
3 Zhejiang Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Engineering, College of Pharmaceutical Science, Zhejiang University of Technology, China
4 The Nurturing Station for the State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Silviculture, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, Lin'an, China

Date of Submission24-Mar-2011
Date of Acceptance10-Apr-2011
Date of Web Publication23-May-2012

Correspondence Address:
Ke Yuan
Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, No 88 North Huancheng Road, Lin'an 311300, Zhejiang
China
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.96570

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   Abstract 

Background: Abelmoschus esculentus L. is a healthy vegetable belonging to the family Malvaceae. This article reports the contents of total phenolics (TP) and total flavonoids (TF) in 80% methanol extracts of the flower (FL), fruit (FR), leaf (L), and seed (S) of A. esculentus, and in 0, 10, 30, 50, and 70% methanol eluates (ME), through the HP-20 column chromatography of 80% of the methanol fruit extract after it is defatted with petroleum and extracted with ethyl acetate. All the names of the samples are shortened for AEE-FL, AEE-FR, AEE-L, AEE-S and 0% MEF-WE, 10% MEF-WE, 30% MEF-WE, 50% MEF-WE, 70% MEF-WE respectively. In addition, the effects of the aforementioned extracts on 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH) radical-scavenging and on ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) have been evaluated. Materials and Methods: The antioxidant activity of the extracts and the enrichment fraction of A. esculentus were also evaluated by two assays, the DPPH radical-scavenging and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP). The content measurement of TF and TP adopts the UV-2102 PCS method, and the measurement of the antioxidant activity adopts the Infinite M 200 method. Results: The experiment results show that all the different parts and different enrichment fractions of the water extracts of A. esculentus contain phenolics and flavonoids. Through the research of antioxidant activity we know that all the parts of the methanol extracts and different enrichment fractions of water extracts in the A. esculentus have the effect of scavenging free radicals, among which the antioxidant activity in the 50% MEF-WE part is the strongest. Here, the main components of antioxidant activity must be the flavonoids and phenolics, and furthermore, we know that there is a direct relationship between the contents of flavonoids and phenolics and the antioxidant activity. Conclusion: The study suggests that A. esculentus may be the potential rich source of natural antioxidant. The experiment result provided a scientific basis for the further research and development of A. esculentus.

Keywords: Abelmoschus esculentus L, antioxidant activity, 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl, ferric reducing antioxidant power, the total flavonoid, the total phenolic acid


How to cite this article:
Liao H, Dong W, Shi X, Liu H, Yuan K. Analysis and comparison of the active components and antioxidant activities of extracts from Abelmoschus esculentus L. Phcog Mag 2012;8:156-61

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   Introduction Top


. esculentus , an annual herb belonging to the family of Malvaceae, is one of the most important vegetables grown in Nigeria. It is widely grown for its tender fruits and young leaves. It is easy to cultivate and grows well in both tropical and temperate zones, that is, it is widely planted from Africa to Asia, and from Southern Europe to America. [1] Since the discovery of its nutrition, it is widely cultivated in north and south China, in recent years. It has been the preferred vegetable for the Olympic athletes of the Beijing Olympic Games. [2] For its functional characters, it has some interesting names, such as 'green panax' in Japan and 'plant viagra' in the USA. [3] As a kind of health vegetable, A. esculentus is becoming a lot more popular all over the world.

Nutritionally, it has been reported that there are many useful substances in the seeds of A. esculentus, such as, flavones, polysaccharide, pectin, trace elements, and amino acids. [4],[5] Modern medical research provides that the extract of the fruit has the ability of resisting fatigue, and has anti-aging, and anti-oxidant properties. [6] With the larger consumer demand for Functional Food, much more attention is paid to A. esculentus by our society, for its special functional and nutrition value. Therefore, it is meaningful to research the chemical compositions of A. esculentus, to develop its health function.

Although extensive information on cultivation, breeding, and physiology [7],[8] is available on A. esculentus, of late, the antioxidant properties have surprisingly not been investigated to the same extent. Therefore, the objective of the present study is to determine the TF and TP content of the different parts of the plant and different enrichment fraction of the water extracts to evaluate the antioxidant activity using two different assays, respectively.


   Materials and Methods Top


materials

The sample of A. esculentus was collected from the botanical garden of Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, China. It was identified as the whole grass of Abelmoschus esculentus L., of the Malvaceae genus of the family Abelmoschus Medic, by Lu-Huan Lou, professor of plant taxonomy of the Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, and the specimen were deposited in our laboratory. The dried plant organs were powdered and passed through sieve No. 4 and the powder was stored in an airtight container at 4°C till use.

