OANA NICOLAESCU, RENATA-MARIA VARUT, STEFANIA PATRUNA DETERMINATION OF THE POLYPHENOLIC CONTENT OF DORYCNIUM HERBACEUM PLANT EXTRACT AND TESTING IN VIVO ANTIOXIDANT EFFECT, COMPARATIVE WITH BILBERRY Dorycnium herbaceum (DH) is a perennial herb or small shrub 10-80 cm high, which can be found in Central and Southeastern Europe. It is a little studied plant, which is known to have antibacterial and antifungal effect. In the present study we determined by spectrophotometric methods the total polyphenolic, flavonoidic, carotenic and chlorophyllic content of DH species, comparative to the bilberry. We also monitored the status of antioxidant enzymes using mice with oxidative stress induced by streptozotocinic diabet. For the induction of diabetes we used Swiss albino mice to which we injected streptozotocin intraperitoneally at a single dose of 180 mg / kg b.w.. The results showed that both chemical composition tinctures contain appreciable amounts of polyphenols, the highest content starring DH tincture species, but bilberry fruits have higher content of flavonoids, carotene and chlorophyll. Both plant extracts regulate the status of antioxidant enzymes, DH having superior efficacy.