Plant cell cultures of Nordic berry species: Phenolic and carotenoid profiling and biological assessments

Heiko Rischer, Liisa Nohynek, Riitta Puupponen-Pimiä, Joselin Aguiar, Gabriele Rocchetti, Luigi Lucini, José S. Câmara, Thiago Mendanha Cruz, Mariza Boscacci Marques, Daniel Granato (Corresponding Author)

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Plant cell cultures from cloudberry (CL), lingonberry (LI), stone berry (ST), arctic bramble (AB), and strawberry (SB) were studied in terms of their polyphenol and carotenoid composition, antioxidant activity, antihemolytic activity and cytotoxicity effects on cancerous cells. High-resolution mass spectrometry data showed that LI, presented the highest antioxidant activity, contained the highest contents of flavones, phenolic acids, lignans, and total carotenoids, while CL, ST and SB presented the opposite behavior. AB and SB presented the lowest FRAP and CUPRAC values, while AB and CL presented the lowest reducing power. SB presented the lowest antioxidant activity measured by single electron transfer assays and the lowest content of lignans, phenolic acids, and flavones. CL and LI decreased the viability of in vitro mammary gland adenocarcinoma while only LI decreased the viability of in vitro lung carcinoma and showed protective effects of human erythrocytes against mechanical hemolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number130571
Number of pages11
JournalFood Chemistry
Early online date10 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Antiproliferative activity
  • Food innovation
  • Food toxicology
  • Free radical scavengers
  • Functional foods
  • LC-MS
  • Phenolic composition


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