Antioxidant, antimutagenic and antiproliferative activities in selected seaweed species from Sinaloa, Mexico

Idalia Osuna-Ruiz, Carmen María López-Saiz, Armando Burgos-Hernández, Carlos Velázquez, Mario Nieves-Soto, Miguel A. Hurtado-Oliva*

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Context Seaweeds from the Mexican Pacific Ocean have not been evaluated as a source of chemoprotectants. Objective The objective of this study is to evaluate chemopreventive activities of the seaweeds Phaephyceae – Padina durvillaei (Dictyotaceae) – Rodhophyceae – Spyridia filamentosa (Spyridiaceae), Gracilaria vermiculophylla (Gracilariaceae) – and Chlorophyceae – Ulva expansa (Ulvaceae), Codium isabelae (Codiaceae), Rhizoclonium riparium (Cladophoraceae) and Caulerpa sertularioides (Caulerpaceae). Materials and methods Methanol, acetone and hexane seaweed extracts were assessed at 30 and 3 mg/mL on antioxidant capacity (DPPH and ABTS assays), 0.003–3.0 mg/plate on antimutagenic activity against AFB1 using Salmonella typhimurium TA98 and TA100 tester strains in Ames test, and 12.5 to 100 μg/mL on antiproliferative activity on Murine B-cell lymphoma. Phenols, flavonoids and pigments content were also assessed as antioxidant compounds. Results Extraction yield was higher in methanol than in acetone and hexane extracts (6.4, 2.7 and 1.4% dw). Antioxidant capacity was higher in brown and green than in red seaweed species, particularly in P. durvillaei extracted in acetone (EC50 value= 16.9 and 1.56 mg/mL for DPPH and ABTS). Flavonoids and chlorophylls were identified as mainly antioxidant components; particularly in hexane extracts, which were correlated with the antioxidant capacity. Highest mutagenesis inhibition (> 40%) occurred in R. riparium at the lowest concentration assayed (0.003 mg/plate), while highest antiproliferative inhibition (37 and 72% for 12.5 and 25 μg/mL) occurred in C. sertularioides. Discussion and conclusion Flavonoids and chlorophylls explained the chemopreventive activities assessed in S. filamentosa, R. riparium and C. sertularioides. These seaweeds have a high potential as a source of novel chemoprotectants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2196-2210
Number of pages15
JournalPharmaceutical Biology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2016

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  • Algae
  • carotenoids
  • cellular antiproliferation
  • chemopreventive
  • chlorophylls
  • mutagenic inhibition; phenolic compounds


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