Instruments and Reagent

The infinite M200 Universal Microplate Spectrophotometer (Swiss Tecan company, Swiss) was used to measure the absorbance (DPPH and FARP assays) and the UV-2102 PCS UV-Vis spectrophotometer (Shanghai Unica Co., Ltd. China) was used to measure the absorbance of the Folin-Ciocalteu assay, using the NaNO 2 -Al(NO 3 ) 3 -NaOH method. DGG-924A drying machine (Shanghai Senxi Laboratory Instrument Co., Ltd. China), R201B rotary evaporator (Shanghai Shensheng Biotech Co., Ltd. China).

2, 4, 6-tri(2-pyridyl)-s-triazine (TPTZ), 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH), 6-Hydroxy-2, 5, 7, 8- tetramethychroman-2- carboxylic (Trolox), and Folin-Ciocalteu were all purchased from Sigma Company (USA). The standard samples of rutin and gallic acid were purchased from the China Pharmaceutical and Biological Products Testing Station (The batch numbers were 10080-200306 and 110831-200302). All the other chemicals, including the solvents of methanol and ethanol, used in the experiment were of analytical grade.

Preparation of the sample solution

The dried powder of the flower, fruit, leaf, and seed of A. esculentus (1.0000 g) was critically weighed and then extracted in an ultrasonic cleaner at 50°C with 40 times of 80% methanol, thrice (30 minutes each time). The solution was then filtered through a filter paper each time and the filtered extracts were combined. The extracts were concentrated into a dry powder by the rotary evaporator at 50°C, and then dissolved in 70% ethanol and put in 25 mL volumetric flasks. After shaking, the sample solutions of AEE-FL, AEE-FR, AEE-L, AEE-S were obtained.

The dried fruit powder of A. esculentus (10 kg) was extracted with three times of 80% methanol, on four occasions, at room temperature (three days each time), and the extract was concentrated into a volume of 5 L. It was then extracted by the solvent of petroleum ether (60 - 90°C boiling range) to get rid of the fat-soluble components. After extraction by EtoAc, the water solution was added to the top of the Diaion HP-20 column chromatographer, and the resin was washed with distilled water and 10, 30, 50, and 70% methanol individually. Then, the samples of 0% MEF-WE, 10% MEF-WE, 30% MEF-WE, 50%MEF-WE, and 70% MEF-WE were obtained and concentrated into a dry powder using the rotary evaporator at 50°C, respectively. The 0%MEF-WE, 10%MEF-WE, 30%MEF-WE, 50% MEF-WE, and 70% MEF-WE powder weighed 23.20, 23.32, 20.46, 23.10, 20.28 mg, respectively. They were dissolved separately, in 25 mL volumetric flasks, in 70% ethanol. Finally, the solution of the samples of 0% MEF-WE, 10% MEF-WE, 30% MEF-WE, 50% MEF-WE, and 70% MEF-WE were obtained.

Determination of TP and TF

The Folin-Ciocalteu assay, [9] with some modification, was adopted to determine the TP of the samples. The best colored conditions were: 0.3 mL Folin-Ciocalteu solution, 2 mL 10% Na 2 CO 3 solution, 30°C reaction temperature, and half an hour reaction time. Gallic acid of 29.42 mg was accurately weighed and dissolved in distilled water in 100 mL volumetric flasks. Zero, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, and 0.3 mL of gallic acid solution was drawn, and put into 10 mL volumetric flasks separately, treated with the previous conditions, and fixed to 10 ml with distilled water. The absorbance was tested at 760 nm of the reaction solution and subtracted from the reagent blank. The linear regression equation was calculated, with sample concentrations as the X coordinate axis and the absorbance at 760 nm of the reaction solution as the Y coordinate axis. From [Figure 1], a good liner relationship could be seen, to some extent, between the sample concentrations and the absorbance at 760 nm of the reaction solution. Meanwhile, the absorbance at 760 nm of the sample solution was tested following the treatment by the gallic acid solution. The amount of TP could be calculated as the gallic acid equivalent from the calibration curve: y = 0.1023x + 0.0845, R 2 = 0.9979.
Figure 1: The absorbance of gallic acid with different concentrations

