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  1. Macrokinetics of magnesium sulfite oxidation inhibited by ascorbic acid

    Lidong, Wang, E-mail: wld@tsinghua.edu.cn [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Baoding 071003 (China); Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100054 (China); Yongliang, Ma, E-mail: liang@tsinghua.edu.cn [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100054 (China); Wendi, Zhang; Qiangwei, Li; Yi, Zhao [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Baoding 071003 (China); Zhanchao, Zhang [Jinan Environmental Monitoring Center, Jinan 250014 (China)

    2013-08-15

    Graphical abstract: Ascorbic acid is used as an inhibitor to retard the oxidation rate of magnesium sulfite. It shows that the oxidation rate would decrease greatly with the rise of initial ascorbic acid concentration, which provides a useful reference for sulfite recovery in magnesia desulfurization. -- Highlights: • We studied the kinetics of magnesium sulfite oxidation inhibited by ascorbic acid. • The oxidation process was simulated by a three-phase model and proved by HPLC–MS. • We calculated the kinetic parameters of intrinsic oxidation of magnesium sulfite. -- Abstract: Magnesia flue gas desulfurization is a promising process for small to medium scale industrial coal-fired boilers in order to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, in which oxidation control of magnesium sulfite is of great importance for the recycling of products. Effects of four inhibitors were compared by kinetic experiments indicating that ascorbic acid is the best additive, which retards the oxidation process of magnesium sulfite in trace presence. The macrokinetics of magnesium sulfite oxidation inhibited by ascorbic acid were studied. Effects of the factors, including ascorbic acid concentration, magnesium sulfite concentration, oxygen partial pressure, pH, and temperature, were investigated in a stirred reactor with bubbling. The results show that the reaction rate is −0.55 order in ascorbic acid, 0.77 in oxygen partial pressure, and zero in magnesium sulfite concentration, respectively. The apparent activation energy is 88.0 kJ mol{sup −1}. Integrated with the kinetic model, it is concluded that the oxidation rate of magnesium sulfite inhibited by ascorbic acid is controlled by the intrinsic chemical reaction. The result provides a useful reference for sulfite recovery in magnesia desulfurization.

  2. Ascorbic Acid

    Ascorbic acid is used to prevent and treat scurvy, a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C in ... Ascorbic acid comes in extended-release (long-acting) capsules and tablets, lozenges, syrup, chewable tablets, and liquid drops to ...

  3. Fat transforms ascorbic acid from inhibiting to promoting acid-catalysed N-nitrosation

    Combet, E; Paterson, S.; Iijima, K; Winter, J.; Mullen, W.; Crozier, A; Preston, T.; McColl, K E L

    2007-01-01

    Background: The major potential site of acid nitrosation is the proximal stomach, an anatomical site prone to a rising incidence of metaplasia and adenocarcinoma. Nitrite, a pre-carcinogen present in saliva, can be converted to nitrosating species and N-nitroso compounds by acidification at low gastric pH in the presence of thiocyanate. Aims: To assess the effect of lipid and ascorbic acid on the nitrosative chemistry under conditions simulating the human proximal stomach. M...

  4. Ascorbic acid inhibition of Candida albicans Hsp90-mediated morphogenesis occurs via the transcriptional regulator Upc2.

    Van Hauwenhuyse, Frédérique; Fiori, Alessandro; Van Dijck, Patrick

    2014-10-01

    Morphogenetic transitions of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans are influenced by temperature changes, with induction of filamentation upon a shift from 30 to 37°C. Hsp90 was identified as a major repressor of an elongated cell morphology at low temperatures, as treatment with specific inhibitors of Hsp90 results in elongated growth forms at 30°C. Elongated growth resulting from a compromised Hsp90 is considered neither hyphal nor pseudohyphal growth. It has been reported that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) interferes with the yeast-to-hypha transition in C. albicans. In the present study, we show that ascorbic acid also antagonizes the morphogenetic change caused by hampered Hsp90 function. Further analysis revealed that Upc2, a transcriptional regulator of genes involved in ergosterol biosynthesis, and Erg11, the target of azole antifungals, whose expression is in turn regulated by Upc2, are required for this antagonism. Ergosterol levels correlate with elongated growth and are reduced in cells treated with the Hsp90 inhibitor geldanamycin (GdA) and restored by cotreatment with ascorbic acid. In addition, we show that Upc2 appears to be required for ascorbic acid-mediated inhibition of the antifungal activity of fluconazole. These results identify Upc2 as a major regulator of ascorbic acid-induced effects in C. albicans and suggest an association between ergosterol content and elongated growth upon Hsp90 compromise. PMID:25084864

  5. Ascorbic acid inhibits development of tolerance and dependence to opiates in mice: Possible glutamatergic or dopaminergic modulation

    Kulkarni S

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In a recent study, it has been demonstrated that ascorbic acid possessed antidopaminergic activity and modulate the glutamatergic neurotransmission in mice. With this background, the present study was undertaken to study the effect of ascorbic acid on the development of tolerance and dependence to opiate and its mechanism of action. Male Swiss mice weighing 20-25 g were used in the present study. Mice were made physically dependent on opioid by the chronic administration of morphine (10 mg/kg, twice a day, for 9 days intraperitoneally. Ascorbic acid, haloperidol (dopamine antagonist or MK 801 (NMDA receptor antagonist was administered daily for 9 d before challenging the animals with morphine. The development of tolerance was assessed by noting the tail-flick latency on day 1, 3, 9 and 10. On the 10 th day after the measurement of tail-flick latency, animals were challenged with naloxone (2 mg/kg., i.p. and incidence of escape jumps were recorded by placing the animals in 45 cm high plexiglass container. Ascorbic acid (400-1600 mg/kg dose dependently inhibited development of tolerance and dependence to morphine as noted from tail-flick latency. When given along with MK 801 (0.01 mg/kg., i.p or haloperidol (0.1 mg/kg i.p., ascorbic acid (800 mg/kg., i.p. potentiated the response of MK 801 or haloperidol. In conclusion, it is hypothesized that inhibition of development of tolerance and dependence to morphine by ascorbic acid appears to have two components, namely dopaminergic and glutamatergic.

  6. Inhibition of radiation induced apoptosis in escherichia coli and bacillus subtilis by ascorbic acid and zinc sulphate

    Programmed cell death or apoptosis a process of physiological cell death, was expressed as DNA fragmentation. The process was carried out in two isolates of bacteria bacillus subtilis and escherichia coli by exposure to dose of gamma-radiation equal to their D10 value. Post irradiation treatment of these bacteria with ascorbic acid at concentrations 400, 500 and 600 mg/ml or zinc sulfate at conentrations 10, 20 and 50 mg/ml at different times showed that these compounds inhibit radiation induced apoptosis in both species. It had been investigated that DNA fragmentation appears to be an essential step in apoptosis after radiation injury and that a strong potentiation of this inhibitory effect was obtained with ascorbic acid and zinc sulfate

  7. Oxygen dependency of one-electron reactions generating ascorbate radicals and hydrogen peroxide from ascorbic acid.

    Boatright, William L

    2016-04-01

    The effect of oxygen on the two separate one-electron reactions involved in the oxidation of ascorbic acid was investigated. The rate of ascorbate radical (Asc(-)) formation (and stability) was strongly dependent on the presence of oxygen. A product of ascorbic acid oxidation was measurable levels of hydrogen peroxide, as high as 32.5 ?M from 100 ?M ascorbic acid. Evidence for a feedback mechanism where hydrogen peroxide generated during the oxidation of ascorbic acid accelerates further oxidation of ascorbic acid is also presented. The second one-electron oxidation reaction of ascorbic acid leading to the disappearance of Asc(-) was also strongly inhibited in samples flushed with argon. In the range of 0.05-1.2 mM ascorbic acid, maximum levels of measurable hydrogen peroxide were achieved with an initial concentration of 0.2 mM ascorbic acid. Hydrogen peroxide generation was greatly diminished at ascorbic acid levels of 0.8 mM or above. PMID:26593628

  8. Ascorbic acid mitigation of water stress-inhibition of root growth in association with oxidative defense in tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.)

    Xu, Yi; Xu, Qian; Huang, Bingru

    2015-01-01

    Root growth inhibition by water stress may be related to oxidative damages. The objectives of this study were to determine whether exogenous application of ascorbic acid (ASA) could mitigate root growth decline due to water stress and whether ASA effects on root growth could be regulated through activating non-enzymatic or enzymatic antioxidant systems in perennial grass species. Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb. cv. “K-31”) plants were grown in nutrient solution, and polyethylene glyc...

  9. Drug Nanoparticle Formulation Using Ascorbic Acid Derivatives

    Kunikazu Moribe; Waree Limwikrant; Kenjirou Higashi; Keiji Yamamoto

    2011-01-01

    Drug nanoparticle formulation using ascorbic acid derivatives and its therapeutic uses have recently been introduced. Hydrophilic ascorbic acid derivatives such as ascorbyl glycoside have been used not only as antioxidants but also as food and pharmaceutical excipients. In addition to drug solubilization, drug nanoparticle formation was observed using ascorbyl glycoside. Hydrophobic ascorbic acid derivatives such as ascorbyl mono- and di-n-alkyl fatty acid derivatives are used either as drugs...

  10. Kinetic determination of ascorbic acid in pharmaceuticalsamples

    S.S. Mitic; G. Z. MILETIC; S. M. MILETIC; D.A. Kostic

    1999-01-01

    A kinetic method is described for the determination of ascorbic acid based on its inhibiting effect on the Mn(II) catalysis of the oxidation of Malachite Green with potassium periodate. The sensitivity of the method is 35.4 ng cm-3. The relative error ranges between 2.66 and 7.45% for the concentration interval 35.4 to 354 ng cm-3. Kinetic equations are proposed for the investigated process. The effects of certain foreign ions upon the reaction rate were determined for the assessment of the s...

  11. Preservative Effect of Na2SO3 and Ascorbic Acid on the Inhibition of Clanis bilineata Meat Melanosis

    Hongbing Wang

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Melanosis formation in the Meat of Clanis Bilineata Larvae (MCBL treated with Na2SO3 in combination with Ascorbic Acid (AA was monitored during frozen storage of 6 months. No melanosis occurred in MCBL when the meat was treated with 0.05% Na2SO3 in combination with 0.04% AA (p<0.05. Total viable number of Mesophilic and psychrophilic bacterial in MCBL treated with Na2SO3 (0.05% in combination with AA (0.04% decreased, while that in the control MCBL increased. Results indicated that the treatment developed in this study was a promising way to preserve MCBL during extended frozen storage.

  12. Bioavailability of ascorbic acid in horses.

    Snow, D H; Frigg, M

    1990-12-01

    The bioavailability of ascorbic acid administered to thoroughbreds by intramuscular injection was investigated. For intramuscular injection two preparations were studied, and the percentage bioavailability up to 24 h of 10 g of ascorbic acid was 95% +/- 22 in four horses and 60% in two horses with preparations A and B, respectively. Bioavailability at 24 h in three horses injected subcutaneously with 10 g of preparation B was 82%. Intramuscular injection of both preparations was apparently well tolerated while subcutaneous injection of preparation B (pH 6.0) was associated with marked irritancy. In a cross-over trial in seven thoroughbreds the effect of 13 or 15 days of oral administration of crystalline ascorbic acid (20 g) or ascorbyl palmitate (47 g) on plasma ascorbic-acid concentrations was investigated. Marked differences occurred between individuals. There was a greater increase in plasma ascorbic-acid concentration with ascorbyl palmitate compared to ascorbic acid at 6 and 24 h following administration. In two horses there was no increase in plasma ascorbic acid at 6 h following either oral preparation. The finding of lowered plasma ascorbic-acid concentrations following a period of supplementation warrants further investigation to assess its significance. PMID:2287031

  13. Ascorbic acid inhibits ferric nitrilotriacetate induction of ornithine decarboxylase, DNA synthesis, oxidative stress, and hepatotoxicity in rats.

    Ansar, S; Iqbal, M

    2015-11-01

    Ascorbic acid (AA) is a naturally occurring phenolic compound with antioxidant properties used in food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products. In this study, the effect of AA on ferric nitrilotriacetate (Fe-NTA)-induced hepatotoxicity in rats has been examined. Fe-NTA alone enhances ornithine decarboxylase activity to 4.5-fold and tritiated thymidine incorporation in DNA to 3.6-fold in livers compared with the corresponding saline-treated controls. The enhanced ornithine decarboxylase activity and DNA synthesis showed a reduction to 3.02- and 1.88-fold, respectively, at a higher dose of 2 mg AA per day per animal, compared with the Fe-NTA-treated groups. Fe-NTA treatment also enhanced the hepatic microsomal lipid peroxidation to 1.7-fold compared to saline-treated controls. These changes were reversed significantly in animals receiving pretreatment of AA. The present data shows that AA can reciprocate the toxic effects of Fe-NTA and can serve as a potent chemopreventive agent to suppress oxidant-induced tissue injury and hepatotoxicity in rats. PMID:23863956

  14. Ascorbic acid absorption in Crohn's disease. Studies using L-[carboxyl-14C]ascorbic acid

    Total body pool and intestinal absorption of ascorbic acid were studied in 12 patients undergoing operation for Crohn's disease (six with fistulae and six without) and in six control patients undergoing operation for reasons other than Crohn's disease. L-[carboxyl-14C]Ascorbic acid, 0.19-0.40 megabecquerels (MBq), was given orally. After a period of equilibration, the labeled ascorbic acid was flushed out of the patient's body tissues using large doses of unlabeled ascorbic acid. Intestinal absorption of ascorbic acid, assessed from the total cumulative urinary 14C recovery, was found to be similar in patients with fistulizing Crohn's disease (73.9 +/- 8.45%), those without fistulas (72.8 +/- 11.53%), and in controls (80.3 +/- 8.11%). Total body pools of ascorbic acid, calculated using the plasma 14C decay curves, were similar in patients with Crohn's disease with fistulas (17.1 +/- 5.91 mg/kg), patients without fistulas (9.6 +/- 3.58 mg/kg), and in controls (13.3 +/- 4.28 mg/kg). The results indicate that ascorbic acid absorption is normal in patients with both fistulizing and nonfistulizing Crohn's disease. The results suggest that routine supplements of vitamin C are not necessary unless oral ascorbic acid intake is low

  15. Impulsive mathematical modeling of ascorbic acid metabolism in healthy subjects.

    Bachar, Mostafa; Raimann, Jochen G; Kotanko, Peter

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we develop an impulsive mathematical model of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) metabolism in healthy subjects for daily intake over a long period of time. The model includes the dynamics of ascorbic acid plasma concentration, the ascorbic acid absorption in the intestines and a novel approach to quantify the glomerular excretion of ascorbic acid. We investigate qualitative and quantitative dynamics. We show the existence and uniqueness of the global asymptotic stability of the periodic solution. We also perform a numerical simulation for the entire time period based on published data reporting parameters reflecting ascorbic acid metabolism at different oral doses of ascorbic acid. PMID:26724712

  16. Sensitization of Salmonella typhi towards gamma-radiation by ascorbic acid

    The sensitivity of a S. typhi culture to γ-radiation has been examined. The D10 value, when the culture was irradiated in phosphate buffer, was found to be 70 krad. The addition of ascorbic acid (at a concentration of 0.57 mM) during irradiation, sensitized this organism quite markedly towards γ-radiation. This was evident from the observation that the D10 value was reduced to 20 krad when cells were irradiated in the ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid was converted to its oxidized form during the radiation process. Irradiation under nitrogen instead of air inhibited the sensitization afforded by ascorbic acid. The population of cells surviving after irradiation in the presence of ascorbic acid showed a higher activity of catalase than its buffer-irradiated counterpart. The implication of the role of hydrogen peroxide (one of the possible intermediates formed during the oxidation of ascorbic acid) in sensitization is discussed. (author)

  17. An investigation of rancidity inhibition during frozen storage of Wels catfish (Silurus glanis) fillets by previous ascorbic and citric acid treatment

    Pourashouri, Parastoo; Shabanpour, Bahareh; Aubourg, Santiago P.; Rohi, Javad Daghigh; Ali SHABANI

    2009-01-01

    The effect of preliminary ascorbic and citric acid (AA and CA, respectively) soaking treatments on the rancidity development in Wels catfish (Silurus glanis) fillets during further frozen storage (−18 °C; up to 6 months) was studied. Rancidity development was measured by biochemical quality indices (formation of free fatty acids, peroxides and secondary oxidation products) and compared with sensory analysis (appearance, rancid odour and consistency) and general chemical analyses (pH, expressi...

  18. 21 CFR 172.315 - Nicotinamide-ascorbic acid complex.

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Nicotinamide-ascorbic acid complex. 172.315 Section... HUMAN CONSUMPTION Special Dietary and Nutritional Additives § 172.315 Nicotinamide-ascorbic acid complex. Nicotinamide-ascorbic acid complex may be safely used in accordance with the following prescribed...

  19. Transport of ascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid by pancreatic islet cells from neonatal rats

    Zhou, A; Farver, O; Thorn, N A; Nielsen, Jens Hiriis

    involves a saturable process (estimated Km 17.6 microM). Transport was inhibited by ouabain, phloridzin, cytochalasin B, amiloride and probenecid. Glucose inhibited or stimulated uptake, depending on the length of incubation time of the cells. The uptake of dehydroascorbic acid was linearly dependent on.......14.17.3). The enzyme needs ascorbic acid for activity as well as copper and molecular oxygen. The present work shows that pancreatic islet cells prepared from overnight cultures of isolated islets from 5-7-day-old rats accumulate 14C-labelled ascorbic acid by a Na(+)-dependent active transport mechanism which...

  20. 21 CFR 862.1095 - Ascorbic acid test system.

    2010-04-01

    ...) MEDICAL DEVICES CLINICAL CHEMISTRY AND CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY DEVICES Clinical Chemistry Test Systems § 862... to measure the level of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in plasma, serum, and urine. Ascorbic...

  1. Ascorbic acid in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

    Head, K A

    1998-06-01

    Proposed mechanisms of action for ascorbic acid (ascorbate, vitamin C) in the prevention and treatment of cancer include enhancement of the immune system, stimulation of collagen formation necessary for "walling off" tumors, inhibition of hyaluronidase which keeps the ground substance around the tumor intact and prevents metastasis, prevention of oncogenic viruses, correction of an ascorbate deficiency often seen in cancer patients, expedition of wound healing after cancer surgery, enhancement of the effect of certain chemotherapy drugs, reduction of the toxicity of other chemotherapeutic agents such as Adriamycin, prevention of free radical damage, and neutralization of carcinogenic substances. Scottish as well as Japanese studies have pointed to the potential benefit of high dose vitamin C for the treatment of "terminal" cancer. Mayo Clinic studies, however, have contradicted the Scottish and Japanese findings, resulting in accusations of methodological flaws from both sides. Numerous epidemiological studies have pointed to the importance of dietary and supplemental ascorbate in the prevention of various types of cancer including bladder, breast, cervical, colorectal, esophageal, lung, pancreatic, prostate, salivary gland, stomach, leukemia, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. PMID:9630735

  2. The influence of ascorbic acid on the oxygen consumption and the heat production by the cells of wheat seedling roots with their mitochondrial electron transport chain inhibited at complexes I and III

    The influence of exogenous ascorbic acid (AsA) on oxidative phosphorylation was studied using wheat seedling roots. Treatment of them with AsA stimulated the rates of oxygen consumption and the heat production and caused a decrease of the respiratory coefficient. The increase in respiration was prevented by inhibitors of ascorbate oxidase, diethyldithiocarbamate (DEDTC), and of cytochrome oxidase, cyanide (KCN). Exogenous AsA sharply stimulated the rate of oxygen consumption of roots when complexes I and III of the mitochondrial electron transport chain were inhibited by rotenone and antimycin A, respectively, while the rates of heat production did not change significantly. It is concluded that AsA is a potent energy substrate, which can be used in conditions of failing I and III complexes in the mitochondrial electron transport chain

  3. Ascorbic acid and its effect on the skin of Bufo regularis.

    Sadek, I A; Abdelmegid, N

    1982-01-01

    Skin papillomas were observed in the majority of toads when painted with 1 mg of 7,12-dimethyl-benz (alpha) anthracene (DMBA) dialy for 8 weeks. Animals injected with 10 mg/kg/day of ascorbic acid into the dorsal lymph sac showed tumor inhibition when painted with the same dose level of DMBA for 8 weeks. Tumor regression occurred in those animals receiving 10 mg/kg/day of ascorbic acid for 8 weeks. PMID:6813785

  4. Ascorbic acid study in citrus juice: effect of preservative

    This paper reports the effect of preservative on ascorbic acid extracted from freshly plucked oranges. Colorimetric method was used for the determination of ascorbic. Determination of some inorganic elements like sodium, potassium and lithium were also determined by flame photometry. The preservative was found to have a beneficial effect on the retention of ascorbic acid, particularly when used in high concentration. Metal content, particularly potassium did no alter significantly during preservation for duration of one month. (author)

  5. The role of ascorbic acid in senile cataract.

    Bensch, K. G.; Fleming, J E; Lohmann, W

    1985-01-01

    The reductone ascorbic acid, present in the crystalline lens in concentrations higher than those of glucose, is capable of undergoing nonenzymatic "browning" in the presence of lenticular proteins. We studied the nonenzymatic browning with ascorbate in model systems employing bovine serum albumin and lens crystallins. When bovine serum albumin, alpha-crystallin, or gamma-crystallin was incubated with [14C]ascorbic acid, the formation of yellow and then brown condensation products appeared to ...

  6. Simultaneous quantification of capsaicinoids and ascorbic acid from pungent peppers.

    Bae, Haejin; Jayaprakasha, Guddadarangavvanahally K; Crosby, Kevin; Jifon, John L; Patil, Bhimanagouda S

    2013-01-01

    The development of simultaneous extraction and determination of bioactive molecules from natural products is becoming more popular. The present study reports the development of a method for the simultaneous extraction and determination of both capsaicinoids and ascorbic acid in peppers. Capsaicin (341.61 µg/g), dihydrocapsaicin (119.91 µg/g) and ascorbic acid (2,109.60 µg/g) were extracted with 3% metaphosphoric acid-ethanol (2:8) as a solvent. The efficient extraction of capsaicinoids (412.61 µg/g) and ascorbic acid (2,785.93 µg/g) was achieved at a sample-to-solvent ratio of 1:8 after 30 minutes of sonication. Simultaneous separation of capsaicinoids and ascorbic acid was achieved using a Gemini C18 column with a gradient elution of 0.03M phosphoric acid and methanol. Capsaicinoids and ascorbic acid were simultaneously detected at 282 and 254 nm, respectively. The recovery of capsaicinoids ranged from 96.21 to 108.71%, and the recovery of ascorbic acid ranged from 97.01 to 98.83%. The limits of detection for capsaicin, dihydrocapsaicin and ascorbic acid were 0.24, 0.21 and 0.26 µg, respectively. Relative standard deviation for the intra-day and inter-day variability in the results was less than 3%, indicating that the method produced highly reproducible results. Therefore, this method enables the reproducible, simultaneous separation and quantification of capsaicinoids and ascorbic acid from peppers. PMID:23081967

  7. Effects of cytochalasin B on the uptake of ascorbic acid and glucose by 3T3 fibroblasts: Mechanism of impaired ascorbate transport in diabetes

    Hyperglycemia and/or hypoinsulinemia have been found to inhibit L-ascorbic acid cellular transport. The resultant decrease in intracellular ascorbic acid may de-inhibit aryl sulfatase B and increase degradation of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (sGAG). This could lead to a degeneration of the extracellular matrix and result in increased intimal permeability, the initiating event in atherosclerosis. The present studies show that the glucose transport inhibitor cytochalasin B blocked the uptake of 3H-2-deoxy-D-glucose by mouse 3T3 fibroblasts. Cytochalasin B also blocked the uptake of 14C-L-ascorbic acid. The results of these studies further support the hypothesis that glucose and ascorbate share a common transport system. This may have important implications concerning the vascular pathology associated with diabetes mellitus

  8. Simultaneous Measurement of Dopamine and Ascorbic Acid at Cnt Electrode

    Hu, C. G.; Wang, W. L.; Feng, B.; Wang, H.

    Electrochemical behaviors of dopamine and ascorbic acid have been studied at the carbon nanotube electrode using cyclic voltammetry. Electrocatalysis has been found for dopamine redox reactions at the carbon nanotube electrode in comparison with the glassy carbon electrode. A well-defined oxidative peak for ascorbic acid was observed at the carbon nanotube electrode with the peak potential negative shift versus the glassy carbon electrode. The important discover was that the carbon nanotube electrode can be used to detect low level of dopamine selectively with high sensitivity in the presence of a large excess of ascorbic acid in the acidic media and in the physiological pH buffer solution as well.

  9. Synthesis of New L-Ascorbic Ferulic Acid Hybrids

    Sylvain Rault

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available A feasibility and chemical study of the coupling conditions of L-ascorbic acidwith ferulic acid derivatives are described on the basis of the known synergistic effects ofmixtures of various antioxidants. Novel L-ascorbic ferulic hybrids linked at the C-3hydroxyl group were prepared with the aim to protect the alcohol function and the enediolsystem.

  10. Radiation protection by ascorbic acid in sodium alginate solutions

    Alginates are gelling hydrocolloids extracted from brown seaweed used widely in the nourishing and pharmaceutical industries. As alginic acid gellification retard food entrance in the stomach alginate is an additive used in diets. The objective of this work was to study the protective action of the ascorbic acid in alginate solutions against the action of 60 Co gamma radiation. One % (w/v) solutions of alginate had been used and concentrations of ascorbic acid varied from 0 to 2.5% (w/v). The solutions were irradiated with doses up to 10 kGy. Viscosity/dose relationship and the p H of the solutions at 25 Centigrade were determined. Ascorbic acid behaved as an antioxidant against radiation oxidative shock in this model system of an irradiated viscous solution. Besides its radiation protective role on alginate solutions ascorbic acid promoted a viscosity increase in the range of concentrations employed. (Author)

  11. Radiation protection by ascorbic acid in sodium alginate solutions

    Aliste, A.J.; Mastro, N.L. Del [Center of Radiation Technology, IPEN/CNEN/SP, University City, 05508-000 Sao Paulo (Brazil)]. E-mail: ajaliste@ipen.br

    2004-07-01

    Alginates are gelling hydrocolloids extracted from brown seaweed used widely in the nourishing and pharmaceutical industries. As alginic acid gellification retard food entrance in the stomach alginate is an additive used in diets. The objective of this work was to study the protective action of the ascorbic acid in alginate solutions against the action of {sup 60} Co gamma radiation. One % (w/v) solutions of alginate had been used and concentrations of ascorbic acid varied from 0 to 2.5% (w/v). The solutions were irradiated with doses up to 10 kGy. Viscosity/dose relationship and the p H of the solutions at 25 Centigrade were determined. Ascorbic acid behaved as an antioxidant against radiation oxidative shock in this model system of an irradiated viscous solution. Besides its radiation protective role on alginate solutions ascorbic acid promoted a viscosity increase in the range of concentrations employed. (Author)

  12. Effect of Ascorbic Acid on Lipid Peroxidation Induced by Ceftazidime

    Devbhuti P*,1

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Lipid peroxidation is the oxidative deterioration of polyunsaturated lipids which is a free radical related process and responsible for thedevelopment of many diseases and disorders like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cancer etc. End products of lipid peroxidation aremalondialdehyde (MDA, 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE, etc. which are the ultimate mediator of toxicity. Antioxidants have the capability toinhibit lipid peroxidation. Keeping in mind this fact, the present in vitro study was carried out to evaluate lipid peroxidation induction potential of ceftazidime, a cephalosporin antibiotic and its suppression with ascorbic acid considering some laboratory markers of lipid peroxidation like MDA, 4-HNE and reduced glutathione (GSH. Goat liver was used as the lipid source. After treatment of the liver homogenate with drug and/or antioxidant the levels of 4-HNE, MDA and GSH were estimated in different samples at different hours of incubation. The results showed that the drug ceftazidime could significantly induce lipid peroxidation and the antioxidant ascorbic acid has the capability to inhibit ceftazidime-inducedlipid peroxidation.

  13. Synergic interaction between ascorbic acid and antibiotics against Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Luciana Cursino; Edmar Chartone-Souza; Andra Maria Amaral Nascimento

    2005-01-01

    Studies were carried out on in vitro combination of ascorbic acid (AA) with six antibiotics against 12 multi-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates. Synergic activity was detected with AA chloramphenicol, kanamycin, streptomycin and tetracycline. Indifference was observed to any antibiotics and antagonism only for chloramphenicol. Results indicated that multiresistant P. aeruginosa was affected by combination of AA and antibiotics. Future research on ascorbic acid-antimicrobial interaction...

  14. Ascorbic acid: Nonradioactive extracellular space marker in canine heart

    The distribution pattern of ascorbic acid and L-[14C]ascorbic acid in myocardial tissue was compared with those of the classical radioactive extracellular space markers [3H]-inulin, [3H]sucrose, and Na82Br. A new polarographic techniques was developed for analogue registration of ascorbic acid concentration in coronary venous blood. The kinetic data of the markers were studied in an open-chest canine heart preparation during a constant tracer infusion of up to 9 min. Distribution volumes were calculated based on the mean transit time method of Zierler. The distribution volume of ascorbic acid as well as of L-[14C]ascorbic acid in myocardial tissue agreed closely with those of [3H]inulin and [3H]sucrose as well as 82Br. The obtained kinetic data confirmed that ascorbic acid exhibits the physicochemical properties of an extracellular space marker, though this compound was shown to leak slowly into myocardial cells. Favorable attributes of this indicator are its low molecular weight, high diffusibility in interstitial fluid, low binding affinity to macromolecules, and high transcapillary as well as low transplasmalemmal penetration rate. Therefore, this nonradioactive marker can be applied in a safe and simple fashion, and without untoward side effects in experimental animals as well as in patients

  15. Ascorbate and dehydroascorbic acid as reliable biomarkers of oxidative stress

    Lykkesfeldt, Jens

    2007-01-01

    analytical reproducibility was tested by repeated analysis of plasma aliquots from one individual over four years. The plasma was subjected to acidic deproteinization with an equal volume of 10% meta-phosphoric acid containing 2 mM EDTA and analyzed for ascorbate and dehydroascorbic acid by high...... in either of the experiments. In conclusion, ascorbate and dehydroascorbic acid can be adequately preserved in plasma stored at -80°C following acidic deproteinization with meta-phosphoric acid containing 2 mM EDTA.......Lack of post-sampling stability of ascorbate and dehydroascorbic acid and failure to block their in vivo equilibrium have lowered their value as biomarkers of oxidative stress and limited the ability to further investigate their possible role in disease prevention. In the present paper, the...

  16. PLASMID DNA DAMAGE CAUSED BY METHYLATED ARSENICALS, ASCORBIC ACID AND HUMAN LIVER FERRITIN

    PLASMID DNA DAMAGE CAOUSED BY METHYLATED ARSENICALS, ASCORBIC ACID AND HUMAN LIVER FERRITINABSTRACT Both dimethylarsinic acid (DMA(V)) and dimethylarsinous acid (DMA(III)) release iron from human liver ferritin (HLF) with or without the presence of ascorbic acid. ...

  17. Sensitive Spectrophotometric Methods for the Determination of Ascorbic Acid

    H. D. Revanasiddappa; M. A. Veena

    2008-01-01

    Two simple and sensitive spectrophotometric methods (A and B) have been described for the determination of ascorbic acid. Method A is based on the oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA) by known excess of Se(IV) in hydrochloric acid medium and subsequent determination of unreacted Se(IV) by reacting it with iodide in the same acid medium to liberate iodine, which react with starch to form a stable blue coloured iodine-starch complex, which shows maximum absorbance at 590 nm. Method B is based on the...

  18. ESR Study on Irradiated Ascorbic Acid Single Crystal

    Food irradiation is a 'cold' process for preserving food and has been established as a safe and effective method of food processing and preservation after more than five decades of research and development. The small temperature increase, absence of residue and effectiveness of treatment of pre-packed food are the main advantages. In food industry, ascorbic acid and its derivatives are frequently used as antioxidant agents. However, irradiation is expected to produces changes in the molecules of food components and of course in the molecules of the agents added as preservation agents such as ascorbic acid. These changes in the molecular structures could cause decreases in the antioxidant actions of these agents. Therefore, the radiation resistance of these agents must be known to determine the amount of radiation dose to be delivered. Electron spin resonance (ESR) is one of the leading methods for identification of intermediates produced after irradiation. ESR spectrum of irradiated solid powder of ascorbic acid is fairly complex and determinations of involved radical species are difficult. In the present work, single crystals of ascorbic acid irradiated by gamma radiation are used to determine molecular structures of radiation induced radicalic species and four radicalic species related in pair with P21 crystal symmetry are found to be responsible from experimental ESR spectrum of gamma irradiated single crystal of ascorbic acid

  19. Combined antioxidant (beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol and ascorbic acid) supplementation increases the levels of lung retinoic acid and inhibits the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase in the ferret lung cancer model.

    Kim, Yuri; Chongviriyaphan, Nalinee; Liu, Chun; Russell, Robert M.; Wang, Xiang-Dong

    2006-01-01

    Dietary modulation of carcinogenesis-related pathwaysDietary item or component studied: b-carotene (BC), a-tocopherol (AT) and ascorbic acid (AA)Pathways studied: BC metabolism, activation of the MAP kinase pathway Study type (in vitro, animals, humans): male ferretsMode of exposure (if in vivo) (acute, chronic, root of exposure): 2diets, for 6 weeks and for 6 monthsImpact on pathway (including dose-response): ERK phosphorylation was significantly higher in SM + NNK treatment (_2.2-fold diffe...

  20. Sequential injection redox or acid-base titration for determination of ascorbic acid or acetic acid.

    Lenghor, Narong; Jakmunee, Jaroon; Vilen, Michael; Sara, Rolf; Christian, Gary D; Grudpan, Kate

    2002-12-01

    Two sequential injection titration systems with spectrophotometric detection have been developed. The first system for determination of ascorbic acid was based on redox reaction between ascorbic acid and permanganate in an acidic medium and lead to a decrease in color intensity of permanganate, monitored at 525 nm. A linear dependence of peak area obtained with ascorbic acid concentration up to 1200 mg l(-1) was achieved. The relative standard deviation for 11 replicate determinations of 400 mg l(-1) ascorbic acid was 2.9%. The second system, for acetic acid determination, was based on acid-base titration of acetic acid with sodium hydroxide using phenolphthalein as an indicator. The decrease in color intensity of the indicator was proportional to the acid content. A linear calibration graph in the range of 2-8% w v(-1) of acetic acid with a relative standard deviation of 4.8% (5.0% w v(-1) acetic acid, n=11) was obtained. Sample throughputs of 60 h(-1) were achieved for both systems. The systems were successfully applied for the assays of ascorbic acid in vitamin C tablets and acetic acid content in vinegars, respectively. PMID:18968850

  1. Ascorbic acid enhances the inhibitory effect of aspirin on neuronal cyclooxygenase-2-mediated prostaglandin E2 production

    Candelario-Jalil, E.; Akundi, R. S.; Bhatia, H. S.; Lieb, K.; K. Appel; Munoz, E; Hull, M.; Fiebich, B. L.

    2007-01-01

    Inhibition of neuronal cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and hence prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) synthesis by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs has been suggested to protect neuronal cells in a variety of pathophysiological situations including Alzheimer's disease and ischemic stroke. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) has also been shown to protect cerebral tissue in a variety of experimental conditions, which has been attributed to its antioxidant capacity. In the present study, we show that ascorbic acid dose...

  2. Study of Plasma Ascorbic Acid Levels in Wheezing Children

    Nagdeote AN,

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Reactive Oxygen species induced bronchial abnormalities may have important consequences in asthma, the main symptom being wheezing specially in children. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant known to quench the reactive oxygen species. A beneficial effect of fresh fruit consumption on lung function has been observed in several studies. Plasma levels Vitamin C was determined in relation to wheezing symptoms in cross sectional study. Methods: In a cross sectional blood samples of 50 patients attending pediatrics OPD, having wheezing and shortness of breath were analyzed for plasma Ascorbic acid level and compared with healthy controls of same age and sex. Results: The total number of 50 wheezing children were in the age group of 2 to 12 years with similar age matched controls. It was observed that the plasma ascorbic acid concentration in the wheezing children (0.43 0.12 mg/dl was significantly decreased as compared to the normal controls ( 0.75 0.18 mg/dl P< 0.001. The highly significant low levels of plasma ascorbic acid level in wheezing children was irrespective of sex and severity of symptoms. However the ascorbic acid levels were at the lower side in female and with severe symptoms. Conclusions: Plasma Ascorbic acid levels were significantly, decreased in the process of scavenging the reactive oxygen species. Ascorbic acid directly neutralizes free radical and protects the bronchial tissue from oxidative injury, so it can be concluded that the consumption of fruit rich in vitamin C may reduce wheezing symptoms in children.

  3. Effect of ascorbic acid supplementation on nitric oxide metabolites and systolic blood pressure in rats exposed to lead

    Mohammad Amani

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Extended exposure to low levels of lead causes high blood pressure in human and laboratory animals. The mechanism is not completely recognized, but it is relatively implicated with generation of free radicals, oxidant agents such as ROS, and decrease of available nitric oxide (NO. In this study, we have demonstrated the effect of ascorbic acid as an antioxidant on nitric oxide metabolites and systolic blood pressure in rats exposed to low levels of lead. Materials and Methods: The adult male Wistar rats weighing 200-250 g were divided into four groups: control, lead acetate (receiving 100 ppm lead acetate in drinking water, lead acetate plus ascorbic acid (receiving 100 ppm lead acetate and 1 g/l ascorbic acid in drinking water, and ascorbic acid (receiving 1 g/l ascorbic acid in drinking water groups. The animals were anesthetized with ketamin/xylazine (50 and 7 mg/kg, respectively, ip and systolic blood pressure was then measured from the tail of the animals by a sphygmomanometer. Nitric oxide levels in serum were measured indirectly by evaluation of its stable metabolites (total nitrite and nitrate (NOc. Results: After 8 and 12 weeks, systolic blood pressure in the lead acetate group was significantly elevated compared to the control group. Ascorbic acid supplementation could prevent the systolic blood pressure rise in the lead acetate plus ascorbic acid group and there was no significant difference relative to the control group. The serum NOc levels in lead acetate group significantly decreased in relation to the control group, but this reduction was not significantly different between the lead acetate plus ascorbic acid group and the control group. Conclusion: Results of this study suggest that ascorbic acid as an antioxidant prevents the lead induced hypertension. This effect may be mediated by inhibition of NOc oxidation and thereby increasing availability of NO.

  4. Methylene Blue-Ascorbic Acid: An Undergraduate Experiment in Kinetics.

    Snehalatha, K. C.; And Others

    1997-01-01

    Describes a laboratory exercise involving methylene blue and L-ascorbic acid in a simple clock reaction technique to illustrate the basic concepts of chemical kinetics. If stock solutions are supplied and each type of experiment takes no more than half an hour, the entire investigation can be completed in three practical sessions of three hours…

  5. SOURCE, CHEMISTRY, METABOLISM, PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTION: ASCORBIC ACID WITH HUMAN HEALTH

    Prashansa Sharma

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Ascorbic acid commonly known as Vitamin C and it is water soluble vitamin having Antioxidant characteristics, abound in nature and highly labile.it is very important Vitamin for biosynthesis of collagen, carnitine and neurotransmitters. Some plants and animals synthesised this Vitamin but human, apes and some other are not able to synthesis this Vitamin due to lack of Gulonolactone oxidase enzyme. So, this Vitamin is supplemented by outer source like fruit, vegetable and synthetic pharmaceutical products. The current US recommended dietary allowances (RDA for Ascorbic acid is 100-120 mg/day. Ascorbic acid has many biochemical functions like Antioxidant, Anti-antherogenic, Anti-carcinogenic, immunodulator and its preventing cold. It’s also associated with reduction of incidence of cancer, immunity, blood pressure, drug metabolism and urinary hydroxyproline excretion, tissue regeneration. Mainly it shows effective result in gastric cancer. Ascorbic acid decreases the death risk. Now day, This Vitamin is used in nutraceutical in human biology and health.

  6. A Chronoamperometric Screen Printed Carbon Biosensor Based on Alkaline Phosphatase Inhibition for W(VI Determination in Water, Using 2-Phospho-l-Ascorbic Acid Trisodium Salt as a Substrate

    Ana Lorena Alvarado-Gámez

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a chronoamperometric method to determine tungsten in water using screen-printed carbon electrodes modified with gold nanoparticles and cross linked alkaline phosphatase immobilized in the working electrode. Enzymatic activity over 2-phospho-l-ascorbic acid trisodium salt, used as substrate, was affected by tungsten ions, which resulted in a decrease of chronoamperometric current, when a potential of 200 mV was applied on 10 mM of substrate in a Tris HCl buffer pH 8.00 and 0.36 M of KCl. Calibration curves for the electrochemical method validation, give a reproducibility of 5.2% (n = 3, a repeatability of 9.4% (n = 3 and a detection limit of 0.29 ± 0.01 µM. Enriched tap water, purified laboratory water and bottled drinking water, with a certified tungsten reference solution traceable to NIST, gave a recovery of 97.1%, 99.1% and 99.1% respectively (n = 4 in each case and a dynamic range from 0.6 to 30 µM. This study was performed by means of a Lineweaver–Burk plot, showing a mixed kinetic inhibition.

  7. Old Things New View: Ascorbic Acid Protects the Brain in Neurodegenerative Disorders

    Adriana Covarrubias-Pinto; Anbal Ignacio Acua; Felipe Andrs Beltrn; Leandro Torres-Daz; Maite Aintzane Castro

    2015-01-01

    Ascorbic acid is a key antioxidant of the Central Nervous System (CNS). Under brain activity, ascorbic acid is released from glial reservoirs to the synaptic cleft, where it is taken up by neurons. In neurons, ascorbic acid scavenges reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated during synaptic activity and neuronal metabolism where it is then oxidized to dehydroascorbic acid and released into the extracellular space, where it can be recycled by astrocytes. Other intrinsic properties of ascorbic ac...

  8. Sonovoltammetric behavior of ascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid at glassy carbon electrodes: Analysis using pulsed sonovoltammetry

    Richard G. Compton; Matysik, Frank-Michael

    1996-01-01

    The effect of power ultrasound on the voltammetric behavior of ascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid at a glassy carbon electrode is described. The voltammetric characteristics of both compounds were found to be modified by ultrasonically formed radicals. In the case of dehydroascorbic acid the single sweep voltammogram shows an anodic signal in the presence of ultrasound which probably results from the formation of an oxidizable radical known to be an intermediate of ascorbic acid oxidation...

  9. Ascorbate requirement for hydroxylation and secretion of procollagen: relationship to inhibition of collagen synthesis in scurvy.

    Peterkofsky, B

    1991-12-01

    Vitamin C deficiency is associated with defective connective tissue, particularly in wound healing. Ascorbate is required for hydroxylation of proline residues in procollagen and hydroxyproline stabilizes the collagen triple helical structure. Consequently, ascorbate stimulates procollagen secretion. However, collagen synthesis in ascorbate-deficient guinea pigs is decreased with only moderate effects on proline hydroxylation. Proteoglycan synthesis, which does not require ascorbate, also is decreased and both effects are correlated with the extent of weight loss during scurvy. Fasting, with ascorbate supplementation, produces similar effects. Both functions are inhibited in cells cultured in sera from either scorbutic or starved guinea pigs and inhibition is reversed with insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I. The inhibitor appears to consist of two IGF-binding proteins induced during vitamin C deficiency and starving and may be responsible for in vivo inhibition of collagen and proteoglycan synthesis. PMID:1720597

  10. Ascorbic acid attenuates the pressor response to voluntary apnea in postmenopausal women.

    Randolph, Brittney J; Patel, Hardikkumar M; Muller, Matthew D

    2015-04-01

    We recently demonstrated that postmenopausal women have an augmented blood pressure response to voluntary apnea compared to premenopausal women. Both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and healthy aging are associated with increased oxidative stress, which may impair cardiovascular function. Restoring physiological responses could have clinical relevance since transient surges in blood pressure are thought to be an important stimulus for end-organ damage in aging and disease. We tested the hypothesis that acute antioxidant infusion improves physiological responses to voluntary apnea in healthy postmenopausal women (n = 8, 64 ± 2 year). We measured beat-by-beat mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR), and brachial artery blood flow velocity (BBFV, Doppler ultrasound) following intravenous infusion of normal saline and ascorbic acid (~3500 mg). Subjects performed maximal voluntary end-expiratory apneas and changes (Δ) from baseline were compared between infusions. The breath hold duration and oxygen saturation nadir were similar between saline (29 ± 6 sec, 94 ± 1%) and ascorbic acid (29 ± 5 sec, 94 ± 1%). Ascorbic acid attenuated the pressor response to voluntary apnea (ΔMAP: 6 ± 2 mmHg) as compared to saline (ΔMAP: 12 ± 2 mmHg, P = 0.034) and also attenuated forearm vasoconstriction (ΔBBFV: 4 ± 9 vs. -12 ± 7%, P = 0.049) but did not affect ΔHR. We conclude that ascorbic acid lowers the blood pressure response to voluntary apnea in postmenopausal women by inhibiting vasoconstriction in the limb vasculature. Whether ascorbic acid has similar effects in OSA patients remains to be prospectively tested. PMID:25907792

  11. Precipitation behaviors of palladium, rhodium and rhenium with ascorbic acid

    Recovery of platinum group metals and transition element such as palladium, rhodium, ruthenium and technetium in SNF are becoming important issues around the world, due to their economic values of noble metals and also radio toxicity of technetium. Precipitation is reportedly one of the possible methods to recover platinum group metals. Especially, an ascorbic acid is reviewed as a promising precipitant for palladium recovery. Also some successful results were reported with relation to the selective precipitation of palladium ion in the simulated fission product solution. However, since most of them are qualitative results with limited data and considering that the purity of noble metal is crucial for its value, quantitative data depending on the various experimental variables are also required. In this study, precipitation behaviors for palladium by ascorbic acid were investigated to obtain the qualitative precipitation data depending on the coexisting ions and other operation variables

  12. Enhancement of Curcumin Fluorescence by Ascorbic Acid in Bicontinuous Microemulsion.

    Iwunze, Maurice O

    2015-07-01

    Steady-state fluorescence spectro-photometric technique is used in this work to determine the chemical parameters of the complex formed between curcumin and ascorbic acid in bicontinuous microemuslion (Bμen). The Bμen liquid used is made up of a four-components system (water-oil-surfactant and co-surfactant (1-pentanol)) in the ratio of 42.11:13.7:21.34:22.85 % w/w. The oil and surfactant used are tetradecane and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide. Curcumin is known to have low solubility in water, but liberally soluble in Bμen, hence the use of Bμen in this study. The observed fluorescence intensity of curcumin was enhanced by introduction of ascorbic acid to the curcumin solution. The increase in the fluorescence intensity showed a very good linearity with a regression coefficient of 0.9974. The association constant, Ka, that resulted between curcumin and ascorbic acid was calculated as 2.15 × 10(4) with the free energy of association, ∆Ga, of -24.71 kJ/mol. The ratio of the complex that was formed by these two molecules was determined as 1:1. PMID:25943984

  13. Ineffectiveness of ascorbic acid therapy in nephropathic cystinosis.

    Schneider, J A; Schlesselman, J J; Mendoza, S A; Orloff, S; Thoene, J G; Kroll, W A; Godfrey, A D; Schulman, J D

    1979-04-01

    Because high concentrations of ascorbic acid (0.57 mM) lower the free (nonprotein) cystine content of cultured cystinotic skin fibroblasts by over 50 per cent, we did a double-blind clinical trial to establish whether this drug would benefit cystinotic children. Sixty-four patients were randomized into the study; 32 received ascorbic acid (200 mg per kilogram of body weight per day), and 32 placebo. The study was terminated after approximately two years because there was no indication that vitamin C was beneficial and accumulating evidence that it might be harmful. Of 11 patients who left the study because of death or the requirement for dialysis or renal transplantation, eight were receiving ascorbic acid. The estimated relative risk (treatment vs. control) of an adverse event was R = 2.7, with a 90 per cent confidence interval of (0.8, 11.5). The serum creatinine concentration increased 0.53 mg per deciliter per year in patients receiving vitamin C and 0.24 mg per deciliter per year in patients receiving placebo (P = 0.08). PMID:370586

  14. Production of ascorbic acid releasing biomaterials for pelvic floor repair

    Mang?r, Na?ide; Bullock, Anthony J.; Roman, Sabiniano; Osman, Nadir; Chapple, Christopher; MacNeil, Sheila

    2016-01-01

    Objective An underlying abnormality in collagen turnover is implied in the occurrence of complications and recurrences after mesh augmented pelvic floor repair surgeries. Ascorbic acid is a potent stimulant of collagen synthesis. The aim of this study is to produce ascorbic acid releasing poly-lactic acid (PLA) scaffolds and evaluate them for their effects on extracellular matrix production and the strength of the materials. Materials and methods Scaffolds which contained either l-ascorbic acid (AA) and Ascorbate-2-Phosphate (A2P) were produced with emulsion electrospinning. The release of both drugs was measured by UV spectrophotometry. Human dermal fibroblasts were seeded on scaffolds and cultured for 2weeks. Cell attachment, viability and total collagen production were evaluated as well as mechanical properties. Results No significant differences were observed between AA, A2P, Vehicle and PLA scaffolds in terms of fibre diameter and pore size. The encapsulation efficiency and successful release of both AA and A2P were demonstrated. Both AA and A2P containing scaffolds were significantly more hydrophilic and stronger in both dry and wet states compared to PLA scaffolds. Fibroblasts produced more collagen on scaffolds containing either AA or A2P compared to cells grown on control scaffolds. Conclusion This study is the first to directly compare the two ascorbic acid derivatives in a tissue engineered scaffold and shows that both AA and A2P releasing electrospun PLA scaffolds increased collagen production of fibroblasts to similar extents but AA scaffolds seemed to be more hydrophilic and stronger compared to A2P scaffolds. Statement of significance Mesh augmented surgical repair of the pelvic floor currently relies on non-degradable materials which results in severe complications in some patients. There is an unmet and urgent need for better pelvic floor repair materials. Our current understanding suggests that the ideal material should be able to better integrate into sites of implantation both biologically and mechanically. The impact of vitamin C on extracellular matrix production is well established but we in this study have undertaken a critical comparison of two derivatives of vitamin C as they are released from a biodegradable scaffold. This strategy proved to be equally useful with both derivatives in terms of new tissue production yet we observed significant differences in mechanical properties of these biomaterials. PMID:26478470

  15. Effect of Rosemary, Echinacea, Green Tea Extracts and Ascorbic Acid on Broiler Meat Quality

    R. Mirshekar

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the effect of addition some plant extracts and ascorbic acid in presence of distilled water as the control on the broiler thigh meat color, subsequent lipid oxidation (TBARS and rancidity development during frozen storage of chicken thigh meat. All the extracts were used in the density of 1000 ppm. The results showed that all the antioxidants had significant effect on lipid oxidation as measured by TBARS value during frozen storage at -20°C for 120 days. However, lipid oxidation only occurred to a limited extent and was insufficient to cause rancid flavor development. The results also demonstrated that rosemary and green tea were the most effective antioxidants in stabilization of a* value. Echinacea, green tea and rosemary extracts were effective antioxidants and strongly inhibited oxidation. Present findings show that these plants extracts exhibit greater antioxidant efficiency compared to ascorbic acid.

  16. Suppression of radiation-induced in vitro carcinogenesis by ascorbic acid

    The effects of ascorbic acid on radiation-induced in vitro carcinogenesis have been reported using neoplastic transformation system of C3H 10T1/2 cells. In these reports, no suppressive effect on X-ray-induced transformation was observed with 6 weeks' administration of ascorbic acid (daily addition for 5 days per week) by Kennedy (1984), whereas apparent suppression was observed with daily addition for 7 days by Yasukawa et al (1989). We have tested the effects of ascorbic acid on 60Co gamma-ray or 252Cf fission neutron-induced transformation in Balb/c 3T3 cells. The transformation induced by both types of radiations was markedly suppressed when ascorbic acid was daily added to the medium during first 8 days of the post-irradiation period. If ascorbic acid was added for a total of 8 days but with a day's interruption in the middle, the suppression of transformation was decreased. These results suggest that continuous presence of ascorbic acid for a certain number of days is needed to suppress radiation-induced transformation. Since ascorbic acid also suppressed the promotion of radiation-induced transformation by TPA when both chemicals were added together into the medium, ascorbic acid might act on the promotion stage of transformation. Therefore, the effect of ascorbic acid on the distribution of protein kinase C activity was also investigated, and possible mechanisms of suppression of radiation-induced transformation by ascorbic acid will be discussed. (author)

  17. Redox cycling of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon o-quinones: reversal of superoxide dismutase inhibition by ascorbate.

    Jarabak, R; Harvey, R G; Jarabak, J

    1997-03-01

    When redox cycling of four polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon o-quinones is catalyzed by the 17 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, autooxidation of the hydroquinone is a free radical chain reaction in which superoxide anion is the propagating species. Superoxide dismutase inhibits the redox cycling of these quinones, and ascorbate reverses this inhibition. Studies of the mechanism, using 9,10-phenanthrenequinone, show that ascorbate competes with superoxide dismutase for the superoxide anion; the ascorbyl radical formed then oxidizes the hydroquinone. In this mechanism, ascorbyl radical participates in chain propagation. The reversal of superoxide dismutase inhibition by ascorbate is observed when other two-electron reductases catalyze the cycling, and it occurs in the absence of metal ions. Although ascorbate is generally thought to be an antioxidant, it behaves as a prooxidant in the experiments reported here. PMID:9056238

  18. Ascorbic acid loss in vegetables: adequacy of a hospital cook-chill system.

    McErlain, L; Marson, H; Ainsworth, P; Burnett, S A

    2001-05-01

    This research evaluates the ascorbic acid loss of vegetables prepared in a hospital cook-chill plated system. The ascorbic acid loss of three vegetable samples (carrots, peas and potatoes) were measured at various points in the cook-chill system and analysed using the DCPIP method. Substantial losses for all vegetables were identified at the cooking and regeneration stages. The ascorbic acid levels of the selected vegetables when raw ranged from 6 to 10 mg/100 g sample. At the end of the food service cycle the ascorbic acid content of the vegetables was reduced to 1.7-5.8 mg/100 g sample. The largest percentage loss of ascorbic acid, i.e. 76%, was found in mashed potatoes. Peas incurred the least percentage loss, i.e. 42%. This progressive deterioration during the cook-chill plated catering system causes an insubstantial presence of ascorbic acid in the food served to hospitalised patients. PMID:11400468

  19. The ascorbic acid content in monkeys subjected to low-dose prolonged irradiation

    The level of ascorbic acid has been studied in monkeys subjected to prolonged low-dose irradiation. In addition to changes in the clinical picture (ulcerous gingivitis, hypochromic anemia, petechia, impaired immunogenesis, etc.), a decrease in the ascorbic acid content in blood has been observed. The prolonged irradiation with low doses has been found to cause stable disorders in the ascorbic acid metabolism which are observed in monkeys survived after irradiation (two years later)

  20. [Ascorbic Acid and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease].

    Noto, Yu-ichi

    2015-10-01

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A) is a disease for which no drug treatments are available. Passage et al. reported that ascorbic acid reduced the mRNA level of PMP22, improved motor function and increased the numbers of myelinated peripheral nerve axons in a mouse model of CMT1A. Based on these results, five clinical trials were undertaken at different centers worldwide. However, none of them demonstrated significant effectiveness. Although these outcomes were disappointing, these studies have provided many useful insights for conducting the next randomised controlled trial for CMT1A. PMID:26450076

  1. Effects of supplemental ascorbic acid on humeral immune response in broilers reared under heat-stress condition

    Vahel J. A. Amedy,

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available An experiment was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of supplemental ascorbic acid (Vitamin C on the haemagglutination inhibition (HI and enzyme linked immune sorbent assay (ELISA antibody titer of the commercial broiler chicks vaccinated against Newcastle disease (ND virus, reared under heat stress condition. A total of 420, one day-old broiler chicks were randomly divided into 4 groups and kept under elevated summer temperature and treated with four levels of added ascorbic acid i.e., 0 (control group, 200, 400, 600 mg/kg in diets for 28 days, from 21 to 49 days of experimental period. HI antibody titer and ELISA antibody titer against ND virus were significantly (P<0.05 higher at 600 mg/kg Vitamin C in the diet than the others treatments. Apparently, adding ascorbic acid at 600 mg/kg in the diet could improve humoral immunity in broilers reared under heat stress.

  2. Water-dispersible ascorbic-acid-coated magnetite nanoparticles for contrast enhancement in MRI

    Sreeja, V.; Jayaprabha, K. N.; Joy, P. A.

    2015-04-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles of size ~5 nm surface functionalized with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) form a stable dispersion in water with a hydrodynamic size of ~30 nm. The anti-oxidant property of ascorbic acid is retained after capping, as evidenced from the capability of converting methylene blue to its reduced leuco form. NMR relaxivity studies show that the ascorbic-acid-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide aqueous nanofluid is suitable as a contrast enhancement agent for MRI applications, coupled with the excellent biocompatibility and medicinal values of ascorbic acid.

  3. Neutron scattering and HPLC study on L-ascorbic acid and its degradation

    The present paper shows a systematic dynamic and kinetic study on L-ascorbic acid and its degradation at high temperature. The neutron scattering study allows, through the behavior of quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) spectra, to characterize the diffusive dynamics of L-ascorbic acid in water mixtures. Ascorbic acid undergoes degradation process at high temperature, but the presence of trehalose in solution markedly avoids ascorbic acid loss enhancing its t1/2 (half life time), as determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)

  4. A method for the determination of ascorbic acid using the iron(II)-pyridine-dimethylglyoxime complex

    A simple and rapid spectrophotometric method for the determination of ascorbic acid is proposed. Ascorbic acid reduces iron (III) to iron (II) which forms a red colored complex with dimethylglyoxime in the presence of pyridine. The absorbance of the resulting solution is measured at 514 nm and a linear relationship between absorbance and concentration of ascorbic acid is observed up to 14 μg ml-1. Studies on the interference of substances usually associated with ascorbic acid have been carried out and the applicability of the method has been tested by analysing pharmaceutical preparations of vitamin C

  5. The novel Arabidopsis thaliana svt2 suppressor of the ascorbic acid-deficient mutant vtc1-1 exhibits phenotypic and genotypic instability [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/o2

    Kempinski, Chase F; Crowell, Samuel V; Caleb Smeeth; Carina Barth

    2013-01-01

    Ascorbic acid is a potent antioxidant that detoxifies reactive oxygen species when plants are exposed to unfavorable environmental conditions. In addition to its antioxidant properties, ascorbic acid and its biosynthetic precursors fulfill a variety of other physiological and molecular functions. A mutation in the ascorbic acid biosynthesis gene VTC1, which encodes GDP-mannose pyrophosphorylase, results in conditional root growth inhibition in the presence of ammonium. To isolate suppresso...

  6. An ascorbic acid sensor based on cadmium sulphide quantum dots.

    Ganiga, Manjunatha; Cyriac, Jobin

    2016-05-01

    We present a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based fluorescence detection of vitamin C [ascorbic acid (AA)] using cadmium sulphide quantum dots (CdS QDs) and diphenylcarbazide (DPC). Initially, DPC was converted to diphenylcarbadiazone (DPCD) in the presence of CdS QDs to form QD-DPCD. This enabled excited-state energy transfer from the QDs to DPCD, which led to the fluorescence quenching of QDs. The QD-DPCD solution was used as the sensor solution. In the presence of AA, DPCD was converted back to DPC, resulting in the fluorescence recovery of CdS QDs. This fluorescence recovery can be used to detect and quantify AA. Dynamic range and detection limit of this sensing system were found to be 60-300 nM and 2 nM, respectively. We also performed fluorescence lifetime analyses to confirm existence of FRET. Finally, the sensor responded with equal accuracy to actual samples such as orange juice and vitamin C tablets. Graphical abstract Schematic showing the FRET based fluorescence detection of ascorbic acid. PMID:27023220

  7. Importance of ascorbic acid in the absorption of iron from infant foods

    The absorption of fortification iron from an infant milk formula and from 3 infant cereals was studied in 121 multiparous women. The mean absorption was less than 3.2% when no added ascorbic acid was present. The nature of the iron compound added to infant cereals did not seem to influence the amount absorbed. Absorption was significantly improved when ascorbic acid was added, the mean increase being threefold with an iron:ascorbic ratio of 1:1.5 molar and more than sixfold with a ratio of 1:3 molar (about 10 mg ascorbic acid per mg iron). (author)

  8. Improvement Of Salt Tolerance In Some Varieties Of Rice By Ascorbic Acid Application

    Wan Arfiani Barus; Abdul Rauf; Rosmayati; Chairani Hanum

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Salinity stress is one of the serious abiotic stress and lead to reduced productivity and plant growth. The effect of salinity stress and its interaction with ascorbic acid was investigated on some morphological traits. Ascorbate is a strong antioxidant which has remarkable biological effects on plants growth including an improvement in plants tolerance under salinity stress conditions. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of ascorbic acid application to improve sal...

  9. Ascorbic acid repletion: A possible therapy for diabetic macular edema?

    May, James M

    2016-05-01

    Macular edema poses a significant risk for visual loss in persons with diabetic retinopathy. It occurs when plasma constituents and fluid leak out of damaged retinal microvasculature in the area of the macula, causing loss of central vision. Apoptotic loss of pericytes surrounding capillaries is perhaps the earliest feature of diabetic vascular damage in the macula, which is also associated with dysfunction of the endothelium and loss of the otherwise very tight endothelial permeability barrier. Increased oxidative stress is a key feature of damage to both cell types, mediated by excess superoxide from glucose-induced increases in mitochondrial metabolism, as well as by activation of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE). The latter in turn activates multiple pathways, some of which lead to increased oxidative stress, such as those involving NF-ĸB, NADPH oxidase, and endothelial nitric oxide synthase. Such cellular oxidative stress is associated with low cellular and plasma ascorbic acid levels in many subjects with diabetes in poor glycemic control. Whether repletion of low ascorbate in retinal endothelium and pericytes might help to prevent diabetic macular edema is unknown. However, cell culture studies show that the vitamin prevents high-glucose and RAGE-induced apoptosis in both cell types, that it preserves nitric oxide generated by endothelial cells, and that it tightens the leaky endothelial permeability barrier. Although these findings need to be confirmed in pre-clinical animal studies, it is worth considering clinical trials to determine whether adequate ascorbate repletion is possible and whether it might help to delay or even reverse early diabetic macular edema. PMID:26898503

  10. Improvement of bioavailability for iron from vegetarian meals by ascorbic acid

    There are two kinds of iron in the diet with respect to the mechanism of absorption, heme-iron which is present as haemoglobin or myoglobin in meat and blood products, and, non-heme iron which is the main source of dietary iron. The bioavailability of the non-heme food iron is much lower than heme-iron. Vegetarian diets contain only non-heme iron. Iron intake from vegetarian meals are generally satisfied with the requirements, however, the bioavailabilities for non-heme iron is determined not only by iron content byt also the balance between different dietary factors enhancing and inhibiting iron absorption. The main enhancing factor in vegetarian meals is ascorbic acid in fruits and vegetables, inhibitors are phytate in cereals and grains, and tannins in some spices and vegetables. It has been reported that iron deficiency is one of the common micronutrient problems associated with unplanned vegetarian diets. In the present study the absorption of non-heme iron was measured from 2 vegetarian meals containing considerable amounts of phytate and tannin. The extrinsic tay method (59Fe/ 55Fe) was used to labelled the non-heme iron. The mean percentage absorption of non-heme iron from both meals was slightly different due to differences in their dietary contents. Their initial percentages iron absorption were apparent low (3.5% and 4.1%), however, the absorption progressively increased with increase in the level of ascorbic acid, 2-3 times with 100 mg and 4-5 times with 200 mg of ascorbic acid. The average amount of iron absorbed per 2000 kcal increased from 0.37 mg to 0.86 mg and 1.45 mg with the addition of 100 mg and 200 mg ascorbic acid respectively (p < 0.001). Considering the limited caloric intakes and the iron content in the meals, the amount of iron absorbed from vegetarian meals without ascorbic acid was not able to meet certain requirements for children, adolescents and menstruating women. The minimal requirement for dietary iron needed to be absorbed is 0.49 mg for 50% of 1-2 year children and more than 1 mg for girls and menstruating women. The vegetarian meals as compared with ordinary mixed meals can provided most of the nutrients in the amounts close to or above the recommended intaked according to the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA). However, the amounts of iron absorbed from these meals are quite precarious and fail to meet the requirements for the important target groups. It is suggested that, vegetarian diets can assure nutrient adequacy and promote health when they are planned and chosen in the line with scientific nutrition principles

  11. Retention of ascorbic acid in fortified orange juice powers during storage

    G. S. Siddappa

    1960-10-01

    Full Text Available Both Coorg and Sathgudi orange juice powders are good carriers for added ascorbic acid during prolonged storage at ordinary temperatures. There is not much difference between nitrogen and air packs as regards retention of ascorbic acid during storage. Nitrogen pack, however, helps to keep the power in a better free-flowing condition.

  12. Influence of heating conditions and ascorbic acid concentration over furan formation in starchy model systems

    Mariotti, Salomé; Granby, Kit; Fromberg, Arvid; Pedreschi, Franco

    conditions (frying and baking) and ascorbic acid concentration over furan occurrence in a starchy model system. Two different formulations of wheat flour dough (WF: wheat flour and WF-AA: wheat flour and ascorbic acid) were prepared with a 40 % of moisture (wb). Then, dough were cut in circle chips (40 mm of...

  13. Oxidation in fish oil enriched mayonnaise : Ascorbic acid and low pH increase oxidative deterioration

    Jacobsen, Charlotte; Timm Heinrich, Maike; Meyer, Anne S.

    2001-01-01

    The effect of ascorbic acid (0-4000 ppm) and pH (3.8-6.2) on oxidation and levels of iron and copper in various fractions of mayonnaise enriched with 16% fish oil was investigated. Ascorbic acid induced release of iron from the assumed oil- water interface into the aqueous phase at all pH levels...

  14. Plant resistance mechanisms to air pollutants: rhythms in ascorbic acid production during growth under ozone stress

    Lee, E.H. (Climate Stress Laboratory, USDA, ARS, Beltsville, MD (United States))

    1991-01-01

    Relationships between ozone (O3) tolerance and leaf ascorbic acid concentrations in O3-susceptible (O3-S) 'Hark' and O3-resistant (O3-R) 'Hood' soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merr., cultivars were examined with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Leaf samples were analyzed at 4 intervals during a 24 h period. Soybean cultivars grown in the greenhouse with charcoal filtered (CF) and nonfiltered (NF) air showed daily oscillations in ascorbic acid production. Highest ascorbic acid levels in leaves during light coincided with highest concentrations of photochemical oxidants in the atmosphere at 2:00 p.m. The resistant genotype produced more ascorbic acid in its trifoliate leaves than did the corresponding susceptible genotype. Under CF air (an O3-reduced environment) O3-S and O3-R cultivars showed rhythms in ascorbic acid production. In NF air (an O3 stress environment) the O3-R cultivar alone showed rhythms in ascorbic acid production. Results indicated that superior O3 tolerance in the Hood soybean cultivar (compared with Hark) was associated with a greater increase in endogenous levels of ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid may scavenge free radicals and thereby protect cells from injury by O3 or other oxyradical products. Plants defend themselves against photochemical oxidant stress, such as O3, by several mechanisms. Experimental evidence indicates that antioxidant defense systems existing in plant tissues may function to protect cellular components from deleterious effects of photochemical oxidants through endogenous and exogenous controls.

  15. A flexible micro biofuel cell utilizing hydrogel containing ascorbic acid

    Goto, Hideaki; Fukushi, Yudai; Nishioka, Yasushiro

    2014-11-01

    This paper reports on a biofuel cell with a dimension of 1324 mm2 fabricated on a flexible polyimide substrate. I its porous carbon-coated platinum (Pt) electrodes of 3 mm in width and 10 mm in length were fabricated using photolithography and screen printing techniques. Porous carbon was deposited by screen printing of carbon black ink on the Pt electrode surfaces in order to increase the effective electrode surface area and to absorb more enzymes on the electrode surfaces. It utilizes a solidified ascorbic acid (AA) aqueous solution in an agarose hydrogel to increase the portability. The maximum power and power density for the biofuel cell with the fuel unit containing 100 mM AA were 0.063 ?W and 0.21 ?W/cm2 at 0.019 V, respectively.

  16. A flexible micro biofuel cell utilizing hydrogel containing ascorbic acid

    This paper reports on a biofuel cell with a dimension of 13×24 mm2 fabricated on a flexible polyimide substrate. I its porous carbon-coated platinum (Pt) electrodes of 3 mm in width and 10 mm in length were fabricated using photolithography and screen printing techniques. Porous carbon was deposited by screen printing of carbon black ink on the Pt electrode surfaces in order to increase the effective electrode surface area and to absorb more enzymes on the electrode surfaces. It utilizes a solidified ascorbic acid (AA) aqueous solution in an agarose hydrogel to increase the portability. The maximum power and power density for the biofuel cell with the fuel unit containing 100 mM AA were 0.063 μW and 0.21 μW/cm2 at 0.019 V, respectively

  17. CITOGENETICS EFFECTS INDUCED BY THE ASCORBIC ACID TREATMENT OF LARIX DECIDUA MILL. SSP. CARPATICA AND PICEA ABIES (L. KARST

    Ioana Ieremia

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available The paper present the influence of ascorbic acid upon the mitotic division of Larix decidua Mill ssp. carpatica and Picea abies (L. Karst. The treatment is applied of two variants, germinated seed in ascorbic acid (variantAand germinated seeds in disttilate water, than treated with ascorbic acid in 3 concentrations (variant B.

