Drug Discov Ther. 2015;9(6):391-396. (DOI: 10.5582/ddt.2015.01179)

Comparison of compounds of three Rubus species and their antioxidant activity.

Rezeng CD, Limao CR, Jiumei PC, Tong L


Rubus amabilis, Rubus niveus Thunb., and Rubus sachalinensis are three Rubus species that are alternatively found in Manubzhithang, a Tibetan medicine, in different areas of China. The current study analyzed HPLC/UV chromatograms and it compared compounds of these three Rubus species in contrast to reference substances such as 2,6-dimethoxy-4-hydroxyphenol-1-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, procyanidin B4, and isovitexin-7-O-glucoside. The three Rubus species produced similar peaks in chromatograms. The antioxidant activity of the three Rubus species was determined using an assay for DPPH free radical scavenging activity. Results indicated that the three Rubus species extracts had almost the same level of free radical scavenging activity. Thus, findings indicated the rationality of substituting these species for one another as an ingredient in Manubzhithang.

KEYWORDS: Rubus amabilis, Rubus niveus Thunb., Rubus sachalinensis, antioxidant activity, Tibetan medicine

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