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NaNO 2 -Al(NO 3 ) 3 -NaOH assay [10],[11] with some modification was adopted to determine the TF of the samples. Rutin of 17.75 mg was accurately weighed, and dissolved in distilled water and put into 100 mL volumetric flasks. Zero, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0 mL of rutin solution was drawn and put into 10 mL volumetric flasks separately, and then 70% ethanol was added up to 5 ml. The best colored conditions were as follows: adding 1 ml of 5% NaNO 2 , setting for six minutes, then adding 1 ml of 10% Al(NO 3 ) 3 and setting for six minutes, and finally adding 3 ml of 4% NaNO 2 and fixing with 70% ethanol, and allowing it to react for 15 minutes. The absorbance at 510 nm of the reaction solution was tested and then subtracted from the reagent blank. The linear regression equation was calculated with sample concentrations as the X coordinate axis and the absorbance at 510 nm of the reaction solution as the Y coordinate axis. From [Figure 2], a good liner relationship could be found between the sample concentrations and the absorbance at 510 nm of the reaction solution, to some extent. Meanwhile, the absorbance at 510 nm of the sample solution was tested following the treatment by the gallic acid solution. The amount of TF could be calculated as rutin equivalents from the calibration curve: y = 0.0057x - 0.0256, R 2 = 0. 9989.
Figure 2: The absorbance of lutin with different concentrations

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Determination of the antioxidant ability

Determination of the free radical scavenging activity (FRSA) in the DPPH assay

The scavenging effect of the extracts on a DPPH radical was monitored as described. [12] Briefly, the scavenging ratio of the sample and Trolox on DPPH at the same time was tested, and then a suitable concentration range of the Trolox and its scavenging percentage was found, a linear regression equation between the Trolox concentration and its scavenging percentage was built, and the Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) was calculated through the equation, according to the scavenging percentage of the sample solution to the DPPH radical solution.

Trolox of 21.45 mg was accurately weighed, and then dissolved in 70% ethanol and put into 100 mL volumetric flasks and fixed to the concentration of 0.2145 mg mL -1 . It was diluted to make its concentration up to 0.00212, 0.006336, 0.01056, 0.014784, and 0.019008 mg mL -1 . DPPH of 11.83 mg was accurately weighed and then dissolved in 70% ethanol and put into 100 mL volumetric flasks and fixed to the concentration of 0.1183 mg mL -1 . It had to be diluted before use.

Trolox solution of 100 μL was mixed with 200 μL of 70% ethanol solvent, 100 μL Trolox solution was mixed with 200 DPPH, and 200 μL DPPH solution with 100 μL of 70% ethanol solvent, to make three different reaction systems. The three different mixtures were put into the holes of 96-well microplates, respectively, and reacted under 40°C for one hour without illumination, and then their absorbance at 517 nm were read by the Infinite M 200. For convenience, they were represented as A 0 , A 1 , A 2 , so the scavenging effect of Trolox on the DPPH radical could be expressed as the following formula; (A 1 - A 0 ) / A 2 × 100%. [13],[14]

A linear regression equation was calculated with the Trolox solution concentrations as the independent variable (X) and the percentage of scavenging effect on the DPPH radical as the dependent variable (Y). From [Figure 3], a good liner relationship could be found between the Trolox concentrations (0.002112 - 0.019008 mg mL -1 ) and the scavenging percentage on the DPPH radical, to some extent.
Figure 3: The reducing power of the Trolox on DPPH with different concentrations

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Meanwhile, the scavenging percentage on the DPPH radical of sample solution was tested following the treatment to Trolox solution. The scavenging effect on the DPPH radical of the samples could be calculated as the Trolox equivalent's antioxidant capacity from the calibration curve: y = 0.1023x + 0.0845, R 2 = 0.9939.

Ferric reducing antioxidant power assay

The antioxidant capacities of the sample extracts were estimated according to the procedure described by the literature. [15]

The Ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) reagent contained 2.5 mL of 20 mmol / L TPTZ solution in 40 mmol / L HCl plus 2.5 mL of 20 mmol / L FeCl 3·6H 2 O, and 25 mL of 0.3 mol / L acetate buffer (pH 3.6), as described by the literature. [16],[17]

Trolox solution was taken and diluted to make its concentration up to 0.00704, 0.01408, 0.02112, 0.02816, and 0.0352 mg·mL -1 separately. FRAP regent of 200 μL was mixed with 100 μL Trolox solution, and then the mixture was allowed to react under 40°C for an hour, without illumination. The absorbance at 593 nm was read via the Infinite M 200 and the absorbance of reagent blank was measured. A linear regression equation was calculated with the Trolox solution concentrations as the independent variable (X) and the absorbance at 593 nm as the dependent variable (Y). From the [Figure 4], a good liner relationship could be found between the Trolox concentrations (0.00704 ~ 0.0352 mg mL -1 ) and the mixture's absorbance at 593 nm, to some extent. The calibration curve is shown in [Figure 4]. Obviously, through a treatment like the Trolox mixture, the antioxidant capacities of the sample extracts could be calculated as the Trolox equivalent's antioxidant capacity (TEAC) from the calibration curve: y = 27.715x - 0.0211, R 2 = 0.9966.
Figure 4: The reducing power of the Trolox on Ferric with different concentrations

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Statistical analysis

All the final data were presented as means ± standard deviations (S.D.) of the three determinations. The Pearson's correlation test was used to assess the correlations between the content of TP, TF, and the antioxidant ability of the sample solution by using the SPSS system version 16.0 for Windows, and the figures were produced by the using Excel 2007.