  18. Ascorbate enhances u.v.-mutagenesis in E. coli but inhibits it in Chinese hamster cells

    Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) causes an increase in the mutation frequency of u.v.-irradiated Escherichia coli WP2. The enhancement occurs at all u.v. fluences, and is dependent upon the ascorbate concentration in the medium. A maximum effect (approximately 8- to 13-fold) is seen at 100-150 micrograms/ml, although some enhancement can be seen even at 10 micrograms/ml. The comutagenic effect of ascorbate with u.v. in E. coli is dependent upon peptone, a constituent of nutrient broth. The enhancement of u.v.-mutagenesis by ascorbate is absent in strains WP2s (uvrA) and WP6 (polA), suggesting that ascorbate affects the repair of pyrimidine dimers. The opposite results are observed for u.v.-mutagenesis in Chinese hamster V79 cells. The presence of ascorbate (50 micrograms/ml) during u.v. irradiation does not enhance the u.v. effect, but rather decreases it approximately 30%. These results are discussed with regard to differences in the mechanism of u.v.-mutagenesis and DNA repair in bacterial and mammalian cells

  19. Electrochemical examination of the ascorbic acid radical anion in non-aqueous electrolytes

    Yoshimura, M.; Honda, K.; Kondo, T.; Rao, T.N.; Tryk, D.A.; Fujishima, A

    2002-10-15

    A quasi-reversible redox reaction involving ascorbic acid was observed in non-aqueous electrolytes at conductive diamond electrode. The chemical reversibility of these reactions is consistent with ascorbic acid being reduced to the ascorbic acid radical anion in a one-electron process, with subsequent reoxidation to ascorbic acid. This is the first report on the electrochemical production of the ascorbic acid radical anion in non-aqueous electrolytes. Ascorbyl 6-stearate and 4-hydroxy 2(5H)-furanone, which have somewhat similar structures as ascorbic acid, also showed one-electron transfer reduction reaction producing radicals with a single negative charge, suggesting that these compounds follow the same electrochemical behavior as ascorbic acid. The double bond and hydroxyl substituent on the five-membered ring are shown to be necessary for the stabilization of the radical anions. It was confirmed by the calculation of the total energy using molecular orbital methods that resonance structures involving the double-bond and hydroxyl group provide significant stabilization of the radical anions. Electrochemical preparation may be a useful method for the detailed study of radicals, their molecular structure and reactivity.

  20. Electrochemical examination of the ascorbic acid radical anion in non-aqueous electrolytes

    A quasi-reversible redox reaction involving ascorbic acid was observed in non-aqueous electrolytes at conductive diamond electrode. The chemical reversibility of these reactions is consistent with ascorbic acid being reduced to the ascorbic acid radical anion in a one-electron process, with subsequent reoxidation to ascorbic acid. This is the first report on the electrochemical production of the ascorbic acid radical anion in non-aqueous electrolytes. Ascorbyl 6-stearate and 4-hydroxy 2(5H)-furanone, which have somewhat similar structures as ascorbic acid, also showed one-electron transfer reduction reaction producing radicals with a single negative charge, suggesting that these compounds follow the same electrochemical behavior as ascorbic acid. The double bond and hydroxyl substituent on the five-membered ring are shown to be necessary for the stabilization of the radical anions. It was confirmed by the calculation of the total energy using molecular orbital methods that resonance structures involving the double-bond and hydroxyl group provide significant stabilization of the radical anions. Electrochemical preparation may be a useful method for the detailed study of radicals, their molecular structure and reactivity

  1. THE COMPARISON OF ACID ASCORBIC CONTENT DURING PROCESSING OF SOME VEGETABLES AND FRUITS

    Marcel Avramiuc

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work there was searched the ascorbic acid content variation in four plant species during processing. The biological material was represented by: green onion, spinach leaves, pear fruits (from vegetable farms around Suceava town and kiwi fruits (from supermarket. The ascorbic acid content was determined through a method based on reduction (by the ascorbic acid of 2.6-Dichlorphenol-indophenol to the corresponding leucoderivate. Through grinding and one hour exposure to air at 20-22°C, the largest reduction in ascorbic acid content was in pear fruits (50%, and the lowest one in spinach leaves (11.7%. By means of thermal processing (boiling the ascorbic acid content of the analyzed species has changed in different proportions. Thus, as compared to fresh samples, in boiled ones the vitamin C content has decreasedmost in pear fruits (by 52.6% and least in spinach leaves (by 38.5%. Under the same conditions, in green onion samplethe ascorbic acid mean content has increased by 10.8%, compared to fresh sample. In the fruit species, under thermal processing conditions, the ascorbic acid mean content was different as against heat-unprocessed samples. Thus, at kiwi fruits both in samples poached with sugar and without sugar, the total content of ascorbic acid (from product and boiling liquid was superior to the heat-unprocessed samples. In contrast, at pear fruits, under the same experimental conditions, the total content of ascorbic acid was lower than in heat-unprocessed samples.

  2. Study of Ascorbic Acid as Iron(III) Reducing Agent for Spectrophotometric Iron Speciation

    Antesar Elmagirbi; Hermin Sulistyarti; Atikah Atikah

    2012-01-01

    The study of ascorbic acid as a reducing agent for iron(III) has been investigated in order to obtain an alternative carcinogenic reducing agent, hydroxylamine, used in spectrophotometric standard method based on the formation of a red-orange complex of Fe(II)-o-phenanthroline. The study was optimised with regards to ascorbic acid concentration as well as pH solution. The results showed that ascorbic acid showed maximum capacity as reducing agent of iron(III) under concentration of 4.46.10-4 ...

  3. Direct Spectrophotometric Determination of L-ascorbic Acid in the Presence of Potassium Cyanide

    Mirsad Salkić; Husejin Keran; Midhat Jašić

    2007-01-01

    A simple and highly sensitive direct spectrophotometric method was developed for the determination of L-ascorbic acid. Potassium cyanide (9.21x10-5 mol dm-3) was used to stabilize ascorbic acid in aqueous medium. The molar absorptivity of the proposed method, which does not require an extraction procedure, was 1.38x104 dm3 mol-1 cm-1 at 264 nm. Beer’s law was obeyed in the concentration range of 0.26 – 12.0 μg ascorbic acid cm-3. Th e relative standard deviation was 1.40 % for the determinati...

  4. Environmental Method to Determine Dopamine and Ascorbic Acid Simultaneously via Derivative Spectrophotometry

    El-Zohry, Ahmed M.; E. Y. Hashem

    2013-01-01

    Many various methods were applied to determine dopamine and ascorbic acid simultaneously using hazardous materials and complex procedures. Derivative absorption spectra can give safely and five sensitive derivative equations that are used for the simultaneous determination of dopamine and ascorbic acid in the UV region, using first and second derivative spectroscopy with high precision at pH value of 9.2. Dopamine and ascorbic acid can be detected in the ranges of 0.375–9.45 mg L−1 and 0.352–...

  5. Ascorbic acid and striatal transport of [3H]1-methyl-4-phenylpyridine (MPP+) and [3H]dopamine

    The inhibition of uptake of [3H]dopamine and [3H]1-methyl-4-phenylpyridine (MPP+) was examined in mouse striatal synaptosomal preparations. Kinetic analysis indicated that ascorbic acid is a noncompetitive inhibitor of [3H]MPP+ uptake. No inhibition of [3H]dopamine uptake is observed. The dopamine uptake blockers, GBR-12909, cocaine, and mazindol strongly inhibit (IC50 3H]dopamine and [3H]MPP+ transport. Nicotine, its metabolites, and other tobacco alkaloids are weak inhibitors except 4-phenylpyridine and lobeline, which are moderate inhibitors of both [3H]dopamine and [3H]MPP+ uptake. These similarities in potencies are in agreement with the suggestion that [3H]MPP+ and [3H] are transported by the same carrier. The differences observed in the alteration of dopaminergic transport and mazindol binding by ascorbic acid suggest that ascorbic acid's effects on [3H]MPP+ transport are related to translocation and/or dissociation processes occurring subsequent to the initial binding event

  6. Seasonal variations in ascorbic acid status and breast milk ascorbic acid levels in rural Gambian women in relation to dietary intake.

    Bates, C J; Prentice, A M; Prentice, A; Paul, A A; Whitehead, R G

    1982-01-01

    Vitamin C intakes from mangoes and oranges, and plasma and breast milk ascorbic acid concentrations were measured at regular intervals in a cohort of pregnant and lactating women in Keneba and Manduar, two neighbouring rural Gambian villages. Extremely wide seasonal variations in plasma ascorbic acid levels were observed, the peak during the mango season in May and June attaining mean levels of 1.4 mg/dl, while the lowest levels, averaging only 0.2 mg/dl, were observed during the rainy season, during September and October. Parallel, but less pronounced variations were observed in breast milk ascorbate levels. A vitamin-fortified milk and biscuit supplement, given first to the lactating, and later to the pregnant, mothers in Keneba, which provided about 35 mg ascorbic acid per day, failed to produce any major improvement in plasma ascorbic acid levels during the rainy season, although there was some evidence for an improvement in breast milk levels. It is therefore likely that considerably greater intakes are required to maintain satisfactory maternal circulating levels and biochemical status during this critical period. PMID:7112656

  7. Pre-sowing application of ascorbic acid and salicylic acid to seed of pumpkin and seedling response to salt

    The effects of seed soaking with salicylic acid or ascorbic acid on pumpkin seedlings growth under saline (10 dS m/sup -1/) conditions were investigated. Seedlings fresh weight, protein contents, protease and nitrate reductase activities were significantly affected by 15 and 30 mg L/sup -1/ salicylic acid and 30 mg L/sup -1/ ascorbic acid priming treatments, under both normal and saline conditions. Priming reduced the severity of the salt stress, the amelioration was better due to 30 mg L/sup -1/ ascorbic acid or 30 mg L/sup -1/ salicylic acid treatments as these treatments showed best results on seedling growth, fresh and dry matter production under non-saline and saline environments. Application of seed priming with ascorbic acid and salicylic acid in pumpkin ameliorate the adverse effects of salt stress. (author)

  8. Kinetics of Ascorbic Acid Degradation in Un-Pasteurized Iranian Lemon Juice During Regular Storage Conditions

    Abbasi

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research was to determine shelf life stability of un-pasteurized lemon juice filled in clear or dark green glass bottles. Presence of light, time and temperature affect the ascorbic acid retention in citrus juices. Bottles were stored at room temperature (27 ± 3 °C and in the refrigerator (3 ± 1 °C. Total soluble solids, total titrable acidity and pH value were measured every three weeks and analysis was carried out on ascorbic acid content by means of titration method in the presence of 2,6-dichlorophenol indophenol. The study was carried out for 12 weeks after which slight changes in color, taste and apparent texture in some samples were observed and ascorbic acid content reduced by 50%. Soluble solids content, pH value and total acidity were 5.5 ° Brix, 2.73 and 5 g/100 mL, respectively which appeared not to be significantly influenced by storage time or conditions. Ascorbic acid content initially at 38.50 mg/100 mL was sharply reduced to about 22 mg/100 mL within the first three weeks of storage. The final ascorbic acid content of all samples was about 15 mg/100 mL. The deteriorative reaction of ascorbic acid in the juice at all conditions followed a first-order kinetic model with activation energy of 137 cal mol-1.

  9. Ascorbic acid decreases neutral endopeptidase activity in cultured osteoblastic cells.

    Schmid, Christoph; Ghirlanda-Keller, Claudia; Gosteli-Peter, Martina

    2005-08-15

    Neprilysin (NEP) is a plasma membrane-bound peptidase with wide expression in kidney, lung, brain and bone. Decreased NEP activity has been linked to increased growth of some cancer cells, but it is unknown whether its activity is related to growth of cells belonging to the osteoblast lineage. We assessed NEP activity in an osteoblastic cell line, PyMS, by cleavage of N-Dansyl-d-Ala-Gly-p-nitro-Phe-Gly to Dansyl-d-Ala-Gly. NEP activity was completely blocked by 1 muM thiorphan. Most agents affecting growth of these cells (e.g. calcium, insulin-like growth factor I and dexamethasone) did not regulate NEP activity. Ascorbic acid (ASA) increased thymidine incorporation into DNA and potentiated the stimulatory effect of IGF I on DNA synthesis, an effect which was attenuated by echistatin. ASA decreased NEP activity in a dose-dependent manner, and decreased Western-detectable NEP protein in plasma membranes. ASA affects both integrin receptor-mediated signalling and the processing of regulatory peptides. PMID:15908023

  10. Glutathione-ascorbic acid redox cycle and thioredoxin reductase activity in the digestive tract of Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say)

    Krishnan, Natraj; Kodrík, Dalibor; Kludkiewicz, Barbara; Sehnal, František

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 39, č. 3 (2009), s. 180-188. ISSN 0965-1748 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA522/06/1591; GA ČR GA522/07/0788 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50070508 Keywords : ascorbate/ascorbic acid * ascorbate peroxidase * glutathione-ascorbic acid redox cycle Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 3.117, year: 2009

  11. Study of Ascorbic Acid as Iron(III Reducing Agent for Spectrophotometric Iron Speciation

    Antesar Elmagirbi

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The study of ascorbic acid as a reducing agent for iron(III has been investigated in order to obtain an alternative carcinogenic reducing agent, hydroxylamine, used in spectrophotometric standard method based on the formation of a red-orange complex of Fe(II-o-phenanthroline. The study was optimised with regards to ascorbic acid concentration as well as pH solution. The results showed that ascorbic acid showed maximum capacity as reducing agent of iron(III under concentration of 4.46.10-4 M and pH solution of 1-4.Under these conditions, ascorbic acid reduced iron(III proportionally and performed similarly to that of hydroxylamine. The method gave result to linear calibration over the range of 0.2-2 mg/L withhigh accuracy of 97 % and relative standard deviation of less than 2 %. This method was successfully applied to assay iron speciation in water samples.

  12. Ascorbic Acid Determination in Natural Orange Juice: As a Teaching Tool of Coulometry and Polarography.

    Bertotti, Mauro; And Others

    1995-01-01

    Describes an experiment designed to determine ascorbic acid concentrations in natural orange juice. The experiment is used with undergraduate pharmacy students to allow understanding of the principles of operation of the coulometer and polarograph. (DDR)

  13. A green method for the synthesis of Copper Nanoparticles using L-ascorbic acid

    Asim, Umer; Shahid, Naveed; Naveed, Ramzan; Muhammad Shahid, Rafique; Muhammad, Imran.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Chemical Reduction technique was employed to prepared highly stable and dispersed Copper nanoparticles using L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) as reducing as well as capping agent. In this technique, cupric chloride was used as precursor. The effects of different molar ratios of L-Ascorbic Acid on the con [...] centration and size of copper nanoparticles were studied. The Copper nanoparticles were characterized by X-Ray Diffraction, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry. The results show that with the increase in the molar ratio of L-ascorbic acid the concentration of Copper nanoparticles were also increased. The average particles size of copper nanoparticle was found in the range of 50-60 nm. The product was kept in ambient conditions for three month but no sedimentation or separation was observed. The use of ascorbic acid makes the process a non-toxic, cost effective and environmental friendly green method.

  14. Chemical Characterization and Evolution of Ascorbic Acid Concentration During Dehydration of Rosehip (Rosa eglanteria Fruits

    Antonio De Michelis

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Rose hip fruits possess a high ascorbic acid content, which may partially degrade during dehydration in heated air. In this study, the chemical composition of the fruits was determined in order to study degradation of ascorbic acid as a function of drying temperature. The results indicated that, in effect, the content of this nutrient is reduced. The degradation mechanisms differed according to the drying temperature but the final ascorbic acid content was almost independent from such operating variable. The experimental evidence was used to calculate the degradation kinetic parameters. Though the extent of degradation was important, the final retention of ascorbic acid was considerable (42% in view of the high initial content for this fruit.

  15. Old Things New View: Ascorbic Acid Protects the Brain in Neurodegenerative Disorders

    Adriana Covarrubias-Pinto

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Ascorbic acid is a key antioxidant of the Central Nervous System (CNS. Under brain activity, ascorbic acid is released from glial reservoirs to the synaptic cleft, where it is taken up by neurons. In neurons, ascorbic acid scavenges reactive oxygen species (ROS generated during synaptic activity and neuronal metabolism where it is then oxidized to dehydroascorbic acid and released into the extracellular space, where it can be recycled by astrocytes. Other intrinsic properties of ascorbic acid, beyond acting as an antioxidant, are important in its role as a key molecule of the CNS. Ascorbic acid can switch neuronal metabolism from glucose consumption to uptake and use of lactate as a metabolic substrate to sustain synaptic activity. Multiple evidence links oxidative stress with neurodegeneration, positioning redox imbalance and ROS as a cause of neurodegeneration. In this review, we focus on ascorbic acid homeostasis, its functions, how it is used by neurons and recycled to ensure antioxidant supply during synaptic activity and how this antioxidant is dysregulated in neurodegenerative disorders.

  16. Old Things New View: Ascorbic Acid Protects the Brain in Neurodegenerative Disorders.

    Covarrubias-Pinto, Adriana; Acua, Anbal Ignacio; Beltrn, Felipe Andrs; Torres-Daz, Leandro; Castro, Maite Aintzane

    2015-01-01

    Ascorbic acid is a key antioxidant of the Central Nervous System (CNS). Under brain activity, ascorbic acid is released from glial reservoirs to the synaptic cleft, where it is taken up by neurons. In neurons, ascorbic acid scavenges reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated during synaptic activity and neuronal metabolism where it is then oxidized to dehydroascorbic acid and released into the extracellular space, where it can be recycled by astrocytes. Other intrinsic properties of ascorbic acid, beyond acting as an antioxidant, are important in its role as a key molecule of the CNS. Ascorbic acid can switch neuronal metabolism from glucose consumption to uptake and use of lactate as a metabolic substrate to sustain synaptic activity. Multiple evidence links oxidative stress with neurodegeneration, positioning redox imbalance and ROS as a cause of neurodegeneration. In this review, we focus on ascorbic acid homeostasis, its functions, how it is used by neurons and recycled to ensure antioxidant supply during synaptic activity and how this antioxidant is dysregulated in neurodegenerative disorders. PMID:26633354

  17. Old Things New View: Ascorbic Acid Protects the Brain in Neurodegenerative Disorders

    Covarrubias-Pinto, Adriana; Acuña, Aníbal Ignacio; Beltrán, Felipe Andrés; Torres-Díaz, Leandro; Castro, Maite Aintzane

    2015-01-01

    Ascorbic acid is a key antioxidant of the Central Nervous System (CNS). Under brain activity, ascorbic acid is released from glial reservoirs to the synaptic cleft, where it is taken up by neurons. In neurons, ascorbic acid scavenges reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated during synaptic activity and neuronal metabolism where it is then oxidized to dehydroascorbic acid and released into the extracellular space, where it can be recycled by astrocytes. Other intrinsic properties of ascorbic acid, beyond acting as an antioxidant, are important in its role as a key molecule of the CNS. Ascorbic acid can switch neuronal metabolism from glucose consumption to uptake and use of lactate as a metabolic substrate to sustain synaptic activity. Multiple evidence links oxidative stress with neurodegeneration, positioning redox imbalance and ROS as a cause of neurodegeneration. In this review, we focus on ascorbic acid homeostasis, its functions, how it is used by neurons and recycled to ensure antioxidant supply during synaptic activity and how this antioxidant is dysregulated in neurodegenerative disorders. PMID:26633354

  18. Inhibition of human breast carcinoma cell proliferation by ascorbate and copper.

    González, Michael J; Mora, Edna M; Miranda-Massari, Jorge R; Matta, Jaime; Riordan, Hugh D; Riordan, Neil H

    2002-03-01

    We tested the effect of different concentrations of ascorbic acid (AA), 50, 100, 250 mg/500 mg/dL) with copper sulfate (CS), 10 mg/dL) on human breast carcinoma (MDA-MB231) cell proliferation in vitro. Cell proliferation was measured using a colori-metric assay (Cell proliferation kit II (XTT), Boehringer, NJ). The results of the mean absorbance of the tissue culture at different AA concentrations and a constant CS concentration were as follow: 0.82 +/- 0.03 (control, mean +/- SE), 0.64 +/- 0.02 (CS above); 0.48 +/- 0.03 (50 mg/dL) AA), 0.21 +/- 0.02 (100 mg/dL), 0.08 +/- 0.01 (250 mg/dL) AA, 0.60 +/- 0.05 (500 mg/dL). These results show that a combination of AA and CS inhibits human breast carcinoma cell proliferation in vitro. This cell proliferation inhibitory effect is directly proportional to the AA concentration with the exception of the 500 mg/dL AA dose. This chemotherapeutic effect was optimally enhanced when AA was added at a concentration of 250 mg/dL. The AA concentrations of 500 mg/dL had a biphasic effect on tumor cell proliferation probably due to back and forth redox reactions between AA and dehydroascorbic acid in a closed system. This study provides preliminary evidence that AA and SC can be used as biological response modifiers (BRM) for tumor growth inhibition. PMID:12013676

  19. Preliminary Clinical Study of the Effect of Ascorbic Acid on Colistin-Associated Nephrotoxicity

    Sirijatuphat, Rujipas; Limmahakhun, Samornrod; Sirivatanauksorn, Vorapan; Roger L. Nation; Li, Jian; Thamlikitkul, Visanu

    2015-01-01

    Nephrotoxicity is a dose-limiting factor of colistin, a last-line therapy for multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections. An earlier animal study revealed a protective effect of ascorbic acid against colistin-induced nephrotoxicity. The present randomized controlled study was conducted in 28 patients and aimed to investigate the potential nephroprotective effect of intravenous ascorbic acid (2 g every 12 h) against colistin-associated nephrotoxicity in patients requiring intraveno...

  20. Low-volume plus ascorbic acid vs high-volume plus simethicone bowel preparation before colonoscopy

    Stefano Pontone; Rita Angelini; Monica Standoli; Gregorio Patrizi; Franco Culasso; Paolo Pontone; Adriano Redler

    2011-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the effectiveness of low-volume plus ascorbic acid [polyethylene glycol plus ascorbic acid (PEG + Asc)] and high-volume plus simethicone [polyethylene glycol plus simethicone (PEG + Sim)] bowel preparations. METHODS: A total of one hundred and forty-four outpatients (76 males), aged from 20 to 84 years (median age 59.5 years), who attended our Department, were divided into two groups, age and sex matched, and underwent colonoscopy. Two questionnaires, one for patients repo...

  1. Flow injection-chemiluminescence determination of ascorbic acid based on luminolferricyanidegold nanoparticles system

    Dong, Yong Ping, E-mail: dongyp@ahut.edu.cn [School of chemistry and chemical engineering, Anhui University of Technology, Maanshan, China, 243002 (China); Gao, Ting Ting; Chu, Xiang Feng; Chen, Jun [School of chemistry and chemical engineering, Anhui University of Technology, Maanshan, China, 243002 (China); Wang, Cheng Ming, E-mail: chmwang@ustc.edu.cn [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, 230026 (China)

    2014-10-15

    A novel flow-injection chemiluminescence (CL) method for the determination of ascorbic acid (AA) is proposed, based upon its enhancing effect on the CL reaction of luminol with ferricyanide catalyzed by gold nanoparticles in alkaline solution. Different sizes gold nanoparticles exhibited different catalyzing effect towards luminol CL and 38 nm gold nanoparticles exhibited the best enhancing effect. Under the optimal experimental conditions, a linear relationship was obtained between the CL intensity and the concentration of ascorbic acid in the range of 1.010{sup ?10}1.010{sup ?6} mol L{sup ?1}. The detection limit was 2.010{sup 11} mol {sup ?1} and the relative standard deviation for 1.010{sup ?6} mol L{sup ?1} ascorbic acid was 0.71% (n=10). This method has been successfully applied in the determination of ascorbic acid in several real samples. - Highlights: Gold nanoparticles could enhance luminolK{sub 3}Fe(CN){sub 6} CL signal. 38 nm gold nanoparticles exhibited the best catalyzing effect. Ascorbic acid could further enhance luminolK{sub 3}Fe(CN){sub 6}gold nanoparticles CL. Ascorbic acid could be detected sensitively based on its enhancing effect.

  2. Effects of ascorbic acid on some physiological changes of pepino (Solanum muricatum Ait.) under chilling stress.

    Sivaci, Aysel; Kaya, A; Duman, Sevcan

    2014-09-01

    In this study, the changes caused by chilling stress on some physiological parameters of pepino (Solanum muricatum Ait.) plant and the effects of ascorbic acid (100 mM) applied exogenously on these changes were examined. For this purpose, the photosynthetic pigments (chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b, total chlorophylls and carotenoids), ascorbic acid, total phenolic compounds, malondialdehyde and proline contents in leaves of pepino taken on 5th and 10th days were determined. As a result of chilling stress, it was found that while the photosynthetic pigments and proline contents decreased in pepino leaves, the ascorbic acid, total phenolic compounds and malondialdehyde contents increased. In plants which were subjected to pre-treatment of ascorbic acid on the 10th day of stress, ascorbic acid and proline contents increased while a decrease was observed in malondialdehyde content, compared to stress group without pre-treated. This study may be important for explaining resistance induced by treatment of exogenous ascorbic acid in pepino exposed to chilling stress. PMID:25194734

  3. Degradation kinetic modelling of ascorbic acid and colour intensity in pasteurised blood orange juice during storage.

    Remini, Hocine; Mertz, Christian; Belbahi, Amine; Achir, Nawel; Dornier, Manuel; Madani, Khodir

    2015-04-15

    The stability of ascorbic acid and colour intensity in pasteurised blood orange juice (Citrus sinensis [L.] Osbeck) during one month of storage was investigated at 4-37 °C. The effects of ascorbic acid fortification (at 100, 200 mg L(-1)) and deaeration, temperature/time storage on the kinetic behaviour were determined. Ascorbic acid was monitored by HPLC-DAD and colour intensity by spectrophotometric measurements. Degradation kinetics were best fitted by first-order reaction models for both ascorbic acid and colour intensity. Three models (Arrhenius, Eyring and Ball) were used to assess the temperature-dependent degradation. Following the Arrhenius model, activation energies were ranged from 51 to 135 kJ mol(-1) for ascorbic acid and from 49 to 99 kJ mol(-1) for colour intensity. The effect of storage temperature and deaeration are the most influent factors on kinetics degradation, while the fortification revealed no significant effect on ascorbic acid content and colour intensity. PMID:25466074

  4. Effect of Supplemental Ascorbic Acid on the Aerobic Capacity in Children

    Gholamreza Sharifi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin solved in water that acts as a helper of some the enzymes in the reactions of energy metabolism. Thus, the study aims to investigate the use of supplemental ascorbic acid on the aerobic and anaerobic capacity of the children.Methodology: Participants of this quasi-experimental study were 18 children in Esfahan who were randomly selected and divided into 9 groups in pair (aerobic exercise group and the control group. For 10 days before the start of the main trial, the participants in the control group received placebo and the experimental group received ascorbic acid. The average aerobic capacity was measured before and after 10 days of the use of ascorbic acid. The results were analyzed by SPSS version 18.Results: Before and after 10 days of the use of ascorbic acid, the mean and standard deviation of the aerobic capacity of the experimental group were respectively 3.59 0.38 and 4.23 0.77 and of the control group were 3.7 0.40 and 3.7 0.53, respectively. Therefore, there was a significant relationship between the use of ascorbic acid and placebo in terms of aerobic capacity (p ? 0.5.

  5. Candidate genes and quantitative trait loci affecting fruit ascorbic acid content in three tomato populations.

    Stevens, Rebecca; Buret, Michel; Duff, Philippe; Garchery, Ccile; Baldet, Pierre; Rothan, Christophe; Causse, Mathilde

    2007-04-01

    Fresh fruit and vegetables are a major source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), an important antioxidant for the human diet and also for plants. Ascorbic acid content in fruit exhibits a quantitative inheritance. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) for ascorbic acid content have been mapped in three tomato populations derived from crosses between cultivated tomato varieties (Solanum lycopersicum accessions) and three related wild species or subspecies. The first population consists of a set of introgression lines derived from Solanum pennellii, each containing a unique fragment of the wild species genome. The second population is an advanced backcross population derived from a cross between a cultivated tomato and a Solanum habrochaites (formerly Lycopersicum hirsutum) accession. The third population is a recombinant inbred line population derived from the cross between a cherry tomato line and a large fruited line. Common regions controlling ascorbic acid content have been identified on chromosomes 2, 8, 9, 10, and 12. In general, the wild alleles increased ascorbic acid content, but some improvement could also be provided by S. lycopersicum. Most QTLs appeared relatively stable over years and in different environments. Mapping of candidate genes involved in the metabolism of ascorbic acid has revealed a few colocations between genes and QTLs, notably in the case of a monodehydroascorbate reductase gene and a QTL present in two of the populations on chromosome 9 (bin 9-D), and a previously mapped GDP-mannose epimerase and a QTL on chromosome 9 (bin 9-J). PMID:17277090

  6. Synthesis of L-ascorbic acid in the phloem

    Haupt Sophie

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although plants are the main source of vitamin C in the human diet, we still have a limited understanding of how plants synthesise L-ascorbic acid (AsA and what regulates its concentration in different plant tissues. In particular, the enormous variability in the vitamin C content of storage organs from different plants remains unexplained. Possible sources of AsA in plant storage organs include in situ synthesis and long-distance transport of AsA synthesised in other tissues via the phloem. In this paper we examine a third possibility, that of synthesis within the phloem. Results We provide evidence for the presence of AsA in the phloem sap of a wide range of crop species using aphid stylectomy and histochemical approaches. The activity of almost all the enzymes of the primary AsA biosynthetic pathway were detected in phloem-rich vascular exudates from Cucurbita pepo fruits and AsA biosynthesis was demonstrated in isolated phloem strands from Apium graveolens petioles incubated with a range of precursors (D-glucose, D-mannose, L-galactose and L-galactono-1,4-lactone. Phloem uptake of D-[U-14C]mannose and L-[1-14C]galactose (intermediates of the AsA biosynthetic pathway as well as L-[1-14C]AsA and L-[1-14C]DHA, was observed in Nicotiana benthamiana leaf discs. Conclusions We present the novel finding that active AsA biosynthesis occurs in the phloem. This process must now be considered in the context of mechanisms implicated in whole plant AsA distribution. This work should provoke studies aimed at elucidation of the in vivo substrates for phloem AsA biosynthesis and its contribution to AsA accumulation in plant storage organs.

  7. Intravenous ascorbic acid to prevent and treat cancer-associated sepsis?

    Bogin Vladimir

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The history of ascorbic acid (AA and cancer has been marked with controversy. Clinical studies evaluating AA in cancer outcome continue to the present day. However, the wealth of data suggesting that AA may be highly beneficial in addressing cancer-associated inflammation, particularly progression to systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS and multi organ failure (MOF, has been largely overlooked. Patients with advanced cancer are generally deficient in AA. Once these patients develop septic symptoms, a further decrease in ascorbic acid levels occurs. Given the known role of ascorbate in: a maintaining endothelial and suppression of inflammatory markers; b protection from sepsis in animal models; and c direct antineoplastic effects, we propose the use of ascorbate as an adjuvant to existing modalities in the treatment and prevention of cancer-associated sepsis.

  8. Peroxydisulfate Oxidation of L-Ascorbic Acid for Its Direct Spectrophotometric Determination in Dietary Supplements

    Salkić, M.; Selimović, A.; Pašalić, H.; Keran, H.

    2014-03-01

    A selective and accurate direct spectrophotometric method was developed for the determination of L-as cor bic acid in dietary supplements. Background correction was based on the oxidation of L-ascorbic acid by potassi um peroxydisulfate in an acidic medium. The molar absorptivity of the proposed method was 1.41 · 104 l/(mol · cm) at 265 nm. The method response was linear up to an L-ascorbic acid concentration of 12.00 μg/ml. The detection limit was 0.11 μg/ml, and the relative standard deviation was 0.9 % (n = 7) for 8.00 μg/ml L-ascorbic acid. Other compounds commonly found in the dietary supplements did not interfere with the detection of L-ascorbic acid. The proposed procedure was successfully applied to the determination of L-ascorbic acid in these supplements, and the results obtained agreed with those obtained by iodine titration.

  9. Factors affecting ascorbic acid biosynthesis in chickens: III. Effect of dietary fluoride on L-gulonolactone oxidase activity and tissue ascorbic acid (AsA) concentration.

    Maurice, D V; Lightsey, S F; Abudabos, A; Toler, J E

    2002-12-01

    The inconsistent beneficial responses to dietary ascorbic acid (AsA) may be due to dietary factors that alter biosynthesis or tissue turnover of AsA. It has been suggested on the basis of altered tissue AsA that dietary fluoride is a determinant of biosynthesis in chickens. Fluoride may enter the food chain of poultry via industrial contamination, feed ingredients and drinking water. The goal of this study was to ascertain whether dietary fluoride at 300 mg/kg influences l-gulonolactone oxidase (GLO) activity in commercial meat-type chickens. The experimental diet was fed from day-old to 3 weeks and responses measured. Growth and feed conversion were not affected by fluoride in the diet. Dietary fluoride neither inhibited nor enhanced GLO activity nor did it increase or decrease AsA concentration in plasma, liver, kidney, adrenal gland and muscle (pectoralis major). Tissue AsA concentration in ascending order was adrenal > liver > kidney > pectoralis major > plasma. The results are consistent with that reported for the rat and calculations based on the results eliminate fluorine contamination for the inconsistent responses of immature chickens to dietary AsA. PMID:12534831

  10. Determination of L-Ascorbic Acid in Pharmaceutical Preparations Using Direct Ultraviolet Spectrophotometry

    Mirsad Salkić

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A new, selective and accurate direct ultraviolet spectrophotometric method was developed for the determination of L-ascorbic acid in pharmaceuticals. The oxidation of L-ascorbic acid by iodate in an acidic medium was used as a means of correcting for background absorption. The molar absorptivity of the proposed method was found to be 8.71x103 dm3 mol-1 cm-1 at 250 nm. Beer’s law was obeyed in the concentration range of 0.46 – 16.00 μg cm-3 for L-ascorbic acid. The relative standard deviation was 0.67 % for a concentration of 8.00 μg cm-3 of ascorbic acid (n = 7. The ingredients commonly found in vitamin C and multivitamin products did not interfere. The proposed procedure was successfully applied to assays of L-ascorbic acid in pharmaceutical preparations. The results obtained with the proposed method showed good agreement with those given by the titrimetric method using iodine.

  11. Determination of Dopamine in the Presence of Ascorbic Acid using Poly (Acridine red) Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode

    Zhousheng Yang; Yanling Wang; Guiying Jin; Yuzhong Zhang

    2003-01-01

    Poly (acridine red) modified glassy carbon electrode was used for the detection of dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid in a pH 7.4 phosphate buffer solutions (PBS) by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry. The major difficulty of the overlapped oxidation potential of ascorbic acid could be overcome through the distinct attractive ability of poly (acridine red) film to cationic dopamine and anionic ascorbic acid. The results showed that the dopamine anodic peak current an...

  12. Effect of the ascorbic acid treatment on the NADHd-positive myenteric neurons of diabetic rats proximal colon

    Jacqueline Nelisis Zanoni; Renata Virginia Fernandes Pereira; Priscila de Freitas

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this work was to study the effect of the ascorbic acid on the myenteric neurons of diabetic rats proximal colon. Fifteen rats (90 days old) were divided into three groups: control, untreated diabetic and treated diabetic with ascorbic acid (DA). After 120 days of daily treatment with ascorbic acid, the intestinal segments were submitted to the NADH-diaphorase (NADHd) histochemistry technique to expose the myenteric neurons. The group DA showed a higher neuronal density (33.4 %) whe...

  13. The comparison of techniques and methods for L-ascorbic acid determination in the fruits

    Cvetković Biljana R.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for human nutrition; with the L-ascorbic acid (AA being the active form of vitamin C. Hence, determination of the L-ascorbic acid in the natural and processed foods is very important. In the past, plenty of methods based on the reversible redox reaction of AA oxidation/DHA reduction were developed. Because of L-ascorbic acid instability in aqueous solutions, it is useful to analyze various types of extraction. The aim of this study is to compare three different methods and three different extractants for the L-ascorbic acid determination. Fruits (kiwi, lemon, orange, and grapefruit were purchased from a local market. The L-ascorbic acid in these four samples was determined by the three different methods: the AOAC, the HPLC method with three different types of extractions, and the colorimetric method using ascorbate-oxidase. For the HPLC measurements, one part of the fruits was extracted with distilled water, the second with potassium hydrogen phosphate, and the third with 3% meta-phosphoric acid (MPA in 8% acetic acid. The HPLC measurements of each sample were repeated three times, the AOAC titration was repeated five times, and in the calorimetric method three measurements were performed. The results were statistically evaluated related to sample basis. Statistical analysis shows that there is a significant difference between the results for all three methods of extraction for all samples, except for the grapefruit sample where no significant difference was observed between the results obtained after the buffer extraction (E2 and the metaphosphoric acid in acetic acid extraction (E3. Discriminative analysis for the HPLC determinations proves that there is a clear difference and defined border between the samples in relation to the methods of extraction during the HPLC determination.

  14. Binding of ascorbic acid and ?-tocopherol to bovine serum albumin: a comparative study.

    Li, Xiangrong; Wang, Gongke; Chen, Dejun; Lu, Yan

    2014-02-01

    Binding of ascorbic acid (water-soluble antioxidant) and ?-tocopherol (lipid-soluble antioxidant) to bovine serum albumin (BSA) has been studied using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), in combination with fluorescence spectroscopy, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Thermodynamic investigations reveal that ascorbic acid/?-tocopherol binding to BSA is driven by favorable enthalpy and unfavorable entropy, and the major driving forces are hydrogen bonding and van der Waals forces. For ascorbic acid, the interaction is characterized by a high number of binding sites, which suggests that binding occurs by a surface adsorption mechanism that leads to coating of the protein surface. For ?-tocopherol, one molecule of ?-tocopherol combines with one molecule of BSA and no more ?-tocopherol binding to BSA occurs at concentration ranges used in this study. Fluorescence experiments suggest that ascorbic acid has predominantly a "sphere of action" quenching mechanism, whereas, for ?-tocopherol, the quenching mechanism is "static quenching" and due to the formation of a ground state complex. Additionally, as shown by the UV-vis absorption, synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy, and FT-IR, ascorbic acid and ?-tocopherol may induce conformational and microenvironmental changes of BSA. PMID:24310979

  15. Electrochemical oxidation of ascorbic acid mediated by carbon nano tubes/ Li+/ carbon paste modified solid electrode

    Multi-walled carbon nano tube (MWCNT) was used to modify BPPG electrode because of its unique structure and extraordinary properties. MWCNT modified electrode exhibited obvious enhancing and electro catalyzing effects to the oxidation of ascorbic acid using cyclic voltammetry technique. MWCNT was bonded on BPPG electrode surface using carbon paste with ratio of 30 % (w/ W) carbon paste (binder): 70 % (w/ w) MWCNT. This method of modification has lowered the capacitance background current and enabled lower detection limit of ascorbic acid concentration. The electrical conductivity property of MWCNT modified electrode was further improved with the intercalation with lithium ion and resulted in current enhancement of 2 times on the oxidation current of ascorbic acid. Parameters of pH and temperature showed significant relation to the sensitivity of MWCNT modified electrode. Under the optimized parameters, the calibration curve constructed was linear up from 50 μM to 5 mM with sensitivity of 34.5 mA M-1. The practical application of MWCNT modified electrode was demonstrated with Vitamin C pill and orange juice. Good reproducibility and recovery of ascorbic acid concentration showed the feasibility of MWCNT modified electrode to be used in the detection of ascorbic acid in aqueous solution. This also proposed MWCNT modified BPPG electrode possessed advantages such as low detection limit, high stability, low cost and simplicity in fabrication. (author)

  16. Irradiation effects on ascorbic acid contents of potato tubers grown on different fertilizer regimes

    Russet burbank potatoes were grown under 0.0, 181.8 and 363.6 kg/ha nitrogen, irradiated with 0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2 kGy of gamma rays (Co-60 source) and stored for three months at 10 deg. C. Nitrogen, irradiation and temperature significantly affected on loss of ascorbic acid content during storage period. Low nitrogen stressed tubers suffered loss of ascorbic acid content during storage as high as 21.6%. Loss of ascorbic acid decreased from 21.6 to 14.5% with increased level of nitrogen (363.6 kg/ha). Low irradiation dosages of 0.05 and 0.1 kGy reduced ascorbic acid loss (10.74 and 15.40% respectively) but 0.2 kGy increased the loss to 25.63%. Irradiation further increased loss of ascorbic acid content as storage temperature is increased. Higher storage temperature resulted in 21.60% of compared to low storage which caused only 12.90% loss. (author)

  17. The Effect of Ascorbic Acid on Mancozeb-Induced Toxicity in Rat Thymocytes.

    Pavlovic, V; Cekic, S; Kamenov, B; Ciric, M; Krtinic, D

    2015-01-01

    Mancozeb, as a dithiocarbamate fungicide, has been found to exhibit toxicological manifestations in different cells, mainly by generation of free radicals which may alter antioxidant defence systems in cells. The effect of mancozeb on the cells of a primary lymphoid organ has not been studied. In the present study, the effects of mancozeb (0.2, 2 and 5 ?g/ml) or mancozeb+ascorbic acid (100 ?g/ml), or ascorbic acid alone or control medium alone on the levels of cell viability, apoptosis, intracellular reactive oxygen species production (ROS), mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and ATP levels in rat thymocytes were examined in vitro. Cells treated with mancozeb displayed a concentration-dependent increase of hypodiploid cells and ROS production followed by markedly decreased viability of the cells, MMP and ATP levels. Application of ascorbic acid significantly reduced cytotoxicity in cell cultures treated with 0.2 and 2 ?g/ml of mancozeb, together with significantly decreased ROS levels and increased MMP and ATP levels. In cells treated with 5 ?g/ml of mancozeb, ascorbic acid failed to reduce toxicity while simultaneously increasing the apoptosis rate of thymocytes. These results suggest that ROS plays a significant role in mancozeb-induced toxicity, through alteration of mitochondrial function. Ascorbic acid administration reduced the toxicity rate in cells treated with lower mancozeb concentrations, while it may have the ability to shift cells from necrosis to apoptosis in the presence of highest mancozeb concentrations. PMID:26213857

  18. Preparation and Characterization of Poly(D,L-Lactide-co-Glycolide Nanoparticles Containing Ascorbic Acid

    Magdalena M. Stevanovi?

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper is covering new, simplistic method of obtaining the system for controlled delivery of the ascorbic acid. Copolymer poly (D,L-lactide-co-glycolide (DLPLG nanoparticles are produced using physical method with solvent/nonsolvent systems where obtained solutions were centrifuged. The encapsulation of the ascorbic acid in the polymer matrix is performed by homogenization of water and organic phases. Particles of the DLPLG with the different content of ascorbic acid have different morphological characteristics, that is, variable degree of uniformity, agglomeration, sizes, and spherical shaping. Mean sizes of nanoparticles, which contain DLPLG/ascorbic acid in the ratio 85/150%, were between 130 to 200 nm depending on which stereological parameters are considered (maximal diameters Dmax, feret X, or feret Y. By introducing up to 15% of ascorbic acid, the spherical shape, size, and uniformity of DLPLG particles are preserved. The samples were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, stereological analysis, and ultraviolet spectroscopy.

  19. Protective Effect Of Ascorbic Acid On Cisplatin Genotoxicity In Male Mice Bone Marrow Cells

    Nada, H.A. Al- Twaty

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Cisplatin (cis-diamminedichloroplatinum II is an effective antitumor agent with a wide spectrum of activity against varies solid tumors, but it has serious side effects on nontumour cells. Cisplatin produces intra- and interstrand DNA cross-linking effects and chromosomal aberrations in mammalian cells. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid is an antioxidant that can scavenge free radicals and protect cellular macromolecules, including DNA, from oxidative damage induced by different agents. Pretreatment administration of ascorbic acid on cisplatin induced chromosome aberrations has been determined in bone marrow cells of Swiss albino mice. Results showed that cisplatin (7.5 & 10mg/kg bwIP injection to male mice induced significant increase in the frequencies of chromosomal aberrations. The results of pre-treatment with ascorbic acid (66mg/kg bw showed a significant decrease in the number of chromosomal aberrations induced with cisplatin tested doses. Ascorbic acid did not exhibit any clastogenic effect in male mice bone marrow cells. We concluded that ascorbic acid has a protective role against the genotoxicity induced by antitumor drug cisplatin.

  20. Antioxidant protective effect of flavonoids on linoleic acid peroxidation induced by copper(II)/ascorbic acid system.

    Beker, Bilge Yıldoğan; Bakır, Temelkan; Sönmezoğlu, Inci; Imer, Filiz; Apak, Reşat

    2011-11-01

    Antioxidants are compounds that can delay or inhibit lipid oxidation. The peroxidation of linoleic acid (LA) in the absence and presence of Cu(II) ion-ascorbate combinations was investigated in aerated and incubated emulsions at 37°C and pH 7. LA peroxidation induced by copper(II)-ascorbic acid system followed first order kinetics with respect to hydroperoxides concentration. The extent of copper-initiated peroxide production in a LA system assayed by ferric thiocyanate method was used to determine possible antioxidant and prooxidant activities of the added flavonoids. The effects of three different flavonoids of similar structure, i.e. quercetin (QR), morin (MR) and catechin (CT), as potential antioxidant protectors were studied in the selected peroxidation system. The inhibitive order of flavonoids in the protection of LA peroxidation was: morin>catechin≥quercetin, i.e. agreeing with that of formal reduction potentials versus NHE at pH 7, i.e. 0.60, 0.57 and 0.33V for MR, CT, and QR, respectively. Morin showed antioxidant effect at all concentrations whereas catechin and quercetin showed both antioxidant and prooxidant effects depending on their concentrations. The structural requirements for antioxidant activity in flavonoids interestingly coincide with those for Cu(II)-induced prooxidant activity, because as the reducing power of a flavonoid increases, Cu(II)-Cu(I) reduction is facilitated that may end up with the production of reactive species. The findings of this study were evaluated in the light of structure-activity relationships of flavonoids, and the results are believed to be useful to better understand the actual conditions where flavonoids may act as prooxidants in the preservation of heterogeneous food samples containing traces of transition metal ions. PMID:21925488

  1. EFFECTS OF ASCORBIC ACID AND ACETYLSALICYLIC ACID SUPPLEMENTATION ON THE PERFORMANCE OF BROILER CHICKS EXPOSED TO HEAT STRESS

    B. Anwar, S. A. Khan, A. Aslam, A. Maqbool1 and K. A. Khan

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available A total of 100, day-old broiler chicks were randomly divided into 5 equal groups and kept under elevated temperature (93-97oF to see the effect of ascorbic acid and acetylsalicylic acid on the feed conversion ratio (FCR, immune status and ratio of weight of bursa, thymus and spleen to body weight. Heat stress increased the FCR but decreased the immune response and ratio of bursa, thymus and spleen to body weight of the birds. Ascorbic acid and acetylsalicylic acid supplementation during heat stress had beneficial effects on FCR, immune status and ratio of bursa, thymus and spleen to body weight. Grossly, bursa, thymus and spleen of heat stressed birds were atrophied but in ascorbic acid and acetylsalicylic acid supplemented birds these organs were not atrophied. No specific histopathological changes were observed in all groups.

  2. Modulatory Effects of Ascorbic Acid and ?-tocopherol on Arsenic Induced Micronuclei Formation

    R. Suresh

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Arsenic is a well known human carcinogen and has many other toxic effects. Sodium arsenite, a compound of arsenic, capable of inducing genotoxic effects through oxidative stress, is evaluated for its genotoxic effect by the formation of micronuclei in the polychromatic erythrocytes in the bone marrow cells of Wistar rats. Further, the modulatory effects of antioxidants like ascorbic acid and ?-tocopherol on arsenic intoxicated rats is investigated. Therefore, the present study was designed to determine whether the oral supplementation of ?-tocopherol (400 mg kg-1 body weight and ascorbic acid (200 mg kg-1 b.wt. to arsenic-intoxicated rats (100 ppm in drinking water for 30 days, modulates the genotoxicity caused by arsenic through the formation of micronuclei (p<0.05. The findings suggest that co-treatment of ascorbic acid and ?-tocopherol to arsenic-exposed rats protects the antioxidant system and modulates arsenic induced micronuclei formation.

  3. Spectrophotometric determination of uranium using ascorbic acid as a chromogenic reagent

    A spectrophotometric method has been developed for the determination of uranium(VI) using ascorbic acid. Uranium in the hexavalent state forms a reddish-brown coloured complex with ascorbic acid. The colour intensity of the complex is maximum at pH 4.2-4.5 and is stable for 24 hr. The absorbances of uranium(VI)-ascorbic acid complex at 360 and 450 nm are used for its quantification. Uranium in the range 8-200 μg/ml has been determined with good precision. The method allows the determination of uranium in the presence of many metal ions present as impurities. The described method is simple, accurate and applicable to uranium concentration relevant to the PUREX process and thus can be used for analytical control purposes. (author)

  4. Enhancement of the Electrical Properties of CVD-Grown Graphene with Ascorbic Acid Treatment

    Tang, Chunmiao; Chen, Zhiying; Zhang, Haoran; Zhang, Yaqian; Zhang, Yanhui; Sui, Yanping; Yu, Guanghui; Cao, Yijiang

    2016-02-01

    Ascorbic acid was used to modify to chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown graphene films transferred onto SiO2 substrate. Residual polymer (polymethyl methacrylate), Fe3+, Cl-, H2O, and O2 affected the electrical and thermal properties on graphene during the transfer or device fabrication processes. Exposure of transferred graphene to ascorbic acid resulted in significantly enhanced electrical properties with increased charge carrier mobility. All devices exhibited more than 30% improvement in room temperature carrier mobility in air. The carrier mobility of the treated graphene did not significantly decrease in 21 days. This result can be attributed to electron donation to graphene through the -OH functional group in ascorbic acid that is absorbed in graphene. This work provides a method to enhance the electrical properties of CVD-grown graphene.

  5. Electrochemical impedance based chiral analysis of anti-ascorbutic drug: l-Ascorbic acid and d-ascorbic acid using C-dots decorated conductive polymer nano-composite electrode.

    Pandey, Indu; Kant, Rama

    2016-03-15

    Clinical manifestations owing to l-ascorbic acid for scurvy as comparison to d-ascorbic acid and challenges of chiral purity are overcome by using chiral selective conductive polymer nanocomposite which mimics antibodies and enzymes. A novel chiral selective imprinted polyaniline-ferrocene-sulfonic acid film has been electrochemically fabricated on C-dots modified pencil graphite electrode. The performance of the obtained l-ascorbic acid or d-ascorbic acid chiral selective sensor was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic and differential pulse voltammetry. The surface characteristics of the C-dots, chiral sensor before and after the de-doping of chiral d- and l-ascorbic acid were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy. Excellent recognition results were obtained by difference in electron transfer resistance. The proposed chiral sensor is capable of measuring d-ascorbic acid or l-ascorbic acid in aqueous as well as in real and commercial samples within the range of 0.020-0.187 nM and 0.003-0.232 nM with detection limit of 0.00073 nM and 0.00016 nM, respectively. The proposed method has also been examined for the chiral selective recognition of ascorbic acid isomers (d- and l-) quantitatively, in complicated matrices of real samples. PMID:26499067

  6. Low brain ascorbic acid increases susceptibility to seizures in mouse models of decreased brain ascorbic acid transport and Alzheimer’s disease

    Warner, Timothy A; Kang, Jing-Qiong; Kennard, John A.; Harrison, Fiona E.

    2014-01-01

    Seizures are a known co-occurring symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, and they can accelerate cognitive and neuropathological dysfunction. Sub-optimal vitamin C (ascorbic acid) deficiency, that is low levels that do not lead the sufferer to present with clinical signs of scurvy (e.g. lethargy, hemorrhage, hyperkeratosis), are easily obtainable with insufficient dietary intake, and may contribute to the oxidative stress environment of both Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy. The purpose of this stud...

  7. Efficiency of ascorbic acid and γ-rays to ameliorate the quality of ready-to-eat baked bolti fish fillets

    Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is a reducing agent, inhibits oxidative reactions developed in cold-storage Bolti (Tilapia nilotica) fish. It is the most popular fish repasts in Egypt. To determine the influence of ascorbic acid on cooking (roasting) and irradiated fish fillets to extend their storage-time in refrigerators, 3 patches of fish fillets were prepared; control (0 kGy), ascorbic acid plus 2.5 kGy and ascorbic acid plus 4 kGy and were tested for bacteriological examination, chemical analysis and sensory evaluation at 0, 1, 2 and 3 weeks of cold storage at 5±1 degree C. The bacteriological examinations were total aerobic plate counts, psychotropic bacterial counts, Enterobacteriaceae counts, total mould and yeast counts and microbial pathogens counts (Salmonella and Vibrio species). The chemical analyses were thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), inosine 5-monophosphate (IMP) concentration, hypoxanthine (HX) concentration, ph figure, total volatile nitrogen (TVN) and total trimethylamine nitrogen (TMA-N). The sensory evaluation was (texture and odour factors) of the cold-storage Bolti fish fillets samples. The results revealed that aerobically packed fish fillets samples treated with ascorbic acid plus 4 kGy after cooking had satisfied bacteriological, chemical and organoleptical trails. Conclusion: using of baking, irradiation combined with natural antioxidant nd refrigeration could reduce the energy requirements for freezing and costs for the marketing of ready- to-eat fish repasts. Recommendation: combination effects of γ-irradiation plus ascorbic acid in processing fish fillets help to preserve its quality. The possible strategies for improving fish fillets quality and acceptability are discussed

  8. Terbium(III) based coordination polymer microparticles as a luminescent probe for ascorbic acid

    We report on terbium coordination polymer (Tb-CP) microparticles prepared from Tb(III) ion, dipicolinic acid (DPA; acting as a bridging ligand) and tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane (Tris; acting as an auxiliary ligand), and show that it can be used as a luminescent probe for ascorbate in aqueous solutions. The Tb-CP emits strong fluorescence due to an intramolecular energy transfer from DPA to the Tb (III) ion, and both fluorescence intensity and decay time are quenched by ascorbate. This finding led to a method for the quantitation of ascorbic acid in the 1 μM to 1 mM concentration range and with a detection limit at ∼200 nM. The strategy presented here is based on the construction of special functions directly from initial molecule/ion blocks and is expected to enable the design of various other CP materials for use as optical probes. (author)

  9. Uptake of ascorbic acid by freshly isolated cells and secretory granules from the intermediate lobe of ox hypophyses

    Zhou, A; Matsumoto, T; Farver, O; Thorn, N A

    1990-01-01

    Mechanically isolated cells from the intermediate lobe of ox hypophyses contained 40.6 +/- 3.7 nmol mg-1 protein (mean +/- SE, n = 5) of ascorbic acid. They accumulated radioactivity time dependently, on incubation with L-[14C]ascorbic acid in ionic medium dominated by NaCl. No definite saturatio...

  10. Plasma and aqueous humur ascorbic acid levels in people with cataract from diverse geographical regions of Nepal.

    Badhu, B; Baral, N; Lamsal, M; Das, H; Dhital Badhu, A

    2007-05-01

    Ascorbic acid in aqueous humor of the eye has a role as an antioxidant in delaying cataract formation. In a cross-sectional comparative study, ascorbic acid levels from aqueous humor and venous blood obtained from patients with cataracts in mountainous regions (1,300-2,000 meters) and subtropical lowlands (<100 meters) of Nepal were measured spectrophotometrically with the objective of comparing the levels of aqueous humor ascorbic acid in patients with cataracts from these two diverse geographical regions. Of 131 patients included in the study, 59 were from the mountainous region of Nepal (Group A) and 72 were from the subtropical lowlands (Group B). The mean (+/- SD) plasma ascorbic acid level (mg%) of the subjects in Group A was 0.65 (+/- 0.20) and Group B was 0.85 (+/- 0.31). The aqueous ascorbic acid levels ranged from 12-28 mg % (mean +/-SD = 17.5+/-4.52) and 14-50 mg % (mean +/-SD =23.47+/-8.66) in Groups A and B, respectively. The difference of the plasma and aqueous humor ascorbic acid levels between the two groups was statistically significant (p<0.01). The plasma and aqueous humor ascorbic acid levels in the people with cataracts from the mountainous region of Nepal were significantly lower than those from subtropical lowlands. This may be because of the effect of high altitude and ultraviolet rays on ascorbic acid metabolism. PMID:17877237

  11. Fabrication of multiwalled carbon nanotubes/polyaniline modified Au electrode for ascorbic acid determination.

    Chauhan, Nidhi; Narang, Jagriti; Pundir, C S

    2011-05-01

    An ascorbate oxidase (AsOx) (E.C.1.10.3.3) purified from Lagenaria siceraria fruit was immobilized covalently onto a carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes and polyaniline (c-MWCNT/PANI) layer electrochemically deposited on the surface of an Au electrode. The diffusion coefficient of ascorbic acid was determined as 3.05 10(-4) cm(2) s(-1). The behavior of different electrolytes on electro-deposition was also studied. An ascorbate biosensor was fabricated using a AsOx/c-MWCNT/PANI/Au electrode as a working electrode, Ag/AgCl (3 M/saturated KCl) as standard and Pt wire as an auxiliary electrode connected through a potentiostat. Linear range, response time and detection limit were 2-206 ?M, 2 s and 0.9 ?M respectively. The biosensor showed optimum response at pH 5.8 and in a broader temperature range (30-45 C), when polarized at +0.6 V. The biosensor was employed for determination of ascorbic acid level in sera, fruit juices and vitamin C tablets. The sensor was evaluated with 91% recovery of added ascorbic acid in sera and 6.5% and 11.4% within and between batch coefficients of variation respectively for five serum samples. There was a good correlation (r = 0.98) between fruit juice ascorbic acid values by the standard 2,6-dichlorophenolindophenol (DCPIP) method and the present method. The enzyme electrode was used 200 times over a period of two months, when stored at 4 C. The biosensor has advantages over earlier enzyme sensors in that it has no leakage of enzyme, due to the covalent coupling of enzyme with the support, lower response time, wider working range, higher storage stability and no interference by serum substances. PMID:21416096

  12. Ascorbic acid and cell survival of adriamycin resistant and sensitive MCF-7 breast tumor cells.

    Wells, W W; Rocque, P A; Xu, D P; Meyer, E B; Charamella, L J; Dimitrov, N V

    1995-04-01

    The ability of human cells to regenerate ascorbic acid from dehydroascorbate is partially dependent on the glutathione redox status of the cell and the relative activity of dehydroascorbate reductases. Mammalian dehydroascorbate reductase activity is associated with two proteins known as thioltransferase (glutaredoxin) and protein disulfide isomerase. We compared the specific activity of thioltransferase, protein disulfide isomerase, and other GSH-related enzymes in Adriamycin-resistant human breast tumor cells, MCF-7 ADRR, and Adriamycin-sensitive, MCF-7 WT, tumor cells. MCF-7 ADRR cells had higher activities of glutathione peroxidase (34.7 fold), nonseleno-glutathione peroxidase (glutathione S-transferases; 5.3 fold), thioredoxin (2.3 fold), and thioltransferase (4.0 fold) compared with the WT Adriamycin-sensitive cell line. Thioltransferase was detected in Western blots in extracts of ADRR MCF-7 cells but not in WT MCF-7 cells. alpha-Tocopherol in the membrane and cytosolic fractions was 2.8 and 3.0 fold higher, respectively, in Adriamycin-resistant compared with Adriamycin-sensitive cells. Supplementation of MCF-7 cells with L-ascorbic acid 2-phosphate (2 and 10 mM) had no effect on WT cell viability after 5 days incubation with up to 0.33 microM Adriamycin. In contrast, supplementation of ADRR MCF-7 cells with L-ascorbic acid 2-phosphate resulted in enhanced resistance up to 3.4 microM Adriamycin over a 5-day incubation. Both lines of MCF-7 cells demonstrated the ability to utilize ascorbic acid as the 2-phosphate derivative. After 48 h incubation with 8.6 microM Adriamycin, the resistant cells maintained normal viability and ascorbate-dehydroascorbate levels, whereas drug-sensitive cells had significantly lower ascorbate with a higher percent dehydroascorbate and increased cell death as judged by cell protein levels (52% of controls). PMID:7750794

  13. THE INFLUENCE OF SOME STORAGE CONDITIONS UPON ASCORBIC ACID CONTENT IN WHITE AND RED CABBAGE

    Marcel Avramiuc

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this work it has searched the influence of storage conditions upon ascorbic acid content in cabbage. Theascorbic acid content and pH evolution for 16 weeks has been carried out using, as biological material, cabbage samplesfrom two varieties: white cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata L. f. alba DC. and red cabbage (Brassica oleracea var.capitata L. f. rubra (L. Thell. The cabbage samples were kept in containers of glass and wood, constituting, for eachsample, variants of experiences, in the presence and in the absence of oxygen, at following thermal thresholds: 4°C, 8°Cand 15°C. The ascorbic acid content of cabbages was determined through a method based on reduction by the ascorbicacid of 2.6-Dichlorphenol-indophenol (2.6-DCFIF to the corresponding leucoderivate. The investigations have beencarried out on freshly harvested material (week 0 and then every two weeks, for a total of 16 weeks. Compared to freshharvested cabbage, at the end of the analysed interval (after 16 weeks of storage, the ascorbic acid content has registereddifferent rates of diminution in the both varieties, depending on storage temperature, on storage length, and on variety.The ascorbic acid in white cabbage has registered losses, compared to red variety, so much the bigger as the temperaturewas higher and the storage duration was longer.

  14. Modification of ascorbic acid using transglycosylation activity of Bacillus stearothermophilus maltogenic amylase to enhance its oxidative stability.

    Bae, Hee-Kyung; Lee, Soo-Bok; Park, Cheon-Seok; Shim, Jae-Hoon; Lee, Hye-Young; Kim, Myo-Jeong; Baek, Jin-Sook; Roh, Hoe-Jin; Choi, Jin-Hwan; Choe, Eun-Ok; Ahn, Dong-Uk; Park, Kwan-Hwa

    2002-05-22

    Ascorbic acid (1), a natural antioxidant, was modified by employing transglycosylation activity of Bacillus stearothermophilus maltogenic amylase with maltotriose and acarbose as donor molecules to enhance its oxidative stability. The transglycosylation reaction with maltotriose as donor created mono- and di-glycosyl transfer products with an alpha-(1,6)-glycosidic linkage. In addition, two acarviosine-glucosyl transfer products were generated when transglycosylation was performed with acarbose as a donor. All transfer products were observed by TLC and HPLC, and purified by Q-sepharose anion exchange and Biogel P-2 gel permeation chromatographies. LC/MS and (13)C NMR analyses revealed that the structures of the transfer products were 6-O-alpha-D-glucosyl- (2) and 6-O-alpha-D-maltosyl-ascorbic acids (3) in the reaction of maltotriose, and 6-O-alpha-acarviosine-D-glucosyl- (4) and 2-O-alpha-acarviosine-D-glucosyl ascorbic acids (5) in the reaction of acarbose. The stability of the transglycosylated ascorbic acid derivatives was greatly enhanced against oxidation by Cu(2+) ion and ascorbate oxidase. Among them, compound 3 proved to be the most stable against in vitro oxidation. The antioxidant effects of glycosyl-derivatives of ascorbic acid on the lipid oxidation in cooked chicken breast meat patties indicated that they had antioxidant activities similar to that of ascorbic acid. It is suggested that the transglycosylated ascorbic acids can possibly be applied as effective antioxidants with improved stability in food, cosmetic, and other applications. PMID:12010003

  15. O-Anisidine as Indicator in Titrimetric Determination of Ascorbic Acid and Isonicotinic Acid Hydrazide in Pharmaceutical Formulations

    B.S.A.Andrews

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Inspite of the beautiful red coloured oxidized product of O-anisidine, the studies on its application in analytical techniques are scanty. So, authors have taken up the investigation on the utility of O-anisidine as a new Analytical reagent in the bromatometric-Indicator reaction. The detailed reaction on the potassium bromate and OAnisidine has enabled the authors to utilize O-Anisidine in titration of Ascorbic Acid and Isonicitonic Acid Hydrazide. Suitable conditions has been established with different acids viz., hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, acetic acid to give sharp colour change at the equivalence point. The present method has been applied for the estimation of Ascorbic acid and also Isonicitonic Acid Hydrazide in pharmaceutical formulations and results obtained are in good agreement with the values obtained by standard methods

  16. CAPSAICIN AND ASCORBIC ACID VARIABILITY IN CHILLI AND PAPRIKA CULTIVARS AS REVEALED BY HPLC ANALYSIS

    Samuel Tilahun

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Capsaicin and ascorbic acid contents of seven Indian peppers varieties/accessions from Capsicum annuum (CA 97, CCH, K1, KTPL19, Arka Abhir and Bayadagi Kaddi and C. frutescens (CF1 species were determined using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC. Based on their pungency value, all the chilli accession/varieties (CA 97, CCH, K1, and CF 1 were classified as highly pungent peppers. The accession CF1 showed the highest concentration of capsaicin (445mg 100g -1 DW with corresponding pungency value of 71,200 SHUs and Arka Abhir variety showed the lowest capsaicin concentration (29mg 100g -1 DW with 4,672 SHUs of pungency value. Similarly, Bayadaggi kaddi variety showed the highest ascorbic acid content (189 mg/100 FW and the accession CA 97 showed the lowest ascorbic acid contents (55.3 mg/100 FW. The variability in capsaicin and ascorbic acid content presented in the pepper germplasm can be exploited for breeding cultivars with improved nutritional qualities. Moreover, CF1and Bayadagi kaddi can be used as a potential source for capsaicin and vitamin C, respectively.

  17. Exogenous application of ascorbic acid stimulates growth and photosynthesis of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. under drought

    Samina Malik and Muhammad Ashraf

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Drought causes considerable reduction in plant growth. A hydroponic experiment was conducted to appraise the potential role of exogenously applied ascorbic acid in alleviating the effect of drought on wheat. Two contrasting wheat genotypes, a drought tolerant cultivar Chakwal-86 and a drought sensitive strain 6544-6 were used in the study. Drought was induced by dissolving 20% Polyethylene glycol (PEG8000 in the nutrient solution producing -0.6MPa osmotic stress. Drought caused a significant decrease in chlorophyll pigments and net photosynthesis resulting in growth reduction of both wheat genotypes. However, this decrease was more severe in the genotype 6544-6 compared to Chakwal-86. Ascorbic acid (AsA was applied through rooting medium, as a foliar spray and seed soaking treatment. Ascorbic acid treated seedlings of both genotypes maintained higher chlorophyll contents, net photosynthesis and growth compared to the non-treated plants. Of the three different modes of ascorbic acid application, rooting medium was more effective in alleviating the adversities of drought in wheat. `

  18. Plasma ascorbic acid level and erythrocyte fragility in preeclampsia and eclampsia.

    Ozan, H; Esmer, A; Kolsal, N; Copur, O U; Ediz, B

    1997-01-01

    An imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants in the circulation is blamed to cause preeclampsia and eclampsia. In this study plasma ascorbic acid level was analysed in 13 eclamptic, 14 mild preeclamptic, 12 severe preeclamptic and 20 uncomplicated pregnancies to see whether there is any correlation with blood pressure, proteinuria, serum triglyceride level, erythrocyte fragility and leukocyte count. Plasma ascorbic acid level was normal and had no significant difference among the groups. Fasting serum triglyceride level was significantly higher in the study group than in the control group but it did not differ among the three study groups. Erythrocyte fragility was found to be increased in all three study groups. Blood leukocyte count was increased in the study groups, especially in the eclampsia group. However, plasma ascorbic acid level and erythrocyte fragility were found to have no significant correlation with blood pressure and proteinuria. It was concluded that though the ascorbic acid levels were normal in both the study and the control groups, erythrocyte fragility increased probably due to an elevation in peroxide and free radical levels in preeclampsia and eclampsia groups, but without any correlation with the severity of the clinical picture. PMID:9031958

  19. Ascorbic acid, cognitive function, and Alzheimer’s disease: a current review and future direction

    Bowman, Gene L.

    2012-01-01

    This narrative review appraises the human and animal studies implicating ascorbic acid (AA) in normal cognitive function and Alzheimer’s disease. A research framework for how nutrition affects brain aging is proposed with emphasis on AA intake, status, metabolism, and transport into brain tissue. A final synopsis highlights areas for future research regarding AA nourishment and healthy brain aging.

