14. Effects of phytic acid on the myoglobin-t-butylhydroperoxide-catalysed oxidation of uric acid and peroxidation of erythrocyte membrane lipids.

Ko KM, Godin DV.

Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Phytic acid stimulated the myoglobin-t-butylhydroperoxide (TBHP)-catalysed oxidation of uric acid, but inhibited the peroxidation of erythrocyte membrane lipids induced by the same system. Butylated hydroxytoluene, a free radical chain reaction-terminating antioxidant, also suppressed the myoglobin-TBHP-induced lipid peroxidation. Moreover, phytic acid inhibited the hydroxyl radical-induced degradation of deoxyribose, but the extent of inhibition in this system was reduced by increasing the ferric ion concentration, suggesting that these effects of phytic acid on the myoglobin-TBHP-mediated oxidation are more likely attributable to its metal chelating properties rather than to a free radical scavenging action. The effectiveness of phytic acid, a naturally occurring antioxidant, in the inhibition of both iron- (as previously shown) and myoglobin-dependent lipid peroxidation suggests its possible therapeutic application as a non-toxic antioxidant for ameliorating the extent of oxy-radical-mediated myocardial ischemia/reperfusion damage.