ERYTHROCYTE CATALASE ACTIVITY IN EVER-SMOKERS AND NO-SMOKERS HEALTHY SUBJECTS: INFLUENCE OF FLAVONOIDS(QUERCETIN AND LUTEOLIN)Background. Oxygen free radicals are highly reactive species that can cause cell damage including lipid peroxidation, enzyme inactivation and DNA damage. Inactivation and removal of highly reactive species depend by the antioxidant defence systems. The catalase (CAT) belongs to the primary antioxidant defence system of the cell which catalyses the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to water and molecular oxygen. Flavonoids are a group of polyphenolic compounds with different chemical structure and properties. They are widely distributed in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beverages such as wine and tea. The major flavonoide classes include flavonols, flavone, flavonones, flavanols, anthocyanidins and isoflavones. These compounds may scavenge free radical species and other oxidants. In previous studies, we have observed that some polyphenols are able to cross the erythrocyte’s membrane and this process is influenced by the plasmatic albumin; in fact quercetin intracellular concentrations is albumin dose depending. The influence of flavonoids on catalase activity has been reported in some papers but the results are contradictory. Some authors have found an increase of catalase activity in cell in the presence of flavonoids (1,2). Others have observed any effect or even a decrease of catalase activity (3). The present work is based on a study of Krych's, (4), in which the influence of flavonoids on catalase in model system has been evaluated. Aim of this work was to study the role of red body cells in the antioxidant balance. The primary goal was to evaluate the antioxidant status of no-smokers and ever-smokers healthy subjects by the determination of the plasma antioxidant capacity and of the catalase activity of erythrocyte and then to evaluate if flavonoids (quercetin and luteolin) are able to modify the enzyme activity. Methods. This is a pilot study. Nine healthy subjects, aged 24-55 years, of which six females (3 no-smokers and 3 ever smokers) and 3 males (2 smokers and 1 no-smokers) were recruited. None of the subjects had any pathologies at the time of sampling. We assayed the CAT activity in erythrocytes isolated from whole blood of the subjects by the colorimetric assay and the plasma antioxidant capacity using the spectrophotometric method known “crocin bleaching assay”. The catalase activity was performed in human erythrocytes (control) and after the incubation of them with the flavonoids (quercetin and luteolin). Human venous blood (in heparin) from healthy volunteers was obtained by venepuncture. The blood was centrifuged and then plasma, buffy coat and upper 15% of the packed erythrocytes were removed. The isolated erythrocytes isolated were washed twice with cold PBS and then re-suspended and incubated with flavonoids according Fiorani (5) method. The catalase activity was analysed by a catalase assay kit purchased from Sigma-Aldrich. All results are presented as mean ± SD or mean ±SEM. Correlation statistics between variables were assessed by calculating the Pearson coefficient. Differences in means between groups were analyzed by the unpaired t-test. Differences were considered statistically significant at P<0.05. Multiple regression analysis was used to investigate the influence of different variables on the enzyme activities. Results. The flavonoids were efficiently taken up by human erythrocytes in dose-depending manner. There was no significant difference in the percent accumulation of bot
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine2
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013



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