Antioxidant activity, polyfructan and artemisinin content in the hairy root culture of Artemisia vulgaris L. were determined. Transgenic roots were obtained earlier using genetic transformation by Agrobacterium rhizogenes carrying ifn-a2b gene (pCB124 and pCB161 vectors) as well as A. rhizogenes A4 wild strain. Genetic transformation resulted in changes in artemisinin (0,237—1,02 and 0,687 mg/g dry weight in transformed and control roots respectively) and fructan (32—136 and 264 mg/g dry weight in transformed and control roots respectively) content. The genetic transformation didn’t affect antioxidant activity of extracts (55—74 % in transgenic root extracts and 66 % in control). Such changes in biological active compounds content in transgenic root lines didn’t depend on the vector used. This results suggest the possibility of Agrobacterium rhizogenes using for obtaining Artemisia vulgaris L. hairy root culture with higher artemisinin content.
Keywords: Artemisia vulgaris L., hairy root culture, artemisinin, fructans, antioxidant activity
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