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A comparative assessment of the activity and structure of phlorotannins from the brown seaweed Carpophyllum flexuosum


Zhang, R and Yuen, AKL and Magnusson, M and Wright, JT and de Nys, R and Masters, AF and Maschmeyer, T, A comparative assessment of the activity and structure of phlorotannins from the brown seaweed Carpophyllum flexuosum, Algal Research, 29 pp. 130-141. ISSN 2211-9264 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.algal.2017.11.027


The extraction and antioxidant activity of phlorotannins from the brown seaweeds Carpophyllum flexuosum, Carpophyllum plumosum and Ecklonia radiata was investigated to identify an optimised extraction process for novel anti-oxidant extracts. Subsequently, the composition of the most active phlorotannin extracts was determined. Microwave assisted extraction (MAE) using water was the most efficient extraction process with shorter processing times and a higher purity product than obtained with any of the other methods tested. MAE resulted in the fast, effective decomposition of the cellular structure, as identified through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and this related directly to the efficiency of extraction. Phlorotannins extracted from C. flexuosum by MAE had the strongest antioxidant activity (62.1 mg gallic acid equivalents (GAE)/g dw of seaweed) and more than 5.5-fold greater 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging ability than ascorbic acid after 7-day incubation periods at 30 °C and at 60 °C. Six major chemical species of phlorotannin, belonging to the fuhalol group, were identified within the MAE extract using NMR and HPLC-MS. The results confirm phlorotannins from C. flexuosum to be promising natural, bio-derived and bio-compatible antioxidants, while identifying the most effective method to extract the constituents and retain antioxidant activity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:brown seaweed, phlorotannins, antioxidant activity, microwave assisted extraction, Ecklonia radiata, Carpophyllum plumosum
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Phycology (incl. marine grasses)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Wright, JT (Associate Professor Jeffrey Wright)
ID Code:123895
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2018-01-31
Last Modified:2019-02-20

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