• Sayed A. El-toumy hemistry of Tannins Department, National Research Center, El-Bohouth St., Dokki, 12622 Cairo, Egypt
  • Joslin Y. Salib hemistry of Tannins Department, National Research Center, El-Bohouth St., Dokki, 12622 Cairo, Egypt
  • Nabila H. Shafik hemistry of Tannins Department, National Research Center, El-Bohouth St., Dokki, 12622 Cairo, Egypt
  • Asmaa S. Abd Elkarim hemistry of Tannins Department, National Research Center, El-Bohouth St., Dokki, 12622 Cairo, Egypt
  • Gihan A. Mick hemistry of Tannins Department, National Research Center, El-Bohouth St., Dokki, 12622 Cairo, Egypt


Objective: The current study was to deal the isolation and identification of secondary metabolites from Polygonum equisetiforme and evaluation of antioxidant activity of its extract.

Methods: The methanol-water extract (7:3) of the air-dried aerial parts of Polygonum equisetiforme was fractionated and separated to obtain the isolated compounds by different chromatographic techniques. Structures of these compounds were elucidated by UV and 1Dâ„2D Hâ„ C NMR spectroscopy and compared with the literature data. The crude extract was evaluated for in vitro antioxidant activity using the 2,2 diphenyl dipicryl hydrazine (DPPH) method.

Results: Ten secondary metabolites were isolated from Polygonum equisetiforme in this study. Of which three new flavonoids named as 3,5,7,2’,5’ pentahydroxyflavone 3-O-b-D-glucopyranoside (1), 3,5,7,2’,5’ pentahydroxyflavone 3-O-b-D-glucopyranoside 8 C-sulphated (2) and quercetin 3-O-β-D-glucucorinde 6''-methyl ester 8-sulphated (3) as well as quercetin 3-O-β-D-glucucorinde methyl ester (4), quercetin 3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (5), quercetin 7-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (6), quercetin(7), myricetin (8), P-methoxy gallic acid methyl ester (9) and gallic acid (10). The antioxidant potential of P. equisetiforme extract was evaluated by investigating it's total phenolic and flavonoid content and DPPH radical scavenging activity whereby the extract showed significant antioxidant activity (IC50 = 37.45 μg/ml). The total phenolic and flavonoid content was found to be 130.79±5.502 and 45.8±1.63 μg/ml, respectively.

Conclusion: Polygonum equisetiforme is a promising medicinal plant, and our study tends to support the therapeutic value of this plant as an antioxidant drug.

Keywords: Polygonum equisetiforme, Aerial parts, New flavonoid, Antioxidant activity


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Sayed A. El-toumy, hemistry of Tannins Department, National Research Center, El-Bohouth St., Dokki, 12622 Cairo, Egypt




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El-toumy, S. A., J. Y. Salib, N. H. Shafik, A. S. A. Elkarim, and G. A. Mick. “NEW FLAVONOIDS FROM THE AERIAL PARTS OF POLYGONUM EQUISETIFORME SM (POLYGONACEAE)”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 9, no. 2, Feb. 2017, pp. 166-70, doi:10.22159/ijpps.2017v9i2.15593.
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