Antioxidative and Macrophage Phagocytic Activities and Functional Component Analyses of Selected Korean Chestnut (Castanea crenata S. et Z.) Cultivars

국내산 밤 일부 품종의 기능성 성분분석과 항산화 및 대식세포 활성

  • Lee, Hyeon-Ju (Dept. of Plant Biotechnology, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Chung, Mi-Ja (The Nutraceutical Bio Brain Korea 21 Project Group, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Cho, Jae-Youl (Dept. of Biomaterials Engineering, School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Ham, Seung-Shi (Dept. of Food Science and Biotechnology, Division of Biotechnology, School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Choe, Myeon (Dept. of Plant Biotechnology, Kangwon National University)
  • 이현주 (강원대학교 식물생명공학) ;
  • 정미자 (강원대학교 BK21사업단(뉴트라슈티컬바이오)) ;
  • 조재열 (강원대학교 BT특성화학부(대학)) ;
  • 함승시 (강원대학교 BT특성화학부(대학) 식품생명공학) ;
  • 최면 (강원대학교 식물생명공학)
  • Published : 2008.09.30


Antioxidative and macrophage phagocytic activities and contents of functional component in selected Korean chestnuts (Dantaek, Daebo, Okkwang, Seokchu, Byunggo) were evaluated. Coumarin, gallic acid and catechin in inner skin and whole kernel of selected Korean chestnuts were detected by HPLC. The predominant functional components in inner skin of chestnut were catechin, followed by gallic acid and coumarin. However, the whole kernel had only gallic acid. Thus, the antioxidant properties of gallic acid and catechin were evaluated through DPPH radical-scavenging activity and SOD like activity. Gallic acid and catechin at 6.0 mg/100 g exhibited 69.4% and 38.3% of scavenging activities on DPPH radical, respectively. DPPH radical-scavenging activity of gallic acid increased in a concentration-dependent manner. Gallic acid was found to possess higher DPPH radical-scavenging activity than equivalent amount of catechin at all concentrations, whereas catechin was found to have higher SOD like activity than gallic acid. In addition, pre-incubation of macrophage with white kernel extract from Byunggo resulted in a significant increase of phagocytic activity and yellow kernel extracts from Byunggo, Dantaek, Daebo and Okkwang, leading to an increase in phagocytic activity compared with untreated cells. Yellow kernel extracts was found to have higher phagocytic activity than white kernel extracts. Byunggo had the highest phagocytic activity. The results suggest that the Korean chestnut may provide a natural source of antioxidants and active immunity.


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