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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 2865610, 11 pages
Research Article

Hypericum perforatum: Synthesis of Active Principles during Flowering and Fruitification—Novel Aspects of Biological Potential

1University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacy, Hajduk Veljkova 3, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
2University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Medicine, Oncology Institute of Vojvodina, Put Dr Goldmana 4, 21203 Sremska Kamenica, Serbia
3University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology and Ecology, Trg Dositeja Obradovića 3, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia

Correspondence should be addressed to Biljana Božin;

Received 22 August 2017; Revised 18 October 2017; Accepted 29 October 2017; Published 22 November 2017

Academic Editor: Maria Camilla Bergonzi

Copyright © 2017 Nebojša Kladar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


St. John’s wort is a widely used medicinal plant. The quality of herbal drug, which is in most of the cases collected from nature, varies. Therefore, the aim of the present study was detailed chemical characterization of Hypericum perforatum subsp. perforatum samples collected in close time intervals during flowering and fruitification with the purpose to state the phenological stage characterized by maximum levels of active principles. The antioxidant potential and potential to inhibit biologically important enzymes, as well as the cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of the sample collected during the full flowering period, were evaluated. Data showed that the optimal period for the achieving of maximum level of active principles is the phenophase between floral budding and flowering stage. Significant antioxidant potential and the ability to inhibit biologically important enzymes (especially α-glucosidase) were recorded. The extract exhibited no genotoxicity in subcytotoxic concentrations, while increased cytotoxicity recorded in cotreatment with bleomycin on malignant cell lines was especially significant.