  20. INFLUENCES OF THIAMINE AND/OR ASCORBIC ACID ON LEAD INTOXICATION

    M. Ghazi-Khansari

    1996-07-01

    Full Text Available The effects of thiamine, ascorbic acid ami their combination an workers who are continuously exposal to lead has been investigated. In this study 60 persons in a Battery industry was selected and divided into four equal groups. Group I received placebo, group II thiamine (300 mg, group III ascorbic acid (250 mg anil group IV thiamine (300 mg plus ascorbic acid (250 mg three times a day (Orally. At beginning of the study and after one month of above drug regimen; blood, urine and a questionnaire about their clinical signs were examined. 'there were no significant differences between blood anil urine lead level in all groups after treatment. Zinc protoporphyrin (zpp level showed a significant reduction in ascorbic acid treated group (group III as compared to pretreatment. Clinical manifestation improved in the group that received both vitamins (group IV. However, from a clinical stand point, it appears the usage of these vitamins may have a beneficial effects in lead occupational exposure.

  1. Developmental response of the beneficial predator Podisus maculiventris to change in dietary ascorbic acid concentration

    We report here the effects of ascorbic acid concentrations (0.07, 0.3, 3.0 and 30.0 g/L) in artificial diets on growth rates, adult weights, fecundity and survival of the predatory stink bug, Podisus maculiventris. Overall, a dietary level of 3.0 g/L gave the shortest developmental times over both ...

  2. A method for the determination of ascorbic acid using the iron(II)-pyridine-dimethylglyoxime complex

    Arya, S. P.; Mahajan, M. [Haryana, Kurukshetra Univ. (India). Dept. of Chemistry

    1998-05-01

    A simple and rapid spectrophotometric method for the determination of ascorbic acid is proposed. Ascorbic acid reduces iron (III) to iron (II) which forms a red colored complex with dimethylglyoxime in the presence of pyridine. The absorbance of the resulting solution is measured at 514 nm and a linear relationship between absorbance and concentration of ascorbic acid is observed up to 14 {mu}g ml{sup -1}. Studies on the interference of substances usually associated with ascorbic acid have been carried out and the applicability of the method has been tested by analysing pharmaceutical preparations of vitamin C. [Italiano] Si propone un rapido e semplice metodo spettrofotometrico per la determinazione dell`acido ascorbico. L`acido ascorbico riduce il ferro(III) a ferro(II) che forma con la dimetilgliossima, in presenza di piridina, un complesso colorato in rosso. L`assorbanza della soluzione risultante e` misurata a 514 nm e si ottiene una relazione lineare tra assorbanza e concentrazione dell`acido ascorbico fino a 14 {mu}g ml{sup -1}. Si sono condotti studi sugli interferenti usualmente associati all`acido ascorbico ed e` stata valutata l`applicabilita` del metodo all`analisi di preparati farmaceutici di vitamina C.

  3. Effect of preservation method and storage condition on ascorbic acid loss in beverages

    Jokanovi? Marija R.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Global market is flooded with vitamin-enriched foods, mainly beverages. Major vitamins for enriching beverages are the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Ascorbic acid is readily oxidized and lost during storage of the beverages, at rates depending on the conditions of storage. This fact is of great importance for the consumer who must know how to store beverages and when to consume them in order to get the maximum benefit of added vitamin C. The objective of this paper was to determine the amount of ascorbic acid lost in beverages applying different preservation methods and storage condition. Beverage was made in laboratory conditions with synthetic L-ascorbic acid added according to the national legislations. After 30 days of storage at 4-8oC ascorbic acid overall loss was from 81.01% to 90.27% in thermally pasteurized samples and from 97.83 % to almost complete loss in samples preserved with sodium benzoate.

  4. CAPSAICIN AND ASCORBIC ACID VARIABILITY IN CHILLI AND PAPRIKA CULTIVARS AS REVEALED BY HPLC ANALYSIS

    Samuel Tilahun

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Capsaicin and ascorbic acid contents of seven Indian peppers varieties/accessions from Capsicum annuum (CA 97, CCH, K1, KTPL19, Arka Abhir and Bayadagi Kaddi and C. frutescens (CF1 species were determined using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC. Based on their pungency value, all the chilli accession/varieties (CA 97, CCH, K1, and CF 1 were classified as highly pungent peppers. The accession CF1 showed the highest concentration of capsaicin (445mg 100g -1 DW with corresponding pungency value of 71,200 SHUs and Arka Abhir variety showed the lowest capsaicin concentration (29mg 100g -1 DW with 4,672 SHUs of pungency value. Similarly, Bayadaggi kaddi variety showed the highest ascorbic acid content (189 mg/100 FW and the accession CA 97 showed the lowest ascorbic acid contents (55.3 mg/100 FW. The variability in capsaicin and ascorbic acid content presented in the pepper germplasm can be exploited for breeding cultivars with improved nutritional qualities. Moreover, CF1and Bayadagi kaddi can be used as a potential source for capsaicin and vitamin C, respectively.

  5. Copper/ascorbic acid dyad as a catalytic system for selective aerobic oxidation of amines

    Šrogl, Jiří; Voltrová, Svatava

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 11, č. 4 (2009), s. 843-845. ISSN 1523-7060 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : copper * ascorbic acid * oxidative deamination Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 5.420, year: 2009

  6. Enhancing Lipid Stability in Irradiated Beef Mince by Oleoresins and/ or Ascorbic Acid during Chilling Storage

    Lipid Oxidation, fatty acids profile and sensory properties of irradiated beef mince (2.5 kGy) treated with oleoresins (rosemary or ginger), ascorbic acid, or combination of ascorbic acid and oleoresins were investigated during 30 days of chilled storage. Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) as an indication of lipid oxidation, of irradiated control samples were significantly higher than those of non irradiated control and samples treated with rosemary and ginger oleoresins. By GC-MS analysis, it was found that the relative percentage of total saturated fatty acids (TSFA) increased in all treatments. However, the highest increase was recorded in irradiated control samples compared to non irradiated control samples. Beef mince samples treated with oleoresins (rosemary or ginger) had the best scores for discoloration and off odour. Thus, the addition of oleoresins (rosemary or ginger) to beef mince before irradiation could be an easily applied method to minimize oxidative degradation of irradiated meat

  7. A colorimetric probe for ascorbic acid based on copper-gold nanoparticles in electrospun nylon

    We report on a colorimetric probe based on copper-gold alloy nanoparticles (NPs). The probe is capable of selectively detecting ascorbic acid (AA) as a result of the distance-dependent colour change of the nanoparticles immobilized in an electrospun nylon-6 nanofiber. The resulting white nanofibres undergo a colour change to blue as a result of the aggregation of the NPs induced by AA in the pH range 2–7. The probe is selective for AA even in the presence of dopamine, uric acid, saccharides, amino acids and certain organic acids. It covers the 1.76 x10−2 mg L−1 to 1.76 x105 mg L−1 concentration range, and exhibits a limit of detection of 1.76 x10−2 mg L−1 based on visual detection. Its application was demonstrated by the determination of ascorbic acid in fruit juices, urine, serum, and vitamin C tablets. (author)

  8. Relevance of DNA repair pathways on ascorbic acid effects on Echerichia Coli K-12 cells

    Inactivation kinetics were performed with repair proficient and deficient Escherichia coli K-12 cells treated with oxidized solutions of ascorbic acid. The repair pathways controlled by the recA and uvrA gene products are essential for cell survival to the treatment. However, SOS chromotest result indicates that the SOS functions are only induced at high and toxic concentrations of the drug. Moreover, single strand breaks in DNA from treated cells are detected, demonstrating genome damage promoted by oxidized solutions of ascorbate. (M.A.C.)

  9. Comparison of radioprotective effects of caffeine and ascorbic acid in male mice

    The oxygen effect in radiation biology is well known. Since oxygen enhances radiation-induced biological damage, antioxidants should be radioprotectors. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or caffeine is an essential component in the diet of humans and a small range of other mammals. Radioprotective effects of vitamin C have been demonstrated in certain cells and animals, which would result from scavenging free radicals. Caffeine is the main psychoactive ingredient of coffee, tea, even coke with a high frequency of concurrent use in humans. Caffeine has been recently reported as a scavenger of hydroxyl radical in millimolar levels and a potently radioprotector in a chronically exposed rodent. This study investigates functional radioprotection of caffeine and ascorbic acid against gamma irradiation in male mice. Eight-week-old male C57BL/6N mice were irradiated with 6.5 Gy. A caffeine treated group was administered with 80 mg/kg body weight by i.p injection, a single exposure 1 hour before irradiation. Ascorbic acid was administered 330 mg/liter in drinking water through all the experimental period. The remaining mice were kept as sham controls. After collecting a serum from the experimental mice 6 hr after irradiation, qualitative analysis of testosterone was performed by means of radioimmunoassay (RIA). For histological investigation, testes were removed 1 week after irradiation and fixed in NBF. Fixed testes were processed for paraffin sections and stained by H-E. The circulating testosterone significantly decreased in all irradiated groups. The harmful effect of radiation on the body and organ weight and the appearance of semiferous tubules were significantly improved in the caffeine - or ascorbic acid-treated group. In conclusion, caffeine and ascorbic acid protected spermatogenesis from impairment against gamma radiation, acting as a radioprotector

  10. Uptake of dehydroascorbic acid and ascorbic acid to isolated nerve terminals and secretory granules from ox neurohypophyses

    Thorn, N A; Nielsen, F S; Jeppesen, C K; Christensen, B L; Farver, O

    1986-01-01

    When uptake of L-[14C]ascorbic acid ([14C]AA) to various organs in guinea-pigs was studied after intracardiac injection, the adenohypophysis, pars intermedia, and the neurohypophysis had an uptake per milligramme protein which was about half of the uptake to the adrenals. Adrenal uptake was 20...... of Na+ in the medium with K+ had no effect on the uptake of ascorbic acid. When isolated secretory granules from ox neurohypophyses were incubated with a medium containing [14C]DHA, uptake was considerably faster than the uptake when they were incubated in a medium containing [14C]AA. The uptake of...

  11. Phosphatidylcholine liposomes as carriers to improve topical ascorbic acid treatment of skin disorders

    Serrano G

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Gabriel Serrano,1,* Patricia Almudéver,2,* Juan-Manuel Serrano,1 Javier Milara,2–5 Ana Torrens,1 Inmaculada Expósito,1 Julio Cortijo2–51Sesderma Laboratorios, 2Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Valencia, 3Clinical Research Unit, University General Hospital Consortium, 4CIBERES, Health Institute Carlos III, 5Research Foundation of the University General Hospital of Valencia, Valencia, Spain*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: Liposomes have been intensively investigated as carriers for different applications in dermatology and cosmetics. Ascorbic acid has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties preventing photodamage of keratinocytes; however, due to its instability and low skin penetration, an appropriate carrier is mandatory to obtain desirable efficacy. The present work investigates the ability of a specific ascorbate phosphatidylcholine (PC liposome to overcome the barrier of the stratum corneum and deliver the active agent into the dermis to prevent photodamage. Abdominal skin from ten patients was used. Penetration of PC liposomes was tested ex vivo in whole skin, epidermis, and dermis by means of fluorescein and sodium ascorbate. Histology and Franz diffusion cells were used to monitor the percutaneous absorption. Ultraviolet (UV-high performance liquid chromatography was used to analyze diffusion of sodium ascorbate through the different skin layers, while spectrofluorimetry and fluorescent microscopy were used for fluorescein monitoring. UVA/UVB irradiation of whole skin was applied to analyze the antioxidant capacity by Trolox assay and anti-inflammatory effects by tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin 1 beta enzyme-linked immunoassay. PC liposomal formulation improved skin penetration of fluorescein and ascorbate. Fluorescein PC liposomes showed better diffusion through epidermis than dermis while ascorbate liposomes showed better diffusion through the dermis than the epidermis. Ascorbate PC liposomes showed preventive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties on whole human skin irradiated with UVA/UVB. In summary, ascorbate PC liposomes penetrate through the epidermis and allow nonstable hydrophilic active ingredients reach epidermis and dermis preventing skin photodamage.Keywords: skin absorption, liposomes, phosphatidylcholine, sodium ascorbate, fluorescein

  12. Betalain, Acid Ascorbic, Phenolic Contents and Antioxidant Properties of Purple, Red, Yellow and White Cactus Pears

    Leonardo Martinez-Cardenas; Carmen Valadez-Vega; Nelly Cruz-Cansino; Raquel Cariño-Cortés; Juan Diego García-Paredes; Eduardo Madrigal-Santillán; María Teresa Sumaya-Martínez; Sandra Cruz-Jaime; Ernesto Alanís-García

    2011-01-01

    Commercialization of cactus pears based on their antioxidant properties can generate competitive advantages, and these can turn into business opportunities and the development of new products and a high-value ingredient for the food industry. This work evaluated the antioxidant activities (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical-scavenging, protection against oxidation of a β-carotene-linoleic acid emulsion, and iron (II) chelation), the content of total phenolic compounds, ascorbic acid, betac...

  13. THE INFLUENCE OF SOME STORAGE CONDITIONS UPON ASCORBIC ACID CONTENT IN WHITE AND RED CABBAGE

    Marcel Avramiuc

    2013-01-01

    In this work it has searched the influence of storage conditions upon ascorbic acid content in cabbage. Theascorbic acid content and pH evolution for 16 weeks has been carried out using, as biological material, cabbage samplesfrom two varieties: white cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata L. f. alba DC.) and red cabbage (Brassica oleracea var.capitata L. f. rubra (L.) Thell). The cabbage samples were kept in containers of glass and wood, constituting, for eachsample, variants of experience...

  14. Gender difference following high cholesterol diet induced renal injury and the protective role of rutin and ascorbic acid combination in Wistar albino rats

    Al-Rejaie Salim

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background An increased interest is given to the impact of high fat diet on health worldwide. Abnormalities in lipid metabolism induced by high cholesterol diet (HCD were reported to exacerbate renal diseases via oxidative stress pathways. Rutin and ascorbic acid showed a protective role against oxidative stress-mediated diseases. Furthermore, both lipid metabolism and tissue response to oxidative stress damage was found to vary according to animal gender. Thus, the objective of this work was to examine possible gender-related differences and the possible protective effects of rutin and ascorbic acid supplementation on high cholesterol diet induced nephrotoxicity. Methods 96 young male and female Wistar albino rats were used. HCD supplemented animals were treated with rutin alone or in combination with ascorbic acid for 6 weeks. Creatinine plasma level was estimated. Furthermore, kidney levels of nucleic acids, total protein, malondialdehyde (MDA, reduced glutathione (GSH, total cholesterol, and triglycerides were determined. Finally, kidney tissues were used for histopathological examination. Results HCD supplementation decreased kidney level of nucleic acids, which was more prominent in female animals. Both vitamin combination significantly attenuated HCD induced decrease in nucleic acids. Moreover, kidney level of MDA was significantly altered by HCD in both genders, which was inhibited by rutin and ascorbic acid alone or in combination in male groups and by both vitamins in female groups. There was a reduction in kidney level of GSH by HCD, especially in male groups, which was attenuated by rutin and ascorbic acid combination. Kidney levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides were significantly increased by HCD supplementation in both genders. Coadministration with rutin and/or ascorbic acid protected from such increase, which was more obvious in both vitamins combination. Histopathological investigation supported vitamins protective effect, which was more prominent in male vitamins combination group. Conclusions HCD-induced renal injury in female was higher than in male animals, suggesting a better anti-oxidative stress defense response in male's kidney. Moreover, the antioxidant and reno-protective effects of rutin and ascorbic acid were augmented following their combination.

  15. Electrocatalytic Activity of Carbonized Nanostructured Polyanilines for Oxidation Reactions: Sensing of Nitrite Ions and Ascorbic Acid

    Highlights: • Carbonized PANIs prepared from various nanostructured PANI precursors • Electroanalytical performances of carbonized PANIs evaluated using voltammetry • Study of carbonized PANIs physico-chemical properties related to electroactivity • The lowest over-potential for NO2− oxidation at c-PANI (+0.87 V vs. SCE) • The lowest over-potential for ascorbic acid oxidation at both c-PANI and c-PANI-SSA - Abstract: A comparative study of the electrocatalytic activity of nitrogen-containing carbon nanomaterials, prepared by the carbonization of nanostructured polyaniline (PANI) salts, for the electrooxidation reactions is presented. Nanostructured PANI salts were synthesized by the oxidative polymerization of aniline with ammonium peroxydisulfate in an aqueous solution in the presence of 5-sulfosalicylic acid (PANI-SSA), 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid (PANI-DNSA) as well as without added acid (PANI), and subsequently carbonized to c-PANI-SSA, c-PANI-DNSA and c-PANI, respectively. Glassy carbon tip was modified with nanostructured c-PANIs and used for the investigation of sensing of nitrite and ascorbic acid in aqueous solutions as model analytes by linear sweep voltammetry. All three types of the investigated c-PANIs gave excellent response to the nitrite ions and ascorbic acid electrooxidation. The lowest peak potential for nitrite ion oxidation exhibited c-PANI (+0.87 V vs. SCE), and for ascorbic acid oxidation both c-PANI and c-PANI-SSA (ca. + 0.13 V vs. SCE). Electrochemical data were correlated with structural and textural data obtained by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, elemental and nitrogen sorption analysis

  16. Ascorbic Acid and α-Tocopherol Minimize Salt-Induced Wheat Leaf Senescence

    Farouk S.

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundLeaf senescence is an oxidative process, and most of the catabolic events involved in senescence are propagated irreversibly once initiated. ResultsSalinity hastened the senescence of wheat flag leaves, decreased the concentrations of chlorophyll, total carotenoids, ascorbic acid, total phenol, calcium, potassium, magnesium, K+/Na+ ratio and soluble proteins, as well as the activities of catalase and peroxidase. Conversely, salinity increased sodium, chloride, and the chlorophylla:b ratio, as well as membrane permeability, hydrogen peroxide, and malondialdehyde synthesis. Both antioxidants application reduced the hydrogen peroxide accumulation, lipid peroxidation, membrane permeability, sodium and chloride content over control plants. The antioxidants enzyme activities were significantly increased by antioxidant spray. Enhanced accumulation of ascorbate, phenol, carotenoids, calcium, potassium and magnesium was seen in antioxidants-sprayed plants compared with control plants at 65 days after sowing. Under moderate and sever salinity levels application of both antioxidants alleviated the harmful effects of salinity on leaf senescence related parameter. The higher levels of antioxidants and low level of H2O2 in flag leaf may be the prerequisite for delayed leaf senescence in antioxidants-sprayed plants. ConclusionsIt can be concluded that ascorbic acid-sprayed plants can postpone the leaf senescence by peroxide/phenolic/ascorbate system which is involved in scavenging the ROS produced during leaf senescence.

  17. Ascorbic acid-containing whey protein film coatings for control of oxidation.

    Min, Seacheol; Krochta, John M

    2007-04-18

    A formulation for the whey protein isolate film or coating incorporating ascorbic acid (AA-WPI film or coating) was developed. Tensile and oxygen-barrier properties of the AA-WPI film were measured. Antioxidant effects of the AA-WPI coating on roasted peanuts were studied by comparing the values of peroxide (PO), thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS), and free-radical-scavenging activity, determined with noncoated peanuts and peanuts coated with WPI with and without ascorbic acid during storage at 21% relative humidity (RH) and 23, 35, and 50 degrees C. The incorporation of AA reduced elongation of WPI films. The oxygen-barrier property of the WPI film was significantly improved by incorporation of AA. The AA-WPI coating retarded lipid oxidation in peanuts significantly at 23, 35, and 50 degrees C. The AA-WPI coated peanuts were more red than noncoated peanuts at all storage temperatures. PMID:17367158

  18. Study of radio-protective effects of ascorbic acid in rates

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential radio-protective effects of different ascorbic acid concentrations (vitamin C) in rats before whole body irradiation with total dose of 7 Gy (60Co source) using two different dose rates of 1 and 0.55 Gy.min-1 by increasing percent of surviving. In the first group (1 Gy/m); rats were administered four different concentrations of ascorbic acid (7.5, 12.5, 100, 200 mg/kg b wt ) in drinking water for 30 days before irradiation starting from the ablactation which considered as day 0. Whereas, in the second group (0.55 Gy/m); rats were administered six different concentrations of ascorbic acid (1, 5, 7.5, 12.5, 100, 200 mg/kg b wt) before irradiation with total dose 7 Gy (60Co source). The results have showed that the ascorbic acid enhance the 30-day survival of irradiated rats in 1 and 0.55 Gy/m groups, compared to the control group. The mean cumulated probability of survival of rats (1 Gy/m group) was 66%± 6 (Mean± S.E), 69%± 5, 52%± 9 and 51%± 9 in groups of rats which administered 7.5, 12.5, 100, 200 mg/kg, respectively, versus 41%± 9 in control group for 14 days. While, it was 90%± 2, 90%± 2, 88%± 2, 94%± 1, 84%± 3 and 78%± 3 in groups of rats which administered 1, 5, 7.5, 12.5, 100, 200 mg/kg respectively, versus 52%± 6 in control group for 30 days. Our data, also, indicated that all ascorbic acid concentrations in both groups had significant reduction in mortality and increasing percent of surviving compared to the control groups. We conclude that all ascorbic acid concentrations which used in both groups (1 and 0.55 Gy/m), had radioprotective effects in rats when administrated before irradiations, and this role was more effective against lower dose rate of radiation exposure. (author)

  19. Effects of ascorbic acid on cell mediated, humoral immune response and pathophysiology of

    Suchint Simaraks

    2003-05-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to conduct an experiment related to the effects of chronic heat stress on total white blood cell changes, pathophysiology of leukocyte and effects of ascorbic acid on lymphocytes, lympholytic cells and humoral immunity of New-castle disease of broilers under chronic heat stress. Randomized complete block was the design. One hundred-forty-four chickens were maintained at 33+1 oC environmental temperature and on four levels of added ascorbic acid i.e. 0 (control group, 200, 400 and 800 mg/kg in dietsfor 21 days. On days 1, 3, 7, 14 and 21 of the experimental period, total white blood cells count, lympholytic cell and HI titer for Newcastle disease were determined. On day 21, histopathology of lung, liver, kidney, heart and bursa of fabricius of randomly selected broilers (n=36; 3 birds per experimental unit were studied. Total white blood cells (TWBC of the birds were significantly increased on day 3 (P<0.05 and were higheston days 7 and 14 then significantly decreased on days 21 (P<0.05. Monocytes were significantly increased on day 3 (P<0.05. Lymphocytes were significantly increased on day 7, and were highest on day 14 (P<0.05. On day 21, the value of lymphocyte was significantly lower than on days 7 and 14 (P<0.05, respectively. Lympholytic cells were significantly increased on day 3 and 7 (P<0.05, respectively, but on day 21, lympholyticcells were significantly decreased to lower value than on day 7 (P<0.05. Heterophils were significantly increased on day 3 and 7 and then decreased on day 14 (P<0.05. Tissue injury and hemorrhage in broilers under chronic heat stress caused leukocytosis, heterophilia, lympholysis and monocytosis. The size of lobules within the bursa of fabricius in broilers receiving ascorbic acid at 800 mg/kg in the diet were larger than inbirds that received added ascorbic acid at 400, 200 and 0 mg/kg in their diets, respectively. Lymphocytes and lympholytic cells were not significantly different among the ascorbic acid treatment groups. Besides, HI titers of Newcastle disease at 800 mg/kg in the diet were significantly higher than the others (P<0.05. Apparently, adding ascorbic acid at 800 mg/kg in the diet could improve humoral immunity in broilers under heat stress.

  20. Nonenzymatic amperometric sensor for ascorbic acid based on hollow gold/ruthenium nanoshells

    Jo, Ara; Kang, Minkyung; Cha, Areum; Jang, Hye Su [Department of Chemistry and Nano Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 120-750 (Korea, Republic of); Shim, Jun Ho [Department of Chemistry, Daegu University, Gyeongsan 712-714 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Nam-Suk [National Center for Nanomaterials Technology (NCNT), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Myung Hwa [Department of Chemistry and Nano Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 120-750 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Youngmi, E-mail: youngmilee@ewha.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry and Nano Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 120-750 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Chongmok, E-mail: cmlee@ewha.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry and Nano Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 120-750 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-01

    Highlights: • We synthesized hollow gold/ruthenium (hAu–Ru) nanoshells for ascorbic acid sensing. • The hAu–Ru nanoshells showed sensitivity of 426 μA mM⁻¹ cm⁻² for ascorbic acid. • Good selectivity against glucose, uric acid, dopamine, 4-acetamidophenol, and NADH. • The linear dynamic range appeared from zero to 2.0 mM (R = 0.9995). • Response time (1.6 s) and low detection limit (2.2 μM) were obtained at pH 7.40. Abstract: We report a new nonenzymatic amperometric detection of ascorbic acid (AA) using a glassy carbon (GC) disk electrode modified with hollow gold/ruthenium (hAu–Ru) nanoshells, which exhibited decent sensing characteristics. The hAu–Ru nanoshells were prepared by the incorporation of Ru on hollow gold (hAu) nanoshells from Co nanoparticle templates, which enabled AA selectivity against glucose without aid of enzyme or membrane. The structure and electrocatalytic activities of the hAu–Ru catalysts were characterized by spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. The hAu–Ru loaded on GC electrode (hAu–Ru/GC) showed sensitivity of 426 μA mM⁻¹ cm⁻² (normalized to the GC disk area) for the linear dynamic range of <5 μM to 2 mM AA at physiological pH. The response time and detection limit were 1.6 s and 2.2 μM, respectively. Furthermore, the hAu–Ru/GC electrode displayed remarkable selectivity for ascorbic acid over all potential biological interferents, including glucose, uric acid (UA), dopamine (DA), 4-acetamidophenol (AP), and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH), which could be especially good for biological sensing.

  1. Chemical modification of ascorbic acid and evaluation of its lipophilic derivatives as inhibitors of secretory phospholipase A(2) with anti-inflammatory activity.

    Mohamed, Riyaz; Dharmappa, K K; Tarannum, Shaista; Jameel, N M; Kannum, S A; Ashrafulla, H S; Rai, Lokanath; Souza, Cletus Jmd'; Shekhar, M A; Vishwanath, Bannikuppe S

    2010-12-01

    The halo 6-fatty acid esters of L-ascorbic acid 3a, 3b and 6-fatty acid esters of L-ascorbic acid 5a-g were achieved from L-ascorbic acid 1. Compounds 3a, 3b and 5a-g were evaluated for anti-oxidant, anti-lipid peroxidation, and secretory phospholipase A(2) (sPLA(2)) inhibition in vitro, and sPLA(2) induced mouse paw edema. All the derivatives retained their anti-oxidant property compared to ascorbic acid at 6 × 10(-4)M and are good inhibitors of lipid peroxidation at 1 mg ml(-1) as evaluated by 2, 2-Diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical and thio-barbituric acid methods, respectively. Compounds 5e and 5f significantly inhibited purified group I sPLA(2) from Naja naja and group II sPLA(2) from Vipera russelli, human synovial fluid and human pleural fluid with IC(50) value ranging from 64 ± 1.95 to 82 ± 1.3 and 48 ± 2.27 to 61 ± 2.23 μM, respectively. The compounds 5e and 5f also showed varying degree of potency in neutralizing indirect hemolytic activity of sPLA(2) at 50 μM concentration, and sPLA(2) induced mouse paw edema at the dose 3 mg/kg. Further docking studies also confirmed that compounds 5e and 5f have maximum interaction with increasing negative energy value. Single molecule possessing both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities is of great therapeutic significance in inflammatory disorders. PMID:20730622

  2. Structure, spectra and antioxidant action of ascorbic acid studied by density functional theory, Raman spectroscopic and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques.

    Singh, Gurpreet; Mohanty, B P; Saini, G S S

    2016-02-15

    Structure, vibrational and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra, and antioxidant action of ascorbic acid towards hydroxyl radicals have been studied computationally and in vitro by ultraviolet-visible, nuclear magnetic resonance and vibrational spectroscopic techniques. Time dependant density functional theory calculations have been employed to specify various electronic transitions in ultraviolet-visible spectra. Observed chemical shifts and vibrational bands in nuclear magnetic resonance and vibrational spectra, respectively have been assigned with the help of calculations. Changes in the structure of ascorbic acid in aqueous phase have been examined computationally and experimentally by recording Raman spectra in aqueous medium. Theoretical calculations of the interaction between ascorbic acid molecule and hydroxyl radical predicted the formation of dehydroascorbic acid as first product, which has been confirmed by comparing its simulated spectra with the corresponding spectra of ascorbic acid in presence of hydrogen peroxide. PMID:26580511

  3. Structure, spectra and antioxidant action of ascorbic acid studied by density functional theory, Raman spectroscopic and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques

    Singh, Gurpreet; Mohanty, B. P.; Saini, G. S. S.

    2016-02-01

    Structure, vibrational and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra, and antioxidant action of ascorbic acid towards hydroxyl radicals have been studied computationally and in vitro by ultraviolet-visible, nuclear magnetic resonance and vibrational spectroscopic techniques. Time dependant density functional theory calculations have been employed to specify various electronic transitions in ultraviolet-visible spectra. Observed chemical shifts and vibrational bands in nuclear magnetic resonance and vibrational spectra, respectively have been assigned with the help of calculations. Changes in the structure of ascorbic acid in aqueous phase have been examined computationally and experimentally by recording Raman spectra in aqueous medium. Theoretical calculations of the interaction between ascorbic acid molecule and hydroxyl radical predicted the formation of dehydroascorbic acid as first product, which has been confirmed by comparing its simulated spectra with the corresponding spectra of ascorbic acid in presence of hydrogen peroxide.

  4. Mutagenicity of Acridine and Ascorbic Acid in Rhizobia of Legume Trees

    M.A. Nassef

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to induce a great variation existing among Rhizobium spp. that nodulate Leucaena leucocephala and Sesbania sesban, through the treatment with acridine and ascorbic acid and selection of isolates for efficiency in the symbiotic association. Bacteria were isolated from nodules of both hosts growing in Egyptian soil, subcultured, and verified to be rhizobia. The isolates varied significantly in their resistance to antibiotics and NaCl, their growth on different carbohydrates, and their effect on the pH of culture media. Most isolates showed intermediate antibiotic resistance, the capacity to use numerous carbohydrates, and a neutral to acid pH response. The mean generation time of these isolates ranged from 4.813 to 6.437 and 4.600 to 6.523 for Sesbania sesban and Leucaena leucocephala, respectively. Both acridine orange and ascorbic acid had genotoxic hazards on all rhizobial strains examined here. They demonstrated a dose-response for decreasing cell survival at the levels that are not excessively toxic to bacteria. The standard assay with pre-incubation was quite toxic to the bacteria than plate incorporation test. Acridine orange and ascorbic acid shows an increase in number of auxotrophic mutants over the spontaneous value which is evidence for their mutagenicity caused by DNA damage. The biochemical mutants obtained in this study were identified using nine plates of minimal medium, each supplemented with different combinations of four growth factors. From the results reported here, it can be concluded that acridine mutagenesis is due to an enhancement of mismatch repair. In addition, ascorbic acid may be mutagenic and cytotoxic through the generation of hydrogen peroxide.

  5. Effect of combination treatment of gamma irradiation and ascorbic acid on physicochemical and microbial quality of minimally processed eggplant (Solanum melongena L.)

    Hussain, Peerzada R.; Omeera, A.; Suradkar, Prashant P.; Dar, Mohd A.

    2014-10-01

    Gamma irradiation alone and in combination with ascorbic acid was tested for preventing the surface browning and maintaining the quality attributes of minimally processed eggplant. Eggplant samples after preparation were subjected to treatment of gamma irradiation in the dose range of 0.25-1.0 kGy and to combination treatments of ascorbic acid dip at a concentration of 2.0% w/v and gamma irradiation (dose range 0.5-2.0 kGy) followed by storage at 3±1 °C, RH 80%. Studies revealed inverse correlation (r=-0.93) between the polyphenol oxidase (PPO) activity, browning index and the treatments of ascorbic acid and gamma irradiation. Combinatory treatment of 2.0% w/v ascorbic acid and 1.0 kGy gamma irradiation proved to be significantly (p≤0.05) effective in inhibiting the PPO activity, preventing the surface browning and maintaining the creamy white color and other quality attributes of minimally processed eggplant up to 6 days of refrigerated storage. Sensory evaluation revealed that control and 0.25 kGy irradiated samples were unacceptable only after 3 days of storage. Samples irradiated at 0.5 kGy and 0.75 kGy were unacceptable after 6 days of storage. Microbial analysis revealed that radiation processing of minimally processed eggplant at 1.0 kGy with and without ascorbic acid resulted in around 1 and 1.5 log reduction in yeast and mold count as well as bacterial count just after treatment and 6 days of storage therefore, enhances the microbial safety.

  6. Miniaturized ascorbic acid fuel cells with flexible electrodes made of graphene-coated carbon fiber cloth

    Hoshi, Kazuki; Muramatsu, Kazuo; Sumi, Hisato; Nishioka, Yasushiro

    2016-04-01

    Ascorbic acid (AA) is a biologically friendly compound and exists in many products such as sports drinks, fruit, and even in human blood. Thus, a miniaturized and flexible ascorbic acid fuel cell (AAFC) is expected be a power source for portable or implantable electric devices. In this study, we fabricated an AAFC with anode and cathode dimensions of 3 × 10 mm2 made of a graphene-coated carbon fiber cloth (GCFC) and found that GCFC electrodes significantly improve the power generated by the AAFC. This is because the GCFC has more than two times the effective surface area of a conventional carbon fiber cloth and it can contain more enzymes. The power density of the AAFC in a phosphate buffer solution containing 100 mM AA at room temperature was 34.1 µW/cm2 at 0.46 V. Technical issues in applying the AAFC to portable devices are also discussed.

  7. Efficacy of Ascorbic Acid Reducing Waterborne Copper Toxicity in Butterfish (Poronotus triacanthus

    Wannee Jiraungkoorskul

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was investigated the effects of copper (Cu and Ascorbic Acid (AA on butterfish (Poronotus triacanthus, using the micronucleus (MN and Nuclear Abnormality (NA tests for the period of 7, 14 and 21 days. NA shapes in erythrocytes were scored into blebbed nuclei (BL, lobed nuclei (LB, notched nuclei (NT and binuclei (BN. It was observed that, fish showed significant sensitivity to the different treatments. In general, the highest value of both MN and NA cells were significantly increased in the Cu treated group followed by the combination of Cu and AA treated group. These values revealed the highest number after 21 days treatment in all cases. The frequencies of each NA shape in erythrocytes of all treatments were observed in the following NT> LB> BN> BL. Present results demonstrated the efficacy of ascorbic acid in reducing genotoxicity in fish induced by waterborne copper.

  8. The effect of ascorbic acid on collagen of lungs and kidneys of irradiated rats

    The effect of ascorbic acid, on the radiation induced changes in collagen of lung and kidney tissues, was evaluated in rats after whole body fractionated gamma irradiation. Animals received a dose of 7.5 Gy given in 3 fractions of 2.5 Gy every 3 days. Collagen content determined by hydroxyproline assay was carried out 1,2,3, and 4 weeks after irradiation. Progressive increase in collagen content of lungs starting from 2 nd week up to 4 th week, and at 3 weeks for kidney, was observed. Data obtained showed that intraperitoneal administration of ascorbic acid 10 mg/100 grams body weight 10 minutes before irradiation to each fraction appears capable of reducing the radiation induced collagen in the lung but not in the kidney. 2 tabs

  9. A Flexible Ascorbic Acid Fuel Cell with a Microchannel Fabricated using MEMS Techniques

    Mogi, Hiroshi; Fukushi, Yudai; Koide, Syohei; Sano, Ryohei; Sasaki, Tsubasa; Nishioka, Yasushiro

    2013-12-01

    We fabricated a miniature ascorbic acid fuel cells equipped with a microchannel for the circulation of ascorbic acid (AA) solution using micro electronic mechanical system techniques. The fuel cell was fabricated on a flexible polyimide substrate, and its porous carbon-coated aluminium (Al) electrodes of 2.8 mm in width and 11 mm in length were formed using photolithography and screen-printing techniques. The porous carbon was deposited by screen-printing of carbon-black ink on the Al electrode surfaces in order to increase the effective electrode surface area and to absorb more enzymes on the cathode surface. The microchannel with a depth of 200 ?m was fabricated using a hot-embossing technique. A maximum power of 0.60 ?W at 0.58 V that corresponds to a power density of 1.83 ?W/cm2 was realized by introducing a 200 mM concentrated AA solution at room temperature.

  10. Solubilities of magnesium-L-ascorbate, calcium-L-ascorbate, magnesium-L-glutamate, magnesium-D-gluconate, calcium-D-gluconate, calcium-D-heptagluconate, L-aspartic acid, and 3-nitrobenzoic acid in water

    The solubility in water of magnesium-L-ascorbate, calcium-L-ascorbate, magnesium-L-glutamate, magnesium-D-gluconate, calcium-D-gluconate, calcium-D-heptagluconate, L-aspartic acid, and 3-nitrobenzoic acid was determined in the 278.15 K to 343.15 K temperature range. The solubility of these compounds served to permit the evaluation of the apparent molar enthalpies of solution

  11. Status of lipid peroxidation, glutathione, ascorbic acid, vitamin E and antioxidant enzymes in patients with osteoarthritis

    Surapaneni Krishna; Venkataramana G

    2007-01-01

    Background : The exact pro-oxidant and antioxidant status in osteoarthritis patients is still not clear. To add a new insight to the question, changes in the erythrocyte lipid peroxidation products (MDA), levels of glutathione (GSH), ascorbic acid and plasma vitamin E (nonenzymatic antioxidant parameters); and activities of antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPX), catalase in erythrocytes and plasma glutathione - S - transferase (GST) were measured in pati...

  12. Elimination of ascorbic acid after high-dose infusion in prostate cancer patients

    Nielsen, Torben Kjær; Højgaard, Martin; Andersen, Jon Thor Trærup; Poulsen, Henrik Enghusen; Lykkesfeldt, Jens; Mikines, Kari Joensen

    2015-01-01

    Treatment with high-dose intravenous (IV) ascorbic acid (AA) is used in complementary and alternative medicine for various conditions including cancer. Cytotoxicity to cancer cell lines has been observed with millimolar concentrations of AA. Little is known about the pharmacokinetics of high dose...... infusion stop in prostate cancer patients with normal kidney function. We propose a regimen with a bolus loading followed by a maintenance infusion based on the calculated clearance....

  13. Influence of refrigeration length and of sugar addition on ascorbic acid content in some natural juices

    Marcel Avramiuc; Liviu Fartaies

    2009-01-01

    Following some studies concerning the main factors influencing the concentration of vitamins within food raw materials, especially ascorbic acid, this work tries to evidence the influence of the refrigeration temperature and of the sucrose addition on content of this vitamin in three types of natural juice. The biological material was represented by orange, strawberry and kivi natural juices, obtained from these fruits by means a crushing out process. For each type of juice there ...

  14. Comparative Study of Ascorbic Acid and Tocopherol Concentrations in Hydroponic- and Soil-Grown Lettuces

    Drew N. Buchanan; Omaye, Stanley T.

    2013-01-01

    Hydroponically-grown produce may be a way of helping to feed the world a variety of fruits and vegetables, regardless of soil quality, space availability or climate. The objective of this study was to determine whether hydroponicallygrown lettuce contains as much ascorbic acid and tocopherol as soil-grown lettuce. We analyzed four varieties of lettuce, including: Waldmanns Dark Green, Red Lollo Antago, Red Romaine Annapolis, and Butterleaf. The tocopherol content of hydroponically-grown Wald...

  15. Reductive release of Fe(III) from bovine lactoferrin by ascorbic acid

    The kinetics of the reduction of Fe/sup 3+/ from bovine diferric Lactoferrin (Fe/sub 2/Lf) and monoferric C-terminal (Fe/sub C/-Lf) and N-terminal (Lf-Fe/sub N/) sites is investigated at ph 6.1 and 3.5 under pseudo first-order conditions using ascorbic acid (AA) as a biological reducing agent and 1, 10-Ortho phenanthroline (O-phen) as Fe/sup 2+/ chelator. Pseudo first-order rate constants as a function of ascorbic acid concentration are measured. Second order rate constants (k2) for Fe/sub 2/Lf, Lf-Fe/sub N/, Fe/sub C/-Lf at ph 6.1 and 27 deg. C are 0.1527 M/sup -1/.min/sup -1/, 0.0381 M/sup -1/.min-1, 0.1381 M/sup -1/.min/sup -1/, respectively. While, at ph 3.5 and 27 deg. C these values are 0.1915 M/sup -1/.min-1, 0.1116 M/sup -1/.min/sup -1/, 0.4434 M/sup -/.min/sup -1/, respectively. A linear dependence of k/sub obs/ on ascorbic acid concentration is suggestive of simple pseudo first-order pathway for reduction of iron under the conditions applied for all the three forms of protein. Moreover, the results show that the C-terminal site is more labile toward reduction by ascorbic acid than the N-terminal site. (author)

  16. Spectroscopic investigation of the interaction between {beta}-cyclodextrin and ascorbic acid

    Bratu, Ioan; Kacso, Irina [National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, 65-103 Donath, 400293 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Muresan-Pop, Marieta [Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Physics, 1 Mihail Kogalniceanu 400084 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Farcas, Sorin I, E-mail: ioan.bratu@itim-cj.r

    2009-08-01

    Inclusion compound of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) with {beta}-cyclodextrin ({beta}-CD), prepared by different methods (kneading, co-precipitation and freeze-drying) has been caracterized by several spectroscopic techniques (FTIR, {sup 1}H NMR, UV-Vis), powder X-ray diffraction and DSC technique. Based on the chemical shifts observed in the {sup 1}H-NMR and on FTIR spectra the tentative conclusion is that vitamin C probably enters the cyclodextrin torus forming the inclusion complex.

  17. Role of ascorbic acid supplement in reducing oxidative stress and hepatotoxicity in lead intoxication

    Objective: The present study was conducted to measure the oxidative stress and hepatotoxicity in lead intoxicated sprague dawley rats with and without supplementation of ascorbic acid. Study Design: Randomized Control Trial. Place of Study: Physiology Department, Army Medical College, Rawalpindi. (From Oct 2007 to Sep 2008) Material and Methods: One hundred and five male rats (age, 90-120 days; weight 200 - 250 gm) were divided into three groups each having 35 rats. Rats of group 1 and group 2 were given weekly injections of sodium acetate (10 mg /kg body weight) and lead acetate (10 mg /kg body weight) respectively, whereas rats of group 3 were administered lead acetate(10 mg /kg body weight) through weekly injections and ascorbic acid in drinking water (500 mg/l). After 6 weeks, 4 ml of blood was drawn from each rat by cardiac puncture. The blood was allowed to clot and serum was separated for estimation of serum malondialdehyde (MDA) levels on spectrophotometer; and serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels on Merck Micorlab 200. Results: Lead intoxication of rats revealed that serum MDA levels were raised to 7.8 +- 0.48 micro mol/l (control, 3.2 +-0.39 micro mol/l), ALT levels to 76.26 +- 5.88 IU/l (control, 44.1 +- 3.26) and AST levels to 258.06 +- 13.30 IU/l (control, 156.2 +- 4.97). Ascorbic acid supplementation significantly lowered serum MDA levels (3.8 +- 0.34 micro mol/l), ALT levels (52.26 +-4.57 IU/l) and AST levels (188.13 +- 12.91 IU/l). Conclusion: Ascorbic acid supplementation ameliorates lead intoxication probably by reducing the oxidative stress, thus preventing the development of hepatotoxicity, but this amelioration is not equal to the control. (author)

  18. Spectroscopic investigation of the interaction between β-cyclodextrin and ascorbic acid

    Inclusion compound of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD), prepared by different methods (kneading, co-precipitation and freeze-drying) has been caracterized by several spectroscopic techniques (FTIR, 1H NMR, UV-Vis), powder X-ray diffraction and DSC technique. Based on the chemical shifts observed in the 1H-NMR and on FTIR spectra the tentative conclusion is that vitamin C probably enters the cyclodextrin torus forming the inclusion complex.

  19. Cytoprotective effects of amifostine, ascorbic acid and N-acetylcysteine against methotrexate-induced hepatotoxicity in rats

    Akbulut, Sami; Elbe, Hulya; Eris, Cengiz; Dogan, Zumrut; Toprak, Gulten; Otan, Emrah; Erdemli, Erman; Turkoz, Yusuf

    2014-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the potential role of oxidative stress and the possible therapeutic effects of N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), amifostine (AMF) and ascorbic acid (ASC) in methotrexate (MTX)-induced hepatotoxicity.

  20. Evaluation of non-thermal effects of electricity on ascorbic acid and carotenoid degradation in acerola pulp during ohmic heating.

    Jaeschke, Débora Pez; Marczak, Ligia Damasceno Ferreira; Mercali, Giovana Domeneghini

    2016-05-15

    The effect of electric field on ascorbic acid and carotenoid degradation in acerola pulp during ohmic heating was evaluated. Ascorbic acid kinetic degradation was evaluated at 80, 85, 90 and 95°C during 60min of thermal treatment by ohmic and conventional heating. Carotenoid degradation was evaluated at 90 and 95°C after 50min of treatment. The different temperatures evaluated showed the same effect on degradation rates. To investigate the influence of oxygen concentration on the degradation process, ohmic heating was also carried out under rich and poor oxygen modified atmospheres at 90°C. Ascorbic acid and carotenoid degradation was higher under a rich oxygen atmosphere, indicating that oxygen is the limiting reagent of the degradation reaction. Ascorbic acid and carotenoid degradation was similar for both heating technologies, demonstrating that the presence of the oscillating electric field did not influence the mechanisms and rates of reactions associated with the degradation process. PMID:26775953

  1. Facile synthesis of graphene from graphite using ascorbic acid as reducing agent

    Andrijanto, Eko; Shoelarta, Shoerya; Subiyanto, Gatot; Rifki, Sadur

    2016-04-01

    Graphene has attracted a tremendous attention in recent years due to its unique properties such as mechanical, thermal, optical and electrical properties. However, a large scale production of this material is still an issue and subjected to intense research efforts. Here, we show a simple and green approach of the graphene synthesis from graphene oxide using ascorbic acid as reduction agent. A facile synthesis of graphene (rGO) through chemical oxidation of graphite into graphene oxide (GO) was described using modified Hummers method (Improved Tour Method/ITM). The ITM method does not produce toxic gas and the temperature of the oxidation is easily controlled using ice bath. The synthesized of graphene oxide was highly soluble and stable in water. The reduction of graphene oxide into graphene was performed using ascorbic acid (AA) in mild condition. The combined ITM method and green reduction using ascorbic acid open the avenue of replacing hydrazine in the reduction of graphite oxide into graphene and may be very important step for bulk production of graphene.

  2. Cell proliferation of the ileum intestinal mucosa of diabetic rats treated with ascorbic acid

    Jacqueline Nelisis Zanoni

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of the ascorbic acid supplementation on the cellular proliferation on the ileum mucosa of diabetic rats. Fifteen 90-days rats were divided in the groups: control, diabetic and diabetic supplemented with ascorbic acid (DA. Two hours prior the sacrifice, they were injected with Vincristin. Semi-seriate histological cuts stained with HE were accomplished. About 2500 crypt cells from the intestinal mucosa were counted in order to obtain the metaphasic indexes. The height and depth of 30 villi and 30 crypts were measured for each animal, respectively. The metaphasic indexes showed no significant changes when we compared the three groups: 20.2 ± 0.7 (control, 18 ± 1.9 (diabetic and 17 ± 1.4 (DA (p > 0.05. The values obtained from the crypts measurement were 221.2 ± 8.5 (control, 225.3 ± 9.5 (diabetic and 222 ± 34 (DA. The villi of the control, diabetic and DA animals presented the following results: 301.7 ± 25.33, 304.8 ± 25.63 and 322.1 ± 45.77 respectively. The morphometric data were not different statistically (p > 0.05. Summing up, the present work showed that there was no alteration in the cellular proliferation of the ileum of diabetic-induced rats supplemented with ascorbic acid.

  3. Preparation of (99m)Tc labeled vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and biodistribution in rats.

    Yigit, Ugur Sezai; Lambrecht, Fatma Yurt; Unak, Perihan; Biber, Fazilet Zmrt; Medine, Emin Ilker; Cetinkaya, Berkan

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to label ascorbic acid with (99m)Tc and to investigate its radiopharmaceutical potential in rats. Ascorbic acid was labeled with (99m)Tc using the stannous chloride method. The radiochemical purity of [(99m)Tc]ascorbic acid ((99m)Tc-AA) was determined by RTLC, paper electrophoresis, and RHPLC methods. The labeling yield was found to be 93+/-5.0%. The maximum labeling yield of (99m)Tc-AA was determined at pH 5 and 25 degrees C. The biodistribution studies related to (99m)Tc-AA were done in male albino Wistar rats. (99m)Tc-AA, which has a specific activity of 13.02 GBq/mmol, was administered into the tail vein of the rats. The rats were sacrificed at 15, 30, 60, and 120 min after the injection by heart puncture under ether anaesthesia. The organs were weighed after removal. Their activities were counted using a Cd(Te) detector equipped with a RAD 501 count system. The %ID/g (% of injected dose per gram of tissue weight) in each organ and in blood was calculated. Maximum uptake of (99m)Tc-AA was observed in prostate and kidneys at the 60th min. (99m)Tc-AA may be a promising radiopharmaceutical for the imaging of prostate and kidneys. PMID:16394539

  4. Characterization of L-ascorbic acid single crystals grown from solution with different solvents

    Srinivasan, K.; Vanitha Devi, K. [Crystal Growth Laboratory, Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore-641 046, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2010-09-15

    Single crystals of L-ascorbic acid, popularly known as vitamin-C, were grown from solutions with different solvents and solvent combinations by low temperature solution growth methods. The suitability of different solvents and solvent combinations such as acetone, ethanol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, water, water + acetone (1:1), water + ethanol (3:1), water + isopropyl alcohol (3:1) and isopropyl alcohol + methanol (1:1) for crystal growth of L-ascorbic acid was found out by assessing the solubility and crystallization behaviours. Solubility of L-ascorbic acid in selected solvents and solvent combinations in a range of temperatures was determined by gravimetric method. Solution prepared with water, water + acetone (1:1), water + ethanol (3:1) and water + isopropyl alcohol (3:1) were yielded crystals with tabular, columnar and prismatic habits and their morphologies were evaluated by goniometry. Grown single crystals were characterized with various instrumental techniques such as powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier infrared spectroscopy, optical transmittance study, differential scanning calorimetry and second harmonic generation studies. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Radiation protective effects of cysteamine and glutathione on four nucleobases and ascorbic acid in aqueous solution

    This paper shows the radiation protective effects of cysteamine and glutathione (reduced form) on the π-systems of four nucleobases in aqueous solution. Thymine, cytosine, adenine, and guanine solutions containing cysteamine (or glutathione) in various concentrations were irradiated with gamma-rays from a 0.22 PBq Co-60 source. The residual concentration of each nucleobase after irradiation was measured by spectrophotometry and liquid chromatography. The π-systems of cytosine and adenine were protected and repaired by adding about a 3-6 fold excess of cysteamine in relative to the cytosine and the adenine concentration. Each amino group, cytosine and adenine, plays an important role for the protection of their own π-system from the radiation damage. The π-system of thymine was protected from the radiation damage, but was not repaired by cysteamine. The protective effects of cysteamine on guanine were saturated with increasing the cysteamine concentration. Ascorbic acid solutions containing cysteamine were irradiated also. The radiation protective effect of cysteamine on ascorbic acid was small. A first approximation analysis was made on the radiation protective effects. The autooxidation of ascorbic acid in aqueous solution containing several kinds of antioxidants was measured and analyzed. (author)

  6. Genotoxicity and oxidative stress of microwave radiation role of ascorbic acid

    Radiofrequency fields and especially microwaves are very important part of electromagnetic spectrum that can produce generations of reactive oxygen species, and thus can affect DNA and cause chromosomal aberrations. So this effect can be diminished by the supplement of an antioxidant such as ascorbic acid. In this study, the proposed protective role of ascorbic acid was tested against the EMF induced chromosomal aberrations and lipid peroxidation. The present study proved that EMF had a clastogenic effect on the bone marrow cells of mice, either with the exposure to EMF; 950 MHz or frequency EMF; 2450 MHz. This effect was evidenced by structural and numerical chromosomal aberrations. The study also proved that EMF had an effect on oxidative stress, evidenced by increase in the level of lipid peroxide, in a dose dependent manner. So, the mechanism of EMF induced chromosomal aberrations can be explained by this oxidative stress induced by EMF exposure. The present study showed that ascorbic acid had a protective effect against both EMF induced chromosomal aberrations and oxidative stress, when it is applied concomitantly with EMF exposure either at frequency of 950 MHz or 2450 MHz. this is evident by decreases in the level of lipid peroxide and decrease in chromosomal aberrations

  7. Radioprotection potential of the ascorbic acid on the carrageenan used as food additive

    Carrageenans are a group of natural carbohydrates that are present in the structure of certain varieties of red algae (Rhodophyceae). They are used in emulsions, for syneresis control and to grow up, to promote adhesiveness and dispersion. In the industry of foods they can be used for instance, as thickness and gelling agents, alone or together with other additives. The processing of foods by radiation is increasing considerably, because the efficiency of the process in the industrial decontamination of products. The objective of this work was to study the action of the ascorbic acid as potential radioprotector of the carrageenan against 60 Co gamma radiation effects, using the viscosity as parameter. Samples of commercial carrageenan dissolved at 1,0% were irradiated in the presence or not of ascorbic acid, with doses of 0.0 kGy; 1.0 kGy; 2.5 kGy; 5.0 kGy and 10.0 kGy. After the irradiation the relationships viscosity/dose were established for the temperature of 60 deg C. For the dose of 10.0 kGy a better protecting effect of the ascorbic acid on the carrageenan was seen. The implications of the use of this antioxidant is discussed as a form of minimizing the effect of the radiation in irradiated foods. (author)

  8. Status of lipid peroxidation, glutathione, ascorbic acid, vitamin E and antioxidant enzymes in patients with osteoarthritis

    Surapaneni Krishna

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : The exact pro-oxidant and antioxidant status in osteoarthritis patients is still not clear. To add a new insight to the question, changes in the erythrocyte lipid peroxidation products (MDA, levels of glutathione (GSH, ascorbic acid and plasma vitamin E (nonenzymatic antioxidant parameters; and activities of antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD, glutathione peroxidase (GPX, catalase in erythrocytes and plasma glutathione - S - transferase (GST were measured in patients with osteoarthritis. Aim: This work was undertaken to assess oxidative stress and antioxidant status in patients with osteoarthritis. Settings and design: The study was conducted in 20 patients and compared to controls. Levels of erythrocyte MDA, GSH, ascorbic acid, plasma vitamin E; and activities of antioxidant enzymes were measured in patients with osteoarthritis. materials and Methods: Erythrocyte GSH was measured by the method of Beutler et al. Ascorbic acid levels were measured by the method of Tietz. Plasma vitamin E levels were measured by the method of Baker et al. MDA was determined as the measure of thio barbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS. SOD activity in the hemolysate was measured by the method of Misra and Fridovich. Activity of catalase was measured by the method of Beers and Sizer. GPX activity was measured as described by Paglia and Valentine in erythrocytes, and Plasma GST activity was measured as described by Warholm et al. These parameters were measured in 20 patients and compared to controls. Statistical analysis: Statistical analysis between group 1 (controls and group 2 (patients was performed by the student′s t - test using the stat -view package. Results: It was observed that there was a significant increase in erythrocyte MDA levels; SOD, GPX and plasma GST activities; and a significant decrease in erythrocyte GSH, ascorbic acid, plasma vitamin E levels and catalase activity in patients with osteoarthritis when compared to controls. Conclusions: The results of our study suggest higher oxygen-free radical production, evidenced by increased MDA and decreased GSH, ascorbic acid, vitamin E and catalase activity, support to the oxidative stress in osteoarthritis. The increased activities of antioxidant enzymes may be a compensatory regulation in response to increased oxidative stress.

  9. Computational study of the mechanism of the oxidation of ascorbic acid by iodine in the gas phase

    Gideon A.Shallangwa; Adamu Uzairu; Victor O. Ajibola; Hamza Abba

    2014-01-01

    The reaction mechanisms of the oxidation of ascorbic acid by iodine have been examined using semi empirical pm3 method. The oxidation proceeded via two independent routes that can be separately monitored. One route involved a one step reaction mechanism while the other was a two steps reaction mechanism. The rsults were explained by analyses based on computational energetics of the optimised reactants, intermediates. Transition states and products of the reaction of iodine with ascorbic acid....

  10. Effects of ascorbic acid and oxalic acid on uptake and translocation of zinc in maize (Zea Mays L.) using 65Zn radiotracer

    This study was done to evaluate the effect of oxalic and ascorbic acids on 65Zn uptake and translocation in Maize plants through solution culture experiment so that the desired acid remains available in the roots zone

  11. Effect of combination treatment of gamma irradiation and ascorbic acid on physicochemical and microbial quality of minimally processed eggplant (Solanum melongena L.)

    Gamma irradiation alone and in combination with ascorbic acid was tested for preventing the surface browning and maintaining the quality attributes of minimally processed eggplant. Eggplant samples after preparation were subjected to treatment of gamma irradiation in the dose range of 0.25–1.0 kGy and to combination treatments of ascorbic acid dip at a concentration of 2.0% w/v and gamma irradiation (dose range 0.5–2.0 kGy) followed by storage at 3±1 °C, RH 80%. Studies revealed inverse correlation (r=−0.93) between the polyphenol oxidase (PPO) activity, browning index and the treatments of ascorbic acid and gamma irradiation. Combinatory treatment of 2.0% w/v ascorbic acid and 1.0 kGy gamma irradiation proved to be significantly (p≤0.05) effective in inhibiting the PPO activity, preventing the surface browning and maintaining the creamy white color and other quality attributes of minimally processed eggplant up to 6 days of refrigerated storage. Sensory evaluation revealed that control and 0.25 kGy irradiated samples were unacceptable only after 3 days of storage. Samples irradiated at 0.5 kGy and 0.75 kGy were unacceptable after 6 days of storage. Microbial analysis revealed that radiation processing of minimally processed eggplant at 1.0 kGy with and without ascorbic acid resulted in around 1 and 1.5 log reduction in yeast and mold count as well as bacterial count just after treatment and 6 days of storage therefore, enhances the microbial safety. - Highlights: • 2.0% ascorbic acid and 1.0 kGy inhibited PPO activity in minimally processed eggplant. • Above treatment maintained creamy white color and storage quality up to 6 days at 3±1 °C. • The treatment gave 1.5 log reductions in microbial counts, thus enhancing microbial safety. • The treatment can provide convenience to consumer and will reduce spoilage during storage

  12. Inhibition of cell proliferation and migration by oxidative stress from ascorbate-driven juglone redox cycling in human bladder-derived T24 cells

    Highlights: ► The cytotoxicity of juglone is markedly increased by ascorbate. ► T24 cell death by oxidative stress is necrosis-like. ► Redox cycling by juglone/ascorbate inhibits cell proliferation. ► Cellular migration is impaired by juglone/ascorbate. -- Abstract: The effects of juglone on T24 cells were assessed in the presence and absence of ascorbate. The EC50 value for juglone at 24 h decreased from 28.5 μM to 6.3 μM in the presence of ascorbate. In juglone-treated cells, ascorbate increased ROS formation (4-fold) and depleted GSH (65%). N-acetylcysteine or catalase restricted the juglone/ascorbate-mediated effects, highlighting the role of oxidative stress in juglone cytotoxicity. Juglone alone or associated with ascorbate did not cause caspase-3 activation or PARP cleavage, suggesting necrosis-like cell death. DNA damage and the mild ER stress caused by juglone were both enhanced by ascorbate. In cells treated with juglone (1–5 μM), a concentration-dependent decrease in cell proliferation was observed. Ascorbate did not impair cell proliferation but its association with juglone led to a clonogenic death state. The motility of ascorbate-treated cells was not affected. Juglone slightly restricted motility, but cells lost their ability to migrate most noticeably when treated with juglone plus ascorbate. We postulate that juglone kills cells by a necrosis-like mechanism inhibiting cell proliferation and the motility of T24 cells. These effects are enhanced in the presence of ascorbate.

  13. Inhibition of cell proliferation and migration by oxidative stress from ascorbate-driven juglone redox cycling in human bladder-derived T24 cells

    Kviecinski, M.R., E-mail: mrkviecinski@hotmail.com [Laboratorio de Bioquimica Experimental, Departamento de Bioquimica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis (Brazil); Pedrosa, R.C., E-mail: rozangelapedrosa@gmail.com [Laboratorio de Bioquimica Experimental, Departamento de Bioquimica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis (Brazil); Felipe, K.B., E-mail: kakabettega@yahoo.com.br [Laboratorio de Bioquimica Experimental, Departamento de Bioquimica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis (Brazil); Farias, M.S., E-mail: mirellesfarias@hotmail.com [Laboratorio de Bioquimica Experimental, Departamento de Bioquimica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis (Brazil); Glorieux, C., E-mail: christophe.glorieux@uclouvain.be [Toxicology and Cancer Biology Research Group, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Universite Catholique de Louvain, 73 Avenue E. Mounier, GTOX 7309, 1200 Brussels (Belgium); Valenzuela, M., E-mail: mavalenzuela@med.uchile.cl [Toxicology and Cancer Biology Research Group, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Universite Catholique de Louvain, 73 Avenue E. Mounier, GTOX 7309, 1200 Brussels (Belgium); Sid, B., E-mail: brice.sid@uclouvain.be [Toxicology and Cancer Biology Research Group, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Universite Catholique de Louvain, 73 Avenue E. Mounier, GTOX 7309, 1200 Brussels (Belgium); and others

    2012-05-04

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The cytotoxicity of juglone is markedly increased by ascorbate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer T24 cell death by oxidative stress is necrosis-like. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Redox cycling by juglone/ascorbate inhibits cell proliferation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cellular migration is impaired by juglone/ascorbate. -- Abstract: The effects of juglone on T24 cells were assessed in the presence and absence of ascorbate. The EC{sub 50} value for juglone at 24 h decreased from 28.5 {mu}M to 6.3 {mu}M in the presence of ascorbate. In juglone-treated cells, ascorbate increased ROS formation (4-fold) and depleted GSH (65%). N-acetylcysteine or catalase restricted the juglone/ascorbate-mediated effects, highlighting the role of oxidative stress in juglone cytotoxicity. Juglone alone or associated with ascorbate did not cause caspase-3 activation or PARP cleavage, suggesting necrosis-like cell death. DNA damage and the mild ER stress caused by juglone were both enhanced by ascorbate. In cells treated with juglone (1-5 {mu}M), a concentration-dependent decrease in cell proliferation was observed. Ascorbate did not impair cell proliferation but its association with juglone led to a clonogenic death state. The motility of ascorbate-treated cells was not affected. Juglone slightly restricted motility, but cells lost their ability to migrate most noticeably when treated with juglone plus ascorbate. We postulate that juglone kills cells by a necrosis-like mechanism inhibiting cell proliferation and the motility of T24 cells. These effects are enhanced in the presence of ascorbate.

  14. Kinetics and Mechanism of Oxidation of L-Ascorbic Acid by Pt(IV)(aq) in Aqueous Hydrochloric Acid Medium

    Sadhana Senapati; Das, S. P.; Patnaik, A. K.

    2012-01-01

    Reduction of [PtCl6]2? by L-ascorbic acid (H2ASc) in 0.1?M aqueous acid medium has been investigated spectrophotometrically under pseudo-first order condition at [PtCl6]2? = 0.0050.007?mol?dm?3, 0.05 ? [H2ASc]/mol?dm?3 ? 0.3, 298?K ? T ? 308?K, [H+] = 0.14?mol?dm?3, I=0.5?mol?dm?3. The redox reaction follows the rate law: d[Pt(IV)]/dt = k[H2ASc][Pt(IV)], where k is the second-order rate constant and [H2ASc] is the total concentration of ascorbic acid. Electron transfer from [H2ASc] to Pt(IV)...

  15. Effect of Salicylic Acid and Ascorbic Acid on Germination Indexes and Enzyme Activity of Sorghum Seeds under Drought Stress

    Tabatabaei S. A.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Seed priming methods have been used to increase germination characteristics under stress conditions. The effects of drought stress (0, -4, -8, -12 and -16 bar and salicylic acid 25 ppm at 15 C for 15 h and ascorbic acid 25 ppm at 15 C for 15 h on germination percentage, germination index, means time to germination, normal seedling percentage and enzyme activity were assessed in the laboratory for sorghum seeds (Sorghum bicolor L.. Results showed that the highest germination percentage (83.33%, normal seedling percentage (69.67%, germination index (25.29 and the minimum means time to germination (2.87 were attained from priming with salicylic acid in control conditions. Therefore, seed priming significantly (p? 0.01 increased germination characteristics as compared to the unprimed under drought stress. Also, priming increased catalase and ascorbate peroxidase as compared to the unprimed seeds.

  16. Effect of L (+) ascorbic acid and monosodium glutamate concentration on the morphology of calcium carbonate

    Saraya, Mohamed El-shahte Ismaiel

    2015-11-01

    In this study, monosodium glutamate and ascorbic acid were used as crystal and growth modifiers to control the crystallization of CaCO3. Calcium carbonate prepared by reacting a mixed solution of Na2CO3 with CaCl2 at ambient temperature, (25 °C), constant Ca++CO3-- molar ratio and pH with stirring. The polymorph and morphology of the crystals were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results indicate that rhombohedral calcite was only formed in water without organic additives, and both calcite and spherical vaterite with various morphologies were produced in the presence of monosodium glutamate. The content of vaterite increased as the monosodium glutamate increased. In addition, spherical vaterite was obtained in the presence of different concentrations of ascorbic acid. The spherical vaterite posses an aggregate shape composed of nano-particles, ranging from 30 to 50 nm as demonstrated by the SEM and TEM analyses. Therefore, the ascorbic stabilizes vaterite and result in nano-particles compared to monosodium glutamate.

  17. Simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid based on tryptophan functionalized graphene

    Lian, Qianwen; He, Zhifang; He, Qian; Luo, Ai; Yan, Kaiwang; Zhang, Dongxia [Key Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry and Environmental Analysis of Gansu Province, College of Geography and Environment Science, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, 730070 (China); Lu, Xiaoquan, E-mail: Luxq@nwnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry and Environmental Analysis of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, 730070 (China); Zhou, Xibin, E-mail: zhouxb@nwnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry and Environmental Analysis of Gansu Province, College of Geography and Environment Science, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, 730070 (China)

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • Trp-GR was synthesized by utilizing a facile ultrasonic method. • The material as prepared had well dispersivity in water and better conductivity than pure GR. • Trp-GR/GCE showed excellent potential for the determination of AA, DA and UA. • The proposed method was applied for the analysis of AA, DA and UA in real samples. - Abstract: A new type of tryptophan-functionalized graphene nanocomposite (Trp-GR) was synthesized by utilizing a facile ultrasonic method via π–π conjugate action between graphene (GR) and tryptophan (Trp) molecule. The material as prepared had well dispersivity in water and better conductivity than pure GR. The surface morphology of Trp-GR was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The electrochemical behaviors of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), and uric acid (UA) were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) on the surface of Trp-GR. The separation of the oxidation peak potentials for AA–DA, DA–UA and UA–AA was about 182 mV, 125 mV and 307 mV, which allowed simultaneously determining AA, DA, and UA. Differential pulse voltammetery (DPV) was used for the determination of AA, DA, and UA in their mixture. Under optimum conditions, the linear response ranges for the determination of AA, DA, and UA were 0.2–12.9 mM, 0.5–110 μM, and 10–1000 μM, with the detection limits (S/N = 3) of 10.09 μM, 0.29 μM and 1.24 μM, respectively. Furthermore, the modified electrode was investigated for real sample analysis.

  18. Absorption of folic acid and ascorbic acid from nutrient comparable beverages.

    Carter, Brett; Monsivais, Pablo; Drewnowski, Adam

    2010-01-01

    One hundred percent fruit juices can help consumers increase the nutrient content of the diet since these beverages can be naturally rich in micronutrients. Micronutrient-fortified low-calorie beverages are an important alternative to those wishing to minimize their calorie intakes. However, little is known about the bioavailability of nutrients from fortified beverages relative to 100% fruit juices. The present study examined the bioavailability of ascorbic acid (AA) and folic acid (FA) in 100% orange juice (OJ) and a low-calorie beverage fortified with these nutrients. In a within-subjects, cross-over design, 12 adult men consumed a 591 mL serving of OJ, a low-calorie beverage fortified with AA and FA, and 1% low fat milk. Participants were aged 20 to 35 y, with body mass indexes between 20 and 30 kg/m(2). Blood plasma concentrations of AA and serum concentrations of FA were assayed by serial blood draws, made at 30 min intervals for 4.5 h. Blood plasma concentration of AA was significantly greater after ingestion of the fortified beverage compared to after OJ ingestion. However, the bioavailability of AA did not significantly differ from that of OJ. Analyses of FA indicated no significant difference between fortified beverage and OJ. Consumption of both vitamin containing beverages led to higher concentrations of AA and FA than the milk control. This study showed that similar levels of AA and FA bioavailability can be attained through ingestion of 100% OJ and a fortified beverage. PMID:21535602

  19. A novel nanocomposites sensor for epinephrine detection in the presence of uric acids and ascorbic acids

    Lu Xiaoquan, E-mail: luxq@nwnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry and Environmental Analysis of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, LanZhou, 730070 (China); Li Yaya; Du Jie; Zhou Xibin; Xue Zhonghua; Liu Xiuhui; Wang Zhihua [Key Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry and Environmental Analysis of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, LanZhou, 730070 (China)

    2011-08-30

    Highlights: {center_dot} A novel PPy/AuNPs/SWCNTs nanomaterials biosensor was prepared to the selective determination of EP. {center_dot} The methods we employed to prepare PPy/AuNPs/SWCNTs nanomaterials are extremely simple. {center_dot} The PPy/AuNPs/SWCNTs nanocomposites biosensor we got from the results of experiments can totally eliminate the interference from AA and distinguish EP from UA. - Abstract: A novel nanocomposites film of conducting polymers including single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), polypyrrole (PPy) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) modified electrode has been applied in voltammetric sensors to detect epinephrine (EP) sensitively when ascorbic acids (AA) and uric acids (UA) exist. The nanocomposites film of conducting polymers which show an excellent electrocatalystic activity for the oxidation of EP and UA was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical methods. The catalytic peak currents obtained from differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) increased linearly with increasing EP concentrations in the range of 4.0 x 10{sup -9}-1.0 x 10{sup -7} M with a detection limit of 2.0 x 10{sup -9} M (S/N = 3), respectively. The results showed that the nanocomposites of conducting polymers can selectively determine EP in the coexistence of a large amount of UA and AA. In addition, the sensor exhibited excellent sensitivity, selectivity and stability. The PPy/AuNPs/SWCNTs nanocomposites film can also be satisfactorily used for detecting EP in epinephrine hydrochloride injection when contain AA and UA, which also shows good recovery for determination of EP in some biological fluids.