   Results and Discussion Top


Total phenolic content of the samples

The total phenolics content of all the parts of the methanol extracts and different enrichment fraction of water extracts in the A. esculentus are presented in [Table 1]. Among the various parts of the methanol extracts, the maximum content was obtained from AEE-FL, and then from AEE-FR, AEE-L, and AEE-S. Through enrichment with Diaion HP-20 column chromatography, the TP content in all the fractions of water extracts became more.
Table 1: The TP content of A. esculentus extracts (mg GAE / g DW)

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Total flavonoid content of the samples

The total flavonoid content of all the parts of the methanol extracts and different enrichment fractions of water extracts in the A. esculentus are presented in [Table 2]. The methanol extract of A. esculentus flower has a higher phenolic content than the fruit, leaf, and seed samples. The total flavonoid content of the different enrichment fractions of the water extracts are in order of 30% MEF-WE ≥ 50% MEF-WE > 70% MEF-WE > 10% MEF-WE > 0%MEF-WE.
Table 2: The TF content of A. esculentus (mg RUT / g DW)

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Determination of the free radical scavenging activity on 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl

The free radical scavenging activity (FRSA) of all the parts of the methanol extracts and different enrichment fraction of water extracts in the A. esculentus are presented in [Table 3]. In the free radical scavenging power, AEE-FL exhibits a higher free radical scavenging activity than AEE-FR, AEE-L or AEE-S. There is a significant difference in scavenging activity among the enrichment fraction of water extracts in the A. esculentus. Fifty percent of MEF-WE and thirty percent of MEF-WE perform a stronger free radical scavenging activity than the other fractions.
Table 3: The scavenging activity of A. esculentus extracts (mg Trolox /g DW) on DPPH

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Determination of the reducing power on ferric

The reducing power of all parts of the methanol extracts on ferric and different enrichment fraction of water extracts in the A. esculentus are presented in [Table 4]. Obviously, the reducing power of the enrichment fraction of water extracts in the A. esculentus becomes stronger after enrichment with the help of Diaion HP-20 column chromatography. Different parts have different antioxidant abilities. The orders are AEE-FL > AEE-FR > AEE-L > AEE-S and 50% MEF-W E > 30% MEF-WE > 70% MEF-WE > 10% MEF-WE > 0% MEF-WE.
Table 4: The reducing power on the ferric of A. esculentus extracts (mg Trolox / g DW)

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The relativity analysis between the total phenolic content, total flavonoid content, and the antioxidant results of two assays

Here, the relativity analysis between the TP content , TF content, and the results of the two assays was made by SPSS.16.0, and the results are shown in [Table 5]. From [Table 5], we can see that the TP content , TF content, and the outcome of two antioxidant activity assays, all have very significant relativity to each other (P < 0.01). It can be easily found that the TP content and TF content of the extract of A. esculentus play an important role in the antioxidant activities.
Table 5: The relativity analysis among the TP, TF content, and results of the two methods of antioxidant activity

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   Conclusion Top


To the best of our knowledge, this article is the first report on the TP and TF contents, as also on the antioxidant ability of different organs and different enrichment fractions of water extracts of the Abelmoschus esculentus L. plant. It has confirmed that there are fruitful TP and TF contents in all the extracts of the plant organ, although the content amount varies to some extent. The results also show that there is more TP and TF content in the extract of the Abelmoschus esculentus L. flower than in the other parts. Meanwhile, the contents of TP and TF in the 50% enrichment fraction are higher than in the other fractions.

Furthermore, a significant correlation exists between the contents of TP, TF, and the DPPH radical scavenging ability, reducing power. Thus, it is easy to conclude that both the TP and TF content attribute to the antioxidant ability of the extract. This study indicates that Abelmoschus esculentus L has a high utilization value based on its high content of TP and TF, as well as a strong antioxidant activity.


   Acknowledgments Top


We are supported by the Opening Foundation of Zhejiang Provincial Top Key Pharmaceutical Discipline (No. 20100605). We are grateful to the Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, for performing Universal Microplate Spectrophotometer.

 
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