Scientific journal

54 2015

Journal of Food and Nutrition Research
Summary No. 2 / 2015

Novello, A. A. – Conceiçao, L. L. – Dias, M. M. S. – Cardoso, L. M. – Castro, C. A. – Ricci-Silva, M. E. – Leite, J. P. V. – Peluzio, M. C. G.
Chemical characterization, antioxidant and antiatherogenic activity of anthocyanin-rich extract from Euterpe edulis Mart. in mice
Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 54, 2015, No. 2, s. 101-112

Manoela Maciel dos Santos Dias, Department of Nutrition and Health, Federal University of Viçosa, Av. pH Rolphs, s/n, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, 36571-000, Brazil. Tel.: (31) 3899-2111, fax: + 55 3899-2545, e-mail:

Received 23 May 2014; revised 5 August 2014; accepted 2 September 2014; published online 17 March 2015

Summary: This study aimed to assess the influence of organic solvents on the extraction of anthocyanins from Juçara palm fruit and to evaluate the freeze-dried Juçara extract regarding the reduction of cardiovascular risk in mice with apolipoprotein E (ApoE-/-) knockout. Anthocyanin content, fatty acids profile and antioxidant activity of Juçara extract were analysed by ultra performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picryl-hydrazyl assay, respectively. The antiatherogenic effect was assessed in vivo. The extraction with ethanol and citric acid resulted in the highest anthocyanin concentration (1249.74 mg·l-1). The freeze-dried Juçara extract contained 9.52 g·kg-1 of cyanidin-3-O-glucoside and 16.31 g·kg-1 of cyanidin-3-O-rutinoside. The lipid profile was 27.1% palmitic acid, 33.0% oleic acid, 32.9% linoleic acid and 1.8% linolenic acid. Mice groups which received Juçara extract presented decreased activities of catalase and superoxide dismutase vs. positive control group (p < 0.05) in vitro; and also presented lower values of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and glucose, as well as the ratios of total cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and LDL/HDL in vivo. The consumption of Juçara extract alone did not affect the size of atherosclerotic plaques in ApoE-/- mice. The Juçara extract presented antioxidant activity but did not show anti-atherogenic effect in vivo.

Keywords: Euterpe edulis Mart.; anthocyanins; extraction; cardiovascular disease

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