  20. Simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid based on tryptophan functionalized graphene

    Highlights: • Trp-GR was synthesized by utilizing a facile ultrasonic method. • The material as prepared had well dispersivity in water and better conductivity than pure GR. • Trp-GR/GCE showed excellent potential for the determination of AA, DA and UA. • The proposed method was applied for the analysis of AA, DA and UA in real samples. - Abstract: A new type of tryptophan-functionalized graphene nanocomposite (Trp-GR) was synthesized by utilizing a facile ultrasonic method via π–π conjugate action between graphene (GR) and tryptophan (Trp) molecule. The material as prepared had well dispersivity in water and better conductivity than pure GR. The surface morphology of Trp-GR was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The electrochemical behaviors of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), and uric acid (UA) were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) on the surface of Trp-GR. The separation of the oxidation peak potentials for AA–DA, DA–UA and UA–AA was about 182 mV, 125 mV and 307 mV, which allowed simultaneously determining AA, DA, and UA. Differential pulse voltammetery (DPV) was used for the determination of AA, DA, and UA in their mixture. Under optimum conditions, the linear response ranges for the determination of AA, DA, and UA were 0.2–12.9 mM, 0.5–110 μM, and 10–1000 μM, with the detection limits (S/N = 3) of 10.09 μM, 0.29 μM and 1.24 μM, respectively. Furthermore, the modified electrode was investigated for real sample analysis

  1. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel l-ascorbic acid-conjugated pentacyclic triterpene derivatives as potential influenza virus entry inhibitors.

    Wang, Han; Xu, Renyang; Shi, Yongying; Si, Longlong; Jiao, Pingxuan; Fan, Zibo; Han, Xu; Wu, Xingyu; Zhou, Xiaoshu; Yu, Fei; Zhang, Yongmin; Zhang, Liangren; Zhang, Lihe; Zhou, Demin; Xiao, Sulong

    2016-03-01

    Since the influenza viruses can rapidly evolve, it is urgently required to develop novel anti-influenza agents possessing a novel mechanism of action. In our previous study, two pentacyclic triterpene derivatives (Q8 and Y3) have been found to have anti-influenza virus entry activities. Keeping the potential synergy of biological activity of pentacyclic triterpenes and l-ascorbic acid in mind, we synthesized a series of novel l-ascorbic acid-conjugated pentacyclic triterpene derivatives (18-26, 29-31, 35-40 and 42-43). Moreover, we evaluated these novel compounds for their anti-influenza activities against A/WSN/33 virus in MDCK cells. Among all evaluated compounds, the 2,3-O,O-dibenzyl-6-deoxy-l-ascorbic acid-betulinic acid conjugate (30) showed the most significant anti-influenza activity with an EC50 of 8.7 μM, and no cytotoxic effects on MDCK cells were observed. Time-of-addition assay indicated that compound 30 acted at an early stage of the influenza life cycle. Further analyses revealed that influenza virus-induced hemagglutination of chicken red blood cells was inhibited by treatment of compound 30, and the interaction between the influenza hemagglutinin (HA) and compound 30 was determined by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) with a dissociation constant of KD = 3.76 μM. Finally, silico docking studies indicated that compound 30 and its derivative 31 were able to occupy the binding pocket of HA for sialic acid receptor. Collectively, these results suggested that l-ascorbic acid-conjugated pentacyclic triterpenes were promising anti-influenza entry inhibitors, and HA protein associated with viral entry was a promising drug target. PMID:26866456

  2. Exposure to ?-Tocopherol, Lutein or Ascorbic Acid improve Cumulus Expansion, Viability and Maturation of Swine Oocytes

    Ileana Miclea

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Protection of the fatty acid and lipid components of oocytes that render them susceptible to free radical or other oxidative injury may prevent the damage currently associated with culture. The goal of this study was to establish the influence of several ?-tocopherol, lutein and ascorbic acid concentrations on swine oocyte maturation, viability and the function of cumulus cells in order to improve culture media. Pig oocytes were cultured for 45 hours at 37C in 5% CO2 atmosphere; in M199 containing several ?-tocopherol (5, 10, 20, 40, 80 ?M, lutein (2.5, 4, 5, 8, 10 ?M or ascorbic acid (50, 150, 250, 500, 750 ?M concentrations and cumulus expansion was assessed. Afterwards oocytes were coloured using FDA, PI and Hoechst 33258. The differences between treatments were analyzed by the analysis of variance and interpreted using the Newman-Keuls method. When cultured in ?-tocopherol supplemented medium the number of expanded COCs to be scored as 3 was significantly greater (p<0.05 for the 5 and 40 ?M concentrations. The addition of 8 ?M lutein to the maturation medium lead to a significant (p<0.05 increase in the number of COCs that were scored at 4. For both ?-tocopherol and lutein additions the numbers of oocytes stained by FDA, as well as those stained by Hoechst were greater than the control without being statistically significant. When cultured in 150 and 500 ?M ascorbic acid the percentages of COCs scored at 4 were significantly lower (p<0.05 than the control. Also, significantly (p<0.05 fewer oocytes were stained with FDA when matured in 500 ?M. Differences between the control and the several concentrations were significant (p<0.05 for 150 and 750 ?M and distinctly significant (p<0.01 for 250 ?M.

  3. Sol-gel process for preparation of YBa2Cu4O8 from acidic acetates/ammonia/ascorbic acid systems

    YBa2Cu4Ox sols were prepared by addition of ammonia to acidic acetate solutions of Y3+, Ba2+, and Cu2+. Ascorbic acid was added to part of the sol. The resultant sols were gelled to a shard or a coating by evaporation at 60 C. Addition of ethanol to the sols facilitated formation of gel coatings, fabricated by a dipping technique, on Ag or glass or substrates. At 100 C, gels formed in the presence of ascorbic acid were perfectly amorphous, in contrast to crystalline acetate gels. The quality of coatings prepared from ascorbate gels was superior to that of acetate gel coatings

  4. l-dehydroascorbic acid can substitute l-ascorbic acid as dietary vitamin C source in guinea pigs

    Henriette Frikke-Schmidt; Pernille Tveden-Nyborg; Jens Lykkesfeldt

    2015-01-01

    Vitamin C deficiency globally affects several hundred million people and has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in numerous studies. In this study, bioavailability of the oxidized form of vitamin C (l-dehydroascorbic acid or DHA)—commonly found in vitamin C containing food products prone to oxidation—was studied. Our aim was to compare tissue accumulation of vitamin C in guinea pigs receiving different oral doses of either ascorbate or DHA. In all tissues tested (plasma, l...

  5. Evaluation of gamma irradiation effects on carotenoids, ascorbic acid and sugar contents of buriti fruit (Mauritia flexuosa L.)

    Buriti (Mauritia flexuosa L.), a typical fruit from the Northeast and Center-West Amazon of Brazil, is used in many regional dishes. It is considered an excellent source of carotenoids that are A vitamin precursors, showing a majority of beta-carotene. It also presents ascorbic acid and sugar contents. Many studies have indicated that the lack of A vitamin is the main cause of night blindness and xerophthalmia. Also, ascorbic acid deficiency may cause scorbutic disease. The use of food irradiation is growing and represents an economic benefit to agriculture through the reduction of post-harvesting losses while maintaining food nutritional quality. In this study, buriti in natura was treated with gamma irradiation with doses of 0.5 kGy and 1.0 kGy. The objective was to evaluate the irradiation effects on total carotenoids, ascorbic acid and sugars concentrations of buriti. The fruit was evaluated through the total carotenoids analysis, by spectrophotometry, and the carotenoids (alpha and beta-carotene and lutein), ascorbic acid and sugars were determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The results showed that buriti is an excellent source of total carotenoids (44600 μg/100 g). The irradiation of buriti with the dose of 0.5 kGy did not significantly change carotenoids and sugars contents. However, there was a reduction of ascorbic acid concentration with an increase of the dose, which may have been caused by irradiation or by intrinsic and extrinsic factors that alter ascorbic acid stability in food, converting ascorbic to dehydroascorbic acid, while keeping the C vitamin active form. (author)

  6. Effect of temperature variations during cooking and storage on ascorbic acid contents of vegetables: a comparative study

    Summary: Vegetables are generally boiled for cooking or stored in refrigerators. This results in loss of their nutritional values. Ascorbic acid is one of the important nutrients for human health. In this study, Ascorbic acid (vitamin-C) content of various vegetables of Pakistan was determined, and effect of boiling and freezing were compared with natural Ascorbic acid contents by HPLC. The maximum concentration of Ascorbic acid was found in green chilli: i.e. 105 mg /100 g in fresh state; while in boiled and frozen state its concentration is comparatively less: i.e. 85 and 92 mg/100 g respectively. The other vegetables like: cabbage, to mato, turnip, potato, spinach, onion, garlic, green pea, green beans and cauliflower contained greater amount of Ascorbic acid in their fresh state i.e. 30, 20, 25.3, 20, 30, 24.3, 31, 28.5, 30, 42 mg/100 g as compared to frozen (23.4, 13, 23.6, 15, 23.4, 14.1,25, 26.5, 27.0, and 39 mg/100g respectively) and boiled state (11.6, 9.3, 22.5, 10.0, 20.3, 13.1, 23, 25.2 and 35 mg /100g respectively). The minimum amount of Ascorbic acid was found in boiled state of carrot and lettuce: i.e. 4.0 mg/100 g. These results showed that freezing or boiling of vegetables causes significant lo ss of available Ascorbic acid contents, especially boiling. (author)

  7. Ascorbic Acid Biosynthesis and Brackish Water Acclimation in the Euryhaline Freshwater White-Rimmed Stingray, Himantura signifer.

    Wong, Samuel Z H; Ching, Biyun; Chng, You R; Wong, Wai P; Chew, Shit F; Ip, Yuen K

    2013-01-01

    L-gulono-γ-lactone oxidase (Gulo) catalyzes the last step of ascorbic acid biosynthesis, which occurs in the kidney of elasmobranchs. This study aimed to clone and sequence gulonolactone oxidase (gulo) from the kidney of the euryhaline freshwater stingray, Himantura signifer, and to determine the effects of acclimation from freshwater to brackish water (salinity 20) on its renal gulo mRNA expression and Gulo activity. We also examined the effects of brackish water acclimation on concentrations of ascorbate, dehydroascorbate and ascorbate + dehydroascorbate in the kidney, brain and gill. The complete cDNA coding sequence of gulo from the kidney of H. signifer contained 1323 bp coding for 440 amino acids. The expression of gulo was kidney-specific, and renal gulo expression decreased significantly by 67% and 50% in fish acclimated to brackish water for 1 day and 6 days, respectively. There was also a significant decrease in renal Gulo activity after 6 days of acclimation to brackish water. Hence, brackish water acclimation led to a decrease in the ascorbic acid synthetic capacity in the kidney of H. signifer. However, there were significant increases in concentrations of ascorbate and ascorbate + dehydroascorbate in the gills (after 1 or 6 days), and a significant increase in the concentration of ascorbate and a significant decrease in the concentration of dehydroascorbate in the brain (after 1 day) of fish acclimated to brackish water. Taken together, our results indicate that H. signifer might experience greater salinity-induced oxidative stress in freshwater than in brackish water, possibly related to its short history of freshwater invasion. These results also suggest for the first time a possible relationship between the successful invasion of the freshwater environment by some euryhaline marine elasmobranchs and the ability of these elasmobranchs to increase the capacity of ascorbic acid synthesis in response to hyposalinity stress. PMID:23825042

  8. Antioxidant activity, ascorbic acid and total phenol of exotic fruits occurring in Brazil.

    de Assis, Sandra Aparecida; Vellosa, José Carlos Rebuglio; Brunetti, Iguatemy Lourenço; Khalil, Najeh Maissar; Leite, Kátia Maria da Silva Cerqueira; Martins, Antonio Baldo Geraldo; Oliveira, Olga Maria Mascarenhas de Faria

    2009-08-01

    The antioxidant activity, ascorbic acid and phenolic content were studied in 10 exotic fruits from Brazil: abiu, acerola, wax jambu, cashew, mamey sapote, carambola or star fruit, Surinam cherry, longan, sapodilla and jaboticaba. The ascorbic acid was determined by 2,6-dichloroindophenol titrimetic methods and total phenols were measured colorimetrically using the Folin-Ciocalteu reagent. The antioxidant activity was investigated with three different methods: hypochlorous acid scavenging activity, 2,2-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) radical cation decolorization assay, and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging method. The highest content of vitamin C (1,525.00 mg/100 g pulp) occurred in acerola. The total phenol content was higher in abiu, acerola, Surinam cherry and sapodilla. In relation to antioxidant activity, acerola has showed the great values in all three different methods tested. It was found that the fruits have a significant antioxidant effect when tested by each method, respectively, and these antioxidant capacities are promising. The sample concentration also influenced its antioxidant power. PMID:18785051

  9. The Effect of Ascorbic Acid Treatment on Viability and Vigor Maize (Zea mays L. Seedling under Drought Stress

    HAMIDAH HAMAMA

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted in the laboratory and the field to examine the effects of ascorbic acid treatment on germination and seedling growth under drought stress. The laboratory works consisted of two experiments and were designed to determine the critical osmotic potential of maize and to determine the optimum ascorbic acid concentration. The field study was designed to examine the effects of soaking seed in ascorbic acid on seedling growth under drought stress. Drought condition was simulated by PEG-6000 and regulation of water treatment. During the first experiment, interactions of both osmotic potential and varieties were significant at all variables. Germination percentage and speed of germination were significantly decreased by increasing of osmotic potential. The second experiment showed that interactions of both factors were significant at all variables except vigor index, the length of shoot, primary, and seminal root. The results showed that the ascorbic acid treatment improved the germination percentage, the speed of germination and the vigor index compared with the control, besides the increase in length of shoot, primary and seminal root and number of seminal root. However, the best result was showed by 55 mM ascobic acid. The result of field experiment showed that interactions were not always significant and 55 mM ascorbic acid treatment increased the seedling height, the number of leaves and leaf area but it had no effect on the water deficit and the root length.

  10. CAPSAICIN AND ASCORBIC ACID VARIABILITY IN CHILLI AND PAPRIKA CULTIVARS AS REVEALED BY HPLC ANALYSIS

    Samuel Tilahun; Pandiyan Paramaguru; Kandhasamy Rajamani

    2013-01-01

    Capsaicin and ascorbic acid contents of seven Indian peppers varieties/accessions from Capsicum annuum (CA 97, CCH, K1, KTPL19, Arka Abhir and Bayadagi Kaddi) and C. frutescens (CF1) species were determined using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). Based on their pungency value, all the chilli accession/varieties (CA 97, CCH, K1, and CF 1) were classified as highly pungent peppers. The accession CF1 showed the highest concentration of capsaicin (445mg 100g -1 DW) with corresponding...

  11. Silver Colloid Synthesis in Linear and Branched Anionic Polymer Matrices by Using Ascorbic Acid as Reductant

    Korychenska O.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Silver colloids were synthesized in linear and branched anionic polymer matrices at different pH reducing by ascorbic acid. The template role of the host polymers in anionic form was studied at pH = 7 and pH = 12. Linear Polyacrylamide and star-like copolymers Dextran-graft-Polyacrylamide after alkaline hydrolysis were used as matrices. Silver colloids were studied by UV-Vis spectrophotometry just after synthesis and in 3 months. It is shown that branched polymer matrices are more efficient in comparison with linear one for in situ silver nanoparticle synthesis. The pH value affects the process of formation was investigated.

  12. Dietary ascorbic acid and subsequent change in body weight and waist circumference

    Larsen, Sofus C; Angquist, Lars; Ahluwalia, Tarunveer Singh; Skaaby, Tea; Roswall, Nina; Tjønneland, Anne; Halkjær, Jytte; Overvad, Kim; Pedersen, Oluf; Hansen, Torben; Linneberg, Allan; Husemoen, Lise Lotte N; Toft, Ulla; Heitmann, Berit L; Sørensen, Thorkild Ia

    2014-01-01

    (∆BW) and waist circumference (∆WC). METHODS: A total of 7,569 participants' from MONICA, the Diet Cancer and Health study and the INTER99 study were included in the study. We combined 50 obesity associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in four genetic scores: a score of all SNPs and a score...... anthropometry, and whether such associations may depend on genetic predisposition to obesity. Hence, we examined whether dietary ascorbic acid, possibly in interaction with the genetic predisposition to a high BMI, WC or waist-hip ratio adjusted for BMI (WHR), associates with subsequent annual changes in weight...

  13. Ascorbic acid and citric flavonoids for broilers under heat stress: effects on performance and meat quality

    JEM Peña; SL Vieira; López, J.; RN Reis; Barros, R; FVF Furtado; PX Silva

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of increasing doses of ascorbic acid (AA) and citric flavonoids (quercetin and rutin) on the performance and meat quality characteristics of broilers submitted to cyclic heat stress. Four-hundred one-day-old female Ross 308 were housed in 40 battery cages a in temperature controlled room. Treatments consisted of 0, 250, 500, and 1000 g/ton on of AA + citric flavonoids. Birds were fed ad libitum until 32 day of age. Beginning on day 14 post-hat...

  14. DNA damage and inhibition of akt pathway in mcf-7 cells and ehrlich tumor in mice treated with 1,4-naphthoquinones in combination with ascorbate.

    Ourique, Fabiana; Kviecinski, Maicon R; Felipe, Karina B; Correia, Joo Francisco Gomes; Farias, Mirelle S; Castro, Luiza S E P W; Grinevicius, Valdelcia M A S; Valderrama, Jaime; Rios, David; Benites, Julio; Calderon, Pedro Buc; Pedrosa, Rozangela Curi

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to enhance the understanding of the antitumor mechanism of 1,4-naphthoquinones and ascorbate. Juglone, phenylaminonaphthoquinone-7, and 9 (Q7/Q9) were evaluated for effects on CT-DNA and DNA of cancer cells. Evaluations in MCF-7 cells are DNA damage, ROS levels, viability, and proliferation. Proteins from MCF-7 lysates were immunoblotted for verifying PARP integrity, ?H2AX, and pAkt. Antitumor activity was measured in Ehrlich ascites carcinoma-bearing mice. The same markers of molecular toxicity were assessed in vivo. The naphthoquinones intercalate into CT-DNA and caused oxidative cleavage, which is increased in the presence of ascorbate. Treatments caused DNA damage and reduced viability and proliferation of MCF-7 cells. Effects were potentiated by ascorbate. No PARP cleavage was observed. Naphthoquinones, combined with ascorbate, caused phosphorylation of H2AX and inhibited pAkt. ROS were enhanced in MCF-7 cells, particularly by the juglone and Q7 plus ascorbate. Ehrlich carcinoma was inhibited by juglone, Q7, or Q9, but the potentiating effect of ascorbate was reproduced in vivo only in the cases of juglone and Q7, which caused up to 60% inhibition of tumor and the largest extension of survival. Juglone and Q7 plus ascorbate caused enhanced ROS and DNA damage and inhibited pAkt also in Ehrlich carcinoma cells. PMID:25793019

  15. Betalain, Acid Ascorbic, Phenolic Contents and Antioxidant Properties of Purple, Red, Yellow and White Cactus Pears

    Leonardo Martinez-Cardenas

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Commercialization of cactus pears based on their antioxidant properties can generate competitive advantages, and these can turn into business opportunities and the development of new products and a high-value ingredient for the food industry. This work evaluated the antioxidant activities (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical-scavenging, protection against oxidation of a β-carotene-linoleic acid emulsion, and iron (II chelation, the content of total phenolic compounds, ascorbic acid, betacyanin, betaxanthin and the stability of betacyanin pigments in presence of Cu (II-dependent hydroxyl radicals (OH•, in 18 cultivars of purple, red, yellow and white cactus pear from six Mexican states. Our results indicated that the antiradical activities from yellow and white cactus pear cultivars were not significantly different (p < 0.05 and were lower than the average antiradical activities in red and purple cultivars. The red cactus pear from the state of Zacatecas showed the highest antioxidant activity. The free radical scavenging activity for red cactus pears was significantly correlated (p < 0.05 to the concentration of total phenolic compounds (R2 = 0.90 and ascorbic acid (R2 = 0.86. All 18 cultivars of cactus pears studied showed significant chelating activity of ferrous ions. The red and purple cactus pears showed a great stability when exposed to OH•.

  16. Statistical optimization of L-ascorbic acid production by Xanthomonas campestris MTCC 2286 using sucrose as a cheap carbon source

    Dnyaneshwar Vitthal Bhand

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to statistically optimize the cultural and nutritional parameters for L-ascorbic acid by the submerged fermentation of Xanthomonas campestris MTCC 2286 using sucrose as the sole carbon source.  After studying the potential parameters that influence the bioprocess by “one variable at a time” approach, we found that the Sucrose, yeast extract, and Dipotassium phosphate (K2HPO4 were the most critical parameter for the production of L-ascorbic acid.  Sucrose, a cheap carbon source supports the biomass, yeast extract, an enriched nitrogen source, and K2HPO4 acts as a stimulator for growth and production.  The central composite design (CCD of the RSM was employed to evaluate the interactive effects of these three variables.  This is the first report on L-ascorbic acid production by Xanthomonas campestris using statistical experimental design and RSM in submerged fermentation with sucrose as the sole source of carbon.  In this study, the production and optimization of L-ascorbic acid from Xanthomonas campestris MTCC 2286 was investigated using optimized nutritional and cultural conditions in a medium containing sucrose as the carbon source in fully aerobic batch fermentation (180 rpm.Using statistical design and optimization approach, the L-ascorbic acid production was enhanced to 135.5mg/Las compared to the fermentation using non-optimized medium (95 mg/L.

  17. Voltammetric Oxidation of Ascorbic Acid Mediated by Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes/Titanium Dioxide Composite Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode

    P. Ganchimeg

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A MWCNT/TiO2 composite was modified onto glassy carbon electrode and fabricated by mechanical attachment, then applied to detection of ascorbic acid using cyclic voltammetry. Electrode responses were obtained for the oxidation of 0.5 mM ascorbic acid at the glassy carbon electrode modified with MWCNT, TiO2, MWCNT/TiO2 composite and an unmodified glassy carbon electrode. A well-defined and highly resolved oxidation peak of ascorbic acid at the MWCNT/TiO2/GCE with current enhancement and peak potential shift toward the origin being observed, this indicates evidence of electrocatalytic process. In comparison with other electrodes, the observed current enhancements at the MWCNT/TiO2/GCE were 1.3 folds higher than those obtained by MWCNT/GCE and 1.5 folds by a bare glassy carbon electrode. The response peak current revealed a good linear relationship of up to 2.5 mM ascorbic acid with correlation coefficient of 0.998. A good detection limit of 4.0 μM was found using MWCNT/TiO2/GCE. Other usual parameters such as effect of pH, scan rate, temperature, supporting electrolyte and concentration of ascorbic acid were studied.

  18. Modelling the effects of transglutaminase and L-ascorbic acid on substandard quality wheat flour by response surface methodology

    Šimurina Olivera D.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent decade, there have been observed extreme variations in climatic conditions which in combination with inadequate agro techniques lead to decreased quality of mercantile wheat, actally flour. The application of improvers can optimise the quality of substandard wheat flour. This paper focuses to systematic analysis of individual and interaction effects of ascorbic acid and transglutaminase as dough strengthening improvers. The effects were investigated using the Response Surface Methodology. Transglutaminase had much higher linear effect on the rheological and fermentative properties of dough from substandard flour than L-ascorbic acid. Both transglutaminase and L-ascorbic acid additions had a significant linear effect on the increase of bread specific volume. Effects of transglutaminase and ascorbic acid are dependent on the applied concentrations and it is necessary to determine the optimal concentration in order to achieve the maximum quality of the dough and bread. Optimal levels of tested improvers were determined using appropriate statistical techniques which applied the desirability function. It was found that the combination of 30 mg/kg of transglutaminase and 75.8 mg/kg of L-ascorbic acid achieved positive synergistic effect on rheological and fermentative wheat dough properties, as well on textural properties and specific volume of bread made from substandard quality flour.

  19. Ascorbic acid enhanced activation of oxygen by ferrous iron: A case of aerobic degradation of rhodamine B.

    Hou, Xiaojing; Shen, Wenjuan; Huang, Xiaopeng; Ai, Zhihui; Zhang, Lizhi

    2016-05-01

    Molecular oxygen activation by ferrous ions (Fe(II)) in aqueous solution could generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) with high oxidation potential via reaction between Fe(II) and oxygen molecules (Fe(II)/air), however, ROS yielded in the Fe(II)/air process is insufficient for removal of organic pollutants due to the irreversible ferric ions (Fe(III)) accumulation. In this study, we demonstrate that ascorbic acid (AA) could enhance ROS generation via oxygen activation by ferrous irons (AA/Fe(II)/air) and thus improve the degradation of rhodamine (RhB) significantly. It was found that the first-order aerobic degradation rate of RhB in the AA/Fe(II)/air process in the presence of ascorbic acid is more than 4 times that of the Fe(II)/Air system without adding ascorbic acid. The presence of ascorbic acid could relieve the accumulation of Fe(III) by reductive accelerating the Fe(III)/Fe(II) cycles, as well as lower the redox potential of Fe(III)/Fe(II) through chelating effect, leading to enhanced ROS generation for promoting RhB degradation. This study not only sheds light on the effect of ascorbic acid on aerobic Fe(II) oxidation, but also provides a green method for effective remediation of organic pollutants. PMID:26808244

  20. Effect of blanching, dehydration method and temperature on the ascorbic acid, colour, sliminess and other constituents of okra fruit.

    Inyang, U E; Ike, C I

    1998-03-01

    Freshly harvested okra fruits were blanched in boiling water (with or without 0.2% sodium metablsulphite salt) and the effect of this treatment, dehydration methods and temperature on certain characteristics of okra investigated. Blanching resulted in the slight decrease in carbohydrate, fat, ash, colour components, ascorbic acid and viscosity. Besides this initial loss, blanching in sulphite solution led to the retention of more of the colour components and ascorbic acid during dehydration. All dehydrated okra samples had higher contents of carbohydrate, fat and ash but lesser contents of protein and ascorbic acid than fresh okra. Fresh okra fruits, on the other hand, had higher content of the colour pigments and were more viscous than all dehydrated products. Samples blanched prior to dehydration retained more of the colour components but were less viscous than unblanched samples. Vacuum dehydrated samples retained more ascorbic acid, colour pigment and mucilage at each of the dehydration temperatures than those from a hot air oven. High dehydration temperatures had negative effect on the colour, ascorbic acid and viscosity of okra. PMID:9713583

  1. Protective Effects of Extract from Dates (Phoenix Dactylifera L. and Ascorbic Acid on Thioacetamide-Induced Hepatotoxicity in Rats

    Mohamed Bastway Ahmed

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The ameliorative activity of aqueous extract of the flesh of dates (Phoenix dactylifera L. and ascorbic acid on thioacetamide-induced hepatotoxicity was studied in rats. Sixty male rats were divided into six equal groups of 10. Two groups were controls, one treated with thioacetamide and one with only distilled water. Two groups received extract of flesh Phoenix dactylifera and intraperitoneal (IP thioacetamide (400 mg/kg either before or after administration of flesh extract. Two groups received ascorbic acid and intraperitoneal (IP thioacetamide (400 mg/kg b.wt. either before or after administration of ascorbic acid. Liver damage was assessed by estimation of plasma concentration of bilirubin and enzymes activities of aspartate aminotransferase (AST, alanine aminotransferase ( ALT, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, γ glutamyl transferase and alkaline phosphatase and serum alpha fetoprotein and serum total testosterone. Treatment with aqueous extract of date flesh or by ascorbic acid significantly reduced thioacetamide-induced elevation in plasma bilirubin concentration and enzymes. This study suggests that thioacetamide-induced liver damage in rats can be ameliorated by administration of extract of date flesh and ascorbic acid.

  2. Determination of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Electrochemical Detection

    Ondrej Zitka

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, ascorbate, AA is a water soluble organic compound that participates in many biological processes. The main aim of this paper was to utilize two electrochemical detectors (amperometric – Coulouchem III and coulometric – CoulArray coupled with flow injection analysis for the detection of ascorbic acid. Primarily, we optimized the experimental conditions. The optimized conditions were as follows: detector potential 100 mV, temperature 25 °C, mobile phase 0.09% TFA:ACN, 3:97 (v/v and flow rate 0.13 mL·min-1. The tangents of the calibration curves were 0.3788 for the coulometric method and 0.0136 for the amperometric one. The tangent of the calibration curve measured by the coulometric detector was almost 30 times higher than the tangent measured by the amperometric detector. Consequently, we coupled a CoulArray electrochemical detector with high performance liquid chromatography and estimated the detection limit for AA as 90 nM (450 fmol per 5 μL injection. The method was used for the determination of vitamin C in a pharmaceutical preparations (98 ± 2 mg per tablet, in oranges (Citrus aurantium (varied from 30 to 56 mg/100 g fresh weight, in apples (Malus sp. (varied from 11 to 19 mg/100 g fresh weight, and in human blood serum (varied from 38 to 78 μM. The recoveries were also determined.

  3. Ascorbic acid Beta-Carotene and Amino acids in Capsicum (Capsicum annuum during fruit development in Himalayan Hills

    P. C. Pant

    1984-04-01

    Full Text Available Capsicum varieties viz HC-201 & HC-202 developed at ARU, Almora took 35 days from fruit set to ripening. Results showed significant positive correlation for ascorbic acid and Beta-carotene with days to maturity. Out of eight ninhydrin positive products, only seven could be identified viz, hydroxyproline, proline, lysine, 5-alanine, arginine, threonine and methionine, at the later stages of the fruit development. All amino acids except methionine were found either absent or in traces at the earlier stages of fruit development.

  4. Effects of ascorbic acid enrichment by immersion of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss, Walbaum 1792) eggs and embryos

    Falahatkar, B.; Dabrowski, K.; Arslan, M.; Rinchard, J.

    2006-01-01

    This study was conducted to examine the effects of different forms and concentrations of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and different enrichment times (24 and 48 h post ovulation) on egg, embryo and alevin ascorbate concentrations and survival of rainbow trout (enrichment was at the ova stage). In experiments 1 and 2, fertilized eggs were immersed in water containing ascorbate at 0 (control), 100, 1000 mg L-1 l-ascorbic acid (AA) and 2000 mg L -1 l-ascorbyl monophosphate (AP). In experiment 3, 0 (control), 500 and 1000 mg L-1 AA neutralized (N) with NaOH, 1000 mg L-1 AA non-neutralized (NN), 1000 and 2000 mg L-1 AP immersions were used. The mean total ascorbic acid (TAA) and dehydroascorbic acid (DHA) concentrations were measured before fertilization, at 3 and 24 h after fertilization, at the eyed stage, and in hatched alevins. We observed significant differences in TAA concentration at different immersion levels at 3 and 24 h after fertilization. Survival decreased significantly depending on the level of vitamin C, pH of the solutions and immersion time. We suggest that when broodstock rainbow trout do not have enough vitamin C in their ovaries, immersion of eggs in 1000 mg L-1 of neutralized AA may be useful. ?? 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  5. Iodine application increased ascorbic acid content and modified the vascular tissue in opuntia ficus-indica

    The objective of this study was to discern the effect of applying both iodide and iodate to Opuntia ficus indica irrigation. The effect of iodate (KIO/sub 3/, 10-4 M) and iodide (KI, 10-4 M) on plant growth, yield and morphology was studied. Experiments were carried in three samples under tunnel conditions. In the last sampling, iodine species (KIO/sub 3/, KI) caused a negative effect in biomass. The amount of ascorbic acid, however, was increased over 51% in both iodine treatments. Phosphorus (0.26%), iron (50 ppm), and magnesium (1402 ppm) increases were also observed with iodate treatment in the first sampling, and increases in potassium (46.8 ppm) were apparent in the second. Iodide treatment increased the amounts of copper (1.02 ppm) and manganese (32.80 ppm) in the first sampling. Iodate treatment modified the number of xylem vessels and increased both the mucilage area and amount of druses. In general this study shows that iodate increases the amount of ascorbic acid and the morphology of the vascular tissue. (author)

  6. Phenolic composition, ascorbic acid content, and antioxidant capacity of Spanish jujube (Ziziphus jujube Mill.) fruits.

    Wojdyło, Aneta; Carbonell-Barrachina, Ángel A; Legua, Pilar; Hernández, Francisca

    2016-06-15

    The interest in Ziziphus jujube is growing because it is an excellent source of nutrients and phytochemicals, and can contribute to a healthy diet. Nutritional compounds (phenolic compounds and l-ascorbic acid), and antioxidant capacity of 4 Spanish jujube cultivars were studied. Polyphenols were identified by LC-MS-QTof and quantified by UPLC-PDA-FL. A total of 25 polyphenolic compounds were identified and classified as 10 flavan-3-ols, 13 flavonols, 1 flavanone, and 1 dihydrochalcone. The content of total polyphenols (TP) ranged from 1442 to 3432mg/100g dry matter (dm) in fruits of the cultivars 'DAT' and 'PSI', respectively. Flavan-3-ols, the major group of polyphenols in jujube represented ∼92% of the TP content, whereas flavonols only amounted for about ∼8% each. The content of l-ascorbic acid was very high and took values in the range of 387-555mg/100g fresh weight (fw). Some Spanish jujube cultivars, especially 'PSI' and 'MSI', may be selected to promote the growth of cultivars with valuable nutritional and phytochemical beneficial effects on human health. PMID:26868581

  7. Visualization and analysis of the release mechanism of shellac coated ascorbic acid pellets.

    Frmer, P; Theurer, C; Mller, A; Schmidt, P C

    2006-12-01

    Shellac coated sustained release ascorbic acid containing pellets were investigated using scanning electron microscopy in order to visualize the release mechanism and to establish a correlation to dissolution data. Scanning electron micrograph pictures revealed different drug release profiles of individual pellets. Single pellet dissolution measurements demonstrated that the release profile of the encapsulated dosage form, containing approximately 400 pellets per capsule, is a combination of different release profiles of all individual pellets. The release of ascorbic acid occurred only in some small spots on the surface area of the pellets and could be visualized by the reduction of silver ions from an aqueous silver nitrate solution. These spots could be identified as defects in the shellac sustained release film using scanning electron microscopy. In further trials, the dissolution rate of an individual pellet could be related to the number and dimension of holes in its membrane. In conclusion, the release is characterized by surface defects and scanning electron microscopy studies are a useful tool to get new information for a better understanding of the drug release. PMID:17283657

  8. Hepato-protective effect of ascorbic acid on oxidative stress in mic exposed to cypermethrin

    To evaluate protective effect of ascorbic acid on liver parameters in mice exposed to Cypermethrin. Study Design:Laboratory based randomized control trial. Place and Duration of Study: Research was conducted in Army Medical College's biochemistry and molecular biology department in association with department of pathology, Army Medical College, Rawalpindi and National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan from 19 May 2013 to 17 June 2013. Material and Methods: Thirty albino mice of Balb/C strain weighing 40-45g were randomly divided into three groups. Each group comprised 10 mice. Control group A which received normal diet. Cypermethrin experimental group B received cypermethrin with normal diet experimental group C which received cypermethrin and vitamin C with normal diet. This process continued for 28 days. After this duration serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) values were determined. Results: Serum ALT and AST levels were significantly increased in group B as compared to group A (p< .001). ALT levels of group A and group C were insignificant (p= 0.473). AST levels of group A and C were significantly different (p< 0.01). Conclusion: Ascorbic acid can protect liver from Cypermethrininduced oxidative stress in mice. (author)

  9. Antioxidant capacity and contents of phenols, ascorbic acid, β-carotene and lycopene in lettuce

    Zdravković Jasmina M.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The antioxidant activity of three lettuce varieties (Lactuca sativa L. Emerald, Vera and Neva, cultivated in two kinds of protected spaces, a glasshouse and a plastic greenhouse, under controlled conditions, was determined. The content of antioxidant compounds: total phenols, flavonoids, L-ascorbic acid, ß-carotene and lycopene, were determined in ethanolic extracts of the lettuce with spectrophotometric methods. The largest content of total phenols (78.98 ± 0.67 mg GAE/g of dry extract was found in ethanolic extract of the lettuce variety Neva cultivated in a plastic greenhouse, whereas the largest content of flavonoids (35.45 ± 0.95 mg RU/g of dry extract was displayed in the lettuce Emerald cultivated in a glasshouse. It was observed that the lettuce cultivated in the glasshouse contained a somewhat higher content of L-ascorbic acid than the lettuce same variety from plastic greenhouse. The content of lycopene in the examined lettuce is negligible, and the content of ß-carotene is low. On the other hand, the high content of phenolic components causes favourable antioxidant properties found in all varieties of examined lettuce. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR 31059: A new concept in breeding vegetable cultivars and hybrids designed for sustainable growing systems using biotechnological methods

  10. Amperometric ascorbic acid sensor based on doped ferrites nanoparticles modified glassy carbon paste electrode.

    Dimitrijević, Teodora; Vulić, Predrag; Manojlović, Dragan; Nikolić, Aleksandar S; Stanković, Dalibor M

    2016-07-01

    In this study, a novel electrochemical sensor for quantification of ascorbic acid with amperometric detection in physiological conditions was constructed. For this purpose, cobalt and nickel ferrites were synthesized using microwave and ultrasound assistance, characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), and used for modification of glassy carbon paste electrode (GCPE). It was shown that introducing these nanoparticles to the structure of GCPE led to increasing analytical performance. Co ferrite modified GCPE (CoFeGCPE) showed better characteristics toward ascorbic acid sensing. The limit of detection (LOD) obtained by sensor was calculated to be 0.0270 mg/L, with linear range from 0.1758 to 2.6010 mg/L. This sensor was successfully applied for practical analysis, and the obtained results demonstrated that the proposed procedure could be a promising replacement for the conventional electrode materials and time-consuming and expensive separation methods. PMID:27059753

  11. Development of iodimetric redox method for routine estimation of ascorbic acid from fresh fruit and vegetables

    The iodimetric method (Im) is developed for rapid estimation of ascorbic acid from fresh fruit and vegetables. The efficiency of Im was compared with standard with standard dye method (Dm) utilizing a variety of model solutions and aqueous extracts from fresh fruit and vegetables of different colors. The Im presented consistently accurate and precise results from colorless to colored model solutions and from fruit/vegetable extracts with standard deviation (Stdev) in the range of +-0.013 - +-0.405 and +-0.019 - +-0.428 respectively with no significant difference between the replicates. The Dm worked also satisfactorily for colorless model solutions and extracts (Stdev range +-0.235 - +-0.309) while producing unsatisfactory results (+-0.464 - +-3.281) for colored counterparts. Severe discrepancies/ overestimates continued to pileup (52% to 197%) estimating the nutrient from high (3.0 mg/10mL) to low (0.5 mg/10mL) concentration levels, respectively. On the basis of precision and reliability, the Im technique is suggested for adoption in general laboratories for routine estimation of ascorbic acid from fruit and vegetables possessing any shade. (author)

  12. Association of Lactobacillus crispatus with fructo-oligosaccharides and ascorbic acid in hydroxypropyl methylcellulose vaginal insert.

    Vitali, Beatrice; Abruzzo, Angela; Parolin, Carola; Palomino, Rogers Alberto Ñahui; Dalena, Francesco; Bigucci, Federica; Cerchiara, Teresa; Luppi, Barbara

    2016-01-20

    The aim of this work was to develop a synbiotic vaginal insert containing the probiotic strain Lactobacillus crispatus BC5, the prebiotic substrate fructo-oligosaccharide and the antioxidant agent ascorbic acid, for the prophylaxis and therapy of vaginal infections. Mucoadhesive in situ gelling vaginal inserts based on hydroxypropyl methylcellulose were prepared by freeze-drying, stored at +2-8 °C for 90 days and characterized in terms of technological and functional properties. Complete survival of L. crispatus BC5 was found immediately after insert preparation (96.08%) as well as after 90 days of storage (95.82%) in the vaginal inserts containing fructo-oligosaccharide, ascorbic acid and skimmed milk. Synbiotic inserts showed improved mucoadhesion ability (from three- to five-fold) with respect to a standard formulation based on hydroxypropyl methylcellulose alone. Moreover, inserts allowed to modulate lactobacilli release in virtue of the different amounts of fructo-oligosaccharide. Finally, antimicrobial activity was exerted by L. crispatus BC5 released from the vaginal formulation. PMID:26572459

  13. Role of cellular antioxidants (glutathione and ascorbic acid) in the growth and development of wild carrot suspension cultures

    Determinations of endogenous glutathione (GSH), glutathione disulfide (GSSG), ascorbic acid (AA) and dehydroascorbic acid (DHA) in proliferating and developing wild carrot cultures showed that lower levels of GSH and AA were associated with developing cultures. The GSSG and DHA levels did not account for the changes in the levels of antioxidants between proliferating and developing cultures. Studies were designed to test an observed auxin (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, 2,4-D)-antioxidant association. Two fractions (embryo and less developed) were obtained by screening developed cultures which were previously grown in the presence of 14C-2, 4-D. The embryo fraction had a lower concentration of 14C than the less developed fraction, supporting the association, since the two fractions showed this relationship with respect to GSH and AA concentrations. Determinations of GSH and AA levels of cells grown in various concentrations of 2,4-D showed the association, decreases in the 2,4-D concentration correlated with decreases in the GSH and AA concentrations. The existence of a respiratory pathway involving GSSG reductase, DHA reductase, and AA oxidase was investigated to test whether inhibition of AA oxidase by 2,4-D could explain the auxin-antioxidant association; however, AA oxidase activity was not detected

  14. Calcium and ascorbic acid affect cellular structure and water mobility in apple tissue during osmotic dehydration in sucrose solutions.

    Mauro, Maria A; Dellarosa, Nicolò; Tylewicz, Urszula; Tappi, Silvia; Laghi, Luca; Rocculi, Pietro; Rosa, Marco Dalla

    2016-03-15

    The effects of the addition of calcium lactate and ascorbic acid to sucrose osmotic solutions on cell viability and microstructure of apple tissue were studied. In addition, water distribution and mobility modification of the different cellular compartments were observed. Fluorescence microscopy, light microscopy and time domain nuclear magnetic resonance (TD-NMR) were respectively used to evaluate cell viability and microstructural changes during osmotic dehydration. Tissues treated in a sucrose-calcium lactate-ascorbic acid solution did not show viability. Calcium lactate had some effects on cell walls and membranes. Sucrose solution visibly preserved the protoplast viability and slightly influenced the water distribution within the apple tissue, as highlighted by TD-NMR, which showed higher proton intensity in the vacuoles and lower intensity in cytoplasm-free spaces compared to other treatments. The presence of ascorbic acid enhanced calcium impregnation, which was associated with permeability changes of the cellular wall and membranes. PMID:26575708

  15. The effect of ionizing radiations on the ascorbic acid content in the vitreous body of the rabbit

    The authors report on the destructive effect of ionised rays on the eye ball. The ascorbic acid content in the vitreous of rabbits subjected to radiation with cobalt 60 using Stallard applicators was determined. The left eye which served as the non-radiated partner eye of the test object was employed as a control. Attention is drawn to a certain amount of reduction of the ascorbic acid content in the vitreous which is indirectly proportional to the employed quality of the rays. The changes were similar in those eyes which were not directly subjected to radiation. There changes were however not so much pronounced. Attention is drawn to the important role of ascorbic acid in vitreous metabolism. The authors point out that radiation damage can be found even in the eye that is not directly subjected to radiation. (orig.)

  16. Sol-gel process for preparing YBa2Cu4O8 precursors from Y, Ba, and Cu acidic acetates/ammonia/ascorbic acid systems

    Sols were prepared by addition of ammonia to acidic acetate solutions of Y3+, Ba2+, and Cu2+. Ascorbic acid was added to a part of the sol. The resultant sols were gelled to a shard, a film, or microspheres by evaporation at 60 C or by extraction of water from drops of emulsion suspended in 2-ethylhexanol-1. Addition of ethanol to the sols facilitated the formation of gel films, fabricated by a dipping technique, on glass or silver substrates. At 100 C, gels that were formed in the presence of ascorbic acid were perfectly amorphous, in contrast to the crystalline acetate gels. Conversion of the amorphous ascorbate gels to final products was easier than for the acetate gels. The quality of coatings prepared from ascorbate gels was superior to that of acetate gel coatings

  17. "Oral ascorbic acid in combination with beta blockers in prevention of atrial fibrillation after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft "

    Mousavi M

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Adrenergic beta antagonists are not sufficient to prevent atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of ascorbic acid as an adjunct to beta-blockers in prevention of post-CABG atrial fibrillation Methods: Patients who were more than 50 years old and scheduled to undergo CABG were included if they were treated with beta-blockers at least 1 week before surgery. Patients with previous history of atrial fibrillation, AV block, heart rate <50 /min, end-stage renal disease, severe pulmonary or liver disease and those who were taking digoxin or class I and III anti-arrhythmics or had pacemakers were not included. Ascorbic acid group were prescribed 2 gm of ascorbic acid, the night before the surgery, and 1 gm twice daily for 5 days after surgery. Beta blockers continued in both group after surgery. Telemetry monitoring was performed in ICU and Holter monitoring was performed for 4 days. Results: Fifty patients completed the study as ascorbic acid and 50 as control group. The population was 60.19 7.14 years old and 67% were male. The incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation was 4% in the ascorbic acid group and 26% in control group (odds ratio=0.119, 95% confidence interval: 0.025 to 0.558, P=0.002 Conclusion: Ascorbic acid is well-tolerated, relatively safe and seems effective. Therefore it can be prescribed as an adjunct to beta-blockers for prophylaxis of post-CABG atrial fibrillation.

  18. Determining Total Phenolics, Anthocyanin Content and Ascorbic Acid Content in Some Plum Genotypes Grown in Ardahan Ecological Conditions

    Z. T. ABACI

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, total phenol content, total anthocyanin content, brix, pH, titrable acidity and total ascorbic acid content in the five plum genotypes cultivated in Ardahan City are determined and sustenance of the plums are revealed. Total phenol content was determined with folin-ciocalteus method, total anthocyanin content was determined with pH differential method and total ascorbic acid was determined with 2,6-dichlorophenolindophenol method.It is detected that the genotype with the highest brix content (%13.9 and lowest acidity (%0.98 is cancur, the genotype with the lowest brix content (%11 and highest acidity (%2.06 is wild plum, the genotype with the highest content of total anthocyanin, total phenolic substance and ascorbic acid is the wild plum and the genotype with the least content of these is the water plum. As a result of the study, it is revealed that the plum fruit has high levels of phenolic substance, anthocyanin and ascorbic acid content, so it has a high sustenance.

  19. L-dehydroascorbic acid can substitute l-ascorbic acid as dietary vitamin C source in guinea pigs.

    Frikke-Schmidt, Henriette; Tveden-Nyborg, Pernille; Lykkesfeldt, Jens

    2016-04-01

    Vitamin C deficiency globally affects several hundred million people and has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in numerous studies. In this study, bioavailability of the oxidized form of vitamin C (l-dehydroascorbic acid or DHA)-commonly found in vitamin C containing food products prone to oxidation-was studied. Our aim was to compare tissue accumulation of vitamin C in guinea pigs receiving different oral doses of either ascorbate or DHA. In all tissues tested (plasma, liver, spleen, lung, adrenal glands, kidney, muscle, heart, and brain), only sporadic differences in vitamin C accumulation from ascorbate or DHA were observed except for the lowest dose of DHA (0.25mg/ml in the drinking water), where approximately half of the tissues had slightly yet significantly less vitamin C accumulation than from the ascorbate source. As these results contradicted data from rats, we continued to explore the ability to recycle DHA in blood, liver and intestine in guinea pigs, rats and mice. These investigations revealed that guinea pigs have similar recycling capacity in red blood cells as observed in humans, while rats and mice do not have near the same ability to reduce DHA in erythrocytes. In liver and intestinal homogenates, guinea pigs also showed a significantly higher ability to recycle DHA compared to rats and mice. These data demonstrate that DHA in guinea pigs-as in humans-is almost as effective as ascorbate as vitamin C source when it comes to taking up and storing vitamin C and further suggest that the guinea pig is superior to other rodents in modeling human vitamin C homeostasis. PMID:26609560

  20. l-dehydroascorbic acid can substitute l-ascorbic acid as dietary vitamin C source in guinea pigs

    Henriette Frikke-Schmidt

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Vitamin C deficiency globally affects several hundred million people and has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in numerous studies. In this study, bioavailability of the oxidized form of vitamin C (l-dehydroascorbic acid or DHA—commonly found in vitamin C containing food products prone to oxidation—was studied. Our aim was to compare tissue accumulation of vitamin C in guinea pigs receiving different oral doses of either ascorbate or DHA. In all tissues tested (plasma, liver, spleen, lung, adrenal glands, kidney, muscle, heart, and brain, only sporadic differences in vitamin C accumulation from ascorbate or DHA were observed except for the lowest dose of DHA (0.25 mg/ml in the drinking water, where approximately half of the tissues had slightly yet significantly less vitamin C accumulation than from the ascorbate source. As these results contradicted data from rats, we continued to explore the ability to recycle DHA in blood, liver and intestine in guinea pigs, rats and mice. These investigations revealed that guinea pigs have similar recycling capacity in red blood cells as observed in humans, while rats and mice do not have near the same ability to reduce DHA in erythrocytes. In liver and intestinal homogenates, guinea pigs also showed a significantly higher ability to recycle DHA compared to rats and mice. These data demonstrate that DHA in guinea pigs—as in humans—is almost as effective as ascorbate as vitamin C source when it comes to taking up and storing vitamin C and further suggest that the guinea pig is superior to other rodents in modeling human vitamin C homeostasis.

  1. The metabolism of L-[6-14C] ascorbic acid in detached grape leaves

    Grape leaves (Vitis labrusca L.) that are removed from the position opposite the flower cluster either 28 or 14 days before anthesis cleave L-ascorbic acid (AA) at the C4-C5 bond into a C4 and, presumably, a C2 fragment. Leaves taken from this position 14 days after anthesis fail to cleave AA. The C4 fragment is utilized for L(+)-tartaric acid (TA) biosynthesis while the C2 fragment is recycled into hexose and products of the hexose metabolism. When ( 6-14C ) AA is the source of the label, the sucrose-drived glucose from labeled leaves has a distribution of 14C in the carbon skeleton as follows: C1, 35%; C2, 14%; C3, 4%; C(4 + 5), 13% and C6, 34%. The effect of inhibitors of the glycolate pathway on ( 6-14C ) AA metabolism is examined. (author)

  2. The use of L-ascorbic acid in speciation of arsenic compounds in drinking water

    Marjanović Nikola J.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Arsenic speciation, besides total arsenic content determination, is very important in analysis of water, foodstuffs, and environmental samples, because of varying degrees of toxicity of different species. For such purpose hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry can be used based on the generation of certain types of hydride, depending on the pH value and pretreatment in different reaction media. In this study, we have investigated the effect of L-ascorbic acid as the reaction medium as well as the pre-reducing agent in speciation of arsenic by hydride generation-atomic absorption spectrometry in order to determine monomethyl arsonic acid (MMA in the presence of inorganic forms of arsenic.

  3. Modified gold electrodes based on thiocytosine/guanine-gold nanoparticles for uric and ascorbic acid determination

    The present paper describes the preparation of new modified surfaces for electrodes based on guanine/thiocytosine and gold nanoparticles. The gold nanoparticles were analyzed by UV–vis spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and it was found that they have diameters between 30 and 40 nm. The layers were characterized by specular reflectance infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-RAS) and by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The thickness of layers was found to be approximately 30 nm for TC layers and 300 nm for GU layers. Every layer was characterized as electrochemical sensor (by cyclic voltammetry) both for uric acid and ascorbic acid determinations, separately and in their mixture. The modified sensors have good calibration functions with good sensitivity (between 1.145 and 1.406 mA cm−2/decade), reproducibility (thiocytosine (AuTC) and goldguanine (AuGU) layers

  4. Voltammetric Oxidation of Ascorbic Acid Mediated by Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes/Titanium Dioxide Composite Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode

    P. Ganchimeg; TAN, W.T; N.A. Yusof; J.K. Goh

    2011-01-01

    A MWCNT/TiO2 composite was modified onto glassy carbon electrode and fabricated by mechanical attachment, then applied to detection of ascorbic acid using cyclic voltammetry. Electrode responses were obtained for the oxidation of 0.5 mM ascorbic acid at the glassy carbon electrode modified with MWCNT, TiO2, MWCNT/TiO2 composite and an unmodified glassy carbon electrode. A well-defined and highly resolved oxidation peak of as...

  5. Effect of pre and post treatment of ascorbic acid on wheat and maize seeds exposed to gamma radiation

    Seeds treated with and grown in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA) showed reduction in germination, seedling height and chlorophyll content. The LD50 of AA was found to be 0.7 M and 10 M for wheat and maize, respectively. Pre-irradiation treatment of the seeds with ascorbic acid showed relatively increased germination, seedling height and chlorophyll content compared to that of AA treatment after irradiation. The protection rendered by the pre-treatment of AA may be due to AA acting as a free radical scavenger and thus protecting seeds from radiation induced damages. (author)

  6. Dye-sensitized photopolymerization of N,N -methylenebisacrylamide by initiation with eosin-ascorbic acid system

    Parthasarathy Tigulla; Uma Vuruputuri

    2004-03-01

    The dye-sensitized photopolymerization of N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA) in aqueous medium initiated by eosin-ascorbic acid (AH2) was studied at 25°C. The polymerization takes place only at higher concentration of AH2 (> 10-3 mol/L) and its rate increases rapidly as [AH2] is increased. The rate of polymerization is proportional to [MBA] and [AH2]. Kinetic results indicate that semi-quinone (DH) dye radical and semi-oxidized form () of ascorbic acid are unable to initiate polymerization. Formation of H2O2 is proposed and confirmed. A suitable mechanism is proposed in accordance with experimental results obtained.

  7. Electrochemical Sensing of Dopamine, Uric Acid and Ascorbic Acid Using tRGO-TiO2 Nanocomposites.

    Rajamani, A R; Kannan, Rajesh; Krishnan, Sruthy; Ramakrishnan, S; Raj, S Mohan; Kumaresan, D; Kothurkar, Nikhil; Rangarajan, Murali

    2015-07-01

    This work reports a graphene-based nonenzymatic electrochemical sensing platform for the detection of dopamine (DA), uric acid (UA), and ascorbic acid (AA). Graphene oxide, synthesized by modified Hummers method, was thermally reduced in an induction furnace at 200 °C in an Ar-H2 atmosphere to obtain thermally reduced graphene oxide (tRGO). Nanocomposites of tRGO-TiO2 were obtained by a hydrothermal method, and were characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). FTIR spectra showed Ti-O-C peaks, indicating covalent linkage between the TiO2 nanoparticles and the reduced graphene oxide sheets. Glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was modified with the nanocomposite (tRGO-TiO2-GCE), and the modified electrode could detect dopamine (DA: 1 to 1000 µM), uric acid (UA: 1 to 900 µM), and ascorbic acid (AA: 10 to 1000 µM) in each other's presence over wide ranges, with adequate separation in peak potentials. Differential pulse voltammetry experiments yielded linear responses with sensitivities of 133.18, 33.96, and 155.59 µA mM(-1) cm(-2) for DA, UA, and AA, respectively. PMID:26373074

  8. Protection of ascorbic acid from copper(II)-catalyzed oxidative degradation in the presence of flavonoids: quercetin, catechin and morin.

    Beker, Bilge Yildoğan; Sönmezoğlu, Inci; Imer, Filiz; Apak, Reşat

    2011-08-01

    Protection of ascorbic acid (AA) (vitamin C) from Cu(II)-catalyzed autoxidation is an important aspect of antioxidant chemistry. The autoxidation of AA in the absence and presence of Cu(II) ions was investigated in aerated solution at room temperature and I = 0.1 ionic strength (KNO(3)); the effects of three different flavonoids of similar structure (quercetin, morin and catechin) and their mixtures on the AA system were studied. The concentration of unoxidized AA remaining in solution was measured with the modified cupric ion reducing antioxidant capacity spectrophotometric method. The Cu(II)-catalyzed oxidation at pH 4.5 followed first-order kinetics with respect to AA concentration. Catalytic autoxidation of AA was inhibited to a greater extent by stable quercetin and morin complexes of Cu(II) than by catechin complex. The inhibitive effectiveness order of mixtures gives information about possible synergistic or antagonistic combinations of flavonoid antioxidants, which should be further confirmed with other antioxidant tests. PMID:21391791

  9. Ascorbate supplementation inhibits growth and metastasis of B16FO melanoma and 4T1 breast cancer cells in vitamin C-deficient mice

    Cha, John; ROOMI, M. WAHEED; Ivanov, Vadim; KALINOVSKY, TATIANA; Niedzwiecki, Aleksandra; RATH, MATTHIAS

    2012-01-01

    Degradation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a critical role in the formation of tumors and metastasis and has been found to correlate with the aggressiveness of tumor growth and invasiveness of cancer. Ascorbic acid, which is known to be essential for the structural integrity of the intercellular matrix, is not produced by humans and must be obtained from the diet. Cancer patients have been shown to have very low reserves of ascorbic acid. Our main objective was to determine the effec...

  10. Novel halogenated 3-deazapurine, 7-deazapurine and alkylated 9-deazapurine derivatives of L-ascorbic or imino-L-ascorbic acid: Synthesis, antitumour and antiviral activity evaluations.

    Stipkovi? Babi?, Maja; Makuc, Damjan; Plavec, Janez; Martinovi?, Tamara; Kraljevi? Paveli?, Sandra; Paveli?, Kreimir; Snoeck, Robert; Andrei, Graciela; Schols, Dominique; Wittine, Karlo; Mintas, Mladen

    2015-09-18

    Keeping the potential synergy of biological activity of synthetic anomalous derivatives of deazapurines and l-ascorbic acid (l-AA) in mind, we have synthesized new 3-, 7- and 9-deazapurine derivatives of l-ascorbic (1-4, 8-10, 13-15) and imino-l-ascorbic acid (5-7, 11, 12, 16-19). These novel compounds were evaluated for their cytostatic and antiviral activity in vitro against a panel of human malignant tumour cell lines and normal murine fibroblasts (3T3). Among all evaluated compounds, the 9-deazapurine derivative of l-AA (13) exerted the most potent inhibitory activity on the growth of CEM/0 cells (IC50 = 4.1 1.8 ?M) and strong antiproliferative effect against L1210/0 (IC50 = 4.7 0.1 ?M) while the 9-deazahypoxanthine derivative of l-AA (15) showed the best effect against HeLa cells (IC50 = 5.6 1.3 ?M) and prominent effect on L1210/0 (IC50 = 4.5 0.5 ?M). Furthermore, the 9-deazapurine derivative disubstituted with two imino-l-AA moieties (18) showed the best activity against L1210/0 tumour cells (IC50 = 4.4 0.3 ?M) and the most pronounced antiproliferative effects against MiaPaCa-2 cells (IC50 = 5.7 0.2 ?M). All these compounds showed selective cytostatic effect on tumour cell lines in comparison with embryonal murine fibroblasts (3T3). When evaluating their antiviral activity, the 3-deazapurine derivative of l-AA (3) exhibited the highest activity against both laboratory-adapted strains of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) (AD-169 and Davis) with EC50 values comparable to those of the well-known anti-HCMV drug ganciclovir and without cytotoxic effects on normal human embryonal lung (HEL) cells. PMID:26291038

  11. Mechanism of degradation and discoloration reaction of L-ascorbic acid

    The mechanisms of decomposition and coloration reaction of L-ascorbic acid are reviewed. At the initial stage of the decomposition, it can be classified roughly into oxidative and non-oxidative processes of decomposition. ASA forms furfural by being heated and decomposed in strong acid. The mechanism of the production of furfural at varying pH in acidic region was discussed. Furfural was produced through the enol form of 3-deoxy-L-pentosulose(3DP). 3DP seemed to be produced by two different routes: the one route consists of successive reactions from ASA through lactone ring-opening, dehydration, decarboxylation, to 3DP, and the other consists of reactions from the 3-keto form of ASA, through lactone ring-opening, decarboxylation, and dehydration, to the enol form of 3DP. ASA is easily reduced and decomposed through dehydro-ASA(DHA) by the presence of an oxidizing agent. The decomposition of DHA is discussed in cases of the systems of DHA alone, DHA and α-aminoacid, and DHA and amine. DHA was decomposed by the same reaction scheme as the decomposition of ASA and yielded 2-furoic acid. In the presence of an amino acid, DHA was decomposed by the Strecker decomposition, and yielded a red compound and a radical. In the presence of an amine, the discoloration reaction seemed to take place through radical reaction mechanism. The coloration reaction of ASA occurs in an acidic medium, and is accelerated by the oxidative process of decomposition. (Nishino, S.)

  12. Fabrication and characterisation of high performance polypyrrole modified microarray sensor for ascorbic acid determination

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: Gold microelectrode array (Au/MEA) with electrode of 12 ?m diameter was fabricated by photolithography technique. Subsequently, polypyrrole (Ppy) modified gold microarrays sensor (Ppy/Au/MEA) was prepared. Ppy/Au/MEA used for ascorbic acid determination in the presence of different neurotransmitters. The micro array exhibited wide linear range, very high sensitivity and very low LOD than the earlier reports. It was used successfully to test ascorbic acid in different types real samples. -- Abstract: In this study, gold microelectrode array (Au/MEA) with electrode of 12 ?m diameter was fabricated by photolithography technique. Subsequently, polypyrrole (Ppy) modified gold microarrays sensor (Ppy/Au/MEA) was prepared by cyclic voltammetry technique. The deposition potential range and number of cycles were optimised in order to get optimum thickness of Ppy film. Scanning Electron Microscope and Atomic Force Microscope investigations reveal that Ppy coating formed at 3 cycles is porous with thickness of 1.5 ?m which exhibiting high catalytic current for ascorbic acid (AA) in square wave technique (SWV). In contrast to earlier sensors designs, these Ppy/Au/MEA sensors exhibits lower detection limit (LOD) of 10 nm towards AA at physiological conditions. It also exhibits enhanced sensitivity (2.5 mA cm?2 mM?1) and long range of linear detection limit from 10 nm to 2.8 mM. In the same way, polypyrrole modified macro Au (Ppy/Au/MA) biosensor was also fabricated and its electro catalytic property towards AA was compared with that of Ppy/Au/MEA. The Ppy/Au/MA exhibits sensitivity of only 0.27 mA cm?2 mM?1, LOD of 5 ?M and linear range of 10 ?M to 2.2 mM. Hence, our investigations indicate that the Ppy/Au/MEA could serve as highly sensitive sensor for AA than any of the earlier designs. So, the Ppy/Au/MEA electrode was utilised for determination AA in a wide variety of real samples

  13. Fabrication and characterisation of high performance polypyrrole modified microarray sensor for ascorbic acid determination

    Samseya, J. [Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu (India); Srinivasan, R., E-mail: sivarunjan@gmail.com [Central Electro Chemical Research Insititute, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu (India); Chang, Yu-Tsern; Tsao, Cheng-Wen [Department of Cosmetic Applications, Taoyuan Innovation Institute of Technology, Taiwan (China); Vasantha, V.S. [Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2013-09-02

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Gold microelectrode array (Au/MEA) with electrode of 12 μm diameter was fabricated by photolithography technique. •Subsequently, polypyrrole (Ppy) modified gold microarrays sensor (Ppy/Au/MEA) was prepared. •Ppy/Au/MEA used for ascorbic acid determination in the presence of different neurotransmitters. •The micro array exhibited wide linear range, very high sensitivity and very low LOD than the earlier reports. •It was used successfully to test ascorbic acid in different types real samples. -- Abstract: In this study, gold microelectrode array (Au/MEA) with electrode of 12 μm diameter was fabricated by photolithography technique. Subsequently, polypyrrole (Ppy) modified gold microarrays sensor (Ppy/Au/MEA) was prepared by cyclic voltammetry technique. The deposition potential range and number of cycles were optimised in order to get optimum thickness of Ppy film. Scanning Electron Microscope and Atomic Force Microscope investigations reveal that Ppy coating formed at 3 cycles is porous with thickness of 1.5 μm which exhibiting high catalytic current for ascorbic acid (AA) in square wave technique (SWV). In contrast to earlier sensors designs, these Ppy/Au/MEA sensors exhibits lower detection limit (LOD) of 10 nm towards AA at physiological conditions. It also exhibits enhanced sensitivity (2.5 mA cm{sup −2} mM{sup −1}) and long range of linear detection limit from 10 nm to 2.8 mM. In the same way, polypyrrole modified macro Au (Ppy/Au/MA) biosensor was also fabricated and its electro catalytic property towards AA was compared with that of Ppy/Au/MEA. The Ppy/Au/MA exhibits sensitivity of only 0.27 mA cm{sup −2} mM{sup −1}, LOD of 5 μM and linear range of 10 μM to 2.2 mM. Hence, our investigations indicate that the Ppy/Au/MEA could serve as highly sensitive sensor for AA than any of the earlier designs. So, the Ppy/Au/MEA electrode was utilised for determination AA in a wide variety of real samples.

  14. Shelf life of minimally processed pineapples treated with ascorbic and citric acids

    Lucimara Rogéria Antoniolli

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research was to determine the shelf life of minimally processed (MP 'Pérola' pineapples treated with ascorbic acid (AA and citric acid (CA based on physical, chemical, sensorial and microbiological attributes. Slices were dipped into drinking water (control or combined solutions of AA:CA (% (1.0:0.5 and 1.0:1.0 with sodium hypochlorite (NaClO 20 mg L-1 for 30 seconds. The samples were conditioned in polyethylene terephtalate packages and stored at 4±1 °C per 13 days. The low peroxidase activity in the slices treated with antioxidant combinations was related to low pH values observed in these samples. The treatments 1.0:0.5 and 1.0:1.0 (AA:CA, % favored maintenance of the initial a* values and avoided the pulp browning. The ascorbic acid increased more than double on the 2nd day in the treated slices. By the 4th day the CO2 values suggested a higher respiratory activity in the slices treated with anti-browning compounds. The antioxidant treatments did not produce detectable residual flavors in the MP pineapple. Regardless of microbiological safety during the 13 days of cold storage, the control slices can be kept by 6 days, afterwards the color and dehydration become strong enough to affect the appearance. On the other hand, MP 'Pérola' pineapples treated with 1.0:0.5 (AA:CA, % and NaClO (20 mg L-1 can be stored for 8 days at 4±1 ºC, which represents the extension of the shelf life in 2 days. After this period the overripe odor starts to develop.

  15. Determination of Ascorbic Acid Content of Some Fruit Juices and Wine by Voltammetry Performed at Pt and Carbon Paste Electrodes

    Aurel Pisoschi

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available A method was developed for assessing ascorbic acid concentration in fruit juices and wine by differential pulse voltammetry. The oxidation peak for ascorbic acid occurs at about 530 mV (versus SCE on a Pt strip working electrode and at about 470 mV on a carbon paste working electrode. The influence of the operational parameters like the pulse amplitude and the pulse period on the analytical signal was investigated. The obtained calibration graph shows a linear dependence between the peak height and ascorbic acid concentration within the range 0.31-20 mM with a Pt working electrode, and within the range 0.07-20 mM with a carbon paste working electrode. The equation of the calibration graph was y = 21.839x + 35.726, r2 = 0.9940, when a Pt strip electrode was used (where y represents the value of the current intensity measured for the peak height, expressed as µA and x the analyte concentration, as mM. R.S.D. = 2.09%, n = 10, Cascorbic acid = 2.5 mM. The equation of the calibration graph was y = 3.4429x + 5.7334, r2 = 0.9971, when a carbon paste electrode was used (where y represents the value of intensity measured for the peak height, expressed as µA and x the analyte concentration, as mM. R.S.D. = 2.35%, n = 10, Cascorbic acid = 2.5 mM. The developed method was applied to ascorbic acid assessment in fruit juices and wine. The ascorbic acid content determined ranged between 6.83 mg/100 mL juice for soft drinks (Fanta Madness and 54.74 mg/100 mL for citrus (lemon juices obtained by squeezing fruit. Different ascorbic acid concentrations (from standard solutions were added to the analysed samples, the degree of recovery being comprised between 94.74 and 104.97%. The results of ascorbic acid assessment by differential pulse voltammetry were compared with those obtained by cyclic voltammetry. The results obtained by the two methods were in good agreement.

