Quercus species are used as antidiarrheic, for the treatment of hemorrhoid, oral and anal mucosa inflammation. These tree species have been of interest to researchers because of their usage in folk medicine, consumption as food, beverage and especially usage of oak woods for construction in wine barrels. The DPPH, SO and NO radical scavenging activities, protective effect against H2O2 induced cytotoxicity as well as their cytotoxic activity against Hep-2 human larynx epidermoid carcinoma cell line of the MeOH and water extracts of the barks of Quercus cerris var. cerris. Quercus macranthera subsp. syspirensis and Quercus aucheri were investigated for the first time. Total phenolic content of the extracts was also evaluated by Folin-Ciocalteu method. Results demonstrated that the extracts showed strong radical scavenging activity comparable to those of standard compounds. Extracts also showed good protective effect against H2O2 induced cytotoxicity on human erythrocytes comparing to ascorbic acid. On the other hand, while each extract showed dose dependent cytotoxic activity. MeOH extract of Q macranthera subsp. syspirensis showed the strongest cytotoxicity against the tested cell line. Taken together, the results showed that Quercus species may be a promising alternative to synthetic substances as natural compound with high antioxidant and antiproliferative activities. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.