Polyphenolic apple extracts: effects of raw material and production method on antioxidant effectiveness and reduction of DNA damage in Caco-2 cells.J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Jun 09; 58(11):6636-42.JA
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is commonly perceived to be associated with reduced cancer risk, attributed to its high content of polyphenols. As apples represent a major polyphenol source in Western countries, we studied differentially produced extracts (1-100 microg/mL): two from different apple juices (AEs), one from pomace (APE), and one peel extract (PE) on their potential to reduce DNA oxidation damage and induce antioxidant defense in Caco-2 cells. Additionally, we measured direct antioxidant capacity (TEAC/ORAC) of the extracts. Quercetin-rich PE and APE most effectively diminished DNA damage and ROS level after 24 h incubation (PE > APE), whereas the AEs were only moderately effective. GPx activity was diminished for all extracts, with AEs > APE > PE. Direct antioxidant activity decreased in the order AEs > PE > APE, displaying no significant correlation with cellular markers. In conclusion, apple phenolics at low, nutritionally relevant concentrations may protect intestinal cells from ROS-induced DNA damage, mediated by cellular defense mechanisms rather than by antioxidant activity.