  16. SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC DETERMINATION OF RITONAVIR BY CONDENSATION METHOD USING NINHYDRIN AND ASCORBIC ACID

    M.L.N.Acharyulu

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available A simple and sensitive extractive visible spectrophotometric method for the assay ofRitonavir in pure and pharmaceutical Formulations based on the reaction between peptidegroup in RIT and Ninhydrin in the presence of ascorbic acid affords a blue violet coloured product (λmax 560nm. Regression analysis of Beer-Lambert plots showed good correlation in the concentration ranges (20-60 μg/ml. The percent recoveries are obtained as 99.64 ±0.47 to 100.40 ±0.45 by proposed method and 99.51 ±0.25 to 99.92 ±0.20 by reference method for the formulations respectively. The method can be applied successfully for the estimation of the Ritonavir in the presence of other ingredients that are usually present in formulations. The method offers the advantage of rapidity, simplicity and sensitivity and low cost without the need for expensive instrumentation and reagents.

  17. Immunohistochemical localization of sodium-dependent L-ascorbic acid transporter 1 protein in rat kidney.

    Lee, Ju Hyun; Oh, Chang Seok; Mun, Ga Hee; Kim, Jae Hyup; Chung, Yoon Hee; Hwang, Young Il; Shin, Dong Hoon; Lee, Wang Jae

    2006-10-01

    Recently, two L-ascorbic acid transporters were identified; sodium-dependent vitamin C transporter (SVCT) 1 and SVCT2. The previous study suggested that SVCT protein might be present on the apical membrane in the straight segment (S3) of proximal tubule. In the present study, SVCT1 immunoreactivity (IR) was observed in the brush border of proximal straight tubules in the medullary ray of renal cortex and the outer stripe of outer medulla, while SVCT2 IR was not localized in any region of the kidney. Since the mechanism of VC reabsorption in the kidney has not been fully elucidated up to the present time, it is meaningful to demonstrate the exact cellular distribution of SVCT protein in the kidney. PMID:16673096

  18. Cadmium sulfide photocatalysed reduction of malachite green by ascorbic acid and EDTA as reductants

    Shilpa, Kothari; Anil, Kumar; Ritu, Vyas; Rakshit, Ameta; Pinki B., Punjabi.

    Full Text Available Foi efetuada a fotoreduo do verde de malaquita na presena de CdS como fotocatalizador e cido ascorbico/EDTA como redutores. Foram estudados os efeitos de diferentes parmetros como pH, concentrao de verde de malaquita, redutores, quantidade de semicondutor e intensidade de luz, na velocidade d [...] a reao fotocataltica. Levando em conta os dados obtidos propomos um de mecanismo.para a fotoreduo do verde de malaquita. Abstract in english The photoreduction of malachite green in presence of CdS as photocatalyst and ascorbic acid/EDTA as reductants has been carried out. The effect of different parameters like pH, concentration of malachite green, reductants, amount of semiconductor and light intensity on the rate of photocatalytic rea [...] ction has been studied. On the basis of observed data, a tentative mechanism for the photoreduction of malachite green has been proposed.

  19. Cross-linked potato starch-based blend films using ascorbic acid as a plasticizer.

    Yoon, Soon-Do

    2014-02-26

    The main objects of this study were to prepare the cross-linked potato starch/polyvinyl alcohol blend films with ascorbic acid (AsA) added as a plasticizer with and without heat curing and to examine their mechanical properties, elongation at break, degree of swelling, solubility, water vapor absorption, thermal properties, optical properties, and biodegradability. The specific surface area, pore volume, and topography of the films with and without heat curing were also investigated via nitrogen adsorption and desorption isotherms and atomic force microscopy analysis. The results indicate that the cured films possess mechanical, thermal, and optical properties enhanced compared to those of noncured films. The mechanical and water barrier properties of the AsA-added film were also found to be superior to those of other films with polyol plasticizers (glycerol and xylitol). The biodegradability test revealed that the prepared films are degraded by ~35-80% after 165 days. PMID:23909738

  20. Highly efficient differentiation of embryonic stem cells into adipocytes by ascorbic acid

    Ixchelt Cuaranta-Monroy

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Adipocyte differentiation and function have become the major research targets due to the increasing interest in obesity and related metabolic conditions. Although, late stages of adipogenesis have been extensively studied, the early phases remain poorly understood. Here we present that supplementing ascorbic acid (AsA to the adipogenic differentiation cocktail enables the robust and efficient differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs to mature adipocytes. Such ESC-derived adipocytes mimic the gene-expression profile of subcutaneous isolated adipocytes in vivo remarkably well, much closer than 3T3-L1 derived ones. Moreover, the differentiated cells are in a monolayer, allowing a broad range of genome-wide studies in early and late stages of adipocyte differentiation to be performed.

  1. [The concentration of ascorbic acid in different tissues of calf fetuses in 3 different development stages].

    Kolb, E; Wahren, M; Leo, M; Völker, L

    1991-10-01

    The concentration of ascorbic acid in the cerebrum and in the brain stem of bovine fetuses decreased with increasing body weight; in the cerebellum there was no change. The decrease of the concentration in the lungs, in the heart, in the kidneys, in the M. longissimus and in the M. semimembranosus in the course of the fetal growth was different. In the liver and in the adrenals the concentration in the 3 groups of fetuses with a body weight of 4.18 +/- 2.01, of 9.72 +/- 0.97 and of 17.12 +/- 2.61 kg was similar. The highest concentrations were found in the adrenals, in the testes and in the cerebrum. The functional significance of the changes in the concentration in the tissues of the bovine fetuses is discussed and compared with the results in human fetuses and in adult cattle. PMID:1752211

  2. A direct comparison of nanosilver particles and nanosilver plates for the oxidation of ascorbic acid

    Sadeghi, Babak; Meskinfam, Masoumeh

    2012-11-01

    We study of spherical silver nanoparticles of different size and Ag nanoplates were grown at zinc tin oxide (ZTO) surface and characterized using SEM. The application of different electrodes in voltammetry for determination ascorbic acid indicated that oxidation of this biomolecule occurs at these electrodes in diffusion controlled process. Ag nanoplates modified zinc tin oxide electrodes exhibit at least two to three times higher current than spherical nanosilver particles. The observed behavior suggests that Ag nanoplates exhibit higher electrocatalytic activity than spherical silver nanoparticles. The reason for such behavior may be due to lattice plane as well as due to more available surface edges. As dimensions of nanoplates are increased surface area in the case of nanoplates also appears to play a significant role.

  3. Silver nanoparticles prepared in presence of ascorbic acid and gelatin, and their electrocatalytic application

    Fereshteh Chekin; Somayeh Ghasemi

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, we reported a simple and low-cost procedure to synthesize silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) by using ascorbic acid as reducing agent and gelatin as stabilizer. The synthesized AgNPs were characterized by various means such as transmission electron microscope (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX). TEM observations and XRD analysis demonstrated that the size of AgNPs is about 20 nm. Silver nanoparticles modified with carbon-paste electrode (AgNPs–CPE) displayed excellent electrochemical catalytic activities towards hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The reduction overpotential of H2O2 was decreased significantly compared with those obtained at the bare CPE. The sensor responded linearly to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the concentration of 10–350 M, with detection limit of 5.6 M at 3 using amperometry. The studied sensor exhibited good reproducibility and long-term stability.

  4. Polyoxometalate-Graphene Nanocomposite Modified Electrode for Electrocatalytic Detection of Ascorbic Acid

    Zhang, Weiying; Du, Dan; Gunaratne, Kalupathirannehelage Don D.; Colby, Robert J.; Lin, Yuehe; Laskin, Julia

    2014-01-15

    Phosphomolybdate functionalized graphene nanocomposite (PMo12-GS) has been successfully formed on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for the detection of ascorbic acid (AA). The obtained PMo12-GS modified GCE, was characterized by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and compared with GCE, GS modified GCE, and PMo12 modified GCE. It shows an increased current and a decrease in over-potential of ~210 mV. The amperometric signals are linearly proportional to the AA concentration in a wide concentration range from 1×10−6 M to 8×10−3 M, with a detection limit of 0.5×10−6 M. The PMo12-GS modified electrode was employed for the determination of the AA level in vitamin C tablets, with recoveries between 96.3 and 100.8 %.

  5. Photometric starch-iodine determination in plant materials as influenced by ascorbic acid. Critical remarks

    Bogusław Samotus

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Following the work of Sharma et al. (1990 on the interference of ascorbic acid (AA with starch-iodine reaction, the present authors repeated it, giving a proper explanation of the influence of AA in this reaction. AA oxidizes iodine-iodide (I-KI reagent which makes impossible to form the blue complex with starch. Three measures are suggested to overcome the interference of AA: 1 to titrate starch solution with I-KI reagent and thus work out an I-KI amount for development of blue coloration, 2 to remove from plant material AA (and other reducing soluble substances by washing the material with cold water or ethanol, and 3 starch solution could be treated with alkali (pH about 9, which destroys AA in 15 minutes. After acidifying the solution and adding I-KI reagent the blue complex can be determined.

  6. A sensor of a polyoxometalate and Au–Pd alloy for simultaneously detection of dopamine and ascorbic acid

    A composite film based on K8P2W16V2O62·18H2O decorated by Au–Pd nanoparticles was prepared by the layer-by-layer self-assembly method. This composite film exhibits enhanced electrocatalytic performance, repeatability and long-term stability for the simultaneous determination of dopamine and ascorbic acid at biological pH (pH 7.0). The proposed electrochemical sensing film for simultaneous detecting dopamine and ascorbic acid shows rather low detection limit of 8.3 × 10−7 and 4.3 × 10−7 M and a linear response range from 2.1 × 10−6 to 2.06 × 10−3 M and 1.2 × 10−6 to 1.61 × 10−3 M, as well as no interference from the common interfering species at an applied potential. -- Abstract: A novel composite film based on Dawson-type phosphovanadotungstate K8P2W16V2O62·18H2O (P2W16V2) decorated by Au–Pd alloy nanoparticles (Au–Pd) was fabricated on quartz, silicon and ITO using the layer-by-layer self-assembly method. The composite film was characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectra, atomic force microscopy, Scanning electronic microscope, cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry. The composite film can be employed for sensitive and simultaneous determination of dopamine and ascorbic acid at biological pH (pH 7.0). Linear analytical curves were obtained in the ranges from 2.1 × 10−6 to 2.06 × 10−3 M and 1.2 × 10−6 to 1.61 × 10−3 M for dopamine and ascorbic acid by DPV methods, respectively. The low detection limit for dopamine and ascorbic acid were 8.3 × 10−7 and 4.3 × 10−7 M, as well as no interference was observed from the common interfering species such as glucose, uric acid, L-cysteine, CH3OH, CH3CH2OH and H2O2. The composite film was used for dopamine and ascorbic acid determinations in real samples with satisfactory results. With high sensitivity and selectivity, the proposed electrochemical sensor would provide a simple method for simultaneous determination of dopamine and ascorbic acid in practical applications

  7. Effect of ascorbic acid on long-term cold exposure induced changes in thyroid activity in sprague dawley rats

    Objective: To determine the effect of ascorbic acid supplementation on long-term cold exposure induced changes in thyroid activity in Sprague-Dawley rats. Study Design: Experimental study. Place and Duration of Study: Physiology Department of Islamic International Medical College, Rawalpindi, National Institute of Health, Islamabad and Railway Hospital, Rawalpindi, from January to December 2009. Methodology: Ninety Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups of control, cold exposed and cold exposed along with ascorbic acid supplementation. After one month, their thyroid levels were analyzed by using chemiluminescent immunometric Assay on Siemens Immulite 2000 Analyzer. Results: After 4 weeks of cold exposure to experimental animals, the thyroid activity was raised significantly in the cold exposed group as compared to the control group (p-value for T3 difference = 0.004, T4 difference = 0.002 and TSH difference < 0.001). Supplementation with ascorbic acid in the third group normalized the thyroid hormone activity with p-value for difference in levels of T3 being 0.6661, T4 = 0.027 and TSH = 0.0028. Conclusion: Ascorbic acid prevented the cold induced changes in thyroid hormone levels in rodents. (author)

  8. Ascorbic Acid-Initiated Tandem Radical Cyclization of N-Arylacrylamides to Give 3,3-Disubstituted Oxindoles

    Sheng Liu

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available An ascorbic acid-promoted and metal-free tandem room temperature cyclization of N-arylacrylamides with 4-nitrobenzenediazonium generated in situ was developed. This reaction proceeds smoothly through a radical mechanism and provides an environmentally friendly alternative approach to biologically active 3-alkyl-3-benzyloxindoles, avoiding the use of excess oxidants and light irradiation.

  9. Determination of Dopamine in the Presence of Ascorbic Acid using Poly (Acridine red Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode

    Zhousheng Yang

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Poly (acridine red modified glassy carbon electrode was used for the detection of dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid in a pH 7.4 phosphate buffer solutions (PBS by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry. The major difficulty of the overlapped oxidation potential of ascorbic acid could be overcome through the distinct attractive ability of poly (acridine red film to cationic dopamine and anionic ascorbic acid. The results showed that the dopamine anodic peak current and the concentration of dopamine had a linear relationship in the range of 1.0×10-7 ~ 1.0×10-4 mol dm-3. The detection limit (S/N=3 obtained by differential pulse voltammetry was 1.0×10-9 mol dm-3. The relative standard deviation of 10 successive scans was 2.07 % for 1.0×10-6 mol dm-3 DA. Ascorbic acid had hardly interference with the determination of dopamine. The proposed method exhibits good recovery and reproducibility.

  10. Effect of high doses of L-ascorbic acid on the antioxidative/oxidative state in the rats

    Niemiec, T.; Sawosz, E.; Chwalibog, André

    The objective of this study was to determine the effects of mega-doses of vitamin C (0.3, 0.6 and 0.9% of diet) as a dietary supplement for rats on selected indices of the antioxidative/oxidative state in 40 growing Wistar rats (4x10). It was found that L-ascorbic acid and Total Antioxidative State...

  11. Effects of Ascorbic Acid on Egg Production and Egg Shell Quality in Laying Hens Drinking Saline Water

    J. Mirabdollbaghi

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available An experiment was conducted to study the effects of different water source, saline water (Tap water +2 g L-1 Na and tape water with a diet that supplemented by three level of Ascorbic Acid (0, 1.5 and 3 g kg-1 of diet on laying hen`s performance and egg shell quality. This trail was carried out on 108 commercial laying hens (Hy-Line 32 weeks old for 12 weeks. All of the data were subjected to Two- way analysis of variance test. The result showed that egg production (%, egg weight (g, egg mass (g/h/day, feed conversion ratio, feed consumptions didn`t effected by saline water but using saline water increased the percentage of eggs with damaged shells (p<0.01. Also the effect of different level of Ascorbic acid on egg production (%, egg weight (g, egg mass (g/h/day, feed conversion ratio were not significant, but feed consumption reduced by using ascorbic acid (p<0.05. Egg shell thickness (mm, egg shell weight (%, egg shell weight (mg/cm2, egg specific gravity, egg shell calcium (% and egg shell phosphorous (% didn`t affected by saline water and different level of Ascorbic acid.

  12. ISOLATION AND SEQUENCING OF A GENOMIC DNA ENCODING FOR ASCORBATE OXIDASE, A KEY ENZYME INVOLVED IN THE BIODEGRADATION OF ASCORBIC ACID IN MELON

    Evangelos ALATSATIANOS

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available A melon genomic library was used to isolate and characterize a clone of genomic DNA coding for ascorbate oxidase (AO which is considered a key enzyme in the biodegradation of ascorbic acid (AA. The screening of genomic library was performed by using two probes: AO-PCR product and ?E/CMAO3. Seven clones of recombinant phage, with positive signal, were isolated. The extracted DNA was digested with EcoRI, Sal I and Bam HI and the combinations among these restriction enzymes. Four clones of AO gene were isolated: AO1; AO2; AO3 and AO4. Since only clone AO4 had not been characterized so far, the sequencing of this clone was performed. The isolated sequence of DNA has a length of 3072 bp being bordered at both ends by EcoRI enzymes. The comparison between genomic DNA for AO4 in melon and DNA for AO in cucumber revealed a high similarity (94.45%.

  13. Ascorbic acid, alpha-tocopherol, and oregano supplements reduce stress-induced deterioration of chicken meat quality.

    Young, J F; Stagsted, J; Jensen, S K; Karlsson, A H; Henckel, P

    2003-08-01

    In order to ameliorate a negative effect of stress on meat quality characteristics, chickens were fed a diet supplemented with a combination of ascorbic acid (1,000 ppm) and alpha-tocopherol (200 ppm) or oregano (3%), which has a high content of antioxidants. Chickens were slaughtered by cervical dislocation in the stable (no stress) or after transport and electrical stunning at the slaughter plant (stress). Activities of antioxidative enzymes (catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathion peroxidase) in pectoralis major (PM), iliotibialis (IL), and liver were unaffected by supplementation. However, erythrocyte stability, which is a more complex model system for determining oxidative status, increased with ascorbic acid-alpha-tocopherol supplementation and tended to increase after oregano supplementation. In nonstressed birds, this improved antioxidative status was reflected in decreased TBA-reactive substances (TBARS) in PM and liver of ascorbic acid-alpha-tocopherol-supplemented chickens and likewise in liver from oregano-supplemented chickens compared to that of nonstressed control birds. However, postmortem temperature, pH, and water-holding capacity were not affected by supplementation. Drip loss from oregano-supplemented chickens showed increased protein oxidation in specific bands, but this did not relate to water-holding capacity or antioxidative status. When exposed to stress, the concentration of TBARS in the control animals increased in PM and IL. Ascorbic acid-alpha-tocopherol supplementation protected IL, and oregano supplementation protected PM from stress-induced increases in TBARS. This differential effect between muscles may indicate differences in protection mechanisms. In conclusion, ascorbic acid-alpha-tocopherol and oregano supplements to chickens protect against stress-induced increase in TBARS, in different muscles. PMID:12943308

  14. Modification of Death rate and Disturbances induced in the Levels of serum total Lipids and free fatty acids of irradiated rats by ascorbic acid and serotonin

    Intraperitoneal injection of normal rats with ascorbic acid (10 mg/100 g body weight ) or serotonin (2 mg/100 g body weight) had no harmful effect on the life span. Moreover, the levels of serum total lipids and free fatty acids did not show any significant changes at 3, 7, 10 and 14 days after injection. Administration of ascorbic acid or serotonin to rats at the pre mentioned doses, 15 minutes, before gamma irradiation at 7.5 Gy (single dose ) improved the survival time of rats and the hyperlipemic state recorded after radiation exposure

  15. Determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine, and uric acid by a novel electrochemical sensor based on pristine graphene

    In this article, a novel electrochemical sensor based on pristine graphene (PG) is successfully constructed to detect ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), and uric acid (UA). The PG is obtained by liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite and characterized by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The sensor based on PG prepared by this method to realize simultaneous determination of AA, DA, and UA is firstly reported. The linear detection ranges for AA, DA, and UA are 9.00–2314 μM, 5.00–710 μM, and 6.00–1330 μM, respectively, with detection limits of 6.45, 2.00, and 4.82 μM. This PG based sensor exhibits excellent performance for detection of AA, DA, and UA, which is much better than those electrochemical sensors based on chemical converted graphene

  16. Hierarchical nanoporous platinum-copper alloy for simultaneous electrochemical determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine, and uric acid

    A hierarchical nanoporous PtCu alloy was fabricated by two-step dealloying of a PtCuAl precursor alloy followed by annealing. The new alloy possesses interconnected hierarchical network architecture with bimodal distributions of ligaments and pores. It exhibits high electrochemical activity towards the oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), and uric acid (UA) at working potentials of 0.32, 0.47 and 0.61 V (vs. a mercury sulfate reference electrode), respectively. The new alloy was placed on a glassy carbon electrode and then displayed a wide linear response to AA, DA, and UA in the concentration ranges from 25 to 800 μM, 4 to 20 μM, and 10 to 70 μM, respectively. The lower detection limits are 17.5 μM, 2.8 µM and 5.7 μM at an S/N ratio of 3. (author)

  17. Protective role of ascorbic acid isolated from Cissus quadrangularis on NSAID induced toxicity through immunomodulating response and growth factors expression.

    Jainu, Mallika; Mohan, Kunju Vijai

    2008-12-20

    The present study investigate the effect of ascorbic acid, the major bioactive component isolated from Cissus quadrangularis extract (CAA) on inflammatory cytokines and growth factors in non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) induced gastric ulcer. Analysis of serum cytokine profile using enzymelinked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) showed a drastic increase in interleukin (IL)-1beta, IL-6, tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF)-alpha, interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and decrease in IL-10, Il-4 and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) levels in NSAID (aspirin) treated rats. The reduction of growth factors such as transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF)-alpha and vascular endothelial cell growth factor (VEGF) by aspirin was determined by immunohistochemistry method. Administration of CAA produced significant protection against aspirin induced gastric toxicity by showing significant increase in PGE2, TGF-alpha, VEGF expression and accompanied by a significant inhibition of nitric oxide and regulating the levels of cytokines in rats. These findings suggest that CAA prevents gastric ulcer formation due to its immunomodulatory effect, antioxidant activity along with the ability to modulate PG synthesis and up-regulation of the growth factors. PMID:18773975

  18. Study on the Ascorbic Acid Content of rose Hip fruit Depending on Stationary Conditions

    Sorina Ropciuc

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The dog rose area includes southern and central Europe, reaching southern Scandinavia; it is also found in Asia Minor, Central Asia and North Africa. In our country, Rosa canina is the most widespread of the many species ofRosa, common in all areas. The components of the station, known also as the stationary factors affect differently the plant life and their chemical composition. Cynosbati fructus is the false fruit of Rosa canina L. (Rosaceae, known in Romanian as rose hip. The rose hip contain as active ingredients 500-1000 % vitamin C, 600-10000 mg% carotenoids, pectin, dextrin, vitamins B2, E, PP, flavone, sugars, organic acids, tannins, volatile oil, vanillin, triterpenoid saponosides, beta-sitosterol, fat (lecithin, glycerides of fatty acids in seeds, minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid plays an important role in human body. The greatest amount is found in plants which reached maturity. It is concentrated in the rose hip flesh. Solutions easily destroyit in the presence of UV, of copper, silver, iron and oxidative enzymes traces. Vitamin C participates actively in all processes of oxidoreductions of the living cell. Its lack in food causes the disease called scurvy which manifests itself by inflammated and bleeding gums, tooth loss. Rose hip fruits are known as medicines since prehistoric times.

  19. All-solid-state potentiometric sensors for ascorbic acid by using a screen-printed compatible solid contact

    The development of all-solid-state potentiometric ion selective electrodes for monitoring of ascorbic acid, by using a screen-printed compatible solid contact is described. The applied methodology is based on the use of PVC membrane modified with some firstly-tested ionophores (triphenyltin(IV)chloride, triphenyltin(IV)hydroxide and palmitoyl-L-ascorbic acid) and a novel one synthesized in our laboratory (dibutyltin(IV) diascorbate). Synthesis protocol and some preliminary identification studies are given. A conductive graphite-based polymer thick film ink was used as an internal solid contact between the graphite electrode and the PVC membrane. The presence and the nature of the solid contact (plain or doped with lanthanum 2,6-dichlorophenolindophenol (DCPI)) seem to enhance the analytical performance of the electrodes in terms of sensitivity, dynamic range, and response time. The analytical performance of the constructed electrodes was evaluated with potentiometry, constant-current chronopotentiometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The interference effect of various compounds was also tested. The potential response of the optimized Ph3SnCl-based electrode was linear against ascorbic acid concentration range 0.005-5.0 mM. The applicability of the proposed sensors in real samples was also tested. The detection limit was 0.002 mM ascorbic acid (50 mM phosphate, pH 5 in 50 mM KCl). The slope of the electrodes was super-Nernstian and pH dependent, indicating a mechanism involving a combination of charge transfer and ion exchange processes. Fabrication of screen-printed ascorbate ISEs has also been demonstrated

  20. Use of response surface methodology to evaluate the reducing power in binary solutions of ascorbic acid with natural polyphenolic antioxidants

    Marie Aoun; Dimitris P. Makris

    2013-01-01

    Natural polyphenols, ferulic acid (FA) and hesperetin (Hp) were tested for their Fe3+-reducing power, using the TPTZ methodology, as a first step to rank them according to their antioxidant potential. Ranking also included quercetin (Qt), a very well-studied natural, polyphenolic antioxidant, and ascorbic acid (AA). All phenolics considered were also tested in binary mixtures with AA, to illustrate possible mixture effects. By employing a simple linear regression approach, combinations of AA ...

  1. [Catalytic spectrophotometric determination of trace amounts of copper with the system of ascorbic acid and ammonium molybdate].

    Ding, S

    2000-04-01

    Ammonium molybdate was reduced to molybdenum blue by ascorbic acid in the medium of phosphorous acid in the presence of copper catalyst. A new method for catalytic spectrophotometric determination of trace copper has been developed. The linear range was 0-0.024 microgram.25 mL-1. The limit of detection was 1.54 x 10(-11) g.mL-1. The method has been used to determine trace copper in human hair with satisfactory results. PMID:12953501

  2. Sodium orthovanadate associated with pharmacological doses of ascorbate causes an increased generation of ROS in tumor cells that inhibits proliferation and triggers apoptosis

    Günther, T-hat nia Mara Fischer; Kviecinski, Maicon Roberto; Baron, Carla Cristine; Felipe, Karina Bettega; Farias, Mirelle Sifroni; Ourique da Silva, Fabiana; Bücker, Nádia Cristina Falcão [Departamento de Bioquímica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis (Brazil); Pich, Claus Tröger [Campus de Araranguá, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Araranguá (Brazil); Ferreira, Eduardo Antonio [Universidade de Brasília, Faculdade de Ceilândia, DF (Brazil); Filho, Danilo Wilhelm [Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis (Brazil); Verrax, Julien; Calderon, Pedro Buc [Toxicology and Cancer Biology Research Group, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels (Belgium); Pedrosa, Rozangela Curi, E-mail: rozangelapedrosa@gmail.com [Departamento de Bioquímica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis (Brazil)

    2013-01-18

    Graphical abstract: -- Abstract: Pharmacological doses of ascorbate were evaluated for its ability to potentiate the toxicity of sodium orthovanadate (Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4}) in tumor cells. Cytotoxicity, inhibition of cell proliferation, generation of ROS and DNA fragmentation were assessed in T24 cells. Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4} was cytotoxic against T24 cells (EC{sub 50} = 5.8 μM at 24 h), but in the presence of ascorbate (100 μM) the EC{sub 50} fell to 3.3 μM. Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4} plus ascorbate caused a strong inhibition of cell proliferation (up to 20%) and increased the generation of ROS (4-fold). Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4} did not directly cleave plasmid DNA, at this aspect no synergism was found occurring between Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4} and ascorbate once the resulting action of the combination was no greater than that of both substances administered separately. Cells from Ehrlich ascites carcinoma-bearing mice were used to determine the activity of antioxidant enzymes, the extent of the oxidative damage and the type of cell death. Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4} alone, or combined with ascorbate, increased catalase activity, but only Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4} plus ascorbate increased superoxide dismutase activity (up to 4-fold). Oxidative damage on proteins and lipids was higher due to the treatment done with Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4} plus ascorbate (2–3-fold). Ascorbate potentiated apoptosis in tumor cells from mice treated with Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4}. The results indicate that pharmacological doses of ascorbate enhance the generation of ROS induced by Na{sub 3}VO{sub 4} in tumor cells causing inhibition of proliferation and apoptosis. Apoptosis induced by orthovanadate and ascorbate is closer related to inhibition on Bcl-xL and activation of Bax. Our data apparently rule out a mechanism of cell demise p53-dependent or related to Cdk2 impairment.

  3. Role of ascorbic acid and α tocopherol in alleviating salinity stress on flax plant (Linum usitatissimum L.

    Mervat Sh. Sadak

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Salinity is one of the environmental challenges in the world affecting on several physiological processes and the most limiting factor of plant productivity and quality. Two pot experiments were conducted at the wire house of National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt during two successive seasons of 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 to assess the efficiency of two antioxidant vitamins (ascorbic acid at 1.13 and 2.27 mM or α tocopherol at 0.46 and 0.93 mM and/or salinity stress at (0.0, 3.08, 6.16, 9.23 ds/m on photosynthetic pigments, protein, carbohydrate, minerals, oil contents and yield as well as fatty acids composition of the yielded oils of three flax cultivars (Sakha 3, Giza 8 and Ariane. The data revealed that salinity stress caused significant and gradual decreases in total photosynthetic pigments, polysaccharides, total carbohydrates, total proteins and the uptake of Mg, K, Ca and P in the leaves of three flax cultivars with increasing salinity levels (3.08, 6.16, 9.23 ds/m. Otherwise, significant and gradual increase appeared in both Na and Cl. Ascorbic acid and α tocopherol at different concentrations caused significant increases in photosynthetic pigments, total carbohydrates and protein contents in the leaves of flax plants irrigated either with tap water or saline solution as compared with their corresponding controls. Exogenous application of ascorbic and α tocopherol at different concentrations exhibited decreases in Na and Cl whereas increases appeared in Mg, K, Ca and P relative to their corresponding control. Ascorbic acid (1.13 and 2.27 mM and α tocopherol (0.46 and 0.93 mM caused marked increases in yield and yield attributes of three flax cultivars either in plants irrigated with tap water or saline solution as compared to corresponding control. Ascorbic acid effects were more pronounced than α tocopherol effects. In addition, the higher level of two vitamins was more pronounced than the lower level. Regarding plants irrigated with tap water, it was noted that ascorbic acid at 2.27 mM caused significant increase in oil content by 19.75 % in Giza 8 whereas α tocopherpl at 0.93 mM caused significant increase by 14.83% in Sakha 3 and 13.70% in Ariane. Regarding plants irrigated with saline solution (9.23 ds/m, it was found that α tocopherol at 0.93 mM caused significant increase in oil % by 30.84 %, 9.66 % and 35.62 % in Sakha 3, Giza 8 and Ariane cv. respectively. Responses of three flax cultivars to salt stress were more or less similar; since salinity stress caused marked increases in total saturated fatty acids accompanied by decreases in total unsaturated fatty acids as salinity levels increased. Myristic acid (C14:0 and oleic acid (C18:1 were the most affected saturated and unsaturated fatty acids in response to different salinity levels. The effect of ascorbic acid at 2.27 mM and tocopherol at 0.93 mM were found to be contrary to that of salinity as marked increases appeared in unsaturated fatty acids as compared with control plants. It could be concluded that foliar application of ascorbic acid and α tocopherol could play an enhancement role and alleviate the harmful effect of salinity stress on many metabolic and physiological processes of three flax cultivars that reflected in increasing seed yield quality and quantity.

  4. Betalain, Acid ascorbic, phenolic contents and antioxidant properties of purple, red, yellow and white cactus pears.

    Sumaya-Martínez, María Teresa; Cruz-Jaime, Sandra; Madrigal-Santillán, Eduardo; García-Paredes, Juan Diego; Cariño-Cortés, Raquel; Cruz-Cansino, Nelly; Valadez-Vega, Carmen; Martinez-Cardenas, Leonardo; Alanís-García, Ernesto

    2011-01-01

    Commercialization of cactus pears based on their antioxidant properties can generate competitive advantages, and these can turn into business opportunities and the development of new products and a high-value ingredient for the food industry. This work evaluated the antioxidant activities (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical-scavenging, protection against oxidation of a β-carotene-linoleic acid emulsion, and iron (II) chelation), the content of total phenolic compounds, ascorbic acid, betacyanin, betaxanthin and the stability of betacyanin pigments in presence of Cu (II)-dependent hydroxyl radicals (OH•), in 18 cultivars of purple, red, yellow and white cactus pear from six Mexican states. Our results indicated that the antiradical activities from yellow and white cactus pear cultivars were not significantly different (p cactus pear from the state of Zacatecas showed the highest antioxidant activity. The free radical scavenging activity for red cactus pears was significantly correlated (p cactus pears studied showed significant chelating activity of ferrous ions. The red and purple cactus pears showed a great stability when exposed to OH•. PMID:22072899

  5. Ascorbic acid, garlic extract and taurine alleviate cadmium-induced oxidative stress in freshwater catfish (Clarias batrachus)

    Kumar, Puneet, E-mail: puneetbiochem@gmail.com [Aquatic Biotechnology and Fish Pathology Laboratory, Department of Animal Science, M.J.P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly-243 006 (India); Prasad, Y. [Aquatic Biotechnology and Fish Pathology Laboratory, Department of Animal Science, M.J.P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly-243 006 (India); Patra, A.K. [West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata-700037 (India); Ranjan, R.; Swarup, D.; Patra, R.C. [Division of Medicine, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar-243122 (India); Pal, Satya [Env. Eng. Lab., Deptt. of Civil Engineering, I.I.T., Roorkee-247667 (India)

    2009-09-01

    An experiment was conducted to investigate bioaccumulation potential of cadmium (Cd) and changes in oxidative stress indices in liver and kidney tissues from Cd-exposed catfish (Clarias batrachus) with or without simultaneous treatment of water with ascorbic acid, garlic extract or taurine. C. batrachus (n = 324) with average length of 20 {+-} 4 cm and weight of 86 {+-} 5 g were used for the present investigation. Fishes were divided into nine groups (I to IX) each comprising 36 fishes. The fishes of groups II, III, IV and V were challenged with 5 ppm of cadmium chloride monohydrate (CdCl{sub 2}.H{sub 2}O), whereas groups VI, VII, VIII and IX were exposed to 10 ppm CdCl{sub 2}.H{sub 2}O solution for a period of 45 days. Group I was kept as negative control and the fishes of this group were maintained in water containing no added Cadmium. Group II and VI were maintained as Cd exposed non treated control to serve as positive controls. Fishes of III and VII, IV and VIII, V and IX received ascorbic acid (5 ppm), extract of dried garlic (5 ppm) or taurine (5 ppm), respectively during the entire experiment period. The concentrations of Cd in liver and kidney increased significantly following exposure to Cd and the level continued to rise with the increase in exposure duration. Treatment of tank water with ascorbic acid, garlic or taurine significantly reduced the Cd concentrations in tissues compared to the positive control group, but the level in Cd exposed groups was greater than the negative control group. Fishes exposed to Cd and treated with ascorbic acid, garlic or taurine had reduced oxidative stress as evidenced from lower concentration of lipid peroxides and higher activities of superoxide dismutase and catalase in liver, kidney and erythrocytes compared to fishes exposed to Cd. The reduction in Cd induced oxidative stress was highest in ascorbic acid treated group followed by garlic and taurine treatment. The results suggest that ascorbic acid, garlic and taurine have potential to reduce tissue accumulation of Cd and associated oxidative stress in freshwater catfish.

  6. Ascorbic acid, garlic extract and taurine alleviate cadmium-induced oxidative stress in freshwater catfish (Clarias batrachus)

    An experiment was conducted to investigate bioaccumulation potential of cadmium (Cd) and changes in oxidative stress indices in liver and kidney tissues from Cd-exposed catfish (Clarias batrachus) with or without simultaneous treatment of water with ascorbic acid, garlic extract or taurine. C. batrachus (n = 324) with average length of 20 ± 4 cm and weight of 86 ± 5 g were used for the present investigation. Fishes were divided into nine groups (I to IX) each comprising 36 fishes. The fishes of groups II, III, IV and V were challenged with 5 ppm of cadmium chloride monohydrate (CdCl2.H2O), whereas groups VI, VII, VIII and IX were exposed to 10 ppm CdCl2.H2O solution for a period of 45 days. Group I was kept as negative control and the fishes of this group were maintained in water containing no added Cadmium. Group II and VI were maintained as Cd exposed non treated control to serve as positive controls. Fishes of III and VII, IV and VIII, V and IX received ascorbic acid (5 ppm), extract of dried garlic (5 ppm) or taurine (5 ppm), respectively during the entire experiment period. The concentrations of Cd in liver and kidney increased significantly following exposure to Cd and the level continued to rise with the increase in exposure duration. Treatment of tank water with ascorbic acid, garlic or taurine significantly reduced the Cd concentrations in tissues compared to the positive control group, but the level in Cd exposed groups was greater than the negative control group. Fishes exposed to Cd and treated with ascorbic acid, garlic or taurine had reduced oxidative stress as evidenced from lower concentration of lipid peroxides and higher activities of superoxide dismutase and catalase in liver, kidney and erythrocytes compared to fishes exposed to Cd. The reduction in Cd induced oxidative stress was highest in ascorbic acid treated group followed by garlic and taurine treatment. The results suggest that ascorbic acid, garlic and taurine have potential to reduce tissue accumulation of Cd and associated oxidative stress in freshwater catfish.

  7. Oral high dose ascorbic acid treatment for one year in young CMT1A patients: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II trial

    de Visser Marianne; Baas Frank; Vermeulen Marinus; de Haan Rob J; Verhamme Camiel; van Schaik Ivo N

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background High dose oral ascorbic acid substantially improved myelination and locomotor function in a Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 1A mouse model. A phase II study was warranted to investigate whether high dose ascorbic acid also has such a substantial effect on myelination in Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 1A patients and whether this treatment is safe. Methods Patients below age 25 years were randomly assigned to receive placebo or ascorbic acid (one gram twice daily) in a double-blind fash...

  8. Low-volume plus ascorbic acid vs high-volume plus simethicone bowel preparation before colonoscopy

    Stefano Pontone

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the effectiveness of low-volume plus ascorbic acid [polyethylene glycol plus ascorbic acid (PEG + Asc] and high-volume plus simethicone [polyethylene glycol plus simethicone (PEG + Sim] bowel preparations. METHODS: A total of one hundred and forty-four outpatients (76 males, aged from 20 to 84 years (median age 59.5 years, who attended our Department, were divided into two groups, age and sex matched, and underwent colonoscopy. Two questionnaires, one for patients reporting acceptability and the other for endoscopists evaluating bowel cleansing effectiveness according to validated scales, were completed. Indications, timing of examination and endoscopical findings were recorded. Biopsy forceps were used as a measuring tool in order to determine polyp endoscopic size estimation. Difficulty in completing the preparation was rated in a 5-point Likert scale (1 = easy to 5 = unable. Adverse experiences (fullness, cramps, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache and insomnia, number of evacuations and types of activities performed during preparation (walking or resting in bed were also investigated. RESULTS: Seventy-two patients were selected for each group. The two groups were age and sex matched as well as being comparable in terms of medical history and drug therapies taken. Fourteen patients dropped out from the trial because they did not complete the preparation procedure. Ratings of global bowel cleansing examinations were considered to be adequate in 91% of PEG + Asc and 88% of PEG + Sim patients. Residual Stool Score indicated similar levels of amount and consistency of residual stool; there was a significant difference in the percentage of bowel wall visualization in favour of PEG + Sim patients. In the PEG + Sim group, 12 adenomas ≤ 10 mm diameter (5/left colon + 7/right colon vs 9 (8/left colon + 1/right colon in the PEG + Asc group were diagnosed. Visualization of small lesions seems to be one of the primary advantages of the PEG + Sim preparation. CONCLUSION: PEG + Asc is a good alternative solution as a bowel preparation but more improvements are necessary in order to achieve the target of a perfect preparation.

  9. Growth and characterization of strontium oxalate crystals by the decomposition of ascorbic acid in presence of strontium chloride

    Full text: Ascorbic acid (vitamin c) is an important organic compound that helps to maintain the optimal health of human body. It is essential for the development and maintenance of connective tissues. Vitamin C plays an important role in a number of metabolic functions including the activation of the B vitamin, folic acid, the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids and the conversion of the amino acid, tryptophan, to the neurotransmitter, serotonin. During the process of metabolism it decomposes into oxalic acid. This compound is photosensitive and has least thermal stability. The decomposition of Ascorbic acid has been studied in various conditions. It is reported that decomposition of ascorbic acid in presence of Cd2+ ions leads to the formation of cadmium oxalate crystals. In the present work, in presence of Sr2+ ion the ascorbic acid is decomposed to Strontium Oxalate in gel media. In this technique, silica gel is used as a medium to grow crystals. Slow diffusion of reactants in the gel medium can be considered to mimic the growth of crystals in the human body. Gels were prepared by mixing appropriate quantities of sodium meta silicate and ascorbic acid, adjusting the pH in the range 5-7.5. Over the set gel, the feed solution of 1M Strontium chloride was added. Yellowish prismatic and bar shaped crystals were obtained within 24 hours. The nucleation density is maximum at a pH of 6 and minimum at 5. Good quality crystals were obtained for a pH of 5 and gel density 1.05g/cc. The FTIR spectra of grown crystals are recorded and analyzed.The band at 3431 cm-1 is assigned to OH stretching frequency of co-ordinated water molecule and the band at 1637cm-1 corresponds to C=O Stretching of carbonyl group. The band at 1319cm-1 is assigned to symmetric stretching of COO- group. The IR band at 767cm-1 corresponds to the combined effect of inplane deformation of CO2 and the presence of metal oxygen bond .The band at 505cm-1 is due to wagging mode

  10. Hyaluronic acid depolymerization by ascorbate-redox effects on solid state cultivation of Streptococcus zooepidemicus in cashew apple fruit bagasse.

    de Macedo, André Casimiro; Santana, Maria Helena Andrade

    2012-05-01

    The cashew fruit (Anacardium occidentale L.) has been used as a promising agricultural resource for the production of low-molecular weight (M(W)) hyaluronic acid (HA) (10(4)-10(5) Da). The cashew juice is a rich source of vitamin C containing, 1.2-2.0 g L(-1). This work explores the effects of the initial concentration of the ascorbate on the solid fermentation of the juice-moisturized bagasse from the cashew apple fruit. The results show that the M(W) reduction of HA is proportional to the initial ascorbate concentration. The presence of ascorbate did not influence the Streptococcus zooepidemicus metabolism. However, the HA productivity was increased from 0.18 to 0.28 mg g(-1) h(-1) when the ascorbate concentration ranged from 1.7 to 10 mg mL(-1). These findings contribute to the controlled production of HA in a low M(W) range, which is important in cell signalization, angiogenesis and nanoparticles production. PMID:22806044

  11. Facile synthesis of graphene hybrid tube-like structure for simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid, dopamine, uric acid and tryptophan

    Graphical abstract: A tube-like structure of graphene hybrid (GS–PTCA) was synthesized via π–π stacking interaction, and was used as modifier to fabricate electrode for simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), uric acid (UA) and tryptophan (Trp). SEM images of GS, PTCA and GS–PTCA were presented. Under the synergistic effects between GS and PTCA, the modified electrode displayed high catalytic activity and selectivity toward the oxidation of AA, DA, UA, and Trp. Highlights: ► A simple strategy for simultaneous detection of AA, DA, UA and Trp has been constructed. ► The tube-like structure of graphene hybrid (GS–PTCA) was synthesized. ► The GS–PTCA provided a selective interface for discrimination of AA, DA, UA and Trp. - Abstract: In the present work, a tube-like structure of graphene hybrid as modifier to fabricate electrode for simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), uric acid (UA) and tryptophan (Trp) was reported. The hybrid was synthesized by a simple method based on graphene sheets (GS) and 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic acid (PTCA) via π–π stacking interaction under ultrasonic condition. The combination of GS and PTCA could effectively improve the dispersion of GS, owing to PTCA with the carboxylic-functionalized interface. Comparing with pure GS or PTCA modified electrode, GS–PTCA displayed high catalytic activity and selectivity toward the oxidation of AA, DA, UA, and Trp. Moreover, cyclic voltammetry, different pulse voltammetry and scanning electron microscopy were employed to characterize the sensors. The experiment results showed that the linear response range for simultaneous detection of AA, DA, UA, and Trp were 20–420 μM, 0.40–374 μM, 4–544 μM and 0.40–138 μM, respectively, and the detection limits were 5.60 μM, 0.13 μM, 0.92 μM and 0.06 μM (S/N = 3). Importantly, the proposed method offers promise for simple, rapid, selective and cost-effective analysis of small biomolecules.

  12. Facile synthesis of graphene hybrid tube-like structure for simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid, dopamine, uric acid and tryptophan

    Zhang Wen [Education Ministry Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Real-Time Analysis, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Chai Yaqin, E-mail: yqchai@swu.edu.cn [Education Ministry Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Real-Time Analysis, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Yuan Ruo, E-mail: yuanruo@swu.edu.cn [Education Ministry Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Real-Time Analysis, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Chen Shihong; Han Jing; Yuan Dehua [Education Ministry Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Real-Time Analysis, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China)

    2012-12-05

    Graphical abstract: A tube-like structure of graphene hybrid (GS-PTCA) was synthesized via {pi}-{pi} stacking interaction, and was used as modifier to fabricate electrode for simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), uric acid (UA) and tryptophan (Trp). SEM images of GS, PTCA and GS-PTCA were presented. Under the synergistic effects between GS and PTCA, the modified electrode displayed high catalytic activity and selectivity toward the oxidation of AA, DA, UA, and Trp. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A simple strategy for simultaneous detection of AA, DA, UA and Trp has been constructed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The tube-like structure of graphene hybrid (GS-PTCA) was synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The GS-PTCA provided a selective interface for discrimination of AA, DA, UA and Trp. - Abstract: In the present work, a tube-like structure of graphene hybrid as modifier to fabricate electrode for simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), uric acid (UA) and tryptophan (Trp) was reported. The hybrid was synthesized by a simple method based on graphene sheets (GS) and 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic acid (PTCA) via {pi}-{pi} stacking interaction under ultrasonic condition. The combination of GS and PTCA could effectively improve the dispersion of GS, owing to PTCA with the carboxylic-functionalized interface. Comparing with pure GS or PTCA modified electrode, GS-PTCA displayed high catalytic activity and selectivity toward the oxidation of AA, DA, UA, and Trp. Moreover, cyclic voltammetry, different pulse voltammetry and scanning electron microscopy were employed to characterize the sensors. The experiment results showed that the linear response range for simultaneous detection of AA, DA, UA, and Trp were 20-420 {mu}M, 0.40-374 {mu}M, 4-544 {mu}M and 0.40-138 {mu}M, respectively, and the detection limits were 5.60 {mu}M, 0.13 {mu}M, 0.92 {mu}M and 0.06 {mu}M (S/N = 3). Importantly, the proposed method offers promise for simple, rapid, selective and cost-effective analysis of small biomolecules.

  13. Organic inorganic hybrid materials based on polyaniline/TiO2 nanocomposites for ascorbic acid fuel cell systems

    Ganesan, Raman; Gedanken, Aharon

    2008-10-01

    Polyaniline was grafted onto a mixture of rutile and anatase TiO2 nanoparticles by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization. These nanocomposites were characterized by carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen (CHN) analysis, x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. FTIR and UV-vis confirm the formation of polyaniline on TiO2 nanoparticles. The TEM shows that the composites consist of PANI and TiO2 nanoparticles. Compared to the neat polyaniline, PANI/TiO2 composites show a higher capacitance and also a higher activity per mass of polyaniline. Since the PANI/TiO2 composites are stable during the electrooxidation of ascorbic acid, they can be used as an alternative catalyst for direct ascorbic acid fuel cells.

  14. Organic-inorganic hybrid materials based on polyaniline/TiO2 nanocomposites for ascorbic acid fuel cell systems

    Polyaniline was grafted onto a mixture of rutile and anatase TiO2 nanoparticles by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization. These nanocomposites were characterized by carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen (CHN) analysis, x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. FTIR and UV-vis confirm the formation of polyaniline on TiO2 nanoparticles. The TEM shows that the composites consist of PANI and TiO2 nanoparticles. Compared to the neat polyaniline, PANI/TiO2 composites show a higher capacitance and also a higher activity per mass of polyaniline. Since the PANI/TiO2 composites are stable during the electrooxidation of ascorbic acid, they can be used as an alternative catalyst for direct ascorbic acid fuel cells.

  15. Organic-inorganic hybrid materials based on polyaniline/TiO(2) nanocomposites for ascorbic acid fuel cell systems.

    Ganesan, Raman; Gedanken, Aharon

    2008-10-29

    Polyaniline was grafted onto a mixture of rutile and anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization. These nanocomposites were characterized by carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen (CHN) analysis, x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. FTIR and UV-vis confirm the formation of polyaniline on TiO(2) nanoparticles. The TEM shows that the composites consist of PANI and TiO(2) nanoparticles. Compared to the neat polyaniline, PANI/TiO(2) composites show a higher capacitance and also a higher activity per mass of polyaniline. Since the PANI/TiO(2) composites are stable during the electrooxidation of ascorbic acid, they can be used as an alternative catalyst for direct ascorbic acid fuel cells. PMID:21832713

  16. Amperometric Determination of Ascorbic Acid in Pharmaceutical Formulations by a Reduced Graphene Oxide-cobalt Hexacyanoferrate Nanocomposite.

    Heli, Hossein

    2015-01-01

    Investigation of the redox properties of drugs and their determination are performed by electrochemical techniques. Data obtained from electrochemical techniques are often correlated with molecular structure and pharmacological activity of drugs. In this regard, different modified electrodes were applied as sensors for quantification of different drugs. A nanocomposite of reduced graphene oxide-cobalt hexacyanoferrate was synthesized by a simple precipitation route. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the nanocomposite comprised nanoparticles of cobalt hexacyanoferrate attached to the reduced graphene oxide nanosheets. A nanocomposite-modified carbon paste electrode was then fabricated. It represented prominent activity toward the electrocatalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid, and the kinetics of the electrooxidation process was evaluated. Finally, an amperometric method was developed for the quantification of ascorbic acid in different pharmaceutical formulations. PMID:25901152

  17. Simultaneous Chronoamperometric Sensing of Ascorbic Acid and Acetaminophen at a Boron-Doped Diamond Electrode

    Ciprian Radovan

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Cyclic voltammetry (CV and chronoamperometry (CA have been used to sense and determine simultaneously L-ascorbic acid (AA and acetaminophen (AC at a boron-doped diamond electrode (BDDE in a Britton-Robinson buffer solution. The calibration plots of anodic current peak versus concentration obtained from CV and CA data for both investigated compounds in single and di-component solutions over the concentration range 0.01 mM – 0.1 mM proved to be linear, with very good correlation parameters. Sensitivity values and RSD of 2-3% were obtained for various situations, involving both individual and simultaneous presence of AA and AC. The chronoamperometric technique associated with standard addition in sequential one step and/or two successive and continuous chronoamperograms at two characteristic potential levels represented a feasible option for the simultaneous determination of AA and AC in real sample systems such as pharmaceutical formulations. The average values indicated by the supplier were confirmed to a very close approximation from chronoamperomgrams by using several additions with the application of suitable current correction factors.

  18. Electrochemical determination of ascorbic acid at p-phenylenediamine film-holes modified glassy carbon electrode

    Olana Bikila Nagasa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work the determination of ascorbic acid (AA at glassy carbon electrode (GCE modified with a perforated film produced by reduction of diazonium generated in situ from p-phenylenediamine (PD is reported. Holes were intentionally created in the modifier film by stripping a pre-deposited gold nanoparticles. The modified electrodes were electrochemically characterized by common redox probes: hydroquinone, ferrocyanide and hexamineruthenium(III. The cyclic voltammetric and amperometric response of AA using the modified electrodes was compared with that of bare GCE. The bare GCE showed a linear response to AA in the concentration range of 5 mM to 45 mM with detection limit of 1.656 mM and the modified GCE showed a linear response to AA in the concentration range of 5 μM to 45 μM with detection limit of 0.123 μM. The effect of potential intereferents on amperometric signal of AA at the modified GCE was examined and found to be minimal. The inter-electrode reproducibility, stability, and accuracy were determined. The modified electrode showed excellent inter-electrode reproducibility, accuracy and stability. The modified electrode reported is a promising candidate for use in electroanalysis of AA.

  19. Regulation of ascorbic acid metabolism by blue LED light irradiation in citrus juice sacs.

    Zhang, Lancui; Ma, Gang; Yamawaki, Kazuki; Ikoma, Yoshinori; Matsumoto, Hikaru; Yoshioka, Terutaka; Ohta, Satoshi; Kato, Masaya

    2015-04-01

    In the present study, the effects of red and blue LED lights on the accumulation of ascorbic acid (AsA) were investigated in the juice sacs of three citrus varieties, Satsuma mandarin, Valencia orange, and Lisbon lemon. The results showed that the blue LED light treatment effectively increased the AsA content in the juice sacs of the three citrus varieties, whereas the red LED light treatment did not. By increasing the blue LED light intensity, the juice sacs of the three citrus varieties accumulated more AsA. Moreover, continuous irradiation with blue LED light was more effective than pulsed irradiation for increasing the AsA content in the juice sacs of the three citrus varieties. Gene expression results showed that the modulation of AsA accumulation by blue LED light was highly regulated at the transcription level. The up-regulation of AsA biosynthetic genes (CitVTC1, CitVTC2, CitVTC4, and CitGLDH), AsA regeneration genes (CitMDAR1, CitMDAR2, and CitDHAR) and two GSH-producing genes (CitGR and CitchGR) contributed to these increases in the AsA content in the three citrus varieties. PMID:25711821

  20. SCREEN-PRINTED ELECTRODE MODIFIED WITH SILVER HEXACY ANOFERRATE-NAFION® FOR ASCORBIC ACID DETERMINATION

    I.L MATTOS

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A flow injection system using a new and/or re-used graphite screen-printed electrode modified with silver hexacyanoferrate and a Nafion® polymer layer (AgHCF/GSPE was employed for the determination of ascorbic acid in orange juice and drugs samples. Both modified electrodes showed an initial sensitivity of 0.015 A.cm²־.M¹־, with a linear response over the range from 50 to 300 mg L¹ , relative standard deviations smaller than 2%, detection and quantification limits of c.a. 5.0 and 25.0 mg.L¹. The response of the electrodes was stable, with no variation of base line after 6-8 hours of continuous operation. With this system it is possible to measure 65-70 samples (20μΚ per hour. By using 1.06 mg of AgNO3, 4.12 mg of K3Fe(CN6, 50.5 mg of KNO3 and 800μL of HNO3, it is possible to obtain between 25 and 30 modified electrodes. The proposed system showed to be inexpensive, versatile, robust and suitable for industrial application. The surface morphology of the bare and/or modified graphite screen-printed electrode was characterized by scanning electron microscopy.

  1. Enhancement of Dopaminergic Differentiation in Proliferating Midbrain Neuroblasts by Sonic Hedgehog and Ascorbic Acid

    Volpicelli, Floriana; Consales, Claudia; Caiazzo, Massimiliano; Colucci-D'Amato, Luca; Perrone-Capano, Carla; di Porzio, Umberto

    2004-01-01

    We analyzed the molecular mechanisms involved in the acquisition and maturation of dopaminergic (DA) neurons generated in vitro from rat ventral mesencephalon (MES) cells in the presence of mitogens or specific signaling molecules. The addition of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) to MES cells in serum-free medium stimulates the proliferation of neuroblasts but delays DA differentiation. Recombinant Sonic hedgehog (SHH) protein increases up to three fold the number of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-positive cells and their differentiation, an effect abolished by anti-SHH antibodies. The expanded cultures are rich in nestin-positive neurons, glial cells are rare, all TH+ neurons are DA, and all DA and GABAergic markers analyzed are expressed. Adding ascorbic acid to bFGF/SHH-treated cultures resulted in a further five- to seven-fold enhancement of viable DA neurons. This experimental system also provides a powerful tool to generate DA neurons from single embryos. Our strategy provides an enriched source of MES DA neurons that are useful for analyzing molecular mechanisms controlling their function and for experimental regenerative approaches in DA dysfunction. PMID:15303305

  2. A novel automated electrochemical ascorbic acid assay in the 24-well microtiter plate format.

    Intarakamhang, Sireerat; Leson, Christian; Schuhmann, Wolfgang; Schulte, Albert

    2011-02-14

    Automatic ascorbic acid (AA) voltammetry was established in 24-well microtiter plates. The assay used a movable assembly of a pencil rod working, an Ag/AgCl reference and a Pt counter electrode with differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) for concentration-dependent current generation. A computer was in command of electrode (z) and microtiter plate (x, y) positioning and timed potentiostat operation. Synchronization of these actions supported sequential approach of all wells and subsequent execution of electrode treatment procedures or AA voltammetry at defined intervals in a measuring cycle. DPV in well solutions offered a linear current/concentration range between 0.1 and 8.0 mM, a sensitivity of about 1 ?A mM(-1) AA, and a detection limit of 50 ?M. When used with a calibration curve or standard addition, automated voltammetry of samples with added known amounts of AA demonstrated good recovery rates. Also, the assay achieved the accurate determination of the AA content of vitamin C tablets, a fruit juice and an herbal tea extract. Robotic AA voltammetry has the advantage of conveniently handling multiple samples in a single measuring run without the continuous attention of laboratory personnel. It is a good option when the goal is cost-effective AA screening of sample libraries and has potential for applications in health care and the food processing, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. PMID:21241840

  3. Skin collagen reproduction increased by ascorbic acid derivative iontophoresis by frequent-reversal bipolar electric stimulation.

    Hori, Yusuke; Akimoto, Ryuji; Hori, Akiko; Kato, Katsuhiko; Chino, Daisuke; Matsumoto, Shohei; Kamiya, Shohei; Watanabe, Yasuo

    2009-01-01

    The effect of the iontophoresis of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C; VC) derivative with frequent-reversal bipolar electric stimulation on the production of collagen in rat skin was evaluated in terms of hydroxyproline content through high-performance liquid chromatography. First, a control group was not given electrical stimulation and four groups were stimulated with a unipolar pulse for 0.5-10 min every day for one week. The hydroxyproline level in the skin was increased depending on the length of the stimulation. Second, a control group was not given any electrical stimulation, and three groups were treated with (a) VC solution without any stimulation, (b) a bipolar pulse for 10 min with saline, or (c) a bipolar pulse for 5 min with the VC solution. Significant increases were found in all the stimulation groups, although these treated with the VC solution without any stimulation did not have any effects compared to the control. Thus, in order to increase the hydroxyproline levels in skin, a VC must be delivered with bipolar stimulation as a method of iontophoresis. These results suggest that our newly developed electric stimulation is effective at increasing skin collagen content, and that bipolar stimulation is more effective on the iontophoresis of not only VC but also some medicines such as low- and high-molecular drugs directed to the target organ (7). PMID:19691937

  4. Polyethyleneimine-templated copper nanoclusters via ascorbic acid reduction approach as ferric ion sensor

    Highlights: A new method for synthesis of the BPEI-CuNCs is established. A facile approach for Fe3+ ion sensing by fluorescence quenching is developed. The method for Fe3+ sensing has high sensitivity and excellent selectivity. - Abstract: In this report we reported a facile one-pot method for synthesis of water-soluble and stable fluorescent CuNCs at room temperature, in which branched polyethyleneimine (BPEI) served as capping scaffold and ascorbic acid as reducing agent. The prepared BPEI-CuNCs exhibited excellent properties such as good water-solubility, photostability and high stability toward high ionic strength. Based on the electron transfer induced fluorescence quenching mechanism, this fluorescence probe was used for the sensitive and selective determination of ferric ions (Fe3+) in aqueous solution. The limit of detection was 340 nM in the linear range of 0.51000 ?M, which was lower than the maximum level of Fe3+ permitted in drinking water by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The method was successfully applied to the detection of Fe3+ in tap water, Yellow River water and human urine samples with the quantitative spike recoveries ranging from 95.3% to 112.0%

  5. Polyethyleneimine-templated copper nanoclusters via ascorbic acid reduction approach as ferric ion sensor

    Feng, Jie; Ju, Yuyun; Liu, Juanjuan; Zhang, Huige [State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Chen, Xingguo, E-mail: chenxg@lzu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Metal Chemistry and Resources Utilization of Gansu Province, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2015-01-07

    Highlights: A new method for synthesis of the BPEI-CuNCs is established. A facile approach for Fe{sup 3+} ion sensing by fluorescence quenching is developed. The method for Fe{sup 3+} sensing has high sensitivity and excellent selectivity. - Abstract: In this report we reported a facile one-pot method for synthesis of water-soluble and stable fluorescent CuNCs at room temperature, in which branched polyethyleneimine (BPEI) served as capping scaffold and ascorbic acid as reducing agent. The prepared BPEI-CuNCs exhibited excellent properties such as good water-solubility, photostability and high stability toward high ionic strength. Based on the electron transfer induced fluorescence quenching mechanism, this fluorescence probe was used for the sensitive and selective determination of ferric ions (Fe{sup 3+}) in aqueous solution. The limit of detection was 340 nM in the linear range of 0.51000 ?M, which was lower than the maximum level of Fe{sup 3+} permitted in drinking water by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The method was successfully applied to the detection of Fe{sup 3+} in tap water, Yellow River water and human urine samples with the quantitative spike recoveries ranging from 95.3% to 112.0%.

  6. D-penicillamine-templated copper nanoparticles via ascorbic acid reduction as a mercury ion sensor.

    Lin, Shu Min; Geng, Shuo; Li, Na; Li, Nian Bing; Luo, Hong Qun

    2016-05-01

    Mercury ion is one of the most hazardous metal pollutants that can cause deleterious effects on human health and the environment even at low concentrations. It is necessary to develop new mercury detection methods with high sensitivity, specificity and rapidity. In this study, a novel and green strategy for synthesizing D-penicillamine-capped copper nanoparticles (DPA-CuNPs) was successfully established by a chemical reduction method, in which D-penicillamine and ascorbic acid were used as stabilizing agent and reducing agent, respectively. The as-prepared DPA-CuNPs showed strong red fluorescence and had a large Stoke's shift (270nm). Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry were utilized to elucidate the possible fluorescence mechanism, which could be aggregation-induced emission effect. Based on the phenomenon that trace mercury ion can disperse the aggregated DPA-CuNPs, resulting in great fluorescence quench of the system, a sensitive and selective assay for mercury ion in aqueous solution with the DPA-CuNPs was developed. Under optimum conditions, this assay can be applied to the quantification of Hg(2+) in the 1.0-30μM concentration range and the detection limit (3σ/slope) is 32nM. The method was successfully applied to determine Hg(2+) in real water samples. PMID:26946016

  7. Evidence for the safety of ascorbic acid administration to the premature infant.

    Bass, W T; Malati, N; Castle, M C; White, L E

    1998-02-01

    Ascorbic acid (AA), a plasma antioxidant, is maintained at high levels in premature fetal blood and declines rapidly postpartum. The sudden reduction in blood AA levels secondary to premature delivery may increase the risk of oxidant injury, that is, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and intraventricular hemorrhage. There is concern that administration of AA to premature infants, in an effort to increase antioxidant capacity, may cause hemolysis. We felt that the benefits of early AA administration and prevention of the immediate postnatal drop in blood AA levels, might outweigh the risks of erthrocyte damage. Fifty one high-risk premature infants were randomized to receive either normal saline or 100 mg/kg of AA, daily for the first week of life. Double-blind comparisons were made of hemoglobin, hematocrit, erythrocyte morphology, bilirubin, number of blood transfusions and days of phototherapy, renal function tests, the incidence of infection, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and intraventricular hemorrhage during the first month of life. The administration of AA prevented the immediate postnatal drop in AA and was not associated with evidence of increased hemolysis. No significant differences in renal function, rate of infection, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, or intraventricular hemorrhage were seen between the two groups. This study suggests that AA administration to the premature infant is safe and supports the designing and performance of larger clinical studies of the antioxidant properties of AA. PMID:9514139

  8. Uptake and release of adrenal ascorbic acid in the guinea pig after injection of ACTH

    The effect of a single injection of ACTH (3 IU/100 g body weight) on the distribution of ascorbic acid (AA) and radiolabeled AA in 20 tissues was studied in adult male guinea pigs consuming 500 mg AA/kg diet. Saline- or ACTH-injected animals were simultaneously injected with [1-14C]AA, and killed at 0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 6 h after injection. There was no significant difference between treatments in the weight of any tissue over the 6-h experimental period. As anticipated, the concentration of AA in the adrenals of animals injected with ACTH was 33% of that of animals injected with saline at 4 h. Unexpectedly, the concentration of radiolabeled AA in the adrenals at 0.5 h after ACTH injection was 172% of that after saline injection. The concentration of radiolabeled AA in the adrenal of the saline-injected animals increased slowly over time to reach a level similar to that of ACTH-injected animals by 6 h. There was no effect of ACTH on the level of AA or uptake in any of the other tissues examined. These results demonstrate that a single dose of ACTH markedly influences the retention of AA in the adrenal gland without similarly altering retention of AA in other tissues. Furthermore, ACTH treatment causes both accelerated uptake and release of AA into the adrenals

  9. Simultaneous Chronoamperometric Sensing of Ascorbic Acid and Acetaminophen at a Boron-Doped Diamond Electrode

    Cofan, Codru?a; Radovan, Ciprian

    2008-01-01

    Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) have been used to sense and determine simultaneously L-ascorbic acid (AA) and acetaminophen (AC) at a boron-doped diamond electrode (BDDE) in a Britton-Robinson buffer solution. The calibration plots of anodic current peak versus concentration obtained from CV and CA data for both investigated compounds in single and di-component solutions over the concentration range 0.01 mM 0.1 mM proved to be linear, with very good correlation parameters. Sensitivity values and RSD of 2-3% were obtained for various situations, involving both individual and simultaneous presence of AA and AC. The chronoamperometric technique associated with standard addition in sequential one step and/or two successive and continuous chronoamperograms at two characteristic potential levels represented a feasible option for the simultaneous determination of AA and AC in real sample systems such as pharmaceutical formulations. The average values indicated by the supplier were confirmed to a very close approximation from chronoamperomgrams by using several additions with the application of suitable current correction factors.

  10. Synthesis of Au/Graphene Oxide Composites for Selective and Sensitive Electrochemical Detection of Ascorbic Acid

    Song, Jian; Xu, Lin; Xing, Ruiqing; Li, Qingling; Zhou, Chunyang; Liu, Dali; Song, Hongwei

    2014-12-01

    In this work, we present a novel ascorbic acid (AA) sensor applied to the detection of AA in human sera and pharmaceuticals. A series of Au nanoparticles (NPs) and graphene oxide sheets (Au NP/GO) composites were successfully synthesized by reduction of gold (III) using sodium citrate. Then the Au NP/GO composites were used to construct nonenzymatic electrodes in practical AA measurement. The electrode that has the best performance presents attractive analytical features, such as a low working potential of +0.15 V, a high sensitivity of 101.86 μA mM-1 cm-2 to AA, a low detection limit of 100 nM, good reproducibility and excellent selectivity. And more,it was also employed to accurately and practically detect AA in human serum and clinical vitamin C tablet with the existence of some food additive. The enhanced AA electrochemical properties of the Au NP/GO modified electrode in our work can be attributed to the improvement of electroactive surface area of Au NPs and the synergistic effect from the combination of Au NPs and GO sheets. This work shows that the Au NP/GO/GCEs hold the prospect for sensitive and selective determination of AA in practical clinical application.

  11. Regulation of ascorbic acid biosynthesis and recycling during root development in carrot (Daucus carota L.).

    Wang, Guang-Long; Xu, Zhi-Sheng; Wang, Feng; Li, Meng-Yao; Tan, Guo-Fei; Xiong, Ai-Sheng

    2015-09-01

    Ascorbic acid (AsA), also known as vitamin C, is an essential nutrient in fruits and vegetables. The fleshy root of carrot (Daucus carota L.) is a good source of AsA for humans. However, the metabolic pathways and molecular mechanisms involved in the control of AsA content during root development in carrot have not been elucidated. To gain insights into the regulation of AsA accumulation and to identify the key genes involved in the AsA metabolism, we cloned and analyzed the expression of 21 related genes during carrot root development. The results indicate that AsA accumulation in the carrot root is regulated by intricate pathways, of which the l-galactose pathway may be the major pathway for AsA biosynthesis. Transcript levels of the genes encoding l-galactose-1-phosphate phosphatase and l-galactono-1,4-lactone dehydrogenase were strongly correlated with AsA levels during root development. Data from this research may be used to assist breeding for improved nutrition, quality, and stress tolerance in carrots. PMID:25956452

  12. Exogenous application of ascorbic acid alleviates chilling injury in apricot (Prunus armeniaca L. cv. Shahroudi flowers

    Hassan Bayat

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available One of the most important limiting factors in spread of apricot in Iran is late spring frost, which damages flower bud and decrease total yield of crop. It has been found that ascorbic acid (AA plays a beneficial role during plant response to chilling and freezing stresses. To evaluate the effects of AA on alleviating of cold stress, the flower buds of Prunus armeniaca L. cv. Shahroudi were sprayed at pink cluster stage with AS at 4 levels (0, 100, 200 and 300 mg. L-1 and were then exposed to artificial cold stress (4 h at –4 °C or without cold stress (+ 25°C. Experimental attributes including electrolyte leakage (EL of flower buds and percentage of damage of pistil, anthers and petals to temperature treatments were determined. The results showed that at - 4°C the lowest and highest percentage of damage and EL of flower buds were observed in application of 200 and 0 mg. L-1 AA, respectively. The highest and lowest percentage of damage of flower organs and EL were obtained in application of 300 and 200 mg. L-1 AA, respectively at + 25 °C. Based on the results of this experiment, AA alleviates the negative effect of cold stress on EL and flower organ damages in apricot cv. Shahroudi, depending on the concentrations of AA used.

