Several lines of evidence suggest potential benefits by a combination of carotenoids and tocopherols in chronic diseases. Therefore, we have designed FeAOX-6, a novel antioxidant that combines into a single molecule the chroman head of tocopherols and a fragment of lycopene, consisting of a polyisoprenyl sequence of four conjugated double bonds. The ability of FeAOX-6 in inhibiting lipid peroxidation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production induced by different sources of free radicals (t-BOOH, AAPH, and H2O2) in arachidonic acid solution and in isolated thymocytes was investigated. Its antioxidant efficiency was also compared with that of alpha-tocopherol, lycopene, and a mixture of the two antioxidants. The results strongly suggest that FeAOX-6 can act as a potent antioxidant in our models, by inhibiting malondialdehyde production and ROS generation in a dose- and a time-dependent manner. In the cell model, the compound also provides a higher antioxidant capacity than alpha-tocopherol and lycopene, alone or in combination, suggesting the possibility of an oxidative intramolecular cooperation.
|Numero di pagine||12|
|Rivista||FREE RADICAL BIOLOGY & MEDICINE|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2002|