Antioxidant and Chemosensitizing Effects of Flavonoids with Hydroxy and/or Methoxy Groups and Structure-Activity Relationship

Ju-Mi Jeong1, Cheol-Hee Choi2, Su-Kyeong Kang3, In-Hwa Lee4, Ji-Yoon Lee4, Hyuk Jung5

1Research Center for Resistant Cells and Department of Pharmacology, Chosun University Medical School, Gwangju 501-759
2Dept of Pharmaoclogy, Chosun Univ Med Sch
3Department of Beauty Science, Gwangju Women’s University, Gwangju 506-713, South Korea
4Department of Environmental Engineering and BK21 Team for Bio Hydrogen Production,Chosun University, Gwangju 501-759, South Korea
5Chosun University Medical School


Purpose. Flavonoids have been used as antioxidant, chemopreventive and chemosensitizing agents. In this study, eleven flavonoids containing a variety of hydroxy (OH) and/or methoxy (OMe) groups were evaluated for their antioxidant, cytotoxic and chemosensitizing effects to create a structure-activity relationship (SAR). Methods. 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical solution-based chemical assay and and 2',7'-dichlorofluorescin diacetate (DCFH-DA) cellular-based assay were used to compare the free radical scavenging activity on the same molar concentration basis using the AML-2/DX100 cells which are characterized by the down-regulated expression of catalase and resulting supersensitiviy to hydrogen peroxide. The chemosensitization and cytotoxicity were determined by the MTT assay in the presence or absence of an anticancer drug using the P-glycoprotein-overexpressing AML-2 subline AML-2/D100 cells. Results. The antioxidant activity of the flavonoid (3,5,7,3’,4’-OH) was higher than that of the flavonoid (5,7,3’,4’-OH). Flavonoids substituted with the various number of OMe decreased antioxidant activity. Flavonoids with 7-OH or 5,7-OH groups have the highest cytotoxicity, and flavonoids with 5,7-OMe group intermediate cytotoxicity. The IC50 values of flavonoid (5,7-OMe, 3’,4’,5’-OMe) and flavonoid (5,7-OMe, 4’-OMe), 0.4 M and 1.4 M. The IC50 values of flavonoid (5,6,7-OMe, 3’,4’-OMe) and flavonoid (5,6,7-OMe, 3’,4’,5’-OMe), 3.2 uM and 0.9 M, respectively, and those of flavonoid (5,6,7-OMe, 3’,4’,5’-OMe) and flavonoid (5,7-OMe,3’,4’,5’-OMe) were 0.9 M and 0.4 M, respectively. Conclusions. These results suggest that flavonoids with 3-OH group play a positive role in antioxidant activities, flavonoids with 5-OH and/or 7-OH groups show the higher cytotoxicity, and flavonoids with 3’-OMe and/or 5’-OMe groups plays positive but 6-OMe groups negative roles in the P-glycoprotein (Pgp) inhibition. It is believed that these SAR results can be taken into account for the development of flavonoids with high therapeutic index.

J Pharm Pharm Sci, 10 (4): 537-546, 2007

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