  13. Stereological studies of the effects of sodium benzoate or ascorbic acid on rats cerebellum

    Noorafshan, Ali; Erfanizadeh, Mahboobeh; Karbalay-Doust, Saied

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate the cerebellar structure in sodium benzoate (NaB) or ascorbic acid (AA) treated rats. Methods: This experimental study was conducted between May and September 2013 in the Laboratory Animal Center of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. The rats received distilled either water, NaB (200mg/kg/day), AA (100mg/kg/day), or NaB+AA. The hemispheres were removed after 28 days and underwent quantitative study. Results: The total volume of the cerebellar hemisphere, its cortex, intracerebellar nuclei; the total number of the Purkinje, Bergman, granule, neurons, and glial cells of the molecular layer; and neurons and glial cells of the intracerebellar nuclei reduced by 21-52% in the NaB-treated rats compared with the distilled water group (p=0.004). The total number of the Purkinje, Bergman, Golgi, and granule cells was 29-45% higher in the AA-treated rats compared with the distilled water group (p=0.05). However, these measures reduced by 17-50% in the NaB+AA-treated rats compared with the distilled water group (p=0.004). The NaB+AA group did not induce any significant structural changes in comparison with the NaB group (p>0.05). Conclusions: The NaB exposure with or without AA treatment could alter the cerebellum. Yet, AA could prevent the loss of some cells in the cerebellum. PMID:25491215

  14. Effects of Socio demographic factors on plasma ascorbic acid and alpha tocopherol anti oxidants during pregnancy

    Objectives: To assess the plasma levels of vitamins C and E at the various stages of pregnancy and to correlate their plasma levels with the socio-demographic factors of pregnant Nigerians. Methodology: The pregnant cases (n=180) were randomly selected according to gestational ages. And the controls (n=20) were non-pregnant women of the same age. Plasma levels of both vitamins were assayed with well established laboratory methods. Results: The mean plasma vitamins C and E in the pregnant cases was lower (by 17-23%) than controls across the three trimesters, p<0.0001. The correlation of vitamin C versus maternal age was significant; r = - 0.59, p<0.05; the mean plasma level of vitamin C declined by 57% as the maternal age increases from 22-37 years. Conclusion: The mean plasma Ascorbic acid and Alpha-tocopherol are reduced during pregnancy and socio-demographic factors have mild effects on the plasma levels of these vitamins. (author)

  15. Effect of smoking on serum xanthine oxidase, malondialdehyde, ascorbic acid and α-tocopherol levels in healthy male subjects

    Shah, Ali Akbar; Khand, Fatehuddin; Khand, Tayyab Uddin

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To examine the effect of smoking on serum xanthine oxidase, malondialdehyde, α- tocopherol and ascorbic acid levels in healthy adult male subjects. Methods: This cross-sectional comparative study was carried out at Isra University Hyderabad from July 2012 to December 2012. One hundred and twenty apparently healthy adult male subjects (60 smokers and 60 non-smokers) included in present study, were recruited from Jaindal kot, a small village located midway between Hyderabad and Matia...

  16. Glassy carbon electrodes modified with multiwalled carbon nanotubes for the determination of ascorbic acid by square-wave voltammetry

    Sushil Kumar

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Multiwalled carbon nanotubes were used to modify the surface of a glassy carbon electrode to enhance its electroactivity. Nafion served to immobilise the carbon nanotubes on the electrode surface. The modified electrode was used to develop an analytical method for the analysis of ascorbic acid (AA by square-wave voltammetry (SWV. The oxidation of ascorbic acid at the modified glassy carbon electrode showed a peak potential at 315 mV, about 80 mV lower than that observed at the bare (unmodified electrode. The peak current was about threefold higher than the response at the bare electrode. Replicate measurements of peak currents showed good precision (3% rsd. Peak currents increased with increasing ascorbic acid concentration (dynamic range = 0.0047–5.0 mmol/L and displayed good linearity (R2 = 0.994. The limit of detection was 1.4 μmol/L AA, while the limit of quantitation was 4.7 μmol/L AA. The modified electrode was applied to the determination of the amount of ascorbic acid in four brands of commercial orange-juice products. The measured content agreed well (96–104% with the product label claim for all brands tested. Recovery tests on spiked samples of orange juice showed good recovery (99–104%. The reliability of the SWV method was validated by conducting parallel experiments based on high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC with absorbance detection. The observed mean AA contents of the commercial orange juice samples obtained by the two methods were compared statistically and were found to have no significant difference (P = 0.05.

  17. Stimulative Effects of Ascorbic Acid, Thiamin or Pyridoxine on Vicia faba Growth and Some Related Metabolic Activities

    A. M. Hamada

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Soaking of bean seeds in 100 ppm ascorbic acid, thiamin or pyridoxine induced a stimulation effect on germination. Also, soaking of seeds or spraying of bean seedlings (25 day old with 100 ppm of each of these vitamins, stimulated fresh and dry weight, biosynthesis of photosynthetic pigment fractions and net photosynthetic rate. However, these treatments did not induce a considerable change in dark respiration.

  18. Ascorbic Acid Biosynthesis and Brackish Water Acclimation in the Euryhaline Freshwater White-Rimmed Stingray, Himantura signifer

    Wong, Samuel Z. H.; Ching, Biyun; Chng, You R.; Wong, Wai P.; Chew, Shit F.; Ip, Yuen K.

    2013-01-01

    L-gulono-γ-lactone oxidase (Gulo) catalyzes the last step of ascorbic acid biosynthesis, which occurs in the kidney of elasmobranchs. This study aimed to clone and sequence gulonolactone oxidase (gulo) from the kidney of the euryhaline freshwater stingray, Himantura signifer, and to determine the effects of acclimation from freshwater to brackish water (salinity 20) on its renal gulo mRNA expression and Gulo activity. We also examined the effects of brackish water acclimation on concentration...

  19. Redox cycles of vitamin E: Hydrolysis and ascorbic acid dependent reduction of 8a-(alkyldioxy)tocopherones

    Liebler, D.C.; Kaysen, K.L.; Kennedy, T.A. (Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (USA))

    1989-12-12

    Oxidation of the biological antioxidant {alpha}-tocopherol (vitamin E; TH) by peroxyl radicals yields 8a-(alkyldioxy)tocopherones, which either may hydrolyze to {alpha}-tocopheryl quinone (TQ) or may be reduced by ascorbic acid to regenerate TH. To define the chemistry of this putative two-electron TH redox cycle, we studied the hydrolysis and reduction of 8a-((2,4-dimethyl-1-nitrilopent-2-yl)dioxyl)tocopherone (1) in acetonitrile/buffer mixtures and in phospholipid liposomes. TQ formation in acetonitrile/buffer mixtures, which was monitored spectrophotometrically, declined with increasing pH and could not be detected above pH 4. The rate of TQ formation from 1 first increased with time and then decreased in a first-order terminal phase. Rearrangement of 8a-hydroxy-{alpha}-tocopherone (2) to TQ displayed first-order kinetics identical with the terminal phase for TQ formation from 1. Both rate constants increased with decreasing pH. Hydrolysis of 1 in acetonitrile/H{sub 2}{sup 18}O yielded ({sup 18}O)TQ. These observations suggest that 1 loses the 8a-(alkyldioxy) moiety to produce the tocopherone cation (T{sup +}), which hydrolyzes to 2, the TQ-forming intermediate. Incubation of either 1 or 2 with ascorbic acid in acetonitrile/buffer yielded TH. Reduction of both 1 and 2 decreased with increasing pH. In phosphatidylcholine liposomes at pH 7, approximately 10% of the T{sup +} generated from 1 was reduced to TH by 5 mM ascorbic acid. The results collectively demonstrate that T{sup +} is the ascorbic acid reducible intermediate in a two-electron TH redox cycle, a process that probably would require biocatalysis to proceed in biological membranes.

  20. Effect of ascorbic acid supplementation on nitric oxide metabolites and systolic blood pressure in rats exposed to lead

    Mohammad Amani; Ali Noroozzadeh; Reza Badalzadeh; Ali Khoshbaten

    2010-01-01

    Background: Extended exposure to low levels of lead causes high blood pressure in human and laboratory animals. The mechanism is not completely recognized, but it is relatively implicated with generation of free radicals, oxidant agents such as ROS, and decrease of available nitric oxide (NO). In this study, we have demonstrated the effect of ascorbic acid as an antioxidant on nitric oxide metabolites and systolic blood pressure in rats exposed to low levels of lead. Materials and Methods:...

  1. Effect of ascorbic acid on thyroid functions and some biochemical activities in rats treated with cadmium chloride

    This study was carried out to investigate the role of oral administration of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in rats at a dose level of 100 mg/kg body weight in reducing disturbances caused by cadmium at a dose level of 1.2 mg CdCl2/Kg body weight (1/4 LD50). Cadmium treatment induced thyroid dysfunction and disturbance in blood count and some elements in sera of male rats. The rats were divided into four groups. The first group (I) of rats served as normal control, the second group (II) was treated with CdCl2, the third group (III) was treated with CdCl2 followed by 2 weeks rehabilitation and the fourth one (IV) was treated with CdCl2 followed by ascorbic acid treatment. Serum total T3, total T4, hemoglobin, red blood cell count, and hematocrit value, blood indices as well as white blood cell count, total serum calcium, phosphorus and alkaline phosphatase were evaluated in all rats.The results revealed that treatment with cadmium in groups II and III led to significant decreases in T3 and T4 levels and most of blood count parameters.In rats treated with ascorbic acid, a non-significant improvement in serum T3 level was obtained, whereas, serum T4 level was significantly increased and its level was reached around corresponding control value. Also, ascorbic acid treatment led to significant increases in Hb, RBCs, Hct, MCV, MCH and MCHC values, which were comparable to those obtained in control, whereas WBCs count was slightly improved in group (IV) in comparison with both groups treated with Cd but it was highly significantly decreased in both groups treated with Cd as compared to control. Serum total calcium and alkaline phosphatase activity were non-significantly decreased, whereas inorganic phosphorus concentrations was significantly decreased in groups III and IV as compared to control

  2. Redox cycles of vitamin E: Hydrolysis and ascorbic acid dependent reduction of 8a-(alkyldioxy)tocopherones

    Oxidation of the biological antioxidant ?-tocopherol (vitamin E; TH) by peroxyl radicals yields 8a-(alkyldioxy)tocopherones, which either may hydrolyze to ?-tocopheryl quinone (TQ) or may be reduced by ascorbic acid to regenerate TH. To define the chemistry of this putative two-electron TH redox cycle, we studied the hydrolysis and reduction of 8a-[(2,4-dimethyl-1-nitrilopent-2-yl)dioxyl]tocopherone (1) in acetonitrile/buffer mixtures and in phospholipid liposomes. TQ formation in acetonitrile/buffer mixtures, which was monitored spectrophotometrically, declined with increasing pH and could not be detected above pH 4. The rate of TQ formation from 1 first increased with time and then decreased in a first-order terminal phase. Rearrangement of 8a-hydroxy-?-tocopherone (2) to TQ displayed first-order kinetics identical with the terminal phase for TQ formation from 1. Both rate constants increased with decreasing pH. Hydrolysis of 1 in acetonitrile/H218O yielded [18O]TQ. These observations suggest that 1 loses the 8a-(alkyldioxy) moiety to produce the tocopherone cation (T+), which hydrolyzes to 2, the TQ-forming intermediate. Incubation of either 1 or 2 with ascorbic acid in acetonitrile/buffer yielded TH. Reduction of both 1 and 2 decreased with increasing pH. In phosphatidylcholine liposomes at pH 7, approximately 10% of the T+ generated from 1 was reduced to TH by 5 mM ascorbic acid. The results collectively demonstrate that T+ is the ascorbic acid reducible intermediate in a two-electron TH redox cycle, a process that probably would require biocatalysis to proceed in biological membranes

  3. Dynamical properties in uniform and periodic growth modes of ascorbic acid crystal domain from thin solution film

    Yamazaki, Yoshihiro; Kikuchi, Mitsunobu; Toda, Akihiko; Wakita, Jun-ichi; Matsushita, Mitsugu

    2013-01-01

    There exists the threshold-sensitive dynamical transition between the uniform and the periodic growth modes in the domain growth of ascorbic acid crystals from its aqueous supersaturated solution film. The crystal growth induces the solution flow. Humidity controls the fluidity of the solution. The solution flow varies the film thickness. The threshold exists in the thickness of the solution film, and the crystal growth almost stops if the thickness becomes lower than the threshold.

  4. Ascorbic Acid Enhances the Accumulation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Roots of Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.)

    Gao, Yanzheng; LI, HUI; Gong, Shuaishuai

    2012-01-01

    Plant contamination by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is crucial to food safety and human health. Enzyme inhibitors are commonly utilized in agriculture to control plant metabolism of organic components. This study revealed that the enzyme inhibitor ascorbic acid (AA) significantly reduced the activities of peroxidase (POD) and polyphenol oxidase (PPO), thus enhancing the potential risks of PAH contamination in tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.). POD and PPO enzymes in vitro e...

  5. Hepatotoxicity of Pentavalent Antimonial Drug: Possible Role of Residual Sb(III) and Protective Effect of Ascorbic Acid

    Kato, Kelly C.; Morais-Teixeira, Eliane; Priscila G. Reis; Silva-Barcellos, Neila M.; Salan, Pascal; Campos, Paula P.; Dias Corra-Junior, Jos; Rabello, Ana; Demicheli, Cynthia; Frzard, Frdric

    2014-01-01

    Pentavalent antimonial drugs such as meglumine antimoniate (Glucantime [Glu; Sanofi-Aventis, So Paulo, Brazil]) produce severe side effects, including cardiotoxicity and hepatotoxicity, during the treatment of leishmaniasis. We evaluated the role of residual Sb(III) in the hepatotoxicity of meglumine antimoniate, as well as the protective effect of the antioxidant ascorbic acid (AA) during antimonial chemotherapy in a murine model of visceral leishmaniasis. BALB/c mice infected with Leishman...

  6. Iron binding efficiency of polyphenols: Comparison of effect of ascorbic acid and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid on catechol and galloyl groups.

    Tamilmani, Poonkodi; Pandey, Mohan Chandra

    2016-04-15

    Dietary polyphenols are markedly studied for their antioxidant activity. They also have a negative impact on nutrition whereby they interfere with iron absorption. Common dietary polyphenols include: catechins, flavonols, flavanols, flavones, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins and phenolic acids. Ascorbic acid (AA) and Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) are commonly used to counter act this reaction and increase iron bioavailability. This study was aimed at determining the effect of AA and EDTA on the catechol or galloyl iron binding ability of pure phenolics, coffee and tea. Phenolic concentrations of 40, 80, 610, 240, 320, 400, 520 and 900 μg/ml were tested against six levels of AA and EDTA. These effects were studied in detail using Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) with the hypothesis that there would be one or more mean differences between the ratio of enhancer and the different concentrations of samples tested. AA was found to be more efficient than EDTA in a way that lesser quantity is required for completely overcoming negative iron binding effects of polyphenols and similar samples. PMID:26675868

  7. Determination of uric acid in human urine by eliminating ascorbic acid interference on copper(II)-polydopamine immobilized electrode surface

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A simple strategy for preparation of ploydopamine-Cu(II) coating on electrode. • The sensor shows the extraordinary selectivity for electrochemical determination of UA. • Modified electrode was characterized in detail. • Practical application was demonstrated in urine samples. - Abstract: The polydopamine (PD) coating was spontaneously formed through simple immersion of glassy carbon (GC) electrode in a dilute aqueous solution of dopamine (DA) at acidic solution (pH = 4.5) in the presence of Cu2+. Copper(II) ions were anchored on surface of GC electrode to prepare a PD-Cu(II) modified electrode. The morphology, composition and electrochemical properties of the PD-Cu(II) films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. This modified electrode shows the extraordinary selectivity for electrochemical determination of uric acid (UA) without interference of high concentration of ascorbic acid (AA). Under coexistence of 5 mM AA, the differential pulse voltammetry peak current of UA give linear response over the range of 0.06–1.68 mM (R2= 0.9934) with detection limit of 24.6 μM (S/N = 3). Furthermore, the proposed sensor is ideal for the analysis of UA in human urine samples providing satisfactory results

  8. Partial molar volumes and viscosity B-coefficients of arginine in aqueous glucose, sucrose and L-ascorbic acid solutions at T = 298.15 K

    Densities and viscosities of arginine in (glucose + water), (sucrose + water) and (L-ascorbic acid + water) mixed solvents have been measured at T 298.15 K by an oscillating-tube densimeter and viscometer. Standard-state partial molar volume, hydration number and viscosity B-coefficients of arginine have been calculated. The transfer volumes from water to (sugar + water) or (L-ascorbic acid + water) mixed solvents have been obtained and discussed in terms of the structural hydration interaction model. The results indicate that the partial molar volumes of transfer and viscosity B-coefficients of arginine increase with increasing the mass concentration of sugar or L-ascorbic acid, and the hydration number of arginine decreases owing to the interaction of sugar or L-ascorbic acid and the zwitterionic groups. It is concluded that the magnitude of the enhancement effect on volume and hydration number is related to the number of OH groups and the structure of mixture solvent

  9. Selective complexometric determination of titanium(IV) using sodium potassium tartrate or ascorbic acid as masking agent

    A simple, rapid and accurate complexometric method is proposed for the determination of titanium(IV) where sodium potassium tartrate or ascorbic acid were used as masking agents. In the presence of diverse metal ions, titanium is first complexed with excess of EDTA and surplus EDTA is then titrated at pH 5-6 with zinc sulfate, xylenol orange being used as indicator. An excess of 5 % aqueous sodium potassium tartrate is then added to displace the complexed EDTA from the Ti-EDTA complex quantitatively, which is titrated with zinc sulfate. Also, ascorbic acid may be used as the releasing agent. The methods work well in the range 1-53 mg of Ti(IV) for sodium potassium tartrate with relative errors 0.28 % and standard deviations 0.16 mg. For ascorbic acid the range is 1.00-30.00 mg of Ti(IV) with relative errors of 0.40 % and standard deviations of 0.05 mg. (author)

  10. Potentiometric determination of L-ascorbic acid in pharmaceutical samples by FIA using a modified tubular electrode

    Fernandes Julio Cesar B.

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available A flow injection system using a tubular electrode based on the redox properties of copper (II ions occluded in EVA membrane was developed for L-ascorbic acid determination. The poly-ethylene-co-vinyl acetate (EVA 40% m/m matrix was doped with copper (II ions and dispersed on the surface of a graphite/epoxy tubular electrode. The electrode showed a super-Nernstian response for L-ascorbic acid concentration between 10-3 and 10-1 mol L-1 with a detection limit of 8.5×10-4 mol L-1, when 0.1 mol L-1 KH2PO4 buffer mixed with 0.1 mol L-1 hydrogen peroxide at pH 5.0 was employed as carrier. The Potentiometric-FIA system allows an analytical frequency of 120 samples per hour with a precision of 3.6%. The results obtained for ascorbic acid determination in pharmaceutical samples, without any previous treatment, were similar to those obtained by the British Pharmacopoeia method.

  11. Dietary ascorbic acid normalizes ribosomal efficiency for collagen production in skin of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats

    The objective of this study was to quantify the contribution of both ribosome amount and ribosomal efficiency to decreased collagen production in skin of diabetic rats and diabetic rats treated with dietary ascorbic acid. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were distributed equally into the following categories: non-diabetic controls; diabetics; ascorbic acid-treated diabetics. On day-20, all rats were injected with (3H)proline and killed after 2 h. Absolute rate of collagen production, ribosome content, and ribosomal efficiency of collagen production were quantified. Also ribosomal efficiency was quantified for ribosomes in sucrose-gradient fractionated post-mitochondrial supernatants. The results indicate that decreased ribosomal efficiency was responsible for 70% of the decreased collagen production with 30% caused by decreased ribosome content, when measured for total skin or sucrose gradient-isolated ribosomes. At both levels of analysis, ascorbic acid treatment normalized ribosomal efficiency, indicating diabetes-mediated decreased ribosomal efficiency for collagen production is related to a co-translational event, such as procollagen underhydroxylation

  12. Effects of low temperature on the sugar and ascorbic acid contents of komatsuna (Brassica campestris L.) under limited solar radiation

    The effects of low temperature on the sugar and ascorbic acid contents of Komatsuna (Brassica campestris L.) plants grown under limited solar radiation in the greenhouse were evaluated. Komatsuna plants were grown in a greenhouse in which the mean air temperature was maintained between 13 degree C and 15 degree C (defined as the 'cool temperature' condition). The solar radiation in the greenhouse fluctuated between 2 and 4 MJ/m2. day-l during the experiment. When Komatsuna plants grew to about 20 cm height, they were transferred to a greenhouse in which the mean air temperature fluctuated between 2 degree C and 3 degree C (defined as the 'cold temperature' or 'cold treatment'). The total sugar contents in leaf blades and in petioles of Komatsuna plants increased rapidly as a function of the cold treatment. The total ascorbic acid content in the leaf blades increased rapidly after the initiation of cold treatment, whereas that content in the petioles increased gradually. On the other hand, the composition of the leaf blades and petioles in the Komatsuna plants did not change when grown continuously in the cool plot. The data show that cold treatment promoted the per unit area production of the total sugar and total ascorbic acid. These results indicate that cold treatment could improve the nutritional qualities of Komatsuna plants, even under limited solar radiation in winter,

  13. Effects of ascorbic acid and alpha tocopherol supplementation on basal testosterone cortisol ratio in male sprague dawley rats

    Background: Basal testosterone cortisol ratio is considered very important to maintain homeostasis. Increase in this ratio has various beneficial effects on body. In this study we determined the effects of ascorbic acid and alpha tocopherol supplementation on basal testosterone cortisol ratio in male Sprague Dawley rats. Methods: It was quasi experimental study carried out in department of Physiology, Army Medical College Rawalpindi in collaboration with National Institute of Health, Islamabad during October 2006 to September 2007. Forty male Sprague Dawley rats were divided into four groups with ten rats in each group and above mentioned antioxidants supplementation were given along with standard diet for one month. After this, blood samples were taken and analyzed for serum testosterone and cortisol by ELISA and malondialdehyde levels colorimetrically. Data were analysed on SPSS version 13 and p<0.05 was considered significant. Results: There was no significant rise in testosterone cortisol ratio in rats supplemented with single antioxidant; however rats supplemented with combination of ascorbic acid and alpha tocopherol revealed significant rise in testosterone cortisol ratio with a fall in malondialdehyde levels. Conclusions: Synergistic effects of ascorbic acid and alpha tocopherol resulted in a decline in reactive oxygen species induced lipid peroxidation and rise of testosterone cortisol ratio. (author)

  14. Ascorbic acid and citric flavonoids for broilers under heat stress: effects on performance and meat quality

    JEM Peña

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of increasing doses of ascorbic acid (AA and citric flavonoids (quercetin and rutin on the performance and meat quality characteristics of broilers submitted to cyclic heat stress. Four-hundred one-day-old female Ross 308 were housed in 40 battery cages a in temperature controlled room. Treatments consisted of 0, 250, 500, and 1000 g/ton on of AA + citric flavonoids. Birds were fed ad libitum until 32 day of age. Beginning on day 14 post-hatch until the end of the experiment, in order to simulate cyclic heat stress, the temperature inside the room was increased to 32°C for 5 hours, and decreased until reaching the comfort temperature corresponding to the age of the animals. Birds were slaughtered at 33 days of age, and carcass and commercial cuts yields were determined. Thighs and boneless breast samples were collected and frozen for subsequent analyses of pH, cooking loss, shear force, color, and Thiobarbituric Acid Reactive Substances (TBARS. Significant differences (p <0.05 were found for feed efficiency from 1 to 7 days of age, with the best values for the birds fed 0 and 250 g/ton on of AA + citric flavonoids. At the end of the experiment, there were no differences in other performance variables, carcass and parts yields, pH, shear force, color and TBARS. The meat of the birds supplemented with 250 g/ton on of product presented the lowest cooking loss.

  15. Comparative Study of Intravenous Iron Versus Intravenous Ascorbic Acid for Treatment of Functional Iron Deficiency in Patients Under Hemodialysis: A Randomized Clinical Trial

    Sedighi, Omid; Makhlough, Atieh; Janbabai, Ghasem; Neemi, Mohammad

    2013-01-01

    Background Functional iron deficiency (FID) may cause erythropoietin resistance in patients under hemodialysis (HD). Since the role of chronic inflammation or oxidative stress in its pathogenesis is unclear, controversy remains to whether intravenous iron or intravenous ascorbic acid (an antioxidant) can improve this anemia due to decreased iron availability. Objectives The current study compared the effect of intravenous iron versus intravenous ascorbic acid in the management of FID in HD pa...

  16. Melatonin is more effective than ascorbic acid and β-carotene in improvement of gastric mucosal damage induced by intensive stress

    Akinci, Aysin; Esrefoglu, Mukaddes; Cetin, Asli; Ates, Burhan

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Oxidative stress has been considered to play a primary role in the pathogenesis of stress-induced gastric damage. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of melatonin, ascorbic acid and β-carotene on stress-induced gastric mucosal damage. Material and methods Fifty-six male Wistar albino rats were divided into control, stress, stress + standard diet, stress + saline, stress + melatonin, stress + ascorbic acid and stress + β-carotene groups. The rats from stress group...

  17. Report of the Pilot Study Done for the Proposed Investigation on the Possible Synergic Effect between High-Dose Ascorbic Acid Application and Oncothermia Treatment

    Csaba Kovago; Nora Meggyeshazi; Gabor Andocs; Andras Szasz

    2013-01-01

    According to recent investigations, the parenteral application of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) at high doses has significant antitumor activity in in vitro assays. The goal of our experiment was to determine the possible potentiating effect of application of high dose pH-neutralized ascorbic acid to the normal oncothermia treatment method. The NMRI mice were inoculated with C26 murine colon carcinoma cell line subcutaneously at both of their femoral regions and were kept till the tumors reached ...

  18. Effect of Ascorbic Acid Foliar Application on Yield, Yield Component and several Morphological Traits of Grain Corn under Water Deficit Stress Conditions

    Aria DOLATABADIAN

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available In order to study effect of ascorbic acid foliar application on morphological traits, yield and yield components of grain corn under conditions of water stress, an experiment was conducted in Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran in 2006 growing season. Experimental design was RCBD (Randomized Complete Block Design and treatments were sat in split-split plot arrangement. Water deficit stress treatment with three levels (no stress, vegetative phase stress and reproductive phase stress was allocated to main plots. Ascorbic acid was used at two time (vegetative phase and reproductive phase and four concentration (0, 50, 100 and 150 mgl-1 as sub plots and sub-sub plots, respectively. The results demonstrated that water deficit stress and ascorbic acid foliar application had significant effect on upon traits. Water deficit stress significantly decreased dry or fresh weight of plants at two growing phases, but leaf area was just decreased due to water deficit stress at vegetative phase. Regarding yield and yield components, a significant decrease was observed when plants were water stressed. It�s notable that final yield was more affected when plants were stressed at reproductive phase than those were stressed at vegetative phase. Ascorbic acid foliar application increased stem and leaf dry weight and leaf fresh weight. In addition, an increase was observed in grain weight when plants were treated by 150 mgl-1 ascorbic acid at two growing phases and no stress and vegetative stress. The highest infertile grains were observed in reproductive stress and without ascorbic acid plots while ascorbic acid foliar application led to increase of grain fertility. In general, these results suggests that ascorbic acid foliar application decreases adverse effects of water deficit stress and improves growth and production at normal and stressed conditions.

  19. Simultaneous/Selective Detection of Dopamine and Ascorbic Acid at Synthetic Zeolite-Modified/Graphite-Epoxy Composite Macro/Quasi-Microelectrodes

    Rodica Pode; Elida Cristina Ilinoiu; Pier Andrea Serra; Florica Manea

    2013-01-01

    The present paper aims to miniaturize a graphite-epoxy and synthetic zeolite-modified graphite-epoxy composite macroelectrode as a quasi-microelectrode aiming in vitro and also, envisaging in vivo simultaneous electrochemical detection of dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA) neurotransmitters, or DA detection in the presence of AA. The electrochemical behavior and the response of the designed materials to the presence of dopamine and ascorbic acid without any protective membranes were studied...

  20. Pro-oxidative vs antioxidative properties of ascorbic acid in chromium(VI)-induced damage: an in vivo and in vitro approach.

    Poljsak, B; Gazdag, Z; Jenko-Brinovec, S; Fujs, S; Pesti, M; Bélagyi, J; Plesnicar, S; Raspor, P

    2005-01-01

    The effect of antioxidant ascorbic acid (vitamin C) pretreatment on chromium(VI)-induced damage was investigated using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism. The objective of this study was to pretreat yeast cells with the antioxidant ascorbic acid in an effort to increase cell tolerance against reactive chromium intermediates and reactive oxygen species formed during chromium(VI) reduction. Intracellular oxidation was estimated using the fluorescence indicators dihidro-2,7-dichlorofluorescein, dihydroethidium and dihydrorhodamine 123. The role of ascorbic acid pretreatment on chromium(VI) toxicity was determined by measuring mitotic gene conversion, reverse mutations, 8-OHdG, hydroxyl radical, superoxide anion and chromium(V) formation. The chromium content in the biomass was determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. In the absence of chromium, ascorbic acid effectively protected the cells against endogenous reactive oxygen species formed during normal cellular metabolism. In vitro measurements employing EPR and the results of supercoiled DNA cleavage revealed that the pro-oxidative action of ascorbic acid during Cr(VI) reduction was concentration-dependent and that harmful hydroxyl radical and Cr(V) had formed following Cr(VI) reduction. However, the in vivo results highlighted the important role of increased cytosol reduction capacity related to modification of Cr(V) formation, increased chromium accumulation, better scavenging ability of superoxide anions and hydrogen peroxide, and consequently decreased cytotoxicity and genotoxicity in ascorbic acid pretreated cells. Ascorbic acid influenced Cr(VI) toxicity both as a reducing agent, by decreasing Cr(V) persistence, and as an antioxidant, by decreasing intracellular superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide formation and by quenching free radicals formed during Cr(VI) to Cr(III) reduction. Increased 8-OHdG and decreased reduced glutathione in ascorbic acid-treated cells might induce an endogenous antioxidant defense system and thus increase cell tolerance against subsequent Cr-induced stress. PMID:16092082

  1. Ascorbic acid/Fe@Fe2O3: A highly efficient combined Fenton reagent to remove organic contaminants.

    Hou, Xiaojing; Huang, Xiaopeng; Ai, Zhihui; Zhao, Jincai; Zhang, Lizhi

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we demonstrate that the combination of ascorbic acid and Fe@Fe2O3 core-shell nanowires (AA/Fe@Fe2O3) offers a highly efficient Fenton reagent. This combined Fenton reagent exhibited extremely high activity on the decomposition of H2O2 to produce OH for the degradation of various organic contaminants, including rhodamine B, methylene blue, alachlor, atrazine, siduron, lincomycin, and chloroamphenicol. The contaminant degradation constants in the AA/Fe@Fe2O3/H2O2 Fenton systems were 38-53 times higher than those in the conventional homogeneous Fenton system (Fe(II)/H2O2) at pH 3.8. Moreover, the OH generation rate constant in the AA/Fe@Fe2O3/H2O2 Fenton system was 1-3 orders of magnitudes greater than those of heterogeneous Fenton systems developed with other iron-containing materials (α-FeOOH, α-Fe2O3, FeOCl, and so on). The high activity of AA/Fe@Fe2O3 was attributed to the effective Fe(III)/Fe(II) cycle and the iron-ascorbate complex formation to stabilize ferrous ions with desirable and steady concentrations. During the AA/Fe@Fe2O3/H2O2 Fenton process, ascorbic acid served as a reducing and complexing reagent, enabling the reuse of Fe@Fe2O3 nanowires. We systematically investigated the alachlor and ascorbic acid degradation and found that they could be effectively degraded in the AA/Fe@Fe2O3/H2O2 system, accompanying with 100% of dechlorination and 92% of denitrification. This study sheds light on the importance of Fe(III)/Fe(II) cycle for the design of high efficient Fenton system and provides an alternative pathway for the organic contaminants removal. PMID:26921510

  2. Ascorbate supplementation inhibits growth and metastasis of B16FO melanoma and 4T1 breast cancer cells in vitamin C-deficient mice.

    Cha, John; Roomi, M Waheed; Ivanov, Vadim; Kalinovsky, Tatiana; Niedzwiecki, Aleksandra; Rath, Matthias

    2013-01-01

    Degradation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a critical role in the formation of tumors and metastasis and has been found to correlate with the aggressiveness of tumor growth and invasiveness of cancer. Ascorbic acid, which is known to be essential for the structural integrity of the intercellular matrix, is not produced by humans and must be obtained from the diet. Cancer patients have been shown to have very low reserves of ascorbic acid. Our main objective was to determine the effect of ascorbate supplementation on metastasis, tumor growth and tumor immunohistochemistry in mice unable to synthesize ascorbic acid [gulonolactone oxidase (gulo) knockout (KO)] when challenged with B16FO melanoma or 4T1 breast cancer cells. Gulo KO female mice 36-38 weeks of age were deprived of or maintained on ascorbate in food and water for 4 weeks prior to and 2 weeks post intraperitoneal (IP) injection of 5x105 B16FO murine melanoma cells or to injection of 5x105 4T1 breast cancer cells into the mammary pad of mice. Ascorbate-supplemented gulo KO mice injected with B16FO melanoma cells demonstrated significant reduction (by 71%, p=0.005) in tumor metastasis compared to gulo KO mice on the control diet. The mean tumor weight in ascorbate supplemented mice injected with 4T1 cells was reduced by 28% compared to tumor weight in scorbutic mice. Scorbutic tumors demonstrated large dark cores, associated with increased necrotic areas and breaches to the tumor surface, apoptosis and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), and weak, disorganized or missing collagen I tumor capsule. In contrast, the ascorbate-supplemented group tumors had smaller fainter colored cores and confined areas of necrosis/apoptosis with no breaches from the core to the outside of the tumor and a robust collagen I tumor capsule. In both studies, ascorbate supplementation of gulo KO mice resulted in profoundly decreased serum inflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-6 (99% decrease, p=0.01 in the B16F0 study and 85% decrease, p=0.08 in the 4T1 study) compared to the levels in gulo KO mice deprived of ascorbate. In the B16FO study, ascorbate supplementation of gulo KO mice resulted in profoundly decreased serum VEGF (98% decrease, p=0.019 than in the scorbutic gulo KO mice). As expected, mean serum ascorbate level in ascorbate-restricted mice was 2% (pascorbate levels in supplemented mice. In conclusion, ascorbate supplementation hinders metastasis, tumor growth and inflammatory cytokine secretion as well as enhanced encapsulation of tumors elicited by melanoma and breast cancer cell challenge in gulo KO mice. PMID:23175106

  3. Ascorbic acid is a key participant during the interactions between chloroplasts and mitochondria to optimize photosynthesis and protect against photoinhibition

    Saikrishna Talla; Khateef Riazunnisa; Lolla Padmavathi; Pidakala Rajsheel; Agepati S Raghavendra

    2011-03-01

    The possible role of L-ascorbate (AsA) as a biochemical signal during the interactions between photosynthesis and respiration was examined in leaf discs of Arabidopsis thaliana. AsA content was either decreased as in AsA-deficient vtc1 mutants or increased by treatment with L-galactono-1, 4-lactone (L-GalL, a precursor of AsA; EC 1.3.2.3). In mutants, photosynthesis was extremely sensitive to both antimycin A (inhibitor of the cytochrome oxidase pathway [COX pathway]) and salicylhydroxamic acid (SHAM, inhibitor of the alternative pathway [AOX pathway]), particularly at high light conditions. Mitochondrial inhibitors lowered the ratio of reduced AsA to total AsA, at high light, indicating oxidative stress in leaf discs. Elevation of AsA by L-GalL decreased the sensitivity of photosynthesis at high light to antimycin A or SHAM, sustained photosynthesis at supraoptimal light and relieved the extent of photoinhibition. High ratios of reduced AsA to total AsA in L-GalL-treated leaf discs suggests that L-GalL lowers oxidative stress. The protection by L-GalL of photosynthesis against the mitochondrial inhibitors and photoinhibition was quite pronounced in vtc1 mutants. Our results suggest that the levels and redox state of AsA modify the pattern of modulation of photosynthesis by mitochondrial metabolism. The extent of the AOX pathway as a percentage of the total respiration in Arabidopsis mesophyll protoplasts was much higher in vtc1 than in wild type. We suggest that the role of AsA becomes pronounced at high light and/or when the AOX pathway is inhibited. While acknowledging the importance of the COX pathway, we hypothesize that AsA and the AOX pathway may complement each other to protect photosynthesis against photoinhibition.

  4. Ascorbic acid improves brachial artery vasodilation during progressive handgrip exercise in the elderly through a nitric oxide-mediated mechanism.

    Trinity, Joel D; Wray, D Walter; Witman, Melissa A H; Layec, Gwenael; Barrett-O'Keefe, Zachary; Ives, Stephen J; Conklin, Jamie D; Reese, Van; Zhao, Jia; Richardson, Russell S

    2016-03-15

    The proposed mechanistic link between the age-related attenuation in vascular function and free radicals is an attractive hypothesis; however, direct evidence of free radical attenuation and a concomitant improvement in vascular function in the elderly is lacking. Therefore, this study sought to test the hypothesis that ascorbic acid (AA), administered intra-arterially during progressive handgrip exercise, improves brachial artery (BA) vasodilation in a nitric oxide (NO)-dependent manner, by mitigating free radical production. BA vasodilation (Doppler ultrasound) and free radical outflow [electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy] were measured in seven healthy older adults (69 ± 2 yr) during handgrip exercise at 3, 6, 9, and 12 kg (∼13-52% of maximal voluntary contraction) during the control condition and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibition via N(G)-monomethyl-l-arginine (l-NMMA), AA, and coinfusion of l-NMMA + AA. Baseline BA diameter was not altered by any of the treatments, while l-NMMA and l-NMMA + AA diminished baseline BA blood flow and shear rate. AA improved BA dilation compared with control at 9 kg (control: 6.5 ± 2.2%, AA: 10.9 ± 2.5%, P = 0.01) and 12 kg (control: 9.5 ± 2.7%, AA: 15.9 ± 3.7%, P exercise intensity but, interestingly, was not attenuated by AA. Collectively, these results indicate that AA improves BA vasodilation in the elderly during handgrip exercise through an NO-dependent mechanism; however, this improvement appears not to be the direct consequence of attenuated free radical outflow from the forearm. PMID:26801312

  5. Ascorbic acid is superior to silymarin in the recovery of ethanol-induced inflammatory reactions in hepatocytes of guinea pigs.

    Abhilash, P A; Harikrishnan, R; Indira, M

    2013-12-01

    Both oxidative stress and inflammatory reactions play a major role in alcoholic liver fibrosis. We evaluated the efficacy of ascorbic acid (AA) and silymarin in the regression of alcohol-induced inflammation in hepatocytes of guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus). Animals were administered with ethanol at a daily dose of 4 g/kg body weight (b.wt) for 90 days. On the ninety-first day, ethanol administration was stopped and animals were divided into alcohol abstention group and silymarin- (25 mg/100 g b.wt) and AA- (25 mg/100 g b.wt) supplemented groups and maintained for 30 days. There was a significant increase in the activities of alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, and γ-glutamyl transpeptidase in the serum of the ethanol group. The intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and expressions of cytochrome P4502E1 and nuclear factor κB1, tumor necrosis factor-α, and transforming growth factor-β(1) in hepatocytes were significantly increased in ethanol group. The fibrotic markers α-smooth muscle actin and α(1)(I) collagen and activity of cytotoxicity marker caspase-3 were significantly increased and AA content was significantly reduced in hepatocytes of alcohol-treated guinea pigs. But the AA and silymarin supplementation significantly reduced these changes in comparison with alcohol abstention group. AA could induce greater reduction of inflammatory and fibrotic markers in hepatocytes than silymarin. This indicates that AA is superior to silymarin in inhibiting intracellular ROS generation and thereby reducing the ethanol-induced inflammation in hepatocytes. PMID:23653339

  6. Ascorbic acid is a key participant during the interactions between chloroplasts and mitochondria to optimize photosynthesis and protect against photoinhibition.

    Talla, Saikrishna; Riazunnisa, Khateef; Padmavathi, Lolla; Sunil, Bobba; Rajsheel, Pidakala; Raghavendra, Agepati S

    2011-03-01

    The possible role of L-ascorbate (AsA) as a biochemical signal during the interactions between photosynthesis and respiration was examined in leaf discs of Arabidopsis thaliana. AsA content was either decreased as in AsA-deficient vtc1 mutants or increased by treatment with L-galactono-1, 4-lactone (L-GalL, a precursor of AsA; EC 1.3.2.3). In mutants, photosynthesis was extremely sensitive to both antimycin A (inhibitor of the cytochrome c oxidase pathway [COX pathway]) and salicylhydroxamic acid (SHAM, inhibitor of the alternative pathway [AOX pathway]), particularly at high light conditions. Mitochondrial inhibitors lowered the ratio of reduced AsA to total AsA, at high light, indicating oxidative stress in leaf discs. Elevation of AsA by L-GalL decreased the sensitivity of photosynthesis at high light to antimycin A or SHAM, sustained photosynthesis at supraoptimal light and relieved the extent of photoinhibition. High ratios of reduced AsA to total AsA in L-GalL-treated leaf discs suggests that L-GalL lowers oxidative stress. The protection by L-GalL of photosynthesis against the mitochondrial inhibitors and photoinhibition was quite pronounced in vtc1 mutants. Our results suggest that the levels and redox state of AsA modify the pattern of modulation of photosynthesis by mitochondrial metabolism. The extent of the AOX pathway as a percentage of the total respiration in Arabidopsis mesophyll protoplasts was much higher in vtc1 than in wild type. We suggest that the role of AsA becomes pronounced at high light and/or when the AOX pathway is inhibited. While acknowledging the importance of the COX pathway, we hypothesize that AsA and the AOX pathway may complement each other to protect photosynthesis against photoinhibition. PMID:21451257

  7. Addition of l-ascorbic acid to culture and vitrification media of IVF porcine blastocysts improves survival and reduces HSPA1A levels of vitrified embryos.

    Castillo-Martn, Miriam; Yeste, Marc; Soler, Albert; Morat, Roser; Bonet, Sergi

    2014-04-17

    The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of l-ascorbic acid on embryo quality and gene expression of porcine blastocysts after supplementations of in vitro culture medium and/or vitrification-warming media. Embryo quality, in terms of total cell number (TCN), DNA fragmentation and peroxide levels, together with the relative transcript abundance of BCL-2 associated X protein (BAX), BCL2-like 1 (BCL2L1), POU class 5 homeobox 1 (POU5F1) and heat shock protein 70 (HSPA1A), was analysed. In Experiment 1, gene expression and embryo quality of fresh blastocysts were evaluated after culture with or without l-ascorbic acid; no significant differences were observed between the groups. In Experiment 2, blastocysts cultured with or without l-ascorbic acid were vitrified using two different vitrification solutions, supplemented or not with l-ascorbic acid. Supplementation of culture and vitrification media significantly enhanced survival rates and reduced peroxide levels. No significant differences in TCN, DNA fragmentation and BAX, BCL2L1 and POU5F1 expression were found in vitrified blastocysts among experimental groups. Vitrification procedures increase HSPA1A transcript abundance, but this increase was significantly lower in embryos cultured and/or vitrified with l-ascorbic acid. Thus, supplementing culture and/or vitrification media with l-ascorbic acid enhances survival rates of porcine blastocysts, suggesting a relationship with HSPA1A expression. PMID:25322209

  8. Effect of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C Leaf Feeding on Antioxidant Enzymes Activity, Proline Accumulation and Lipid Peroxidation of Canola (Brassica napus L. under Salt Stress Condition

    A Modares Sanavi

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available In order to study the effects of salt stress and leaf feeding by ascorbic acid on antioxidant enzyme activity, proline accumulation and lipid peroxidation on leaves and roots of Brassica napus L. cvs. Okapi, an experiment was conducted as a factorial in a completely random design with three replications. Plants were exposed to salt stresses by NaCl solution (200 mM and foliar were treated by ascorbic acid solution (25mM. Catalase, Superoxide dismutase and peroxidase activity were assayed in shoot and root. Also, malondialdehyde content and proline and chlorophyll in leaves were determined. The results showed that the activity of all antioxidant enzymes (except for SOD in roots were increased significantly in plants under salt stress, and ascorbic acid application, as a antioxidant decreased their activity in leaves, but in roots it was not effective. Total protein content in leaves and roots decreased significantly under salinity condition. Ascorbic acid treatment increased total protein content under salt stress in both roots and shoots. Measurement of malondialdehyde content in leaves and roots showed that lipid peroxidation was increased by active oxygen species due to salt stress, and ascorbic acid reduced lipid peroxidation only in leaves. Chlorophyll content was also decreased by salinity compared to control. According to the result of present study, ascorbic acid application decreases deleterious effect of salinity.

  9. Effect of the Ascorbic Acid, Pyridoxine and Hydrogen Peroxide Treatments on Germination, Catalase Activity, Protein and Malondialdehyde Content of Three Oil Seeds

    Aria DOLATABADIAN

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Oil seed production has an important role in human nutrition and industry. Success in oil plant cultivation is related to seed production with high viability and rapid germination, because these seeds rapidly loose their viability by fats oxidation. Thus, in this work we studied the effects of ascorbic acid, pyridoxine and hydrogen peroxide solutions on germination quantitative traits, catalase activity, protein and malondialdehyde content of three old oil seeds (sunflower, rape seed and safflower. The results showed that ascorbic acid and pyridoxine stimulated significantly the sunflower and rape seed germination. These vitamins, however, didn't have any effect on safflower germination. Hydrogen peroxide strongly increased safflower germination. Ascorbic acid and pyridoxine decreased catalase activity in sunflower and rape seed, whereas hydrogen peroxide increased it. Ascorbic acid and pyridoxine prevented protein degradation and lipid peroxidation in germinated seeds. Consequently, we understand that ascorbic acid and pyridoxine can increase sunflower and rape seed germination and stimulate rate of growth. Also safflower germination increased due to germination inhibitor oxidation by hydrogen peroxide. In conclusion, this report shows that oil seeds treated with ascorbic acid, pyridoxine and hydrogen peroxide remarkably increase the capacity of germination. We suggest that treatments with such substances can improve the old oil seed germination during storage.

  10. Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of vitamin C (ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium calcium ascorbyl phosphate and sodium ascorbyl phosphate as a feed additive for all animal species based on a dossier submitted by DSM Nutritional Products Ltd

    EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Vitamin C is essential for primates, guinea pigs and fish. Vitamin C, in the form of ascorbic acid and its calcium and sodium salts, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium calcium ascorbyl phosphate and sodium ascorbyl phosphate, is safe for all animal species. Setting a maximum content in feed and water for drinking is not considered necessary. Data on the vitamin C consumption of consumers are based on the levels of vitamin C in foodstuffs, including food of animal origin, produced in accordance with current EU legislation on the supplementation of feed with vitamin C. The exposure is far below the guidance level. Any potential contribution of the use of vitamin C in feed is therefore already considered in the above data. Consequently, the use of vitamin C in animal nutrition is not of concern for consumer safety. In the absence of inhalation toxicity studies it would be prudent to assume that inhalation of dust from the additives presents a health hazard to workers. Sodium calcium ascorbyl phosphate is not an irritant to skin and eyes and is unlikely to be a skin sensitiser. This conclusion is extrapolated to sodium ascorbyl phosphate. In the absence of data, ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate and ascorbyl palmitate should be considered as irritant to skin and eyes and as dermal sensitisers. The supplementation of feed with vitamin C does not pose a risk to the environment. Ascorbic acid, sodium calcium ascorbyl phosphate and sodium ascorbyl phosphate are regarded as effective sources of vitamin C when added to feed or water for drinking. Since ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate and ascorbyl palmitate are authorised for use as antioxidants in food and their function in feed is essentially the same as that in food, no further demonstration of efficacy is considered necessary.

  11. Amperometric microsensor for direct probing of ascorbic acid in human gastric juice

    Hutton, Emily A.; Pauliukaite, Rasa; Hocevar, Samo B. [Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Ogorevc, Bozidar, E-mail: bogorevc@ki.s [Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Smyth, Malcolm R. [National Centre for Sensor Research, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland)

    2010-09-30

    This article reports on a novel microsensor for amperometric measurement of ascorbic acid (AA) under acidic conditions (pH 2) based on a carbon fiber microelectrode (CFME) modified with nickel oxide and ruthenium hexacyanoferrate (NiO-RuHCF). This sensing layer was deposited electrochemically in a two-step procedure involving an initial galvanostatic NiO deposition followed by a potentiodynamic RuHCF deposition from solutions containing the precursor salts. Several important parameters were examined to characterize and optimize the NiO-RuHCF sensing layer with respect to its current response to AA by using cyclic voltammetry, and scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy methods. With the NiO-RuHCF coated CFME, the AA oxidation potential under acidic conditions was shifted to a less positive value for about 0.2 V (E{sub p} of ca. 0.23 V vs. Ag/AgCl) as compared to a bare CFME, which greatly improves the electrochemical selectivity. Using the hydrodynamic amperometry mode, the current vs. AA concentration in 0.01 M HCl, at a selected operating potential of 0.30 V, was found to be linear over a wide range of 10-1610 {mu}M (n = 22, r = 0.999) with a calculated limit of detection of 1.0 {mu}M. The measurement repeatability was satisfactory with a relative standard deviation (r.s.d.) ranging from 4% to 5% (n = 6), depending on the AA concentration, and with a sensor-to-sensor reproducibility (r.s.d.) of 6.9% at 100 {mu}M AA. The long-term reproducibility, using the same microsensor for 112 consecutive measurements of 20 {mu}M AA over 11 h of periodic probing sets over 4 days, was 16.1% r.s.d., thus showing very good stability at low AA levels and suitability for use over a prolonged period of time. Moreover, using the proposed microsensor, additionally coated with a protective cellulose acetate membrane, the calibration plot obtained in the extremely complex matrix of real undiluted gastric juice was linear from 10 to 520 {mu}M (n = 14, r = 0.998). These results demonstrated the unique featuring of the proposed NiO-RuHCF microsensor under acidic conditions with enhanced sensitivity and stability and proved its promising potentiality for direct amperometric probing of AA at physiological levels in real gastric juice environments.

  12. The effect of long term administration of ascorbic acid on the learning and memory deficits induced by diabetes in rat

    Parisa Hasanein

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: Ascorbic acid improves cognitive impairments in several experimental models. Diabetes causes learning and memory deficits. In this study we hypothesized that chronic treatment with ascorbic acid (100mg/kg, p.o would affect on the passive avoidance learning (PAL and memory in control and streptozocin-induced diabetic rats."n"nMethods: Diabetes was induced by a single i.p. injection of STZ (60mg/kg. The rats were considered diabetic if plasma glucose levels exceeded 250mg/dl on three days after STZ injection. Treatment was begun at the onset of hyperglycemia. PAL was assessed 30 days later. Retention test was done 24 h after training. At the end, animals were weighted and blood samples were drawn for plasma glucose measurement."n"nResults: Diabetes caused impairment in acquisition and retrieval processes of PAL and memory in rats. Ascorbic acid treatment improved learning and memory in control rats and reversed learning and memory deficits in diabetic rats. Ascorbic acid administration also improved the body weight loss and hyperglycemia of diabetics. Hypoglycemic and antioxidant properties of the vitamin may be involved in the memory improving effects of such treatment."n"nConclusion: These results show that ascorbic acid administration to rats for 30 days from onset of diabetes alleviated the negative influence of diabetes on learning and memory. Comparing with other nootropic drugs, vitamins have fewer side effects. Therefore, this regimen may provide a new potential alternative for prevention of the impaired cognitive functions associated with diabetes after confirming by clinical trials.

  13. Ascorbic acid enhances destruction of Escherichia coli O157:H7 during home-type drying of apple slices.

    Burnham, J A; Kendall, P A; Sofos, J N

    2001-08-01

    Destruction of Escherichia coli O157:H7 was evaluated on inoculated apple slices dehydrated at two temperatures with and without application of predrying treatments. Half-ring slices (0.6 cm thick) of peeled and cored Gala apples were inoculated by immersion for 30 min in a four-strain composite inoculum of E. coli O157:H7. The inoculated slices (8.7 to 9.4 log CFU/g) either received no predrying treatment (control), were soaked for 15 min in a 3.4% ascorbic acid solution, or were steam blanched for 3 min at 88 degrees C immediately prior to drying at 57.2 or 62.8 degrees C for up to 6 h. Samples were plated on tryptic soy (TSA) and sorbitol MacConkey (SMAC) agar media for direct enumeration of surviving bacterial populations. Steam blanching changed initial inoculation levels by +0.3 to -0.7 log CFU/g, while immersion in the ascorbic acid solution reduced the inoculation levels by 1.4 to 1.6 log CFU/g. Dehydration of control samples for 6 h reduced mean bacterial populations by 2.9 log CFU/g (TSA or SMAC) at 57.2 degrees C and by 3.3 (SMAC) and 3.5 (TSA) log CFU/g at 62.8 degrees C. Mean decreases from initial inoculum levels for steam-blanched slices after 6 h of drying were 2.1 (SMAC) and 2.0 (TSA) log CFU/g at 57.2 degrees C, and 3.6 (TSA or SMAC) log CFU/g at 62.8 degrees C. In contrast, initial bacterial populations on ascorbic acid-pretreated apple slices declined by 5.0 (SMAC) and 5.1 (TSA) log CFU/g after 3 h of dehydration at 57.2 degrees C, and by 7.3 (SMAC) and 6.9 (TSA) log CFU/g after 3 h at 62.8 degrees C. Reductions on slices treated with ascorbic acid were in the range of 8.0 to 8.3 log CFU/g after 6 h of drying, irrespective of drying temperature or agar medium used. The results of immersing apple slices in a 3.4% ascorbic acid solution for 15 min prior to drying indicate that a predrying treatment enhances the destruction of E. coli O157:H7 on home-dried apple products. PMID:11510669

  14. Morphology-dependent Electrochemical Enhancements of Porous Carbon as Sensitive Determination Platform for Ascorbic Acid, Dopamine and Uric Acid

    Cheng, Qin; Ji, Liudi; Wu, Kangbing; Zhang, Weikang

    2016-02-01

    Using starch as the carbon precursor and different-sized ZnO naoparticles as the hard template, a series of porous carbon materials for electrochemical sensing were prepared. Experiments of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms reveal that the particle size of ZnO has big impacts on the porous morphology and surface area of the resulting carbon materials. Through ultrasonic dispersion of porous carbon and subsequent solvent evaporation, different sensing interfaces were constructed on the surface of glassy carbon electrode (GCE). The electrochemical behaviors of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA) were studied. On the surface of porous carbon materials, the accumulation efficiency and electron transfer ability of AA, DA and UA are improved, and consequently their oxidation signals enhance greatly. Moreover, the interface enhancement effects of porous carbon are also controlled by the particle size of hard template. The constructed porous carbon interface displays strong signal amplification ability and holds great promise in constructing a sensitive platform for the simultaneous determination of AA, DA and UA.

  15. Determination of dopamine in presence of ascorbic acid and uric acid using poly (Spands Reagent) modified carbon paste electrode.

    Veera Manohara Reddy, Y; Prabhakara Rao, V; Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy, A; Lavanya, M; Venu, M; Lavanya, M; Madhavi, G

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we have fabricated a modified carbon paste electrode (CPE) by electropolymerisation of spands reagent (SR) onto surface of CPE using cyclic voltammetry (CV). The developed electrode was abbreviated as poly(SR)/CPE and the surface morphology of the modified electrode was studied by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The developed electrode showed higher electrocatalytic properties towards the detection of dopamine (DA) in 0.1M phosphate buffer solution (PBS) at pH7.0. The effect of pH, scan rate, accumulation time and concentration of dopamine was studied at poly(SR)/CPE. The poly(SR)/CPE was successfully used as a sensor for the selective determination of DA in presence of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) without any interference. The poly(SR)/CPE showed a good detection limit of 0.7 μM over the linear dynamic range of 1.6 μM to 16 μM, which is extremely lower than the reported methods. The prepared poly(SR)/CPE exhibited good stability, high sensitivity, better reproducibility, low detection limit towards the determination of DA. The developed method was also applied for the determination of DA in real samples. PMID:26354279

  16. Graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets doped graphene oxide for electrochemical simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid

    Graphical abstract: Schematic drawing of electrochemical oxidize AA, DA and UA on graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets-graphene oxide composite modified electrode. - Highlights: • Synthesize g-C3N4, GO and CNNS-GO composite. • CNNS-GO composite was the first time for simultaneous determination of AA, DA and UA. • CNNS-GO/GCE displays fantastic selectivity and sensitivity for AA, DA and UA. • CNNS-GO/GCE was applied to detect real sample with satisfactory results. - Abstract: Graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets with a graphite-like structure have strong covalent bonds between carbon and nitride atoms, and nitrogen atoms in the carbon architecture can accelerate the electron transfer and enhance electrical properties effectually. The graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets-graphene oxide composite was synthesized. And the electrochemical performance of the composite was investigated by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry ulteriorly. Due to the synergistic effects of layer-by-layer structures by π-π stacking or charge-transfer interactions, graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets-graphene oxide composite can improved conductivity, electro-catalytic and selective oxidation performance. The proposed graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets-graphene oxide composite modified electrode was employed for simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid in their mixture solution, it exhibited distinguished sensitivity, wide linear range and low detection limit. Moreover, the modified electrode was applied to detect urine and dopamine injection sample, and then the samples were spiked with certain concentration of three substances with satisfactory recovery results

  17. Proteomic and redox-proteomic evaluation of homogentisic acid and ascorbic acid effects on human articular chondrocytes.

    Braconi, Daniela; Laschi, Marcella; Taylor, Adam M; Bernardini, Giulia; Spreafico, Adriano; Tinti, Laura; Gallagher, James A; Santucci, Annalisa

    2010-11-01

    Alkaptonuria (AKU) is a rare genetic disease associated with the accumulation of homogentisic acid (HGA) and its oxidized/polymerized products in connective tissues up to the deposition of melanin-like pigments (ochronosis). Since little is known on the effects of HGA and its metabolites on articular cells, we carried out a proteomic and redox-proteomic analysis to investigate how HGA and ascorbic acid (ASC) affect the human chondrocytic protein repertoire. We settled up an in vitro model using a human chondrocytic cell line to evaluate the effects of 0.33 mM HGA, alone or combined with ASC. We found that HGA and ASC significantly affect the levels of proteins with specific functions in protein folding, cell organization and, notably, stress response and cell defense. Increased protein carbonyls levels were found either in HGA or ASC treated cells, and evidences produced in this paper support the hypothesis that HGA-induced stress might be mediated by protein oxidation. Our finding can lay the basis towards the settling up of more sophisticated models to study AKU and ochronosis. PMID:20665660

  18. Ratiometric electrochemical sensor for effective and reliable detection of ascorbic acid in living brains.

    Cheng, Hanjun; Wang, Xiaoyu; Wei, Hui

    2015-09-01

    The in vivo detection of ascorbic acid (AA), one of the physiologically important cerebral neurochemicals, is critical to probe and understand brain functions. Electrochemical sensors are convenient for AA detection. However, conventional electrochemical sensors usually suffer from several challenges, such as sluggish electron transfer kinetics for AA oxidation and poor reproducibility. To address these challenges, here we report ratiometric electrochemical sensors for effective and reliable detection of AA in living brains. The sensors were constructed by immobilizing preassembled thionine/Ketjen black (KB) nanocomposites onto glassy carbon (GC) electrodes or carbon fiber microelectrodes (CFMEs). The KB in the rationally functionalized nanocomposites efficiently facilitated AA oxidation at a relatively negative potential (?-0.14 V) without particular physical or chemical pretreatment, forming the basis of selective measurement of AA. With a well-defined and reversible pair of redox wave at -0.22 V, the assembled thionine acted as an internal reference to substantially alleviate the lab-to-lab, person-to-person, and electrode-to-electrode variations. The in vitro experiments demonstrated that the sensors exhibited extremely high reproducibility and stability toward selective measurement of AA. More, with operational simplicity and robustness in analytical performance, the designed sensors were successfully applied to in vivo effectively, selectively, and reliably monitor the dynamic change of cerebral AA associated with pathological processes (i.e., salicylate-induced tinnitus as the model) in living rats' brains. This study not only offers a new strategy for construction of ratiometric electrochemical sensors but also opens a new way for selective and reliable detection of neurochemicals for probing brain functions. PMID:26244714

  19. Application of ascorbic acid 2-glucoside as a solubilizing agent for clarithromycin: solubilization and nanoparticle formation.

    Inoue, Yutaka; Yoshimura, Sachie; Tozuka, Yuichi; Moribe, Kunikazu; Kumamoto, Takuya; Ishikawa, Tsutomu; Yamamoto, Keiji

    2007-02-22

    Clarithromycin (CAM) was co-ground with l-ascorbic acid 2-glucoside (AA-2G), a newly developed food additive, to improve the solubility characteristics. The complete solubilizing effect of AA-2G was observed for the ground mixture with 1:1 molar ratio. When ground mixtures of CAM and AA-2G (2:1) were dispersed into water, not only the solubilization of CAM was observed but also nanoparticle formation with a mean particle diameter of 280 nm. The CAM particles obtained in this manner were stable in suspension for at least 7 days. Zeta potential analysis showed that positive charges on the particle surface may be contributing to the stability of the suspension. 1H NMR spectrum of CAM dissolved in a phosphate buffer (pH 5.5) showed a signal derived from the N,N-dimethylamino group at 2.73 ppm, while that of an equimolar ground mixture of CAM with AA-2G in D2O (pH 5.5) showed clearly two signals at 2.65 and 2.77 ppm derived from the splitting of the two methyl groups. The 13C NMR spectrum of the equimolar ground mixture dissolved in D2O exhibited two signals derived from N,N-dimethyl carbons of desosamine group at 37.2 and 42.3 ppm, whereas unprocessed CAM showed no resonance signal arising from those carbons. Moreover, the carbon resonance at 163 and 173 ppm arising from the ketone group in the CAM lactone ring shifted downfield to 177 and 180 ppm after the co-grinding with AA-2G. The formation of nanoparticles was only observed when CAM was co-ground with AA-2G in the molar ratio of 2:1, which might be attributable to a grinding-induced interaction in the solid-state via the ketone group in lactone ring of CAM. PMID:17055675

  20. Modulatory effect of ascorbic acid on physiological responses of transported ostrich chicks

    Minka N. Salka

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The aims of this study were to determine the modulating role of ascorbic acid (AA on rectal temperature (RT, heterophil to lymphocyte (H to L ratio and aberrant behaviours of ostrich chicks transported by road for 4 h during hot-dry conditions. Twenty ostrich chicks aged 2.5 months, of both sexes and belonging to the Red Neck breed, served as subjects of the study. The chicks were assigned randomly to AA-treated and control groups, consisting of 10 chicks each. The AA-treated group was administered orally with 100 mg/kg body weight of AA dissolved in 5 mL of sterile water 30 min before transportation, whilst the control group was given the equivalent of sterile water only. The thermal load (TL experienced in the vehicle during transportation fluctuated between 31 C and 89 C, as calculated from the ambient temperature and relative humidity. Transportation induced hyperthermia, lymphopenia, heterophilia and aberrant behaviours of pecking, wing fluffing and panting, which were ameliorated by AA administration. The relationships between the TL, journey duration and physiological variables of RT, H to L ratio and aberrant behaviours recorded during transportation were significantly and positively correlated in the control group. In AA-treated group the relationships were not significantly correlated. In conclusion, the results showed for the first time that AA ameliorated the adverse effects of stress caused by road transportation on the aberrant behaviours, RT and H to L ratio of ostrich chicks during the hot-dry season.

  1. Myenteric neurons and intestinal mucosa of diabetic rats after ascorbic acid supplementation

    Priscila de Freitas, Maria Raquel Marçal Natali, Renata Virginia Fernandes Pereira, Marcilio Hubner Miranda Neto, Jacqueline Nelisis Zanoni

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the effect of ascorbic acid (AA dietary supplementation on myenteric neurons and epithelial cell proliferation of the jejunum of adult rats with chronic diabetes mellitus.METHODS: Thirty rats at 90 d of age were divided into three groups: Non-diabetic, diabetic and diabetic treated with AA (DA (1 g/L. After 120 d of treatment with AA the animals were killed. The myenteric neurons were stained for myosin-V and analyzed quantitatively in an area of 11.2 mm2/animal. We further measured the cellular area of 500 neurons per group. We also determined the metaphasic index (MI of the jejunum mucosa layer of about 2500 cells in the intestinal crypts, as well as the dimensions of 30 villi and 30 crypts/animal. The data area was analyzed using the Olympus BX40 microscope.RESULTS: There was an increase of 14% in the neuronal density (792.6 ± 46.52 vs 680.6 ± 30.27 and 4.4% in the cellular area (303.4 ± 5.19 vs 291.1 ± 6.0 respectively of the diabetic group treated with AA when compared to control diabetic animals. There were no significant differences in MI parameters, villi height or crypt depths among the groups.CONCLUSION: Supplementation with AA in the diabetic animal promoted moderate neuroprotection. There was no observation of alteration of the cellular proliferation of the jejunum mucosa layer of rats with chronic diabetes mellitus with or without supplementation with AA.

  2. Ascorbic Acid Ameliorates Toxic Effects of Chlopyrifos on Testicular Functions of Albino Rats

    Kolawole Victor Olorunshola

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Chlorpirifos (CPF is a widely used organophosphate insecticide for both agricultural and domestic purposes with attendant human exposures. Many authors have documented the toxic effects of CPF on the central nervous system. This study was designed to study the effect of CPF and the influence of coadministration of ascorbic acid (AA on the testicular functions of albino rats. Twenty five 2 months old male albino wistar rats were divided into 5 groups of 5 rats each (Group A-E. A (control received vegetable oil, B received 16.3 mg/kg CPF, C received 32.6 mg/kg CPF, D received 16.3 mg/kg CPF + AA 100 mg/kg and E received 32.6 mg/kg CPF + AA 100 mg/kg. Treatment was orally for a duration of 21 days. Thereafter, body weight, serum testosterone, testicular, epididymal and seminal vesicle weight, epididymal sperm concentration, sperm motility and histopathology of the testis, epidydimis and seminal vesicles were determined using standard methods. CPF caused a statistically significant change (p<0.05 in body weight, testicular weight, epididymal weight, sperm concentration, sperm motility and serum testosterone concentration. Seminal vesicle weight was not affected. Histopathological studies revealed reduced sperm reserve, fibrosis and fatty infiltration in the epididymis, seminiferous tubules and seminal vesicles respectively. Co-administration of AA significantly caused improvement in all the parameters measured. It is concluded that CPF caused testicular toxicity by possible oxidative stress which was reversed with co-administration of AA.

