Twenty flavonoid compounds of five different subclasses were selected, and the relationship of their structure to the inhibition of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation in vitro was investigated. The most effective inhibitors, by either copper ion or 2,2′-azobis (2-amidino-propane) dihydrochloride (AAPH) induction, were flavonols and/or flavonoids with two adjacent hydroxyl groups at ring B. In the presence of the later catechol group, the contribution of the double bond and the carbonyl group at ring C was negligible. Isoflavonoids were more effective inhibitors than other flavonoid subclasses with similar structure. Substituting ring B with hydroxyl group(s) at 2′ position resulted in a significantly higher inhibitory effect than by substituting ring A or ring B at other positions. The type of LDL inducer had no effect in flavonoids with catechol structure. Calculated heat of formation data (ΔΔHf) revealed that the donation of a hydrogen atom from position 3 was the most likely result, followed by that of a hydroxyl from ring B. Position 3 was favored only in the presence of conjugated double bonds between ring A to ring B. This study makes it possible to assign the contribution of different functional groups among the flavonoid subclasses to in vitro inhibition of LDL oxidation.
- Free radical
- Heat of formation