Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 835–846 | Cite as

Antioxidant activity of three seaweeds from tropical reefs of Brazil: potential sources for bioprospecting

  • Juliane B. VasconcelosEmail author
  • Edson R. T. P. P. de Vasconcelos
  • Vanessa Urrea-Victoria
  • Patrícia S. Bezerra
  • Thiago N. V. Reis
  • Adilma L. M. Cocentino
  • Daniela M. A. F. Navarro
  • Fungyi Chow
  • Arsenio J. Areces
  • Mutue T. Fujii


We report the first screening for antioxidant activity (AOX) of three dominant seaweeds from low intertidal reefs of Brazil. Sargassum furcatum, Bryothamnion triquetrum, and Osmundaria obtusiloba were extracted with dichloromethane and methanol (2:1), and AOX was measured by five UV-vis microplate spectrophotometric methods: DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picryhydrazyl) and ABTS (2,2-azinobis (3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid)) free radical scavenging, metal chelating capacity, total phenolic compounds using reducing power by Folin-Ciocalteu and FRAP (ferric reducing antioxidant power). All studied species showed high AOX, even at very low extract concentrations. We can attribute these results to the stressful environment in which these seaweeds live, high hydrodynamics, air exposure during low spring tides, intense solar radiation, and other factors that may contribute to oxidative stress, featuring O. obtusiloba as a new source of natural antioxidants.


Algae Antioxidant assays Oxidative stress Tropical reefs Osmundaria 


Funding information

This work was partially supported by research grants from the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq, Proc. 484647/2012-1). The first author thanks the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) for the doctoral fellowship. MTF and FC thanks CNPq for the productivity fellowship (Proc. 304899/2017-8 and Proc. 303937/2015-7).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliane B. Vasconcelos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Edson R. T. P. P. de Vasconcelos
    • 1
  • Vanessa Urrea-Victoria
    • 2
  • Patrícia S. Bezerra
    • 3
  • Thiago N. V. Reis
    • 1
  • Adilma L. M. Cocentino
    • 1
  • Daniela M. A. F. Navarro
    • 3
  • Fungyi Chow
    • 2
  • Arsenio J. Areces
    • 4
  • Mutue T. Fujii
    • 5
  1. 1.Laboratório de Macroalgas, Departamento de OceanografiaUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Algas Marinhas “Édison José de Paula”, Instituto de BiociênciasUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório de Ecologia Química, Departamento de Química FundamentalUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  4. 4.Instituto de Geografia TropicalHavanaCuba
  5. 5.Núcleo de Pesquisa em FicologiaInstituto de BotânicaSão PauloBrazil

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