  3. Ascorbic acid enhances radiation-induced apoptosis in an HL60 human leukemia cell line

    This study was conducted to examine the utility of the combined use of ascorbic acid (AsA) and radiation in clinical applications. We investigated cell survival, DNA fragmentation, and caspase activation after X-ray irradiation and AsA treatment of human leukemia HL60 cells. The number of living cells decreased after combined X-ray irradiation and AsA treatment (2 Gy+5 mM) in comparison with that after X-ray irradiation (2 Gy) or AsA treatment (5 mM) alone. DNA fragmentation was more in the cells subjected to combined X-ray irradiation and AsA treatment than in those subjected to X-ray irradiation alone. Caspase-3, caspase-8, and caspase-9 were highly activated following combined X-ray irradiation and AsA treatment, but caspase-8 activity was not markedly increased after X-ray irradiation alone. Bax levels in the mitochondrial membrane fractions were increased after AsA treatment alone and after combined X-ray irradiation and AsA treatment. However, there was no apparent increase in the Bax levels after X-ray irradiation treatment alone. Thus, this study confirmed that supplementing X-ray irradiation with AsA treatment results in increased apoptosis in HL60 cells. With regard to the apoptosis-inducing factors, we hypothesized that Bax and caspase-8 were activated after combined X-ray irradiation and AsA treatment compared with either treatment alone. (author)

  4. Novel Spectrophotometric Methods for Determination of Salicylamide and Ascorbic acid in their binary mixture

    Simple, selective and precise four spectrophotometric methods were developed and validated for quantitative determination of Salicylamide (SAD) and Ascorbic acid (ASC, Vitamin C) in their binary mixture. Method A is Area under curve spectrophotometry, in which the area under curve in the wavelength ranges 225-245 nm and 265-285 nm were selected for determination of SAD and ASC. Method B is based on dual wavelength spectrophotometry, where ASC can be determined by difference in absorbance at 249.8 and 285.8 nm. On the same way; SAD is measured by difference in absorbance at 240.4 and 286.4 nm. Method C utilizes isoabsorptive point spectrophotometry where total concentration of SAD and ASC was calculated at their isoabsorptive points at 246.4 and 287 nm, while SAD concentration alone can be determined by first derivative spectrophotometry (1D) at 315.4 nm, then ASC concentration can be determined by subtraction. Method D is ratio subtraction spectrophotometry, where ASC can be determined by dividing the spectrum of the mixture by the spectrum of the SAD (as a divisor) followed by subtracting the constant absorbance value of the plateau region, then finally multiplying the obtained spectrum by the spectrum of the divisor. The developed methods have been successfully applied for determination of the studied drugs in different laboratory prepared mixtures and in their pharmaceutical formulation. Statistical comparison between the results obtained by applying the proposed methods and the reported HPLC method was done, and it was found that there was no significant difference between them regarding both accuracy and precision. (author)

  5. Ascorbic acid enhances arsenic trioxide-induced cytotoxicity in multiple myeloma cells.

    Grad, J M; Bahlis, N J; Reis, I; Oshiro, M M; Dalton, W S; Boise, L H

    2001-08-01

    Multiple myeloma (MM) is a clonal B-cell malignancy characterized by slow-growing plasma cells in the bone marrow (BM). Patients with MM typically respond to initial chemotherapies; however, essentially all progress to a chemoresistant state. Factors that contribute to the chemorefractory phenotype include modulation of free radical scavenging, increased expression of drug efflux pumps, and changes in gene expression that allow escape from apoptotic signaling. Recent data indicate that arsenic trioxide (As(2)O(3)) induces remission of refractory acute promyelocytic leukemia and apoptosis of cell lines overexpressing Bcl-2 family members; therefore, it was hypothesized that chemorefractory MM cells would be sensitive to As(2)O(3). As(2)O(3) induced apoptosis in 4 human MM cell lines: 8226/S, 8226/Dox40, U266, and U266/Bcl-x(L). The addition of interleukin-6 had no effect on cell death. Glutathione (GSH) has been implicated as an inhibitor of As(2)O(3)-induced cell death either through conjugating As(2)O(3) or by sequestering reactive oxygen induced by As(2)O(3). Consistent with this possibility, increasing GSH levels with N-acetylcysteine attenuated As(2)O(3) cytotoxicity. Decreases in GSH have been associated with ascorbic acid (AA) metabolism. Clinically relevant doses of AA decreased GSH levels and potentiated As(2)O(3)-mediated cell death of all 4 MM cell lines. Similar results were obtained in freshly isolated human MM cells. In contrast, normal BM cells displayed little sensitivity to As(2)O(3) alone or in combination with AA. Together, these data suggest that As(2)O(3) and AA may be effective antineoplastic agents in refractory MM and that AA might be a useful adjuvant in GSH-sensitive therapies. (Blood. 2001;98:805-813) PMID:11468182

  6. WO3 nanoparticles based direct electrochemical dopamine sensor in the presence of ascorbic acid

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Highlights: •This paper presents very simple and mediator-free dopamine detection using ovoid shaped WO3 NPs for the first time. •The fabricated sensor exhibits wide linear range (0.1–600 μmol L−1) with the lowest detection limit of 24 nmol L−1. •This novel sensor is highly selective towards the determination of DA even in the presence of 100 fold excess of AA. -- Abstract: Tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanoparticles with monoclinic (γ) and orthorhombic (β) structures were synthesized by a simple microwave irradiation method and characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), Raman spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), UV–vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy studies. The γ-WO3 nanoparticles modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) showed an excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the oxidation of dopamine (DA) in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA) at pH 7.0. Electrochemical kinetic parameters of γ-WO3/GCE such as electroactive area A (0.045 cm2), electron transfer coefficient α (0.71) and electron transfer rate constant ks (1.121 s−1) were calculated and compared with that of β-WO3/GCE. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) studies of the γ-WO3 modified GCE exhibited a linear response over a wide concentration range of 0.1 μmol L−1–600 μmol L−1 of DA with the lowest detection limit of 24 nmol L−1. The fabricated dopamine sensor showed an excellent anti-interference ability against electroactive species and metal ions with good stability and reproducibility. Finally, the developed sensor was applied to determine DA concentration in dopamine hydrochloride injection which indicates that this electrode can be effectively used for real sample analysis

  7. Melatonin combined with ascorbic acid provides salt adaptation in Citrus aurantium L. seedlings.

    Kostopoulou, Zacharoula; Therios, Ioannis; Roumeliotis, Efstathios; Kanellis, Angelos K; Molassiotis, Athanassios

    2015-01-01

    Ascorbic acid (AsA) and melatonin (Mel) are known molecules participating in stress resistance, however, their combined role in counteracting the impact of salinity in plants is still unknown. In this work the effect of exogenous application of 0.50 mΜ AsA, 1 μΜ Mel and their combination (AsA + Mel) on various stress responses in leaves and roots of Citrus aurantium L. seedlings grown under 100 mΜ NaCl for 30 days was investigated. Application of AsA, Mel or AsA + Mel to saline solution decreased NaCl-induced electrolyte leakage and lipid peroxidation and prevented NaCl-associated toxicity symptoms and pigments degradation. Also, leaves exposed to combined AsA + Mel treatment displayed lower Cl(-) accumulation. Treatments with AsA and/or Mel modulated differently carbohydrates, proline, phenols, glutathione and the total antioxidant power of tissues as well as the activities of SOD, APX, POD, GR and PPO compared to NaCl alone treatment. Exposure of leaves and roots to chemical treatments and especially to combined AsA and Mel application was able to regulate CaMIPS, CaSLAH1 and CaMYB73 expression, indicating that sugar metabolism, ion homeostasis and transcription regulation were triggered by AsA and Mel. These results provide evidence that the activation of the metabolic pathways associated with combined AsA and Mel application are linked with salt adaptation in citrus plants. PMID:25500452

  8. The Rheological Properties of Lipid Monolayers Modulate the Incorporation of l-Ascorbic Acid Alkyl Esters.

    Zulueta Daz, Yenisleidy de Las Mercedes; Mottola, Milagro; Vico, Raquel V; Wilke, Natalia; Fanani, Mara Laura

    2016-01-19

    In this work, we tested the hypothesis that the incorporation of amphiphilic drugs into lipid membranes may be regulated by their rheological properties. For this purpose, two members of the l-ascorbic acid alkyl esters family (ASCn) were selected, ASC16 and ASC14, which have different rheological properties when organized at the air/water interface. They are lipophilic forms of vitamin C used in topical pharmacological preparations. The effect of the phase state of the host lipid membranes on ASCn incorporation was explored using Langmuir monolayers. Films of pure lipids with known phase states have been selected, showing liquid-expanded, liquid-condensed, and solid phases as well as pure cholesterol films in liquid-ordered state. We also tested ternary and quaternary mixed films that mimic the properties of cholesterol containing membranes and of the stratum corneum. The compressibility and shear properties of those monolayers were assessed in order to define its phase character. We found that the length of the acyl chain of the ASCn compounds induces differential changes in the rheological properties of the host membrane and subtly regulates the kinetics and extent of the penetration process. The capacity for ASCn uptake was found to depend on the phase state of the host film. The increase in surface pressure resultant after amphiphile incorporation appears to be a function of the capacity of the host membrane to incorporate such amphiphile as well as the rheological response of the film. Hence, monolayers that show a solid phase state responded with a larger surface pressure increase to the incorporation of a comparable amount of amphiphile than liquid-expanded ones. The cholesterol-containing films, including the mixture that mimics stratum corneum, allowed a very scarce ASCn uptake independently of the membrane diffusional properties. This suggests an important contribution of Cho on the maintenance of the barrier function of stratum corneum. PMID:26694518

  9. Graphene decorated microelectrodes for simultaneous detection of ascorbic, dopamine, and folic acids by means of chemical vapor deposition

    Namdar, N.; Hassanpour Amiri, M.; Dehghan Nayeri, F.; Gholizadeh, A.; Mohajerzadeh, S.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, high quality and large area graphene layers were synthesized using thermal chemical vapour deposition on copper foil substrates. We use graphene incorporated electrodes to measure simultaneously ascorbic acid, dopamine and folic acid. Cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry methods were used to evaluate electrochemical behaviour of the grown graphene layers. The graphene-modified electrode shows large electrochemical potential difference compared to bare gold electrodes with higher current responses. Also our fabricated electrodes configuration can be used easily for microfluidic analysis.

  10. Sorption of molybdoarsenates reduced by ascorbic acid with polyurethane foams based on ethers, esters, and their copolymers

    Sorption of molybdoarsenates reduced by ascorbic acid from aqueous solutions with polyurethane foams based on ethers (PUF-1), esters (PUF-2), and their copolymers (PUF-3) was studied in relation to the phase weight ratio and solution acidity. It is found that the isotherms of reduced molybdoarsenate sorption refer to the Langmuir isotherms. The sorption coefficients decrease in the series PUF-1>PUF-2>PUF-3. Maximum recovery of reduced molybdoarsenate on polyurethane foams is achieved at pH 0-2; concentration factor is up to 2.5x103

  11. Daytime of Sampling, Tooth-Brushing and Ascorbic Acid Influence Salivary Thiobarbituric Acid Reacting Substances – A Potential Clinical Marker of Gingival Status

    Július Hodosy; Peter Celec

    2005-01-01

    Background. Salivary thiobarbituric acid reacting substances (TBARS) have been previously shown to correlate with the impairment of gingival tissue. Although the details on the origin and the composition of this heterogeneous group of compounds in saliva are unknown, the potential clinical usefulness makes necessary the studies of factors influencing the salivary TBARS levels. Aim. To observe the effects of daily dynamics, tooth-brushing and ascorbic acid administration on salivary TBARS leve...

  12. Variation in the SLC23A1 gene does not influence cardiometabolic outcomes to the extent expected given its association with l-ascorbic acid1234

    Wade, Kaitlin H; Forouhi, Nita G; Cook, Derek G; Johnson, Paul; McConnachie, Alex; Morris, Richard W; Rodriguez, Santiago; Ye, Zheng; Ebrahim, Shah; Padmanabhan, Sandosh; Watt, Graham; Bruckdorfer, K Richard; Wareham, Nick J; Whincup, Peter H; Chanock, Stephen; Sattar, Naveed; Lawlor, Debbie A; Davey Smith, George; Timpson, Nicholas J

    2015-01-01

    Background: Observational studies showed that circulating l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is inversely associated with cardiometabolic traits. However, these studies were susceptible to confounding and reverse causation. Objectives: We assessed the relation between l-ascorbic acid and 10 cardiometabolic traits by using a single nucleotide polymorphism in the solute carrier family 23 member 1 (SLC23A1) gene (rs33972313) associated with circulating l-ascorbic acid concentrations. The observed association between rs33972313 and cardiometabolic outcomes was compared with that expected given the rs33972313-l-ascorbic acid and l-ascorbic acidoutcome associations. Design: A meta-analysis was performed in the following 5 independent studies: the British Women's Heart and Health Study (n = 1833), the MIDSPAN study (n = 1138), the Ten Towns study (n = 1324), the British Regional Heart Study (n = 2521), and the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer (n = 3737). Results: With the use of a meta-analysis of observational estimates, inverse associations were shown between l-ascorbic acid and systolic blood pressure, triglycerides, and the waist-hip ratio [the strongest of which was the waist-hip ratio (?0.13-SD change; 95% CI: ?0.20-, ?0.07-SD change; P = 0.0001) per SD increase in l-ascorbic acid], and a positive association was shown with high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. The variation at rs33972313 was associated with a 0.18-SD (95% CI: 0.10-, 0.25-SD; P = 3.34 10?6) increase in l-ascorbic acid per effect allele. There was no evidence of a relation between the variation at rs33972313 and any cardiometabolic outcome. Although observed estimates were not statistically different from expected associations between rs33972313 and cardiometabolic outcomes, estimates for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, and body mass index were in the opposite direction to those expected. Conclusions: The nature of the genetic association exploited in this study led to limited statistical application, but despite this, when all cardiometabolic traits were assessed, there was no evidence of any trend supporting a protective role of l-ascorbic acid. In the context of existing work, these results add to the suggestion that observational relations between l-ascorbic acid and cardiometabolic health may be attributable to confounding and reverse causation. PMID:25527764

  13. Oral high dose ascorbic acid treatment for one year in young CMT1A patients: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II trial

    de Visser Marianne

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background High dose oral ascorbic acid substantially improved myelination and locomotor function in a Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 1A mouse model. A phase II study was warranted to investigate whether high dose ascorbic acid also has such a substantial effect on myelination in Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 1A patients and whether this treatment is safe. Methods Patients below age 25 years were randomly assigned to receive placebo or ascorbic acid (one gram twice daily in a double-blind fashion during one year. The primary outcome measure was the change over time in motor nerve conduction velocity of the median nerve. Secondary outcome measures included changes in minimal F response latencies, compound muscle action potential amplitude, muscle strength, sensory function, Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy score, and disability. Results There were no significant differences between the six placebo-treated (median age 16 years, range 13 to 24 and the five ascorbic acid-treated (19, 14 to 24 patients in change in motor nerve conduction velocity of the median nerve (mean difference ascorbic acid as opposed to placebo treatment of 1.3 m/s, confidence interval -0.3 to 3.0 m/s, P = 0.11 or in change of any of the secondary outcome measures over time. One patient in the ascorbic acid group developed a skin rash, which led to discontinuation of the study medication. Conclusion Oral high dose ascorbic acid for one year did not improve myelination of the median nerve in young Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 1A patients. Treatment was relatively safe. Trial registration Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN56968278, ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00271635.

  14. Chemical repair of base lesions, AP-sites, and strand breaks on plasmid DNA in dilute aqueous solution by ascorbic acid

    Hata, Kuniki [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirakatashirane, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Urushibara, Ayumi; Yamashita, Shinichi; Shikazono, Naoya; Yokoya, Akinari [Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirakatashirane, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Katsumura, Yosuke, E-mail: katsu@n.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Nuclear Professional School, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-22 Shirakatashirane, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1188 (Japan)

    2013-05-03

    Highlights: •We report a novel mechanism of radiation protection of DNA by chemical activity of ascorbic acid. •The “chemical repair” of DNA damage was revealed using biochemical assay and chemical kinetics analysis. •We found that ascorbic acid significantly repairs precursors of nucleobase lesions and abasic sites. •However, ascorbic acid seldom repairs precursors of DNA-strand breaks. -- Abstract: We quantified the damage yields produced in plasmid DNA by γ-irradiation in the presence of low concentrations (10–100 μM) of ascorbic acid, which is a major antioxidant in living systems, to clarify whether it chemically repairs radiation damage in DNA. The yield of DNA single strand breaks induced by irradiation was analyzed with agarose gel electrophoresis as conformational changes in closed circular plasmids. Base lesions and abasic sites were also observed as additional conformational changes by treating irradiated samples with glycosylase proteins. By comparing the suppression efficiencies to the induction of each DNA lesion, in addition to scavenging of the OH radicals derived from water radiolysis, it was found that ascorbic acid promotes the chemical repair of precursors of AP-sites and base lesions more effectively than those of single strand breaks. We estimated the efficiency of the chemical repair of each lesion using a kinetic model. Approximately 50–60% of base lesions and AP-sites were repaired by 10 μM ascorbic acid, although strand breaks were largely unrepaired by ascorbic acid at low concentrations. The methods in this study will provide a route to understanding the mechanistic aspects of antioxidant activity in living systems.

  15. Chemical repair of base lesions, AP-sites, and strand breaks on plasmid DNA in dilute aqueous solution by ascorbic acid

    Highlights: •We report a novel mechanism of radiation protection of DNA by chemical activity of ascorbic acid. •The “chemical repair” of DNA damage was revealed using biochemical assay and chemical kinetics analysis. •We found that ascorbic acid significantly repairs precursors of nucleobase lesions and abasic sites. •However, ascorbic acid seldom repairs precursors of DNA-strand breaks. -- Abstract: We quantified the damage yields produced in plasmid DNA by γ-irradiation in the presence of low concentrations (10–100 μM) of ascorbic acid, which is a major antioxidant in living systems, to clarify whether it chemically repairs radiation damage in DNA. The yield of DNA single strand breaks induced by irradiation was analyzed with agarose gel electrophoresis as conformational changes in closed circular plasmids. Base lesions and abasic sites were also observed as additional conformational changes by treating irradiated samples with glycosylase proteins. By comparing the suppression efficiencies to the induction of each DNA lesion, in addition to scavenging of the OH radicals derived from water radiolysis, it was found that ascorbic acid promotes the chemical repair of precursors of AP-sites and base lesions more effectively than those of single strand breaks. We estimated the efficiency of the chemical repair of each lesion using a kinetic model. Approximately 50–60% of base lesions and AP-sites were repaired by 10 μM ascorbic acid, although strand breaks were largely unrepaired by ascorbic acid at low concentrations. The methods in this study will provide a route to understanding the mechanistic aspects of antioxidant activity in living systems

  16. Implications for Degenerative Disorders: Antioxidative Activity, Total Phenols, Flavonoids, Ascorbic Acid, β-Carotene and β-Tocopherol in Aloe vera

    Nurten Ozsoy; Eda Candoken; Nuriye Akev

    2009-01-01

    In order to demonstrate whether the known biological effects of Aloe vera (L.) Burm. fil. could correlate with the antioxidant activity of the plant, the antioxidant activity of the aqueous leaf extract was investigated. The present study demonstrated that the aqueous extract from A. vera leaves contained naturally occuring antioxidant components, including total phenols, flavonoids, ascorbic acid, β-carotene and α-tocopherol. The extract exhibited inhibitory capacity against Fe3+/ascorbic ac...

  17. The Effect of Copper And Zinc Nanoparticles on the Growth Parameters, Contents of Ascorbic Acid, and Qualitative Composition of Amino Acids and Acylcarnitines in Pistia stratiotes L. (Araceae).

    Olkhovych, Olga; Volkogon, Mykola; Taran, Nataliya; Batsmanova, Lyudmyla; Kravchenko, Inna

    2016-12-01

    The paper covers the research of copper and zinc nanoparticle effect on the content of ascorbic acid, and quantitative and qualitative composition of amino acids and acylcarnitines in Pistia stratiotes L. plants. Plant exposition to copper nanoparticles led to the decrease in (1) the amount of ascorbic acid, (2) the total content of amino acids (by 25 %), and (3) the amount of all studied amino acids except for the glycine amino acid. At this, the amount of 5-oxoproline, arginine, leucine, ornithine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, and tyrosine was two times lower than in control plants. The reduction of the contents of 8 out of 12 investigated acylcarnitines (namely C0, C2, C3, C5, C6, C8, C16, C18:1) was observed in plants under the influence of copper nanoparticles. The result of plants incubation with zinc nanoparticles was the decrease in (1) the amount of ascorbic acid, (2) the total content of amino acids (by 15 %), (3) the content of leucine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, and tyrosine (more than twice), and (4) the content of 10 acylcarnitines (C0, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10, C16, C18, C18:1, C18:2). The observed reduction in amino acid contents may negatively affect plants adaptive reactions associated with de novo synthesis of stress proteins. At the same time, the decrease in the content of acylcarnitines, responsible for fatty acid transportation, may lead to the changes in the activity and direction of lipid metabolism in plants and reduce plant's ability to use free fatty acids as the oxidation substrate for cell reparation. PMID:27107771

  18. The Effect of Copper And Zinc Nanoparticles on the Growth Parameters, Contents of Ascorbic Acid, and Qualitative Composition of Amino Acids and Acylcarnitines in Pistia stratiotes L. (Araceae)

    Olkhovych, Olga; Volkogon, Mykola; Taran, Nataliya; Batsmanova, Lyudmyla; Kravchenko, Inna

    2016-04-01

    The paper covers the research of copper and zinc nanoparticle effect on the content of ascorbic acid, and quantitative and qualitative composition of amino acids and acylcarnitines in Pistia stratiotes L. plants. Plant exposition to copper nanoparticles led to the decrease in (1) the amount of ascorbic acid, (2) the total content of amino acids (by 25 %), and (3) the amount of all studied amino acids except for the glycine amino acid. At this, the amount of 5-oxoproline, arginine, leucine, ornithine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, and tyrosine was two times lower than in control plants. The reduction of the contents of 8 out of 12 investigated acylcarnitines (namely C0, C2, C3, C5, C6, C8, C16, C18:1) was observed in plants under the influence of copper nanoparticles. The result of plants incubation with zinc nanoparticles was the decrease in (1) the amount of ascorbic acid, (2) the total content of amino acids (by 15 %), (3) the content of leucine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, and tyrosine (more than twice), and (4) the content of 10 acylcarnitines (C0, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10, C16, C18, C18:1, C18:2). The observed reduction in amino acid contents may negatively affect plants adaptive reactions associated with de novo synthesis of stress proteins. At the same time, the decrease in the content of acylcarnitines, responsible for fatty acid transportation, may lead to the changes in the activity and direction of lipid metabolism in plants and reduce plant's ability to use free fatty acids as the oxidation substrate for cell reparation.

  19. Determination of dopamine in presence of ascorbic acid and uric acid using poly (Spands Reagent) modified carbon paste electrode

    Veera Manohara Reddy, Y.; Prabhakara Rao, V.; Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy, A.; Lavanya, M.; Venu, M.; Lavanya, M.; Madhavi, G., E-mail: gmchem01@gmail.com

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we have fabricated a modified carbon paste electrode (CPE) by electropolymerisation of spands reagent (SR) onto surface of CPE using cyclic voltammetry (CV). The developed electrode was abbreviated as poly(SR)/CPE and the surface morphology of the modified electrode was studied by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The developed electrode showed higher electrocatalytic properties towards the detection of dopamine (DA) in 0.1 M phosphate buffer solution (PBS) at pH 7.0. The effect of pH, scan rate, accumulation time and concentration of dopamine was studied at poly(SR)/CPE. The poly(SR)/CPE was successfully used as a sensor for the selective determination of DA in presence of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) without any interference. The poly(SR)/CPE showed a good detection limit of 0.7 μM over the linear dynamic range of 1.6 μM to 16 μM, which is extremely lower than the reported methods. The prepared poly(SR)/CPE exhibited good stability, high sensitivity, better reproducibility, low detection limit towards the determination of DA. The developed method was also applied for the determination of DA in real samples. - Highlights: • Electropolymerization of spands reagent was fabricated by cyclic voltammetry • The Poly (spands reagent) electrode shows excellent electrocatalytic activity for the detection of dopamine. • The detection limit for dopamine was found to be 0.7 μM. • The proposed method can be applied for DA in injection and human blood serum samples.

  20. ZnO-CuxO/polypyrrole nanocomposite modified electrode for simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine, and uric acid.

    Ghanbari, Kh; Hajheidari, N

    2015-03-15

    Novel zinc oxide (ZnO) nanosheets and copper oxide (CuxO, CuO, and Cu2O) decorated polypyrrole (PPy) nanofibers (ZnO-CuxO-PPy) have been successfully fabricated for the simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), and uric acid (UA). The morphology and structure of ZnO-CuxO-PPy nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Raman spectroscopy. Compared with the bare glassy carbon electrode (GCE), PPy/GCE, CuxO-PPy/GCE, and ZnO-PPy/GCE, ZnO-CuxO-PPy/GCE exhibits much higher electrocatalytic activities toward the oxidation of AA, DA, and UA with increasing peak currents and decreasing oxidation overpotentials. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) results show that AA, DA, and UA could be detected selectively and sensitively at ZnO-CuxO-PPy/GCE with peak-to-peak separation of 150 and 154 mV for AA-DA and DA-UA, respectively. The calibration curves for AA, DA, and UA were obtained in the ranges of 0.2 to 1.0 mM, 0.1 to 130.0 μM, and 0.5 to 70.0 μM, respectively. The lowest detection limits (signal/noise=3) were 25.0, 0.04, and 0.2 μM for AA, DA, and UA, respectively. With good selectivity and sensitivity, the current method was applied to the determination of DA in injectable medicine and UA in urine samples. PMID:25576954

  1. Preparation and dissolution of lanthanum-, cerium- and zirconium-containing magnetites in citric acid-EDTA-ascorbic acid mixtures

    If fission products such as lanthanum, cerium, and zirconium are present in corrosion product deposits of primary systems of nuclear reactors, then this can lead to an increased radiation field buildup. The minimization of such an activity buildup is normally done by a chemical decontamination process involving the dissolution of this oxide deposit (corrosion product, Fe3O4). Thus, the dissolution behavior of oxides of lanthanum, cerium, and zirconium in magnetite (equivalent to 1 metal at.% in magnetite) in citric acid-EDTA-ascorbic acid mixture is reported in this study. The oxides employed are prepared synthetically by a co-precipitation method and characterized by using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electronic microscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, and Branauer-Emmett-Teller surface area measurements. The addition of cerium during the preparation of magnetite resulted in a decreased particle size and hence in an increased surface of the oxide irrespective of the presence of lanthanum and zirconium. The dissolution behavior of magnetite was not affected by the presence of the fission products lanthanum, cerium, and zirconium at 1 at.% each, either individually or in combination. A dissolution rate coefficient of 3 x 10-3 s-1 (k1) and a y value of 1.3 was obtained by applying general kinetic equation, while using inverse cubic rate law, kobs was found to be 5.16 x 10-4 s-1. When the amount of the metals was ≥ 3 at.%, a turbidity was observed during the dissolution, which could be removed by filtration. (orig.)

  2. Noncovalent nanohybrid of cobalt tetraphenylporphyrin with graphene for simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid, dopamine, and uric acid

    Highlights: •A noncovalent nanohybrid of cobalt tetraphenylporphyrin with chemically reduced graphene oxide was prepared. •The nanohybrid was characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. •The nanohybrid can be applied to simultaneously detect AA, DA and UA with high sensitivity and low detection limit. -- Abstract: A noncovalent nanohybrid of cobalt tetraphenylporphyrin (CoTPP) with chemically reduced graphene oxide (CRGO) was prepared through π–π stacking interaction between CRGO and CoTPP. The hybrid (CoTPP-CRGO) was characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The electrochemical behaviors of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), and uric acid (UA) at CoTPP-CRGO modified glass carbon electrode (CoTPP-CRGO/GCE) were studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV). Three well-resolved oxidation peaks were obtained. The peak potential separations were 225 and 140 mV for AA and DA, DA and UA respectively. Owing to the synergistic effect of CoTPP and CRGO, CoTPP-CRGO showed faster electron transfer and stronger electrocatalysis than CoTPP, CRGO or their mixture. The proposed modified electrode exhibited linear responses to AA, DA and UA in the ranges of 5.0–200.0 μM, 0.1–12.0 μM, 0.5–40 μM, respectively. The detection limits were 1.2, 0.03, and 0.15 μM, respectively. It was also applied to detect real samples with a satisfactory result

  3. Determination of dopamine in presence of ascorbic acid and uric acid using poly (Spands Reagent) modified carbon paste electrode

    In this paper, we have fabricated a modified carbon paste electrode (CPE) by electropolymerisation of spands reagent (SR) onto surface of CPE using cyclic voltammetry (CV). The developed electrode was abbreviated as poly(SR)/CPE and the surface morphology of the modified electrode was studied by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The developed electrode showed higher electrocatalytic properties towards the detection of dopamine (DA) in 0.1 M phosphate buffer solution (PBS) at pH 7.0. The effect of pH, scan rate, accumulation time and concentration of dopamine was studied at poly(SR)/CPE. The poly(SR)/CPE was successfully used as a sensor for the selective determination of DA in presence of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) without any interference. The poly(SR)/CPE showed a good detection limit of 0.7 μM over the linear dynamic range of 1.6 μM to 16 μM, which is extremely lower than the reported methods. The prepared poly(SR)/CPE exhibited good stability, high sensitivity, better reproducibility, low detection limit towards the determination of DA. The developed method was also applied for the determination of DA in real samples. - Highlights: • Electropolymerization of spands reagent was fabricated by cyclic voltammetry • The Poly (spands reagent) electrode shows excellent electrocatalytic activity for the detection of dopamine. • The detection limit for dopamine was found to be 0.7 μM. • The proposed method can be applied for DA in injection and human blood serum samples

  4. Low Dose Gamma Irradiation Does Not Affect the Quality or Total Ascorbic Acid Concentration of “Sweetheart” Passionfruit (Passiflora edulis

    John B. Golding

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Passionfruit (Passiflora edulis, Sims, cultivar “Sweetheart” were subject to gamma irradiation at levels suitable for phytosanitary purposes (0, 150, 400 and 1000 Gy then stored at 8 °C and assessed for fruit quality and total ascorbic acid concentration after one and fourteen days. Irradiation at any dose (≤1000 Gy did not affect passionfruit quality (overall fruit quality, colour, firmness, fruit shrivel, stem condition, weight loss, total soluble solids level (TSS, titratable acidity (TA level, TSS/TA ratio, juice pH and rot development, nor the total ascorbic acid concentration. The length of time in storage affected some fruit quality parameters and total ascorbic acid concentration, with longer storage periods resulting in lower quality fruit and lower total ascorbic acid concentration, irrespective of irradiation. There was no interaction between irradiation treatment and storage time, indicating that irradiation did not influence the effect of storage on passionfruit quality. The results showed that the application of 150, 400 and 1000 Gy gamma irradiation to “Sweetheart” purple passionfruit did not produce any deleterious effects on fruit quality or total ascorbic acid concentration during cold storage, thus supporting the use of low dose irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment against quarantine pests in purple passionfruit.

  5. Electrochemical determination of dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid based on the gold nanorods/carbon nanotubes composite film

    Highlights: → The GNR/CNT/GC electrode was fabricated simply. It has higher catalytic activity towards the oxidation of DA and ascorbic acid (AA). The selective determination of DA was carried out with low detection limit (0.8 nM, S/N = 3). The proposed method was feasible to detect the concentration of DA in human blood serum. - Abstract: In this paper, the gold nanorods (GNRs)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite film-modified glassy carbon (GC) electrode was fabricated simply by the electrostatic interaction between the positively charged GNRs and the negatively charged CNT. And the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode was used for the selective and sensitive determination of dopamine (DA) in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA). It was found that the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode had higher catalytic activity towards the oxidation of DA and ascorbic acid (AA) comparing with the bare GC and CNT/GC electrodes. It may be due to the synergic effect of GNRs and CNT, because the surface area of the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode increased, the edge plan sites presented on the CNT surface can improve the electron transfer between the modified electrode and DA, and the rod-shaped gold may be served as the mediator for the oxidation of dopamine and provided the electrocatalytic ability. Moreover, the voltammetric peaks of AA and DA were separated enough at the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode, which was sufficiently enough for the selective determination of DA. Thus, the selective determination of DA was carried out with low detection limit (0.8 nM, S/N = 3). Also it was obtained that the proposed method was feasible to detect the concentration of DA in human blood serum. Therefore, it can be concluded that the GNRs/CNT modified electrode may be advantageous for the DA determination.

  6. Development of a cell line from skin of goldfish, Carassius auratus, and effects of ascorbic acid on collagen deposition.

    Lee, L E; Caldwell, S J; Gibbons, J

    1997-01-01

    Growth characteristics and collagen expression were investigated in GFSk-S1, a cell line derived from the skin of an adult goldfish (Carassius auratus). These cells are anchorage dependent, grow well in Leibovitz-15 medium with 10% fetal bovine serum, and have been subcultured routinely for 5 years. Cells at various passages have been successfully cryopreserved and thawed. GFSk-S1 cells show mainly a fibroblastic morphology at low density, but at confluence islands of epithelial-shaped cells appear among the fibroblastic cells. The cells require little maintenance, and cultures have been kept viable for more than 3 months without medium changes. Although best growth was observed at room temperature, cell proliferation still occurred at 28 degrees C, and a subline was maintained and passaged for over a year at 25 degrees C. Cells were exposed to various concentrations of ascorbic acid, and its effects on collagen secretion were monitored by light and electron microscopy. Under phase-contrast microscopy, confluent GFSk-S1 cells exposed to ascorbic acid at 50 micrograms/ml showed distinct development of fibres as early as 3 days after treatment. Histochemical staining for collagen demonstrated a thick network of fibres under a monolayer of ascorbic acid-treated GFSk-S1 cells, and observation by transmission electron microscopy showed collagen fibres with typical banding pattern. This cell line appears to show a stable genotype, as collagen expression was induced at all passages. GFSk-S1 could be useful for studies not only of regulation of protein synthesis, but also of cell differentiation and wound healing. PMID:9088943

  7. Electrochemical determination of dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid based on the gold nanorods/carbon nanotubes composite film

    Deng Chunyan, E-mail: dengchunyan81@126.com [Key Laboratory of Resources Chemistry of Nonferrous Metals, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China); Chen Jinzhuo; Yang Minghui [Key Laboratory of Resources Chemistry of Nonferrous Metals, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China); Nie Zhou [State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Si Shihui [Key Laboratory of Resources Chemistry of Nonferrous Metals, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China)

    2011-10-01

    Highlights: > The GNR/CNT/GC electrode was fabricated simply. It has higher catalytic activity towards the oxidation of DA and ascorbic acid (AA). The selective determination of DA was carried out with low detection limit (0.8 nM, S/N = 3). The proposed method was feasible to detect the concentration of DA in human blood serum. - Abstract: In this paper, the gold nanorods (GNRs)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite film-modified glassy carbon (GC) electrode was fabricated simply by the electrostatic interaction between the positively charged GNRs and the negatively charged CNT. And the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode was used for the selective and sensitive determination of dopamine (DA) in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA). It was found that the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode had higher catalytic activity towards the oxidation of DA and ascorbic acid (AA) comparing with the bare GC and CNT/GC electrodes. It may be due to the synergic effect of GNRs and CNT, because the surface area of the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode increased, the edge plan sites presented on the CNT surface can improve the electron transfer between the modified electrode and DA, and the rod-shaped gold may be served as the mediator for the oxidation of dopamine and provided the electrocatalytic ability. Moreover, the voltammetric peaks of AA and DA were separated enough at the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode, which was sufficiently enough for the selective determination of DA. Thus, the selective determination of DA was carried out with low detection limit (0.8 nM, S/N = 3). Also it was obtained that the proposed method was feasible to detect the concentration of DA in human blood serum. Therefore, it can be concluded that the GNRs/CNT modified electrode may be advantageous for the DA determination.

  8. Protective Effect of Ascorbic Acid on Molecular Behavior Changes of Hemoglobin Induced by Magnetic Field Induced by Magnetic Field

    Nahed S. Hassan

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available With the use of electricity and industrialization of societies, humans are commonly exposed to static magnetic field induced by electric currents. The putative mechanisms by which Static Magnetic Field (SMF may affect biological systems is that of increasing free radical life span in organisms. To test this hypothesis, we investigate the effect of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C treatment on the changes in the molecular behavior of hemoglobin as a result of exposure of the animals to magnetic field in the occupation levels. By measuring the relative permittivity, dielectric loss, relaxation time, conductivity, radius and diffusion coefficient of aqueous solutions of hemoglobin. These measurements were calculated in the frequency range of (100 Hz-100 kHz to give more information about molecular behavior. Twenty four male albino rats were equally divided into four groups 1, 2, 3 and 4. Animals of group 1, were used as control, animals of group 2, were exposed to (0.2T magnetic field and that of group 3, 4, were treated with Ascorbic Acid by two doses group 3 (20 mg kg-1 body weight, group 4 (50 mg kg-1 body weight orally half hour before exposure to magnetic field. The sub chronic exposure expanded (1 h day-1 for 30 consecutive days. The results indicated that exposure of animals to magnetic field resulted in changes in the molecular behavior of hemoglobin molecule while treatment with ascorbic acid afforded comparatively more significant amelioration in these molecular changes, via decreasing the radical pair interaction of magnetic field with biological molecules.

  9. Design and synthesis of molecularly imprinted polypyrrole based on nanoreactor SBA-15 for recognition of ascorbic acid.

    Mehdinia, Ali; Aziz-Zanjani, Mohammad Ovais; Ahmadifar, Maryam; Jabbari, Ali

    2013-01-15

    Molecular imprinting is an attractive technique for preparing mimics of natural and biological receptors. Nevertheless, molecular imprinting for aqueous systems remains a challenge due to the hydrogen bonding between templates and functional monomers destroyed in the bulk water. The hydrogen bonding between templates and monomers are the most crucial factor governing recognition, particularly in non-covalent molecularly imprinted polymers. Using mesoporous materials for molecular imprinting is an effective approach to overcome this barrier and to remove the limitations of the traditional molecularly imprinted polymers which include incomplete template removal, small binding capacity, slow mass transfer, and irregular materials shape. Here, SBA-15 was used as a mesoporous silica material for synthesis of molecularly imprinted polypyrrole. The pyrrole monomers and template molecules were immobilized onto the SBA-15 hexagonal channels, and then polymerization occurred. The resulting nanocomposites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods. In batch rebinding tests, the imprinted nanocomposites reached saturated adsorption within 100min and exhibited significant specific recognition toward the ascorbic acid (AA) with high adsorption capacity (83.7mg g(-1)). To further illustrate the recognition property of the imprinted nanocomposites, binary competitive and non-competitive adsorption experiments were performed with ascorbic acid, dopamine, paracetamol and epinephrine. The imprinting factors for these compounds in non-competitive adsorption experiments were 3.2, 1.5, 1.4 and 1.3, respectively. The results showed that the imprinted nanocomposites exhibited significant adsorption selectivity for the ascorbic acid against the related compounds. PMID:22871516

  10. Effects of ascorbic acid on Chlamydia trachomatis infection and on erythromycin treatment in primary cultures of human amniotic cells.

    Wang, S.K.; Patton, D. L.; Kuo, C. C.

    1992-01-01

    Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is an essential nutrient for humans. It may also be needed by Chlamydia trachomatis, an intracellular bacterium. We investigated the effects of vitamin C on the growth of C. trachomatis E/UW-5/Cx in a primary culture of human amniotic epithelial cells. The results showed that vitamin C enhances C. trachomatis infection at concentrations of 0.2, 0.6, and 1.2 mg/dl (P less than 0.001). These three concentrations represent the in vivo concentrations of deficiency, norma...

  11. Effects of Ascorbic Acid on Egg Production and Egg Shell Quality in Laying Hens Drinking Saline Water

    J. Mirabdollbaghi; S.A. Hosseini; H. Lotfollahian; Mahdavi Ali; Kalanie Mehdi

    2006-01-01

    An experiment was conducted to study the effects of different water source, saline water (Tap water +2 g L-1 Na) and tape water with a diet that supplemented by three level of Ascorbic Acid (0, 1.5 and 3 g kg-1 of diet) on laying hen`s performance and egg shell quality. This trail was carried out on 108 commercial laying hens (Hy-Line) 32 weeks old for 12 weeks. All of the data were subjected to Two- way analysis of variance test. The result showed that egg production (%), egg weight (g), egg...

  12. Effect of Ascorbic Acid on the Degradation of Cyanocobalamin and Hydroxocobalamin in Aqueous Solution: A Kinetic Study

    Ahmad, Iqbal; Qadeer, Kiran; Zahid, Saima; Sheraz, Muhammad Ali; Ismail, Tehmina; Hussain, Waqar; Ansari, Izhar Ahmad

    2014-01-01

    The degradation kinetics of 5 × 10−5 M cyanocobalamin (B12) and hydroxocobalamin (B12b) in the presence of ascorbic acid (AH2) was studied in the pH range of 1.0–8.0. B12 is degraded to B12b which undergoes oxidation to corrin ring cleavage products. B12b alone is directly oxidized to the ring cleavage products. B12 and B12b in degraded solutions were simultaneously assayed by a two-component spectrometric method at 525 and 550 nm without interference from AH2. Both degrade by first-order kin...

  13. The ameliorative effect of ascorbic acid and Ginkgo biloba on learning and memory deficits associated with fluoride exposure

    Raghu, Jetti; Raghuveer, Vasudeva C.; Mallikarjuna C. Rao; Somayaji, Nagabhooshana S.; Babu, Prakash B.

    2013-01-01

    Chronic exposure to fluoride causes dental and skeletal fluorosis. Fluoride exposure is also detrimental to soft tissues and organs. The present study aimed at evaluation of the effect of Ginkgo biloba and ascorbic acid on learning and memory deficits caused by fluoride exposure. Male Wistar rats were divided into five groups (n=6). Group 1 control. Groups 2 to 5 received 100 ppm of sodium fluoride over 30 days. Groups 3, 4 and 5 were further treated for 15 days receiving respectively 1% gum ...

  14. Natural resistance to ascorbic acid induced oxidative stress is mainly mediated by catalase activity in human cancer cells and catalase-silencing sensitizes to oxidative stress

    Klingelhoeffer Christoph

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ascorbic acid demonstrates a cytotoxic effect by generating hydrogen peroxide, a reactive oxygen species (ROS involved in oxidative cell stress. A panel of eleven human cancer cell lines, glioblastoma and carcinoma, were exposed to serial dilutions of ascorbic acid (5-100 mmol/L. The purpose of this study was to analyse the impact of catalase, an important hydrogen peroxide-detoxifying enzyme, on the resistance of cancer cells to ascorbic acid mediated oxidative stress. Methods Effective concentration (EC50 values, which indicate the concentration of ascorbic acid that reduced the number of viable cells by 50%, were detected with the crystal violet assay. The level of intracellular catalase protein and enzyme activity was determined. Expression of catalase was silenced by catalase-specific short hairpin RNA (sh-RNA in BT-20 breast carcinoma cells. Oxidative cell stress induced apoptosis was measured by a caspase luminescent assay. Results The tested human cancer cell lines demonstrated obvious differences in their resistance to ascorbic acid mediated oxidative cell stress. Forty-five percent of the cell lines had an EC50 > 20 mmol/L and fifty-five percent had an EC50 50 of 2.6–5.5 mmol/L, glioblastoma cells were the most susceptible cancer cell lines analysed in this study. A correlation between catalase activity and the susceptibility to ascorbic acid was observed. To study the possible protective role of catalase on the resistance of cancer cells to oxidative cell stress, the expression of catalase in the breast carcinoma cell line BT-20, which cells were highly resistant to the exposure to ascorbic acid (EC50: 94,9 mmol/L, was silenced with specific sh-RNA. The effect was that catalase-silenced BT-20 cells (BT-20 KD-CAT became more susceptible to high concentrations of ascorbic acid (50 and 100 mmol/L. Conclusions Fifty-five percent of the human cancer cell lines tested were unable to protect themselves against oxidative stress mediated by ascorbic acid induced hydrogen peroxide production. The antioxidative enzyme catalase is important to protect cancer cells against cytotoxic hydrogen peroxide. Silenced catalase expression increased the susceptibility of the formerly resistant cancer cell line BT-20 to oxidative stress.

  15. Graphene ceramic composite as a new kind of surface-renewable electrode: application to the electroanalysis of ascorbic acid

    This study introduces a new surface-renewable electrode based on a sol–gel derived graphene ceramic composite. The electrode was prepared by dispersing graphene nanosheets into a solution of the sol–gel precursors containing methyl triethoxysilane in methanol and hydrochloric acid. During hydrolysis of methyl triethoxysilane, the graphene nanosheets are trapped in the gel. After moulding and drying the composite, it can be used as a surface-renewable electrode to which we refer as a graphene ceramic composite electrode (GCCE). Cyclic voltammograms of the hexacyanoferrate(II/III) model redox system at the GCCE were compared to those obtained with a conventional carbon ceramic electrode and showed a highly improved electron transfer rate at the GCCE. The electrocatalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid as a model analyte was then studied at working potential of 50 mV and over the 3–84 μM concentration range. It revealed a sensitivity of 6.06 μA μM−1 cm−2 and a detection limit of 0.82 μM. The GCCE was successfully applied to the determination of ascorbic acid in orange juice and urine samples. Advantages such as good mechanical and chemical stability, ease of fabrication, and reproducible preparation make the GCCE a potentially useful and widely applicable renewable electrode for use in routine analysis. (author)

  16. L-dehydroascorbic acid can substitute L-ascorbic acid as dietary vitamin C source in guinea pigs

    Frikke-Schmidt, Henriette Rønne; Tveden-Nyborg, Pernille; Lykkesfeldt, Jens

    2016-01-01

    Vitamin C deficiency globally affects several hundred million people and has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in numerous studies. In this study, bioavailability of the oxidized form of vitamin C (l-dehydroascorbic acid or DHA)-commonly found in vitamin C containing food products prone to oxidation-was studied. Our aim was to compare tissue accumulation of vitamin C in guinea pigs receiving different oral doses of either ascorbate or DHA. In all tissues tested (plasma, l...

  17. Effect of turmeric powder (Curcuma longa L.) and ascorbic acid on physical characteristics and oxidative status of fresh and stored rabbit burgers.

    Mancini, Simone; Preziuso, Giovanna; Dal Bosco, Alessandro; Roscini, Valentina; Szendr?, Zsolt; Fratini, Filippo; Paci, Gisella

    2015-12-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of Curcuma longa powder and ascorbic acid on some quality traits of rabbit burgers. The burgers (burgers control with no additives; burgers with 3.5 g of turmeric powder/100g meat; burgers with 0.1g of ascorbic acid/100g meat) were analyzed at Days 0 and 7 for pH, color, drip loss, cooking loss, fatty acid profile, TBARS, antioxidant capacity (ABTS, DPPH and FRAP) and microbial growth. The addition of turmeric powder modified the meat color, produced an antioxidant capacity similar to ascorbic acid and determined a lower cooking loss than other formulations. Turmeric powder might be considered as a useful natural antioxidant, increasing the quality and extending the shelf life of rabbit burgers. PMID:26188362

  18. Volumetric properties of (ascorbic acid + polyethylene glycol 3350 + water) systems at T = (288.15, 298.15, and 308.15) K

    Density and ultrasound speed were measured accurately for binary ascorbic acid-water and ternary ascorbic acid-water-polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG3350) solutions at T = (288.15, 298.15, and 308.15) K. The data were used to evaluate thermodynamic properties as apparent molar volumes, Vφ, and apparent molar isentropic compressions, KSΦ, of ascorbic acid in water and in aqueous PEG3350 solutions. Infinite dilution values of these parameters, Vφ0 and KSΦ0, were obtained from their plots as a function of molality and have been utilized in obtaining transfer volumes and transfer compressions of ascorbic acid from water to PEG3350 solutions at various weight percentages. All transfer volumes and compressions at infinite dilution were found to be positive, to increase with weight per cent of PEG3350 and to decrease with temperature. Apparent molar isobaric expansions at infinite dilution were derived from the temperature dependence of Vφ0 values. The results were interpreted in terms of ascorbic acid-water-PEG3350 interactions.

  19. Simultaneous voltammetric determination of paracetamol and ascorbic acid using a boron-doped diamond electrode modified with Nafion and lead films.

    Tyszczuk-Rotko, Katarzyna; B?czkowska, Ilona; Wjciak-Kosior, Magdalena; Sowa, Ireneusz

    2014-11-01

    The paper describes the fabrication and application of a novel sensor (a boron-doped diamond electrode modified with Nafion and lead films) for the simultaneous determination of paracetamol and ascorbic acid by differential pulse voltammetry. The main advantage of the lead film and polymer covered boron-doped diamond electrode is that the sensitivity of the stripping responses is increased and the separation of paracetamol and ascorbic acid signals is improved due to the modification of the boron-doped diamond surface by the lead layer. Additionally, the repeatability of paracetamol and ascorbic acid signals is improved by the application of the Nafion film coating. In the presence of oxygen, linear calibration curves were obtained in a wide concentration range from 510(-7) to 210(-4) mol L(-1) for paracetamol and from 110(-6) to 510(-4) mol L(-1) for ascorbic acid. The analytical utility of the differential pulse voltammetric method elaborated was tested in the assay of paracetamol and ascorbic acid in commercially available pharmaceutical formulations and the method was validated by high performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detector. PMID:25127609

  20. Effect of excess dietary iron as ferrous sulfate and excess dietary ascorbic acid on liver zinc, copper and sulfhydryl groups and the ovary

    Female guinea pigs of the NIH 13/N strain, weighing between 475 and 512 g, were fed diets supplemented with 50 to 2500 mg of iron per kg of diet as ferrous sulfate and 0.2 to 8.0 g of ascorbic acid per kg of diet. A significant effect was observed on tissue copper and zinc, ovary weight and liver protein sulfhydryl groups. The mean ovary weight for guinea pigs fed 2500 mg of iron was significantly less than that of animals fed 50 mg of iron, 0.045 +/- 0.012 g and 0.061 +/- 0.009 g, respectively. Liver zinc content of animals fed 2500 mg of iron and 200 mg of ascorbic acid per kg of diet was significantly less than that of animals fed 50 mg of iron and 200 mg of ascorbic acid, 16.3 +/- 3.3 μg and 19.6 +/- 1.6 μg, respectively. There was no difference in liver copper due to dietary iron, but when dietary ascorbic acid was increased to 8 g per kg of diet, there was a significant decrease (from 22.8 +/- 8.1 μg to 10.5 +/- 4.8 μg) in liver copper. Excess dietary ascorbic acid decreased ovarian zinc significantly when increased to 8 g per kg of diet, 2929 +/- 919 μg vs 1661 +/- 471 μg, respectively, when compared to the control group

  1. Phytotoxicity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on red spinach (Amaranthus tricolor L) and the role of ascorbic acid as an antioxidant

    Begum, Parvin [Laboratory of Environmental Medical Chemistry, Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810 (Japan); Fugetsu, Bunshi, E-mail: hu@ees.hokudai.ac.jp [Laboratory of Environmental Medical Chemistry, Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810 (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MWNTs are selected for study of the systemic toxicity and the potential influence on red spinach. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microscopic observation revealed some adverse effects on root and leaf. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cell damage were detected on 15 days after the exposure to MWNTs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ROS increase ceased once ascorbic acid was added into media. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Oxidative stress seems to be the key element responsible for causing the toxicity. - Abstract: Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are a novel nanomaterial with wide potential applications; however the adverse effects of CNTs following environmental exposure have recently received significant attention. Herein, we explore the systemic toxicity and potential influence of 0-1000 mg L{sup -1} the multi-walled CNTs on red spinach. The multi-walled CNTs exposed plants exhibited growth inhibition and cell death after 15 days of hydroponic culture. The multi-walled CNTs had adverse effects on root and leaf morphology, as observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Raman spectroscopy detected the multi-walled CNTs in leaves. Biomarkers of nanoparticle toxicity, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and cell damage in the red spinach were greatly increased 15 days post-exposure to the multi-walled CNTs. These effects were reversed when the multi-walled CNTs were supplemented with ascorbic acid (AsA), suggesting a role of ROS in the multl-walled CNT-induced toxicity and that the primary mechanism of the multi-walled CNTs' toxicity is oxidative stress.

  2. Phytotoxicity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on red spinach (Amaranthus tricolor L) and the role of ascorbic acid as an antioxidant

    Highlights: ► MWNTs are selected for study of the systemic toxicity and the potential influence on red spinach. ► Microscopic observation revealed some adverse effects on root and leaf. ► Cell damage were detected on 15 days after the exposure to MWNTs. ► ROS increase ceased once ascorbic acid was added into media. ► Oxidative stress seems to be the key element responsible for causing the toxicity. - Abstract: Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are a novel nanomaterial with wide potential applications; however the adverse effects of CNTs following environmental exposure have recently received significant attention. Herein, we explore the systemic toxicity and potential influence of 0–1000 mg L−1 the multi-walled CNTs on red spinach. The multi-walled CNTs exposed plants exhibited growth inhibition and cell death after 15 days of hydroponic culture. The multi-walled CNTs had adverse effects on root and leaf morphology, as observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Raman spectroscopy detected the multi-walled CNTs in leaves. Biomarkers of nanoparticle toxicity, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and cell damage in the red spinach were greatly increased 15 days post-exposure to the multi-walled CNTs. These effects were reversed when the multi-walled CNTs were supplemented with ascorbic acid (AsA), suggesting a role of ROS in the multl-walled CNT-induced toxicity and that the primary mechanism of the multi-walled CNTs’ toxicity is oxidative stress.

  3. Modulation of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea induced mammary tumors in Sprague–Dawley rats by combination of lysine, proline, arginine, ascorbic acid and green tea extract

    The limited ability of current treatments to control metastasis and the proposed antitumor properties of specific nutrients prompted us to examine the effect of a specific formulation (nutrient supplement [NS]) of lysine, proline, arginine, ascorbic acid, and green tea extract in vivo on the development of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU)-induced mammary tumors in rats. A single intraperitoneal dose of MNU was injected into each of 20 female Sprague–Dawley rats (aged 50 days) to induce tumors. Two weeks after MNU treatment, a time by which the animals had recovered from MNU-induced toxicity, the rats were divided into two groups. Rats in group 1 (n = 10) were fed Purina chow diet, whereas those in group 2 (n = 10) were fed the same diet supplemented with 0.5% NS. After a further 24 weeks, the rats were killed and tumors were excised and processed. NS reduced the incidence of MNU-induced mammary tumors and the number of tumors by 68.4%, and the tumor burden by 60.5%. The inhibitory effect of NS was also reflected by decreased tumor weight; the tumor weights per rat and per group were decreased by 41% and 78%, respectively. In addition, 30% of the control rats developed ulcerated tumors, in contrast to 10% in the nutrient supplemented rats. These findings suggest that the specific formulation of lysine, proline, arginine, ascorbic acid, and green tea extract tested significantly reduces the incidence and growth of MNU-induced mammary tumors, and therefore has strong potential as a useful therapeutic regimen for inhibiting breast cancer development

  4. Radiation protection by 6-palmitoyl ascorbic acid-2-glucoside. Studies on DNA damage in vitro, ex vivo, in vivo and oxidative stress in vivo

    A palmitoyl derivative of ascorbic acid 2-glucoside, 6-palmitoyl ascorbic acid-2-glucoside (PAsAG), which possess good antioxidant properties, is examined for radioprotection in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models. PAsAG protected plasmid DNA from gamma-radiation induced damages under in vitro conditions. Presence of 1.6 mM PAsAG inhibited the disappearance of ccc (covalently closed circular) form of plasmid pBR322 with a dose modifying factor of 1.5. Comet assay studies on mouse spleen cells exposed to 6 Gy gamma-radiation (ex vivo) in presence and absence of PAsAG revealed that cellular DNA was effectively protected by this compound from radiation induced damages. Oral administration of 80 mg/kg body weight of PAsAG to mice 1 hour prior to 6 Gy whole body gamma-radiation exposure, efficiently protected cellular DNA in tissues such as spleen, bone marrow and blood, from radiation induced damages as indicated by alkaline comet assay. Oxidative stress in tissues such as liver and brain of mice, following whole body exposure to various doses of gamma-radiation (2-8 Gy), monitored as levels of glutathione (GSH) and peroxidation of lipids, were found considerably reduced when PAsAG was orally administered (80 mg/kg body weight) to the mice one hour prior to the radiation exposure. PAsAG administration improved the per cent survival of mice following exposure to 10 Gy whole body gamma-radiation. Thus PAsAG could act as a radioprotector under in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo conditions of ionizing-radiation exposure. (author)

  5. INFLUENCE OF ASCORBIC ACID ON EGG QUALITY INFLUÊNCIA DO ÁCIDO ASCÓRBICO NA QUALIDADE DO OVO

    Pedro Alves de SOUZA; Hirasilva Borba Alves de SOUZA; Oba, Alexandre; GARDINI Claudio Henrique Cruz

    2001-01-01

    The egg quality may be influenced by some nutrients added to laying hens diets and among these nutrients, the ascorbic acid is included. According to some researches, this acid, besides of improving the quality, it can increase the egg production and weight. In addition, it reduces the quantity of cracked eggs and food intake. In order to contribute with more information, this experiment was developed. Concentrations of 100; 150 and 200mg/kg of ascorbic acid were added to rations of laying he...

  6. Production of {sup 61}Cu using natural cobalt target and its separation using ascorbic acid and common anion exchange resin

    Das, Sujata Saha; Chattopadhyay, Sankha; Barua, Luna [Radiopharmaceuticals Laboratory, Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT), Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata 700064 (India); Das, Malay Kanti, E-mail: mkdas@vecc.gov.in [Radiopharmaceuticals Laboratory, Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT), Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata 700064 (India)

    2012-02-15

    {sup 61}Cu was produced by {sup nat}Co({alpha}, xn){sup 61}Cu reaction. {sup 61}Cu production yield was 89.5 MBq/{mu}Ah (2.42 mCi/{mu}Ah) at the end of irradiation (EOI). A simple radiochemical separation method using anion exchange resin and ascorbic acid has been employed to separate the product radionuclide from inactive target material and co-produced non-isotopic impurities. The radiochemical separation yield was about 90%. Radiochemical purity of {sup 61}Cu was >99% 1 h after EOI. Final product was suitable for making complex with N{sub 2}S{sub 2} type of ligands. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High purity, no-carrier added {sup 61}Cu produced from natural cobalt target. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {sup 61}Cu separated from impurities using anion exchange resin and ascorbic acid. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {sup 61}Cu preparation was successfully used to label N{sub 2}S{sub 2}-type of ligand.

  7. Studies of effect of heterocyclic dyes in photogalvanic cells for solar energy conversion and storage: NaLS-ascorbic acid system

    K R Genwa; Anju Chouhan

    2004-11-01

    The photogalvanic effect has been studied in three systems using photogalvanic cells and NaLS-ascorbic acid-azur A, NaLS-ascorbic acid-azur B, NaLS-ascorbic acid-azur C systems. The photopotential and photocurrent generated by these systems are 770.0, 971.0, 623.0 mV and 160.0, 185.0, 145.0 A respectively. The effects of different parameters on the electrical outputs of the cell have been observed and current-voltage characteristics of the cell studied, and a mechanism has been proposed for the generation of photocurrent in photogalvanic cells. The conversion efficiencies for azur A, azur B and azur C are 0.5461, 0.9646 and 0.4567% and storage capacity 110, 135 and 95 min respectively.

  8. Rapid and specific spectrophotometric and RP-HPLC methods for the determination of ascorbic acid in fruits juices and in human plasma

    Ascorbic acid (AA) is one of the most important water soluble vitamin in the human diet, present naturally in a wide range of foods, especially fruits and vegetables. The objective of this study was to develop a rapid, sensitive and specific method for the determination of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) from a variety of sources like fresh fruits or from human plasma using spectrophotometric technique or by RP-HPLC. Initially, estimation of vitamin C was carried out spectrophotometrically as UV spectroscopy is a trusted technique to monitor small quantities of drugs and vitamins. The assay was linear over the concentration range of 0.05-100 mi cro g/mL/sup -I/. In the second procedure, we attempted to separate and quantitate ascorbic acid from fruit juices as well as from human plasma by RP-HPLC with UV detection. This has been possible because of the diversity of columns and conditions of analysis available. Chromatographic separation was successfully achieved on a pre-packed Kromasil 100, C/sub 18/ (5 macro m 25 x 0.46) column using acetonitrile water (60:40; v/v) as mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.75 mL/sup -min/ and effluent monitored at 265 nm. The assay was also linear over the concentration range of 0.05-100 micro g/mL/sub -1/, with recovery ranging from 99.0-100.0 % and intra and inter day CV <3 % when applied to the analysis of ascorbic acid from fruit juice available in Pakistan at the time of study Grape fruit, malta, mosami, sweetlemon, fruiter, lemon, lime, custard apple, orange, lemon, guava and papaya juice were found to be very rich in as ascorbic acid, while chikoo, pear, apricot, peach, carrot and some other fruits were found to be poor sources of ascorbic acid. (author)

  9. Blanching and Drying Behavior of Dioscorea schimperiana and Impact on Cellular Exchanges and on Calcium, Ascorbic Acid and β-carotene Contents

    R. Ndjouenkeu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of blanching parameters (time and temperature, variety and yam thickness on cellular exchanges and on calcium, ascorbic acid and β-carotene contents during blanching and/or subsequent drying was investigated. Yam slices (2, 3 and 4 mm thickness of the yellow and orange variety of D. schimperiana were blanched in hot water at 70 and 100°C for 0 to 60 sec in order to study the cellular exchange during blanching. Kinetic of calcium loss was determined during blanching at 100°C. Yams slices of the orange variety blanched at 100°C for one minute were dried at 50°C in a cross flow cabinet dryer. Losses in β-carotene and ascorbic acid were calculated after one minute of blanching at 100°C and along the drying process. The results show a strong intraspecific variability in cellular exchange during blanching. Blanching in hot water at 100°C result in a higher loss in calcium, β-carotene and ascorbic acid. These losses continue during subsequent drying. The moisture diffusivity during drying of blanched slices varied from 1.07x10-10 (4 mm to 4.33x10-11 (2 mm. Twenty six to fifty percent of the β-carotene and more than 50% of ascorbic acid were loss during blanching depending upon slices thickness. Blanching is the limiting factor in β-carotene and ascorbic acid loss during blanching and subsequent air drying. Blanching parameters (temperature and time, slices thickness and variety influenced cellular exchanges and losses in calcium, β-carotene and ascorbic acid.

  10. Effect of gamma irradiation in presence of ascorbic acid on microbial composition and TBARS concentration of ground beef coated with an edible active coating

    The present study was conducted to evaluate the combined effect of gamma irradiation in presence of ascorbic acid on the microbiological characteristics and thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) concentration of ground beef coated with an edible coating, crosslinked by gamma irradiation. The medium fat ground beef patties (23% fat ) were divided into two separate treatment groups: (i) control (ground beef without additive), (ii) ground beef with 0.5% (w/w) ascorbic acid. Meat samples were irradiated at doses of 0, 1, 2, and 3 kGy and stored at 4±2 deg. C. The content of TBARS was evaluated. After 7 days of storage, Enterobacteriaceae, presumptive Staphylococcus aureus, presumptive Pseudomonas spp., Brochothrix thermosphacta and lactic acid bacteria were enumerated. Results showed that lactic acid bacteria and Br. thermosphacta were more resistant to irradiation than Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas. The content in TBARS was stabilized during post-irradiation storage for samples containing ascorbic acid. Shelf life extension periods estimated on the basis of a limit level of 6 log CFU/g for APCs were 4, 7, and 10 days for samples irradiated at 1, 2, and 3 kGy, respectively. However, the incorporation of ascorbic acid in ground beef did not improve significantly (p>0.05) the inhibitory effect of gamma irradiation

  11. Effect of gamma irradiation in presence of ascorbic acid on microbial composition and TBARS concentration of ground beef coated with an edible active coating

    Lacroix, M. E-mail: monique.lacroix@inrs-iaf.uquebec.ca; Ouattara, B.; Saucier, L.; Giroux, M.; Smoragiewicz, W

    2004-10-01

    The present study was conducted to evaluate the combined effect of gamma irradiation in presence of ascorbic acid on the microbiological characteristics and thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) concentration of ground beef coated with an edible coating, crosslinked by gamma irradiation. The medium fat ground beef patties (23% fat ) were divided into two separate treatment groups: (i) control (ground beef without additive), (ii) ground beef with 0.5% (w/w) ascorbic acid. Meat samples were irradiated at doses of 0, 1, 2, and 3 kGy and stored at 4{+-}2 deg. C. The content of TBARS was evaluated. After 7 days of storage, Enterobacteriaceae, presumptive Staphylococcus aureus, presumptive Pseudomonas spp., Brochothrix thermosphacta and lactic acid bacteria were enumerated. Results showed that lactic acid bacteria and Br. thermosphacta were more resistant to irradiation than Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas. The content in TBARS was stabilized during post-irradiation storage for samples containing ascorbic acid. Shelf life extension periods estimated on the basis of a limit level of 6 log CFU/g for APCs were 4, 7, and 10 days for samples irradiated at 1, 2, and 3 kGy, respectively. However, the incorporation of ascorbic acid in ground beef did not improve significantly (p>0.05) the inhibitory effect of gamma irradiation.

  12. Ascorbate protects endothelial barrier function during septic insult: Role of protein phosphatase type 2A

    Han, Min; Pendem, Suresh; Teh, Suet Ling; Sukumaran, Dinesh K.; Wu, Feng; Wilson, John X.

    2009-01-01

    Endothelial barrier dysfunction contributes to morbidity in sepsis. We tested the hypothesis that raising the intracellular ascorbate concentration protects the endothelial barrier from septic insult by inhibiting protein phosphatase type 2A. Monolayer cultures of microvascular endothelial cells were incubated with ascorbate, dehydroascorbic acid (DHAA), NADPH oxidase inhibitors apocynin and diphenyliodonium, or PP2A inhibitor okadaic acid, and then were exposed to septic insult (lipopolysacc...

  13. The characterization of the ascorbic acid-mediated alpha-amidation of alpha-melanotropin in cultured intermediate pituitary lobe cells.

    Glembotski, C C

    1986-04-01

    Previous studies have shown that cultured rat intermediate pituitary lobe cells lose the ability to form ACTH-(1-13)NH2-related molecules (alpha MSH) and instead produce ACTH-(1-14)-related peptides. In vitro studies have shown that peptidylglycine alpha-amidating monooxygenase the enzyme responsible for the conversion of ACTH-(1-14) to ACTH-(1-13)NH2, requires ascorbate, CuSO4, and molecular oxygen as cofactors. In the present study we have demonstrated that cultured intermediate pituitary lobe cells require long term supplementation of the medium with ascorbate for continued production of immunoactive alpha-amidated alpha MSH. When the relative quantities of alpha-amidated and COOH-terminally glycine-extended forms of alpha MSH were assessed in biosynthetic labeling experiments, it was shown that either L-ascorbate or an epimer of the vitamin, D-isoascorbate, was capable of supporting cellular alpha-amidation. However, the potency of isoascorbate was approximately 4- to 5-fold lower than that of ascorbate. The ascorbate-mediated reestablishment of alpha-amidation ability was shown to be dependent on the presence of sodium in the medium; at physiological levels of ascorbate (35 microM), the EC50 for sodium was about 40 mM. Time-course experiments indicated that the time of exposure of the cultured cells to ascorbate could be decreased to as little as 30 min. However, a total incubation time of 6 h was required after such an exposure to convert biosynthetically labeled ACTH-(1-14)-related peptides to labeled ACTH-(1-13)NH2-related peptides. The time course of the effects of ascorbic acid on the reestablishment of alpha-amidation, as well as the relative stereospecificity for L-ascorbic acid and the sodium requirement, are all consistent with the hypothesis that ascorbic acid must be transported into the intermediate pituitary lobe cells to participate in the peptidyl alpha-amidation reaction. Moreover, it is apparent that the length of time required to reestablish alpha-amidation ability (6 h) is a function of transport of the cofactor into the granules, the rate of the peptidylglycine alpha-amidating monooxygenase-catalyzed reaction, or both. PMID:3004917

  14. Effects of ascorbic acid and glucose oxidase levels on the viability of probiotic bacteria and the physical and sensory characteristics in symbiotic ice-cream

    Akın, M. B.; Dasnik, F.

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the effects of addition of different amounts of ascorbic acid and glucose oxidase on the properties of symbiotic ice cream were investigated. Ice-cream containing inulin (2 % (w/w)) was produced by mixing fortified milk fermented with probiotic strains with the ice-cream mixes containing different ascorbic acid and glucose oxidase concentrations (0.025, 0.05, 0.1 (w/w)). The cultures were grown (37 °C, 12 h) in UHT skimmed milk. The fermented milk was added to the ice-cream mix...

  15. FORMULATION AND EVALUATION OF ASCORBIC ACID EXTENDED RELEASE HYDROPHYLLIC MATRIX TABLETS BY USING HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE AND POLYETHYLENE OXIDE AS MATRIX FORMING POLYMERS

    Aleksovski, Aleksandar; Spaseska Aleksovska, Emilija; Jai?, Midhat

    2012-01-01

    Aim: Developing extended release matrix tablets containing 350 mg ascorbic acid and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) or polyethylene oxide (PEO) as hydrophilic polymer/s which control the rate and degree of drug release through 12 hour period. Materials and methods: Six batches of matrix tablets (P1, P2, P3, P4, P5, P6) were produced by direct compression. Ascorbic acid 97% was used as active compound. HPMC K4M, HPMC K15M, PEO 1105 and PEO 301 were used as hydrophilic polymers. Cellulo...

  16. Highly selective electrochemical sensor for ascorbic acid based on a novel hybrid graphene-copper phthalocyanine-polyaniline nanocomposites

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A novel preparation method for nanocomposites, with CuPc immobilized on graphene in PANI matrix. • The Gr/CuPc/PANI enhanced selectivity and sensitivity of detecting AA due to graphene. • The constructed AA sensor shows excellent performances. - Abstract: In this work, we designed a novel electrochemical sensing platform based on graphene (Gr)/copper(II) phthalocyanine-tetrasulfonic acid tetrasodium salt (CuPc)/polyaniline(PANI) nanocomposites. The prepared composites were used to modify screen printed electrodes (SPE) for selective determination of ascorbic acid (AA) in presence of dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA). Copper phthalocyanine was immobilized on graphene sheets by π-π interaction by electrolytical exfoliation and resulting CuPc/graphene was embedded in a PANI matrix to prevent leakage of Gr/CuPc from electrodes. The Gr/CuPc/PANI nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and amperometry. The prepared modified electrode presents good electrocatalytic properties, fast response time, high stability and reproducibility. The performance of the sensor exhibited a linear range from 5 × 10−7 to 1.2 × 10−5 M with low a limit of detection of 6.3 × 10−8 M (S/N = 3) and the sensitivity of the sensor was found to be 24.46 μA mM−1. Moreover, the nanocomposites show excellent selectivity and lower potential for the oxidation of ascorbic acid. The novel sensor successfully applied to determination of AA in real samples with satisfactory results. This can open up new opportunities for fast, simple and selective detection of AA and provide a promising platform for sensor or biosensor designs for AA detection

  17. Inhibition of lipid peroxidation by ellagic acid

    Osawa, T.; Ide, A.; Su, J.D.; Namiki, M.

