Moringa oleifera leaves: could solvent and extraction method affect phenolic composition and bioactivities?

Bennour N., Mighri H., Bouhamda T., Mabrouk M., APOHAN E., YEŞİLADA Ö., ...More

PREPARATIVE BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOTECHNOLOGY, vol.51, no.10, pp.1018-1025, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10826068.2021.1891550
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Applied Science & Technology Source, BIOSIS, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.1018-1025
  • Keywords: Biological activity, extraction method, LC-MS, Moringa oleifera, phenolic compounds
  • Inonu University Affiliated: Yes


This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of extraction methods (direct maceration (DM) and successive maceration (SM)) and solvents (dichloromethane (DCM), ethyl acetate (EAc), butanol (But), and aqueous extraction (Aqu)) on the phenolic composition and biological activities of Moringa oleifera leaves cultivated for the first time in Tunisia. Total polyphenol content (TPC), total flavonoid content (TFC) and LC-MS analysis were performed for all extracts. Antioxidant potential by DPPH, metal chelating, and FRAP assays, antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 29213) and Escherichia coli (ATCC 25922) by the minimum inhibitory concentration method (MIC) and cytotoxic properties against lung cancer cells (A549), were determined. Phenolic compounds and biological activities of M. oleifera leaves depend on the method and the solvent used for the extraction of these bioactive substances. The But extract prepared by SM method exhibited the highest amounts of TPC (103.06 +/- 0.5 mg GAE/g DE) and showed the strongest potential antioxidant (CI50 = 0.26 mg/mL on DPPH test), antibacterial (MIC = 250 mu g/mL) and cytotoxic activities (GI(50) = 69.9 mu g/mL). LC-MS analysis showed that 28 phenolic compounds of 33 tested standards were found in M. oleifera leaves. The But extract obtained by SM method exhibited the highest amounts of rutin, quercetin and syringic acid.