Pharmaceutical Chemistry Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 88–93 | Cite as

Antioxidant activity of polyphenols from the far-east plant Taxus cuspidata

  • M. V. Veselova
  • S. A. Fedoreev
  • N. A. Vasilevskaya
  • V. A. Denisenko
  • A. V. Gerasimenko
Medicinal Plants


Phenolic components of the wood and roots of far-east yew (Taxus cuspidata) have been isolated and investigated. Four lignans [(+)-taxiresinol, (+)-isotaxiresinol, (+)-isolariciresinol, (−)-secoisolariciresinol] and two catechins [(+)-catechin, (−)-epicatechin] were identified using spectroscopic techniques. HPLC data showed that wood, bark, roots, stems, and needles of the plant contain different amounts of lignans and catechins. The antioxidant and radical-scavenging activities of the polyphenols were evaluated on two in vitro model systems.


DPPH EtOH Polyphenol Catechin Caffeic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. V. Veselova
    • 1
  • S. A. Fedoreev
    • 1
  • N. A. Vasilevskaya
    • 1
  • V. A. Denisenko
    • 1
  • A. V. Gerasimenko
    • 2
  1. 1.Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Far-East DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Chemistry, Far-East DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia

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