    Ellagic acid, a common plant phenol, was found to be an effective inhibitor of in vitro lipid peroxidation by the erythrocyte ghost and microsome test systems. The structure-activity relationship of ellagic acid and two of its derivatives has been carried out, and it was suggested that ellagic acid was the most potent inhibitor of the perferryl-dependent initiation step of NADPH-dependent microsomal lipid peroxidation. Ellagic acid was strongly inhibited lipid peroxidation induced by Adriamycin, but the two ellagic acid derivatives were much less effective. This difference was true of all NADPH-dependent microsomal lipid peroxidations.

  18. Poly (3-(3-Pyridyl) Acrylic Acid) Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode for Simultaneous Determination of Dopamine, Ascorbic Acid and Uric Acid

    Trans-3-(3-pyridyl) acrylic acid (PAA) was deposited on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by electro polymerization in pH 7.0 phosphate buffer solution (PBS). The poly (3-(3-pyridyl) acrylic acid) (PPAA) film modified glassy carbon electrode shows an excellent electrochemical response for dopamine (DA), ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA). The cyclic voltammetry oxidation peaks for DA and AA, DA and UA, AA and UA are separated by 150 mV, 130 mV and 280 mV, respectively. This permits the simultaneous determination of AA, DA and UA. The interference of AA with the determination of DA could be eliminated because of the electrostatic interaction between DA cations and the negatively charged PPAA film at pH 7.0. The anodic peak currents of DA, AA and UA increase linearly with concentration in the range of 1-40 μmol L-1, 10-400 μmol L-1 and 1.6-80 μmol L-1, respectively, with a correlation coefficient (r) always higher than 0.998. The detection limit is 0.06 μmol L-1, 0.8 μmol L-1 and 1.1 μmol L-1 for DA, AA and UA, respectively

  19. Oxidation and sensing of ascorbic acid and dopamine on self-assembled gold nanoparticles incorporated within polyaniline film

    Chu, Wenya; Zhou, Qun; Li, Shuangshuang; Zhao, Wei; Li, Na; Zheng, Junwei

    2015-10-01

    Electrochemical biosensors based on conducting polymers incorporated with metallic nanoparticles can greatly enhance sensitivity and selectivity. Herein, we report a facile fabrication approach for polyaniline (PAN) incorporated with a gold nanoparticle (AuNP) composite electrode by electrodeposition of PAN on a self-assembled AuNP layer on the surface of an indium tin oxide electrode. The resulting AuNP/PAN composite electrode exhibits a remarkable synergistic effect on the electrocatalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA) and dopamine (DA). It is demonstrated that the oxidation reaction of AA mainly occurs at AuNPs inside the PAN film as the ascorbate anions are doped into the polymer during the oxidation of the PAN film. Conversely, the oxidation of positively charged DA may only take place at the PAN/solution interface. The different mechanisms of the electrode reactions result in the oxidation of AA and DA occurring at different potentials. As a result, the AuNP/PAN composite electrode can be employed to simultaneously detect AA and DA with a good linear range, high sensitivity, and low detection limit.

  20. Contenido de osmoprotectores, cido ascrbico y ascorbato peroxidasa en hojas de frijol sometidas a estrs por sequa / Osmoprotectants content, ascorbic acid and ascorbate peroxidase on bean leaves under drought stress

    Teresa Susana, Herrera Flores; Joaqun, Ortz Cereceres; Adriana, Delgado Alvarado; Jorge Alberto, Acosta Galleros.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available La acumulacin de osmoprotectores en plantas que se encuentran en condiciones de estrs por sequa, le permiten contrarrestar el efecto negativo que le provoca dichas condicin ambiental. En el presente trabajo se estudi la respuesta bioqumica de plantas de frijol con base en la acumulacin de car [...] bohidratos solubles, almidn, cido ascrbico, as como la actividad de la enzima ascorbato peroxidasa, en las hojas simples y en las dos primeras hojas trifolioladas de la variedad resistente, Pinto Villa, y la susceptible a sequa Bayo Madero, ambas de raza Durango. Las plantas de ambas variedades se sometieron a tres tratamientos de humedad, riego, sequa y riego de recuperacin. Con respecto a Bayo Madero, Pinto Villa mostr una mayor respuesta de tolerancia al estrs de humedad relacionada con: altas concentraciones de prolina, de cido ascrbico y mayor actividad de la enzima ascorbato peroxidasa, sta ltima en el tratamiento de sequa. En relacin a la cantidad de carbohidratos solubles, Bayo Madero fue estadsticamente superior (p Abstract in english The accumulation of osmoprotectants in plants that are under stress from drought, allow you to offset the negative effect that causes these environmental conditions. In this study the biochemical response of bean plants based on the accumulation of soluble carbohydrates, starch, ascorbic acid, and t [...] he activity of ascorbate peroxidase enzyme, simple leaves and the first two leaves trifoliolate of studied resistant variety, Pinto Villa, and susceptible to drought Bayo Madero, both of Durango race. Plants from two varieties were subjected to three moisture treatments, irrigation and irrigation drought recovery. Regarding Bayo Madero, Pinto Villa showed increased stress tolerance response related humidity: high concentrations of proline, ascorbic acid, and increased activity of the peroxidase enzyme ascorbate, the latter in the drying treatment. In relation to the amount of soluble carbohydrates, Bayo Madero was statistically superior (p

  1. 6-Deoxy-6-[131I]iodo-L-ascorbic acid for the in vivo study of ascorbate. Autoradiography, biodistribution in normal and hypolipidemic rats, and in tumor-bearing nude mice

    Normal female rat distribution studies showed high and specific uptake of 6-deoxy-6-[131I]iodo-L-ascorbic acid (6-131IAsA) into the adrenal glands, known to highly express the ascorbate sodium-dependent vitamin C transporter-2 (SVCT-2), and the adrenal gland was clearly visualized by whole-body autoradiography. Preinjection of sulfinpyrazone, a known blocker of ascorbate transport, with 6-131IAsA resulted in decreased uptake of radioactivity in rat adrenal glands compared to the control group, seemingly illustrating the participation of the SVCT transporter (probably the SVCT-2 subtype) in the uptake process in vivo. 4-Aminopyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine-induced hypolipidemic rats showed a 1.7-fold increase in adrenal uptake of radioactivity at 30 min postinjection of 6-131IAsA, compared to the control, with increased adrenal-to-liver and adrenal-to-kidney ratios. To further characterize 6-131IAsA for its tumor uptake properties, biodistribution studies were also performed using male nude mice implanted with either Y-1 adrenocortical tumor cells or adrenal medulla-derived PC12 cells. None of these tumors exhibited relevant uptake of 6-131IAsA while normal adrenal glands showed high uptake of radioactivity, suggesting that these tumors in this model have only a poor transport capacity for this agent. The present study demonstrates that the use of radioiodinated 6-IAsA may help to obtain information about functional alterations in diseased adrenal glands, but it does not exhibit desirable properties as a tumor-seeking agent for ascorbic acid bioactivity. (author)

  2. Heme changes HIF-α, eNOS and nitrite production in HUVECs after simvastatin, HU, and ascorbic acid therapies.

    da Guarda, Caroline C; Santiago, Rayra P; Pitanga, Thassila N; Santana, Sanzio S; Zanette, Dalila L; Borges, Valéria M; Goncalves, Marilda S

    2016-07-01

    The sickle cell disease (SCD) is a hemolytic genetic anemia characterized by free heme and hemoglobin release into intravascular spaces, with endothelial activation. Heme is a proinflammatory molecule able to directly activate vascular endothelium, thus, endothelial dysfunction and vascular disease are major chronic events described in SCD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the production of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), nitrite and hypoxia inducible factor alpha (HIF-α) in HUVECs (human umbilical vein endothelial cells) activated by heme in response to simvastatin, hydroxyurea (HU), and ascorbic acid therapies. eNOS and HIF-α production were evaluated by ELISA and nitrite was measured by the Griess technique. The production of HIF-α increased when the cells were stimulated by heme (phemolytic vascular microenvironment in SCD requires different therapeutic approaches to promote clinical improvement, and that a combination of therapies may be a viable strategy for treating patients. PMID:27089822

  3. Furan Occurrence in Starchy Food Model Systems Processed at High Temperatures: Effect of Ascorbic Acid and Heating Conditions

    Mariotti, María; Granby, Kit; Fromberg, Arvid; Risum, Jørgen; Agosin, Eduardo; Pedreschi, Franco

    2012-01-01

    and baking) over furan occurrence and its relation with the non-enzymatic browning in a wheat flour starchy food model system. Results showed that furan generation significantly increased in the presence of ascorbic acid after 7 min of heating (p <0.05). The strongest effect was observed for baked...... products. Additionally, the furan content in fried products increased with the increase of the oil uptake levels. As for Maillard reactions, in general, the furan level in all samples linearly correlated with their degree of non-enzymatic browning, represented by L* and a* color parameters (e.g., wheat...... flour baked samples showed a R2 of 0.88 and 0.87 for L* and a*, respectively), when the sample moisture content decreased during heating....

  4. L-ascorbic acid losses in Kenyan vegetables during cooking as determined by high performance liquid chromatography

    N.M.N. Wekesa

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available The loss of L-ascorbic acid (L-AA in 14 different cooked local vegetables found in Nairobi markets was determined by high performance liquid chromatography. The effect of quantity of water on the loss of L-AA during cooking was studied with cowpea leaves. It was found that more L-AA was lost when larger amount of water was used than when smaller amount was used. The effect of the sharpness of the knife on the loss of L-AA was studied with spinach. It was found that more loss of L-AA occurred when a blunt (edge thickness 0.08 cm knife was used for cutting the vegetables than when a sharp knife (edge thickness 0.04 cm was used during cooking. L-AA was also determined when vegetables were cooked in different size pieces (surface are >1 cm2

  5. Combined Blip and Staircase Response of Ascorbic Acid-Stabilized Copper Single Nanoparticle Collision by Electrocatalytic Glucose Oxidation.

    Choi, Yun Dong; Jung, Seung Yeon; Kim, Ki Jun; Kwon, Seong Jung

    2016-05-01

    The current response of the collision of ascorbic acid-stabilized copper (Cu) single nanoparticles (NPs) on a gold (Au) ultramicroelectrode (UME) surface was observed by using an electrocatalytic amplification method. Here, the glucose oxidation electrocatalyzed by oxidized Cu NPs was used as the indicating reaction. In this system, the NP collision signals were obtained simultaneously by both direct particle electrolysis and electrocatalytic amplification. For example, when the applied potential was high enough for Cu NP oxidation, a blip response combined with a staircase response was observed as a current signal. The blip part in the single Cu NP collision signal indicates the self-oxidation of a Cu NP, and the staircase part indicates the steady-state electrocatalytic reaction by oxidized Cu NP. PMID:26910394

  6. An in vitro co-culture model of esophageal cells identifies ascorbic acid as a modulator of cell competition

    Gardiner Kristin L

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The evolutionary dynamics between interacting heterogeneous cell types are fundamental properties of neoplastic progression but can be difficult to measure and quantify. Cancers are heterogeneous mixtures of mutant clones but the direct effect of interactions between these clones is rarely documented. The implicit goal of most preventive interventions is to bias competition in favor of normal cells over neoplastic cells. However, this is rarely explicitly tested. Here we have developed a cell culture competition model to allow for direct observation of the effect of chemopreventive or therapeutic agents on two interacting cell types. We have examined competition between normal and Barrett's esophagus cell lines, in the hopes of identifying a system that could screen for potential chemopreventive agents. Methods One fluorescently-labeled normal squamous esophageal cell line (EPC2-hTERT was grown in competition with one of four Barrett's esophagus cell lines (CP-A, CP-B, CP-C, CP-D under varying conditions and the outcome of competition measured over 14 days by flow cytometry. Results We demonstrate that ascorbic acid (vitamin C can help squamous cells outcompete Barrett's cells in this system. We are also able to show that ascorbic acid's boost to the relative fitness of squamous cells was increased in most cases by mimicking the pH conditions of gastrointestinal reflux in the lower esophagus. Conclusions This model is able to integrate differential fitness effects on various cell types, allowing us to simultaneously capture effects on interacting cell types without having to perform separate experiments. This model system may be used to screen for new classes of cancer prevention agents designed to modulate the competition between normal and neoplastic cells.

  7. Development of HPLC and UV spectrophotometric methods for the determination of ascorbic acid using hydroxypropyl-{beta}-cyclodextrin and triethanolamine as photostabilizing agents

    Garnero, Claudia [Departamento de Farmacia, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Cordoba (Argentina); Longhi, Marcela, E-mail: mrlcor@fcq.unc.edu.ar [Departamento de Farmacia, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Cordoba (Argentina)

    2010-02-05

    In this study, the effect of complex formation with triethanolamine (TEA) alone and in combination with hydroxypropyl-{beta}-cyclodextrin (HP-{beta}-CD) on the photostability of ascorbic acid was evaluated for exposure to artificial and diffuse daylight. The first-order rate constants for the photodegradation reactions were determined. The data obtained showed that these complexes strongly reduced the photodegradation process with an 11- and 35-fold increase in the photostability of ascorbic acid, depending of the ligand concentration and the irradiation source. The multicomponent complex gave a significantly better stabilization for exposure to light than TEA alone. Due to the fact that the complexation extended the exposure of ascorbic acid to light (without molecular changes), UV spectrophotometric and reversed phase high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) methods were developed for the quantitative determination of the vitamin in pure form and in pharmaceutical preparations. These methods were statistically validated, all the validation parameters were found to be within the acceptance range. These results demonstrate that the proposed methods are suitable for the quality control of ascorbic acid, providing simple, rapid, precise, accurate and convenient approaches for routine analysis of bulk drug and pharmaceutical formulations.

  8. Comparative evaluation between ascorbic acid and N-acetyl cysteine for preventing tourniquet induced ischaemic reperfusion injury during lower limb surgery, a randomized controlled trial

    Mahmoud Hassan Mohamed

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: Both N-acetyl cysteine and ascorbic acid reduce post-deflation increase in blood levels of markers of oxidative stress and markers of systemic inflammation and thus both are beneficial in preventing post-tourniquet deflation ischemic reperfusion injury in lower limb surgery.

  9. ASCORBIC ACID TREATMENT TO REDUCE RESIDUAL HALOGEN-BASED OXIDANTS PRIOR TO THE DETERMINATION OF HALOGENATED DISINFECTION BYPRODUCTS IN POTABLE WATER

    Treatment of potable water samples with ascorbic acid has been investigated as a means for reducing residual halogen-based oxidants (disinfectants)i.e., HOCl, Cl2, Brw and BrCl, prior to determination of EPA Method 551.1A and 551.1B analytes. These disinfection byproducts include...

  10. Synergistic effect of Aspergillus tubingensis CTM 507 glucose oxidase in presence of ascorbic acid and alpha amylase on dough properties, baking quality and shelf life of bread.

    Kriaa, Mouna; Ouhibi, Rabeb; Graba, Héla; Besbes, Souhail; Jardak, Mohamed; Kammoun, Radhouane

    2016-02-01

    The impact of Aspergillus tubingensis glucose oxidase (GOD) in combination with α-amylase and ascorbic acid on dough properties, qualities and shelf life of bread was investigated. Regression models of alveograph and texture parameters of dough and bread were adjusted. Indeed, the mixture of GOD (44 %) and ascorbic acid (56 %) on flour containing basal improver showed its potential as a corrective action to get better functional and rheological properties of dough and bread texture. Furthermore, wheat flour containing basal additives and enriched with GOD (63.8 %), ascorbic acid (32 %) and α- amylase (4.2 %) led to high technological bread making parameters, to decrease the crumb firmness and chewiness and to improve elasticity, adhesion, cohesion and specific volume of bread. In addition to that, the optimized formulation addition significantly reduced water activity and therefore decreased bread susceptibility to microbial spoilage. These findings demonstrated that GOD could partially substitute not only ascorbic acid but also α-amylase. The generated models allowed to predict the behavior of wheat flour containing additives in the range of values tested and to define the additives formula that led to desired rheological and baking qualities of dough. This fact provides new perspectives to compensate flour quality deficiencies at the moment of selecting raw materials and technological parameters reducing the production costs and facilitating gluten free products development. Graphical abstractᅟ. PMID:27162406

  11. Efficacy of morning-only 4 liter sulfa free polyethylene glycol vs 2 liter polyethylene glycol with ascorbic acid for afternoon colonoscopy

    Rivas, John M; Perez, Alejandro; Hernandez, Marlow; Schneider, Alison; Castro, Fernando J

    2014-01-01

    AIM: To compare the bowel cleansing efficacy of same day ingestion of 4-L sulfa-free polyethylene glycol (4-L SF-PEG) vs 2-L polyethylene glycol solution with ascorbic acid (2-L PEG + Asc) in patients undergoing afternoon colonoscopy.

  12. Chemical repair of base lesions, AP-sites, and strand breaks on plasmid DNA in dilute aqueous solution by ascorbic acid.

    Hata, Kuniki; Urushibara, Ayumi; Yamashita, Shinichi; Shikazono, Naoya; Yokoya, Akinari; Katsumura, Yosuke

    2013-05-01

    We quantified the damage yields produced in plasmid DNA by ?-irradiation in the presence of low concentrations (10-100 ?M) of ascorbic acid, which is a major antioxidant in living systems, to clarify whether it chemically repairs radiation damage in DNA. The yield of DNA single strand breaks induced by irradiation was analyzed with agarose gel electrophoresis as conformational changes in closed circular plasmids. Base lesions and abasic sites were also observed as additional conformational changes by treating irradiated samples with glycosylase proteins. By comparing the suppression efficiencies to the induction of each DNA lesion, in addition to scavenging of the OH radicals derived from water radiolysis, it was found that ascorbic acid promotes the chemical repair of precursors of AP-sites and base lesions more effectively than those of single strand breaks. We estimated the efficiency of the chemical repair of each lesion using a kinetic model. Approximately 50-60% of base lesions and AP-sites were repaired by 10 ?M ascorbic acid, although strand breaks were largely unrepaired by ascorbic acid at low concentrations. The methods in this study will provide a route to understanding the mechanistic aspects of antioxidant activity in living systems. PMID:23567970

  13. Volumetric Titrations Using Electrolytically Generated Reagents for the Determination of Ascorbic Acid and Iron in Dietary Supplement Tablets: An Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment

    Scanlon, Christopher; Gebeyehu, Zewdu; Griffin, Kameron; Dabke, Rajeev B.

    2014-01-01

    An undergraduate laboratory experiment for the volumetric quantitative analysis of ascorbic acid and iron in dietary supplement tablets is presented. Powdered samples of the dietary supplement tablets were volumetrically titrated against electrolytically generated reagents, and the mass of dietary reagent in the tablet was determined from the…

  14. Protective effects of alpha-hederin, chlorophyllin and ascorbic acid towards the induction of micronuclei by doxorubicin in cultured human lymphocytes.

    Amara-Mokrane, Y A; Lehucher-Michel, M P; Balansard, G; Dumnil, G; Botta, A

    1996-03-01

    The influence of alpha-hederin (a saponin isolated from Hedera helix), chlorophyllin, the sodium-copper salt of chlorophyll, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) on the direct clastogenicity of doxorubicin (Adriamycin) was investigated in vitro in human lymphocytes for the induction of micronuclei. In order to determine a possible mechanism of action responsible for the antimutagenic activity, treatments were performed for the three substances at different times of the culture (pre-treatment, simultaneous and post-treatment). Alpha-hederin (1.3 x 10(-2), 0.13, 1.3 and 13 nmol/ml) and chlorophyllin (0.14, 1.4 and 14 nmol/ml) were found to exert an antimutagenic effect against the clastogenicity of doxorubicin (1.5 x 10(-2) nmol/ml) in all treatments at all concentrations. Ascorbic acid (10 nmol/ml) was effective in reducing the micronucleus levels only in the simultaneous treatment, when it was previously incubated with doxorubicin for 2 h at 37 degrees C before being introduced into the culture. Our results suggested a desmutagenic effect for alpha-hederin, chlorophyllin and ascorbic acid. Chlorophyllin acted also through a bio-antimutagenic mechanism and alpha-hederin seemed to induce metabolic enzymes, which inactivated doxorubicin. Preliminary studies showed that the effective antimutagenic concentrations of alpha-hederin, chlorophyllin and ascorbic acid had no clastogenic or aneugenic effects in human lymphocytes. No cytotoxicity was observed for the three antimutagenic agents either. PMID:8671733

  15. [The anticlastogenic effect of ascorbic acid in relation to the damages induced in human lymphocytes by the photomutagenic action of 8-methoxypsoralen and by ammonium molybdate].

    Makedonov, G P; Bobyleva, L A; Chekova, V V; Zasukhina, G D

    1995-01-01

    In experiments with cultured human lymphocytes anticlastogenic effect of ascorbic acid (AA) with respect to photomutagenic action of 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) and ammonium molibdenate (Mo) was studied. It was found that AA effectively protected from mutagenic action of Mo. Effective protection of cells from 8-MOP monoadducts and DNA interstrand links was also observed. PMID:7489108

  16. The novel C-5 aryl, alkenyl, and alkynyl substituted uracil derivatives of L-ascorbic acid: synthesis, cytostatic, and antiviral activity evaluations.

    Gazivoda, Tatjana; Rai?-Mali?, Silvana; Marjanovi?, Marko; Kralj, Marijeta; Paveli?, Kresimir; Balzarini, Jan; De Clercq, Erik; Mintas, Mladen

    2007-01-15

    The novel C-5 substituted uracil derivatives of l-ascorbic acid were synthesized by coupling of 5-iodouracil-4,5-didehydro-5,6-dideoxy-l-ascorbic acid with unsaturated stannanes under Stille reaction conditions. The new compounds were evaluated for their antitumoral and antiviral activities. Among all compounds evaluated the 5-propynyl substituted uracil derivative of l-ascorbic acid (7) exhibited the most pronounced cytostatic activities against all examined tumor cell lines (IC(50): 0.2-0.78 microM). However, this compound was also cytotoxic to human normal fibroblasts WI 38. The 5-(phenylethynyl)uracil-2,3-di-O-benzylated l-ascorbic acid derivative (4) exhibited an albeit slight (IC(50): 55-108 microM), but selective inhibitory effect toward all tumor cell lines except for cervical carcinoma (HeLa), pancreatic carcinoma (MiaPaCa-2), laryngeal carcinoma (Hep-2), and colon carcinoma (SW 620), and no cytotoxicity to normal human fibroblast (WI 38). Compound 7 showed some, not highly specific, inhibitory potential against vesicular stomatitis virus, Coxsackie B4 virus, and Sindbis viruses (EC(50): 1.6 microM). PMID:17092728

  17. Square-Wave Voltammetric Determination of Ascorbic Acid Based on its Electrocatalytic Oxidation at Zeolite-Modified Carbon-Paste Electrodes

    Alireza Nezamzadeh, Mohammad K. Amini, Hossein Faghihian

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Carbon-paste electrodes modified with Fe(III-Y zeolite have been used to study the electrocatalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid. The ion-exchange behavior of the modified electrodes in different supporting electrolytes was investigated. Maximum cathodic current due to reduction of the exchanged Fe(III ions was observed in phosphate buffer, pH 5. The modified electrode acts as a catalyst for electrooxidation of ascorbic acid, lowering the overpotential of the reaction by ~200 mV. The faster rate of electron transfer results in a great enhancement of the cathodic peak current compared to those observed for the unmodified electrode. The effect of several parameters such as pH and concentration of the supporting electrolyte was investigated. The square-wave voltammetric response of the electrode to ascorbic acid is linear in the range 4.0×10-7 to 1.2×10-3 M with a detection limit of 2×10-8 M. The interfering effect of several cationic species and organic compounds was investigated and tolerance limits were obtained. The method was applied to the determination of ascorbic acid in citrus fruits.

  18. L-dehydroascorbic acid can substitute L-ascorbic acid as dietary vitamin C source in guinea pigs

    Frikke-Schmidt, Henriette Rønne; Tveden-Nyborg, Pernille; Lykkesfeldt, Jens

    2016-01-01

    Vitamin C deficiency globally affects several hundred million people and has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in numerous studies. In this study, bioavailability of the oxidized form of vitamin C (l-dehydroascorbic acid or DHA)-commonly found in vitamin C containing food...... products prone to oxidation-was studied. Our aim was to compare tissue accumulation of vitamin C in guinea pigs receiving different oral doses of either ascorbate or DHA. In all tissues tested (plasma, liver, spleen, lung, adrenal glands, kidney, muscle, heart, and brain), only sporadic differences in...

  19. Susceptibility of Propionibacterium acnes isolated from patients with acne vulgaris to zinc ascorbate and antibiotics

    Iinuma K

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Katsuhiro Iinuma1, Norihisa Noguchi2, Hidemasa Nakaminami2, Masanori Sasatsu2, Setsuko Nishijima3, Isami Tsuboi1 1BML General Laboratory, Matoba, Kawagoe, Saitama, 2Department of Microbiology, School of Pharmacy, Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Tokyo, 3Department of Dermatology, Nishijima Skin Clinic, Osaka, Japan Purpose: The in vitro antimicrobial activity of ascorbic acid derivatives against Propionibacterium acnes was tested either alone or in combination with a variety of antimicrobial agents, and their fractional inhibitory concentration index was determined using checkerboard tests. The antimicrobial effectiveness of zinc ascorbate in the treatment of acne vulgaris, either alone or in combination with antibiotics such as clindamycin that are commonly used in Japan for the treatment of acne vulgaris, was therefore examined. Materials and methods: The antimicrobial susceptibility of 41 strains of clindamycin-sensitive and/or clindamycin-resistant P. acnes isolated from acne vulgaris patients was tested, in comparison with a type strain of P. acnes. Results: Zinc ascorbate showed antimicrobial activity against a type strain of P. acnes and its concentration (0.064% was sufficiently lower than the normal dose (5% of other ascorbic acid derivatives. Combinations of zinc ascorbate with clindamycin, erythromycin, and chloramphenicol showed an additive effect, and zinc ascorbate alone effectively inhibited the growth of all P. acnes including clindamycin-resistant strains. Conclusion: The results provide novel evidence that the combination of zinc ascorbate and clindamycin is effective for acne vulgaris treatment. Keywords: antimicrobial susceptibility, ascorbic acid derivatives, combination therapy, checkerboard test

  20. Electrocatalytic oxidation and voltammetric determination of ciprofloxacin employing poly(alizarin red)/graphene composite film in the presence of ascorbic acid, uric acid and dopamine

    Zhang, Xin; Wei, Youli; Ding, Yaping, E-mail: wdingyp@sina.com

    2014-07-04

    Graphical abstract: An electrochemical sensor based on PAR/EGR/GCE via a cooperation of the potentiostatic technique and cyclic voltammetry was first fabricated for the determination of CPFX with satisfied detecting result of real samples. - Highlights: • PAR/EGR composite film was prepared for the first time. • The sensor can be applied to determinate CPFX in the presence of AA, UA and DA. • The sensor indicated the feasibility in drug samples and biological media. - Abstract: A glassy carbon electrode modified with poly(alizarin red)/electrodeposited graphene (PAR/EGR) composite film was prepared and applied to detect ciprofloxacin (CPFX) in the presence of ascorbic, uric acid and dopamine. The morphology and interface property of PAR/EGR films were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The electrocatalytic oxidation of CPFX on AR/EGR was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The linearity ranged from 4 × 10{sup −8} to 1.2 × 10{sup −4} M with a detection limit (S/N = 3) of 0.01 μM. The modified electrode could be applied to the individual determination of CPFX as well as the simultaneous determination of CPFX, ascorbic acid, uric acid and dopamine. This method proved to be a simple, selective and rapid way to determine CPFX in pharmaceutical preparation and biological media.

  1. Electrocatalytic oxidation and voltammetric determination of ciprofloxacin employing poly(alizarin red)/graphene composite film in the presence of ascorbic acid, uric acid and dopamine

    Graphical abstract: An electrochemical sensor based on PAR/EGR/GCE via a cooperation of the potentiostatic technique and cyclic voltammetry was first fabricated for the determination of CPFX with satisfied detecting result of real samples. - Highlights: • PAR/EGR composite film was prepared for the first time. • The sensor can be applied to determinate CPFX in the presence of AA, UA and DA. • The sensor indicated the feasibility in drug samples and biological media. - Abstract: A glassy carbon electrode modified with poly(alizarin red)/electrodeposited graphene (PAR/EGR) composite film was prepared and applied to detect ciprofloxacin (CPFX) in the presence of ascorbic, uric acid and dopamine. The morphology and interface property of PAR/EGR films were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The electrocatalytic oxidation of CPFX on AR/EGR was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The linearity ranged from 4 × 10−8 to 1.2 × 10−4 M with a detection limit (S/N = 3) of 0.01 μM. The modified electrode could be applied to the individual determination of CPFX as well as the simultaneous determination of CPFX, ascorbic acid, uric acid and dopamine. This method proved to be a simple, selective and rapid way to determine CPFX in pharmaceutical preparation and biological media

  2. THE EFFECT OF ASCORBIC ACID ON PATHOHISTOLOGICAL TUMOR CHARACTERISTICS AND PHENOTYPE CHARACTERISTICS OF LYMPHOCYTES DURING THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXPERIMENTAL MAMMARY CARCINOMA IN MICE

    Voja Pavlovic

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available TIn our previous study we demonstrated that high doses of ascorbic acid prolonged the survival of mice with experimental mammary carcinoma. In this work we studied, ussing the same model, pathohistological characteristics of the tumor and phenotypic changes of lymphocyte subsets in the spleen. Experiments were performed on CBA/H mice. The growh of experimental tumor was induced by injection of mammary adenocarcinoma cells intramuscularly at the femoral region of mice. The animals were divided into control group and three experimental groups (I, II and III. Mice from experimental groups were treated peroraly with 10, 100 and 1000 mg/kg body mass (b.m. of ascorbic acid, respectively, whereas control mice received physiological saline. Mice were sacrified after 7, 14 and 21 days from the beginning of the experiment. Total tumor mass and its pathohistological characteristics, spleen mass and cellularity as well as relative and total numbers of T cells, B cells and T cell subsets (CD4+ and CD8+ in the spleen, were analyzed. High doses of ascorbic acid decreased tumor mass, stimulated proliferation of fibroblasts and formation of capsula arround the tumor, induced tumor necrosis and increased the number of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes. Changes of lymphocyte subsets and their numbers varied depending on the applied dose of ascorbic acid and the time elapsed following tumor induction. The most prominent changes, manifested by an increase in the number of CD4+ T cells were observed on the 14th day in II experimental group. Our results suggest that the beneficial effect of ascorbic acid on experimental tumorogenesis in our model was the consequence of its influence on the tumor and on the immune system.

  3. Ascorbic acid suppresses endotoxemia and NF-κB signaling cascade in alcoholic liver fibrosis in guinea pigs: A mechanistic approach

    Alcohol consumption increases the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and intestinal permeability of endotoxin. The endotoxin mediated inflammatory signaling plays a major role in alcoholic liver fibrosis. We evaluated the effect of ascorbic acid (AA), silymarin and alcohol abstention on the alcohol induced endotoxemia and NF-κB activation cascade pathway in guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus). Guinea pigs were administered ethanol at a daily dose of 4 g/kg b.wt for 90 days. After 90 days, ethanol administration was stopped. The ethanol treated animals were divided into abstention, silymarin (250 mg/kg b.wt) and AA (250 mg/kg b.wt) supplemented groups and maintained for 30 days. The SIBO, intestinal permeability and endotoxin were significantly increased in the ethanol group. The mRNA expressions of intestinal proteins claudin, occludin and zona occludens-1 were significantly decreased in ethanol group. The mRNA levels of inflammatory receptors, activity of IKKβ and the protein expressions of phospho-IκBα, NF-κB, TNF-α, TGF-β1 and IL-6 were also altered in ethanol group. The expressions of fibrosis markers α-SMA, α1 (I) collagen and sirius red staining in the liver revealed the induction of fibrosis. But the supplementation of AA could induce greater reduction of ethanol induced SIBO, intestinal barrier defects, NF-κB activation and liver fibrosis than silymarin. The possible mechanism may be the inhibitory effect of AA on SIBO, intestinal barrier defect and IKKβ, which decreased the activation of NF-κB and synthesis of cytokines. This might have led to suppression of HSCs activation and liver fibrosis. - Highlights: • Alcohol increases intestinal bacterial overgrowth and permeability of endotoxin. • Endotoxin mediated inflammation plays a major role in alcoholic liver fibrosis. • Ascorbic acid reduces endotoxemia, NF-κB activation and proinflammatory cytokines. • AA's action is by inhibition of SIBO, IKKβ and alteration of intestinal permeability. • This might have led to suppression of HSCs activation and liver fibrosis

  4. Ascorbic acid suppresses endotoxemia and NF-κB signaling cascade in alcoholic liver fibrosis in guinea pigs: A mechanistic approach

    Abhilash, P.A.; Harikrishnan, R.; Indira, M., E-mail: indiramadambath@gmail.com

    2014-01-15

    Alcohol consumption increases the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and intestinal permeability of endotoxin. The endotoxin mediated inflammatory signaling plays a major role in alcoholic liver fibrosis. We evaluated the effect of ascorbic acid (AA), silymarin and alcohol abstention on the alcohol induced endotoxemia and NF-κB activation cascade pathway in guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus). Guinea pigs were administered ethanol at a daily dose of 4 g/kg b.wt for 90 days. After 90 days, ethanol administration was stopped. The ethanol treated animals were divided into abstention, silymarin (250 mg/kg b.wt) and AA (250 mg/kg b.wt) supplemented groups and maintained for 30 days. The SIBO, intestinal permeability and endotoxin were significantly increased in the ethanol group. The mRNA expressions of intestinal proteins claudin, occludin and zona occludens-1 were significantly decreased in ethanol group. The mRNA levels of inflammatory receptors, activity of IKKβ and the protein expressions of phospho-IκBα, NF-κB, TNF-α, TGF-β{sub 1} and IL-6 were also altered in ethanol group. The expressions of fibrosis markers α-SMA, α{sub 1} (I) collagen and sirius red staining in the liver revealed the induction of fibrosis. But the supplementation of AA could induce greater reduction of ethanol induced SIBO, intestinal barrier defects, NF-κB activation and liver fibrosis than silymarin. The possible mechanism may be the inhibitory effect of AA on SIBO, intestinal barrier defect and IKKβ, which decreased the activation of NF-κB and synthesis of cytokines. This might have led to suppression of HSCs activation and liver fibrosis. - Highlights: • Alcohol increases intestinal bacterial overgrowth and permeability of endotoxin. • Endotoxin mediated inflammation plays a major role in alcoholic liver fibrosis. • Ascorbic acid reduces endotoxemia, NF-κB activation and proinflammatory cytokines. • AA's action is by inhibition of SIBO, IKKβ and alteration of intestinal permeability. • This might have led to suppression of HSCs activation and liver fibrosis.

  5. Polarographic study of the Cu(II)/Cu(I) system in the presence of 1-ascorbic acid and 0,1 M ClK

    While studying the catalytic effect of Cu↓2 ions on the oxidation process of 1-ascorbic acid, it has been observed that, in a 0,1 M solution of K1 at a pH 6 to 7, the above acid gives rise in the presence of Cu↓2 ions to a polarographic wave of half-wave potential of -0,41 V (vs. S.C.E.). (Author) 14 refs

  6. Organochlorines inhibit acetaminophen glucuronidation by redirecting UDP-glucuronic acid towards the D-glucuronate pathway

    Industry-derived organochlorines are persistent environmental pollutants that are a continuing health concern. The effects of these compounds on drug metabolism are not well understood. In the current study we present evidence that the inhibition of acetaminophen (APAP) glucuronidation by minute concentrations of organochlorines correlates well with their ability to stimulate the D-glucuronate pathway leading to ascorbate synthesis. A set of 6 arylated organochlorines, including 5 PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) congeners, were assessed for their effects on APAP glucuronidation in isolated hepatocytes from male Sprague-Dawley rats. The capacity of each organochlorine to inhibit APAP glucuronidation was found to be directly proportional to its capacity to stimulate ascorbate synthesis. PCB153, PCB28 and bis-(4-chlorophenyl sulfone) (BCPS) in increasing order were the most effective organochlorines for inhibiting APAP glucuronidation and stimulating the D-glucuronate pathway. None of the 3 inhibitors of APAP glucuronidation were able to alter the expression of UGT1A6, UGT1A7 and UGT1A8 (the major isoforms responsible for APAP glucuronidation in the rat), however, their efficacy at inhibiting APAP glucuronidation was proportional to their capacity to deplete UDP-glucuronic acid (UDPGA). BCPS-mediated inhibition of APAP glucuronidation in isolated hepatocytes had non-competitive characteristics and was insensitive to the inactivation of cytochrome P450. The effective organochlorines were also able to selectively stimulate the hydrolysis of UDPGA to UDP and glucuronate in isolated microsomes, but could not inhibit APAP glucuronidation in microsomes when UDPGA was in excess. We conclude that organochlorines are able to inhibit APAP glucuronidation in hepatocytes by depleting UDPGA via redirecting UDPGA towards the D-glucuronate pathway. Because the inhibition is non-competitive, low concentrations of these compounds could have long term inhibitory effects on the glucuronidating capacity of hepatocytes

  7. Cognitive deficits and decreased locomotor activity induced by single-walled carbon nanotubes and neuroprotective effects of ascorbic acid

    Liu X

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Xudong Liu,1,* Yuchao Zhang,1,* Jinquan Li,1 Dong Wang,1 Yang Wu,1 Yan Li,2 Zhisong Lu,3 Samuel CT Yu,4 Rui Li,1 Xu Yang1 1Laboratory of Environmental Biomedicine, Hubei Key Laboratory of Genetic Regulation and Integrative Biology, College of Life Science, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China; 2Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; 3Institute for Clean Energy and Advanced Materials, Southwest University, Chongqing, People's Republic of China; 4Division of Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs have shown increasing promise in the field of biomedicine, especially in applications related to the nervous system. However, there are limited studies available on the neurotoxicity of SWCNTs used in vivo. In this study, neurobehavioral changes caused by SWCNTs in mice and oxidative stress were investigated. The results of ethological analysis (Morris water maze and open-field test, brain histopathological examination, and assessments of oxidative stress (reactive oxygen species [ROS], malondialdehyde [MDA], and glutathione [GSH], inflammation (nuclear factor κB, tumor necrosis factor a, interleukin-1β, and apoptosis (cysteine-aspartic acid protease 3 in brains showed that 6.25 and 12.50 mg/kg/day SWCNTs in mice could induce cognitive deficits and decreased locomotor activity, brain histopathological alterations, and increased levels of oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis in mouse brains; however, 3.125 mg/kg/day SWCNTs had zero or minor adverse effects in mice, and these effects were blocked by concurrent administration of ascorbic acid. Down-regulation of oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis were proposed to explain the neuroprotective effects of ascorbic acid. This work suggests SWCNTs could induce cognitive deficits and decreased locomotor activity, and provides a strategy to avoid the adverse effects. Keywords: behavioral changes, oxidative stress, inflammation, apoptosis

  8. Rheological and functional properties of composite sweet potato - wheat dough as affected by transglutaminase and ascorbic acid.

    Ndayishimiye, Jean Bernard; Huang, Wei-Ning; Wang, Feng; Chen, Yong-Zheng; Letsididi, Rebaone; Rayas-Duarte, Patricia; Ndahetuye, Jean Baptiste; Tang, Xiao-Juan

    2016-02-01

    Effect of transglutaminase (TGM) and ascorbic acid (AA) on composite sweet potato - wheat dough functional and rheological properties was studied. Partial substitution of wheat flour with sweet potato flour at the level of 20 % significantly (P ≤ 0.05) reduced glutenin, gliadin, dough stability, protein weakening, storage modulus (G') and viscous modulus (G″). Mixolab revealed that both TGM and AA treated dough had stability and protein weakening closed to wheat dough (control), with TGM treated dough having the highest values. TGM Introduced new cross-link bonds as shown by the change of amino acid concentration, leading to an increase in storage modulus (G') and viscous modulus (G″), with G' being higher at all levels of TGM concentration. The opposite was observed for composite dough treated with AA as measured by controlled - stress rheometer. TGM treatment increased glutenin and gliadin content. Compared with the control, dough treated with AA exhibited high molecular weight of polymers than TGM treated dough. The results indicate that the TGM and AA modification of the mixolab and dynamic rheological characteristics (G' and G″) dependent on the changes of GMP, glutenin, gliadin and protein weakening in the composite dough. TGM and AA treatment could improve functional and rheological properties of sweet potato - wheat dough to levels that might be achieved with normal wheat bread. However, it's extremely important to optimize the concentrations of both additives to obtain the optimum response. PMID:27162397

  9. Differential pulse voltammetric determination of ascorbic acid in the presence of folic acid at electro-deposited NiO/graphene composite film modified electrode

    This paper demonstrated an electrochemical sensor based on NiO nanoparticles-graphene composite film (NiO/GR) modified glassy carbon electrode for detecting ascorbic acid (AA) in the presence of folic acid using differential pulse voltammetry. The obtained NiO/GR nanocomposite was fabricated by electro-deposition technology. The morphologies and interface properties of NiO/GR composite film were examined by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The modified electrode exhibits excellent sensing performance for detecting AA with linear range from 0.05 to 1100 ?M and a detection limit of 0.0167 ?M (S/N = 3). Under optimal conditions, the sensor displays excellent stability and satisfactory results in real samples analysis

  10. A thin poly(acridine orange) film containing reduced graphene oxide for voltammetric simultaneous sensing of ascorbic acid and uric acid

    We have fabricated, in a single step, carbon ceramic electrodes modified with a poly(acridine orange) film containing reduced graphene oxide. They display electrocatalytic activity to ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) at pH 4.5. The anodic peak potentials of AA and UA are separated by 276 mV so that they can be well resolved in cyclic voltammetry. UA and AA were simultaneously determined in a mixture at working potentials of 170 and 400 mV, respectively. Under optimized conditions, the calibration curves for AA and UA cover the 0.8–5,000 μM and 0.6–900 μM concentration range, respectively, while detection limits are 0.3 μM and 0.2 μM. The electrode was applied to determine AA and UA in urine samples. (author)

  11. Different modes of inhibition for organic acids on polyphenoloxidase.

    Zhou, Lei; Liu, Wei; Xiong, Zhiqiang; Zou, Liqiang; Chen, Jun; Liu, Junping; Zhong, Junzhen

    2016-05-15

    It is still unclear whether the inhibitory effect of organic acid on polyphenoloxidase (PPO) is due to the reversible inhibition or decrease of pH. In this study, cinnamic acid, citric acid and malic acid inhibited PPO in different modes. Results showed that the inhibition by cinnamic acid resulted from reversible inhibition, while the decrease of pH was the main cause for citric acid and malic acid. The kinetic results showed that cinnamic acid reversibly inhibited PPO in a mixed-type manner. Fluorescence emission spectra indicated that cinnamic acid might interact with PPO and quench its intrinsic fluorescence, while the decrease of the fluorescence intensity induced by citric acid or malic acid was due to the acid-pH. Cinnamic acid bound to PPO and induced the rearrangement of secondary structure. Molecular docking result revealed cinnamic acid inserted into the hydrophobic cavity of PPO by forming ?-? stacking. PMID:26775993

  12. Protective effect of L-ascorbic acid against oxidative damage in the liver of rats with water-immersion restraint stress.

    Kaida, Shingo; Ohta, Yoshiji; Imai, Yoichiro; Kawanishi, Minoru

    2010-01-01

    We examined whether L-ascorbic acid (AA) (or reduced ascorbic acid) protects against oxidative damage in the liver of rats subjected to water-immersion stress (WIRS). AA (100, 250 or 500 mg/kg) was orally administered at 0.5 h before the onset of WIRS. Rats with 6 h of WIRS had increased serum corticosterone, glucose, total ascorbic acid (T-AA), AA, lipid peroxide (LPO), and NOx concentrations and alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotrasferase activities. The stressed rats had increased hepatic LPO, NOx, and dehydroascorbic acid concentrations and myeloperoxidase activity, decreased hepatic T-AA, AA, reduced glutathione concentrations and superoxide dismutase activity, and unchanged hepatic vitamin E concentration. Pre-administered AA attenuated the stress-induced changes in serum LPO and NOx concentrations and alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotrasferase activities and hepatic LPO, NOx, and T-AA, AA, dehydroascorbic acid, and reduced glutathione concentrations and myeloperoxidase and superoxide dismutase activities dose-dependently. Pre-administered AA did not affect the stress-induced changes in serum corticosterone and glucose concentrations. These results indicate that pre-administered AA protects against oxidative damage in the liver of rats with WIRS possibly by attenuating disruption of the antioxidant defense system and increases in NO generation and neutrophil infiltration in the tissue. PMID:20196924

  13. A solid-state sensor based on ruthenium (II) complex immobilized on polytyramine film for the simultaneous determination of dopamine, ascorbic acid and uric acid

    Khudaish, Emad A., E-mail: ejoudi@squ.edu.om [Sultan Qaboos University, College of Science, Chemistry Department, PO Box 36, PC 123 Muscat (Oman); Al-Ajmi, Khawla Y. [Sultan Qaboos University, College of Science, Chemistry Department, PO Box 36, PC 123 Muscat (Oman); Al-Harthi, Salim H. [Sultan Qaboos University, College of Science, Department of Physics, PO Box 36, PC 123 Muscat (Oman)

    2014-08-01

    A solid-state sensor based on a polytyramine (Pty) film deposited on a glassy carbon electrode doped with a tris(2,2′-bipyridyl)Ru(II) complex (Ru/Pty/GCE) was constructed electrochemically. The surface morphology of the film modified electrode was characterized using electrochemical and surface scanning techniques. A redox property represented by a [Ru(bpy){sub 3}]{sup 3+/2+} couple immobilized at the Pty moiety was characterized using typical voltammetric techniques. A distinct Ru 3d peak obtained at 280.9 eV confirms doping of the Ru species onto the Pty moiety characterized by X-ray photoelectron (XPS). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images demonstrate that incorporation of Ru decreases the surface roughness of the native Pty film modified electrode. The Ru/Pty/GCE exhibits efficient electrochemical sensing toward the oxidation of dopamine (DA), ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) in their mixture. Three well-defined peaks were resolved with a large peak to peak separation and the detection limits of AA, DA and UA are brought down to 0.31, 0.08 and 0.58 μM, respectively. Interference studies and application for DA determination in real samples were conducted with satisfactory results. - Highlights: • XPS data confirm doping of ruthenium onto the polytyramine moiety. • The voltammetric signals of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid are well defined. • The sensor is stable and offers a large adsorption facility for all species. • The sensor is highly sensitive to dopamine oxidation. • The sensor is applied to a real sample with a satisfactory recovery percentage.

  14. Direct electrodeposition of gold nanotube arrays of rough and porous wall by cyclic voltammetry and its applications of simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid and uric acid

    Gold nanotube arrays of rough and porous wall has been synthesized by direct electrodeposition with cyclic voltammetry utilizing anodic aluminum oxide template (AAO) and polycarbonate membrane (PC) during short time (only 3 min and 2 min, respectively). The mechanism of the direct electrodeposition of gold nanotube arrays by cyclic voltammetry (CV) has been discussed. The morphological characterizations of the gold nanotube arrays have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) was constructed by attaching gold nanotube arrays (using AAO) onto the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE). The electrochemical behavior of AA and UA at this modified electrode has been studied by CV and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The sensor offers an excellent response for AA and UA and the linear response range for AA and UA were 1.02 10?75.23 10?4 mol L?1 and 1.43 10?74.64 10?4 mol L?1, the detection limits were 1.12 10?8 mol L?1 and 2.24 10?8 mol L?1, respectively. This sensor shows good regeneration, stability and selectivity and has been used for the determination of AA and UA in real human urine and serum samples with satisfied results. - Graphical abstract: The schematic diagram of formation of Au nanotube arrays (a) and the stepwise procedure of the sensor (b). Highlights: ? Gold nanotubes array has been synthesized by cyclic voltammetry. ? The mechanism of deposition of gold nanotube has been discussed. ? A determination of ascorbic acid and uric acid was constructed by gold array. ? A satisfied determination of samples can be obtained by this sensor.

  15. MgO nanobelt-modified graphene-tantalum wire electrode for the simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Highlights: •Graphene and MgO nanobelts are deposited on tantalum wires to form biosensors. •Ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid are determined with the biosensors. •The biosensors show high electrocatalytic activity for oxidation of these species. •The biosensors show high selectivity and good sensitivity. -- ABSTRACT: A promising electrochemical biosensor for simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA) was fabricated by electrochemical deposition of MgO nanobelts on a graphene-modified tantalum wire (denoted as MgO/Gr/Ta) electrode. The MgO nanobelts and graphene were verified by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Electrochemical performances of the electrodes were characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The CV results show that AA, DA and UA could be detected simultaneously using MgO/Gr/Ta electrode with peak-to-peak separation of 300 mV, 147 mV and 447 mV for AA-DA, DA-UA and AA-UA, respectively. In the threefold co-existence system, the linear calibration plots for AA, DA and UA were obtained over the concentration range of 5.0–350 μM, 0.1–7 μM and 1–70 μM with detection limits of 0.03 μM, 0.15 μM and 0.12 μM, respectively. The modified electrode shows excellent selectivity, good sensitivity and good stability, making it attractive as a sensor for simultaneous detection of AA, DA and UA in biological fluids

  16. A solid-state sensor based on ruthenium (II) complex immobilized on polytyramine film for the simultaneous determination of dopamine, ascorbic acid and uric acid

    A solid-state sensor based on a polytyramine (Pty) film deposited on a glassy carbon electrode doped with a tris(2,2′-bipyridyl)Ru(II) complex (Ru/Pty/GCE) was constructed electrochemically. The surface morphology of the film modified electrode was characterized using electrochemical and surface scanning techniques. A redox property represented by a [Ru(bpy)3]3+/2+ couple immobilized at the Pty moiety was characterized using typical voltammetric techniques. A distinct Ru 3d peak obtained at 280.9 eV confirms doping of the Ru species onto the Pty moiety characterized by X-ray photoelectron (XPS). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images demonstrate that incorporation of Ru decreases the surface roughness of the native Pty film modified electrode. The Ru/Pty/GCE exhibits efficient electrochemical sensing toward the oxidation of dopamine (DA), ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) in their mixture. Three well-defined peaks were resolved with a large peak to peak separation and the detection limits of AA, DA and UA are brought down to 0.31, 0.08 and 0.58 μM, respectively. Interference studies and application for DA determination in real samples were conducted with satisfactory results. - Highlights: • XPS data confirm doping of ruthenium onto the polytyramine moiety. • The voltammetric signals of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid are well defined. • The sensor is stable and offers a large adsorption facility for all species. • The sensor is highly sensitive to dopamine oxidation. • The sensor is applied to a real sample with a satisfactory recovery percentage

  17. Preliminary investigation of the simultaneous detection of sugars, ascorbic acid, citric acid, and sodium benzoate in non-alcoholic beverages by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

    Ayorinde, Folahan O; Bezabeh, Dawit Z; Delves, I G

    2003-01-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS) was used for the simultaneous detection of sugars, ascorbic acid, citric acid, sodium and/or potassium benzoate in non-alcoholic beverages, with meso-tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin (MW 974) as a matrix. Using potassium hydroxide as dopant, fructose/glucose was detected as the potassiated molecule at m/z 219, whereas potassiated sucrose, [Sucrose. K](+), was detected at m/z 381. Using sodium hydroxide as dopant, the fructose and sucrose ions were detected at m/z 203 and 365, respectively. Citric acid generated multiple ions at m/z 269, 307, and 345, which were assigned to [Citricbond;H+2K](+), [Citricbond;2H+3K](+), and [Citricbond;3H+4K](+), respectively. However, a stored methanolic solution of citric acid produced additional ions at m/z 283, 297, and 321, which were attributed to [Citricbond;2H+CH(3)+2K](+), [Citricbond;3H+2CH(3)+2K](+), and [Citricbond;3H+CH(3)+3K](+), respectively, due to esterification that took place during storage. The limits of detection in water were: ascorbic acid, 0.30 wt%; citric acid, 0.5 wt%; and sodium benzoate, 0.001 wt%. In the beverage formulations, the limits of detection were: ascorbic acid 0.3 wt%, citric acid 0.3 wt%, and sodium benzoate 0.02 wt%. Spiking a water or beverage solution that contained ascorbic and/or citric acid with less than 0.6 wt% of tartaric acid lowered the detection limits of ascorbic and citric acids to 0.2 wt%. This study demonstrates the potential for using MALDI-TOFMS in the quality control analyses of non-alcoholic beverages, particularly with regard to the detection of low molecular weight organic acids in commercial beverage formulations. PMID:12872278

  18. Inhibiting thermogalvanic corrosion in acid sulfate media

    An attempt is made to evaluate the possibility of using known high-temperature iron acid corrosion inhibitors (urotropin, thiourea and benzotriazole) with the purpose of protection against thermogalvanic. It is established, that the above-mentioned inhibitors, in the concentration optimal for the increased temperature, become stimulants of the iron free corrosion at low temperatures. At the t > 43-45 deg C the studied organic additions inhibit it and the maximum protection degree constitutes 76-80 % (t = 70 deg C)

  19. Zeolite A functionalized with copper nanoparticles and graphene oxide for simultaneous electrochemical determination of dopamine and ascorbic acid

    Graphical abstract: A novel Cu-zeolite A/graphene-modified glassy carbon electrode was applied in the simultaneous electrochemical determination of dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA). The potential difference between the two oxidation peaks of DA and AA were over 200 mV. The electrocatalytic oxidation currents of DA were linearly related to the corresponding concentration in the range of 1.0 10?71.9 10?5 M. Highlights: ? Cu nanoparticles doped-zeolite A/graphene (CuZEA/RGO) modified electrode was prepared. ? The composites of CuZEA/RGO were prepared via reduction of Cu2+ functionalized zeolite A and graphene oxide in one pot. ? The modified electrode was presented for the simultaneous determination of DA and AA. ? The proposed electrode showed a higher electrocatalytic performance. - Abstract: A novel Cu-zeolite A/graphene modified glassy carbon electrode for the simultaneous electrochemical determination of dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA) has been described. The Cu-zeolite A/graphene composites were prepared using Cu2+ functionalized zeolite A and graphene oxide as the precursor, and subsequently reduced by chemical agents. The composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectra and scanning electron microscopy. Based on the Cu-zeolite A/graphene-modified electrode, the potential difference between the oxidation peaks of DA and AA was over 200 mV, which was adequate for the simultaneous electrochemical determination of DA and AA. Also the proposed Cu-zeolite/graphene-modified electrode showed higher electrocatalytic performance than zeolite/graphene electrode or graphene-modified electrode. The electrocatalytic oxidation currents of DA and AA were linearly related to the corresponding concentration in the range of 1.0 10?71.9 10?5 M for DA and 2.0 10?52.0 10?4 M for AA. Detection limits (S/N = 3) were estimated to be 4.1 10?8 M for DA and 1.1 10?5 M for AA, respectively.

  20. Zeolite A functionalized with copper nanoparticles and graphene oxide for simultaneous electrochemical determination of dopamine and ascorbic acid

    He Ping, E-mail: heping1971@yahoo.com.cn [State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Wang Wei; Du Licheng; Dong Faqin; Deng Yuequan; Zhang Tinghong [State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China)

    2012-08-20

    Graphical abstract: A novel Cu-zeolite A/graphene-modified glassy carbon electrode was applied in the simultaneous electrochemical determination of dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA). The potential difference between the two oxidation peaks of DA and AA were over 200 mV. The electrocatalytic oxidation currents of DA were linearly related to the corresponding concentration in the range of 1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7}-1.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} M. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cu nanoparticles doped-zeolite A/graphene (CuZEA/RGO) modified electrode was prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The composites of CuZEA/RGO were prepared via reduction of Cu{sup 2+} functionalized zeolite A and graphene oxide in one pot. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The modified electrode was presented for the simultaneous determination of DA and AA. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The proposed electrode showed a higher electrocatalytic performance. - Abstract: A novel Cu-zeolite A/graphene modified glassy carbon electrode for the simultaneous electrochemical determination of dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA) has been described. The Cu-zeolite A/graphene composites were prepared using Cu{sup 2+} functionalized zeolite A and graphene oxide as the precursor, and subsequently reduced by chemical agents. The composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectra and scanning electron microscopy. Based on the Cu-zeolite A/graphene-modified electrode, the potential difference between the oxidation peaks of DA and AA was over 200 mV, which was adequate for the simultaneous electrochemical determination of DA and AA. Also the proposed Cu-zeolite/graphene-modified electrode showed higher electrocatalytic performance than zeolite/graphene electrode or graphene-modified electrode. The electrocatalytic oxidation currents of DA and AA were linearly related to the corresponding concentration in the range of 1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7}-1.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} M for DA and 2.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5}-2.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} M for AA. Detection limits (<{exclamation_point}- no-mfc ->S/N<{exclamation_point}- /no-mfc -> = 3) were estimated to be 4.1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -8} M for DA and 1.1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} M for AA, respectively.

  1. The effect of gamma radiation on the peroxides activity, colour and ascorbic acid content of papaya

    The activity of peroxidase enzyme increases during ripening with external colour used as a maturity index. An experiment indicated that 200 Krad dose level was most effective in inhibiting any increase in peroxidase activity when papaya was stored at room temperature. The doses of 25, 50 and 100 Krad level at least double the shelf life of fruit with 100 Krad was the most effective when kept in the cold. The development of yellow colour and synthesis of vitamin C is not effected. So, this preliminary study indicates that gamma radiation prolongs the shelf life of papaya when stored at cold or room temperature due to the inhibiting of the ripening process. It is also suggested that treatment of fungicides combined with gamma radiation might have an additive effect on shelf life

  2. Lesions of nucleus accumbens affect morphine-induced release of ascorbic acid and GABA but not of glutamate in rats.

    Sun, Ji Y; Yang, Jing Y; Wang, Fang; Wang, Jian Y; Song, Wu; Su, Guang Y; Dong, Ying X; Wu, Chun F

    2011-10-01

    Our previous studies have shown that local perfusion of morphine causes an increase of extracellular ascorbic acid (AA) levels in nucleus accumbens (NAc) of freely moving rats. Lines of evidence showed that glutamatergic and GABAergic were associated with morphine-induced effects on the neurotransmission of the brain, especially on the release of AA. In the present study, the effects of morphine on the release of extracellular AA, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate (Glu) in the NAc following bilateral NAc lesions induced by kainic acid (KA) were studied by using the microdialysis technique, coupled to high performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection (HPLC-ECD) and fluorescent detection (HPLC-FD). The results showed that local perfusion of morphine (100 µM, 1 mM) in NAc dose-dependently increased AA and GABA release, while attenuated Glu release in the NAc. Naloxone (0.4 mM) pretreated by local perfusion to the NAc, significantly blocked the effects of morphine. After NAc lesion by KA (1 µg), morphine-induced increase in AA and GABA were markedly eliminated, while decrease in Glu was not affected. The loss effect of morphine on AA and GABA release after KA lesion could be recovered by GABA agonist, musimol. These results indicate that morphine-induced AA release may be mediated at least by µ-opioid receptor. Moreover, this effect of morphine possibly depend less on the glutamatergic afferents, but more on the GABAergic circuits within this nucleus. Finally, AA release induced by local perfusion of morphine may be GABA-receptor mediated and synaptically localized in the NAc. PMID:20731632

  3. AN AUTOMATED METHOD FOR DETERMINATION OF ASCORBIC ACID IN URINE BY FLOW INJECTION CHEMILUMINESCENCE COUPLING WITH ON-LINE REMOVAL OF INTERFERENCE

    LONGFEI CAI

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A simple and automated method for determination of ascorbic acid (AA in complex samples by flow injection chemiluminescence (FI-CL was presented. It is based on the inhibitory effect of ascorbic acid on the chemiluminescence reaction between luminol and hydrogen peroxide in the flow system. A home-made micro column of cation exchange resin was adapted to the FI manifold to achieve on-line removal of interference. This method was used to determine the AA content in urine samples with a detection limit of 6.03 x10(9 mol/L AA and recovery of 93.1-111.0%. This proposed method allows high - throughput determination of AA in urine samples without chromatographic separation, demonstrating that the FI-CL method has significant potential in determination of species in complex samples by adapting a micro column filled with various functionalized materials to the FI manifold.

  4. Arsenic induced toxicity in broiler chicks and its alleviation with ascorbic acid: a toxico-patho-biochemical study

    Khan, Ahrar; Sharaf, Rabia; Khan, Muhammad Zargham; Saleemi, Muhammad Kashif; Mahmood, Fazal

    2013-01-01

    To find out toxico-pathological effects of arsenic (As) and ameliorating effect of ascorbic acid (Vit C), broilers birds were administered 50 and 250 mg/kg arsenic and Vit C, respectively alone/in combination. As-treated birds exhibited severe signs of toxicity such as dullness, depression, increased thirst, open mouth breathing and watery diarrhea. All these signs were partially ameliorated with the treatment of Vit C. As-treated birds showed a significant decrease in serum total proteins while serum enzymes, urea and creatinine were significantly increased. Alkaline phosphatase and lactate dehydrogenase completely whereas proteins, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), urea and creatinine were partial ameliorated in birds treated with As+Vit C as compared to As-treated and control birds. Pale and hemorrhagic liver and swollen kidneys were observed in As-treated birds. Histopathologically, liver exhibited congestion and cytoplasmic vacuolation while in kidneys, condensation of tubular epithelium nuclei, epithelial necrosis, increased urinary spaces, sloughing of tubules from basement membrane and cast deposition were observed in As-treated birds. Pathological lesions were partially ameliorated with the treatment of Vit C. It can be concluded that arsenic induces biochemical and histopathological alterations in broiler birds; however, these toxic effects can be partially attenuated by Vit C.

  5. Cytoprotective effects of amifostine, ascorbic acid and N-acetylcysteine against methotrexate-induced hepatotoxicity in rats

    Akbulut, Sami; Elbe, Hulya; Eris, Cengiz; Dogan, Zumrut; Toprak, Gulten; Otan, Emrah; Erdemli, Erman; Turkoz, Yusuf

    2014-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the potential role of oxidative stress and the possible therapeutic effects of N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), amifostine (AMF) and ascorbic acid (ASC) in methotrexate (MTX)-induced hepatotoxicity. METHODS: An MTX-induced hepatotoxicity model was established in 44 male Sprague Dawley rats by administration of a single intraperitoneal injection of 20 mg/kg MTX. Eleven of the rats were left untreated (Model group; n = 11), and the remaining rats were treated with a 7-d course of 50 mg/kg per day NAC (MTX + NAC group; n = 11), 50 mg/kg per single dose AMF (MTX + AMF group; n = 11), or 10 mg/kg per day ASC (MTX + ASC group; n = 11). Eleven rats that received no MTX and no treatments served as the negative control group. Structural and functional changes related to MTX- and the various treatments were assessed by histopathological analysis of liver tissues and biochemical assays of malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, glutathione (GSH) and xanthine oxidase activities and of serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase and total bilirubin. RESULTS: Exposure to MTX caused structural and functional hepatotoxicity, as evidenced by significantly worse histopathological scores [median (range) injury score: control group: 1 (0-3) vs 7 (6-9), P = 0.001] and significantly higher MDA activity [409 (352-466) nmol/g vs 455.5 (419-516) nmol/g, P AMF > ASC) may alleviate MTX hepatotoxicity. PMID:25110444

  6. Determination of creatinine, uric and ascorbic acid in bovine milk and orange juice by hydrophilic interaction HPLC.

    Zuo, Ruiting; Zhou, Si; Zuo, Yuegang; Deng, Yiwei

    2015-09-01

    Creatinine (Cr), uric (UA) and ascorbic acid (AA) are common constituents in human fluids. Their abnormal concentrations in human fluids are associated with various diseases. Thus, apart from the endogenous formation in human body, it is also important to examine their sources from food products. In this study, a rapid and accurate HILIC method was developed for simultaneous determination of Cr, UA and AA in bovine milk and orange juice. Milk samples were pretreated by protein precipitation, centrifugation and filtration, followed by HPLC separation and quantification using a Waters Spherisorb S5NH2 column. The developed method has been successfully applied to determine the concentration of UA, AA and Cr in milk and fruit juice samples. The milk samples tested were found to contain UA and creatinine in the concentration range of 24.1-86.0 and 5.07-11.2 μg mL(-1), respectively. The orange juices contain AA over 212 μg mL(-1). PMID:25842333

  7. Modulatory effects of the antioxidant ascorbic acid on the direct genotoxicity of doxorubicin in somatic cells of Drosophila melanogaster

    Edson José Fragiorge

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study two different crosses involving the wing cell markers mwh and flr³ (standard (ST cross and high bioactivation (HB cross, the latter being characterized by a high constitutive level of cytochrome P450 which leads to an increased sensitivity to a number of promutagens and procarcinogens were used to investigate the modulatory effects of ascorbic acid (AA combined with the antitumor agent doxorubicin (DXR in Drosophila melanogaster. We observed that the two different concentrations of AA (50 or 100 mM had no effect on spots frequencies, while DXR treatments (0.2 or 0.4 mM gave positive results for all types of spots, when compared to negative control. For marker-heterozygous (MH flies, a protective effect was observed with the lower concentration of AA (50 mM that was able to statistically decrease the frequency of spots induced by DXR (0.2 mM, while an enhanced frequency of spots induced by DXR was observed with the higher concentration of AA (100 mM, when compared to DXR treatment (p < 0.05. These results suggest that AA may interfere with free radicals generated by DXR and with other possible reactive metabolites. The efficiency of AA in protecting the somatic cells of D. melanogaster against mutation and recombination induced by DXR is dependent on the dose used and the protection is directly related to the activity of cytochrome P450 enzymes.

  8. Encapsulation artocarpanone and ascorbic acid in O/W microemulsions: Preparation, characterization, and antibrowning effects in apple juice.

    Dong, Xue; Zhu, Qin; Dai, Yaqing; He, Jianfei; Pan, Hongyang; Chen, Jie; Zheng, Zong-Ping

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this study is to improve artocarpanone solubility by developing an O/W microemulsion with the evaluation of its antibrowning effects. The chemical and physical stabilities as well as antibrowning effects in apple juice were also evaluated. The formulation of artocarpanone microemulsion consisted of 4% w/w of ethyl butyrate, 10.67% w/w of Tween 80, 5.33% w/w of polyethylene glycol 400, and 80% w/w of water, with a maximum solubility of artocarpanone up to 10.54 0.01 mg/mL, at least 3000-folds increase in solubility compared that in water. Encapsulating artocarpanone and ascorbic acid (VC) into microemulsion simultaneously decreased modest artocarpanone solubility whereas improving its stability in long-term storage. Blank, artocarpanone and artocarpanone-Vc-loaded microemulsions demonstrated steadily during accelerated and long-term storage. Artocarpanone-Vc-loaded microemulsion showed strong antibrowning effects in apple juice at room temperature in 24h, suggesting that artocarpanone-Vc-loaded microemulsion is a good antibrowning agent for apple juices. PMID:26304444

  9. Ascorbic acid supplementation does not alter oxidative stress markers in healthy volunteers engaged in a supervised exercise program.

    Bunpo, Piyawan; Anthony, Tracy G

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of ascorbic acid (AA) consumption on the oxidative stress status of untrained volunteers participating in a supervised exercise program. The study included 46 young adults (average age, 23.5 ± 0.59 years; 37 females, 9 males) who remained sedentary (n = 16) or participated in 30 min of outdoor aerobic running (n = 30) at an intensity corresponding to 65%-75% of maximum heart rate for 3 times per week for 12 weeks. Exercised subjects were randomly assigned to an exercise group without AA supplementation (control; n = 10) or received either 250 mg (n = 10) or 500 mg (n = 10) of AA supplementation previous to each exercise session. Blood samples were taken on day 0 and day 84 to evaluate metabolic profiles and antioxidant status. Sedentary subjects underwent in a single bout of aerobic running to determine total antioxidant status (TAS) and malondiadehyde (MDA) at pre- and postexercise with or without AA supplementation. No significant change in TAS was observed. Plasma MDA significantly increased at postexercise (P oxidative stress markers in the plasma and erythrocytes of young adults engaged in a supervised exercise program. PMID:26789096

  10. Electrocatalytic Determination of Ascorbic Acid at Chemically Modified Carbon Paste Electrode with 2, 7-bis (Ferrocenyl ethynyl Fluoren-9-one

    Jahan-Bakhsh Raoof, Reza Ojani, and Hadi Beitollahi

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry and double potential step chronoamperometry were used to investigate the electrochemical behavior of ascorbic acid (AA at a chemically modified electrode prepared by incorporating 2, 7-bis (ferrocenyl ethynyl fluoren-9-one (2, 7-BFEFO into carbon paste matrix. Under the optimized conditions (pH 7.00, the modified electrode showed high electrocatalytic activity toward AA oxidation; the overpotential for the oxidation of AA was decreased by more than 200 mV and the corresponding peak current increased significantly. In fact, the Fc/ Fc+ redox couple acts as a suitable mediator for indirect oxidation of AA. The diffusion coefficient (D = 8.6510-6 cm2 s-1, and the kinetic parameters such as electron transfer coefficient, (? = 0.47 and the catalytic reaction rate constant, (k=8.55103 M-1 s-1 were also determined using electrochemical approaches. The voltammetric response of the modified electrode was linear against the concentration of AA in the ranges of 510-5 M-2.6510-3 M and 910-6 M-3.510-3 M with cyclic voltammetry (CV and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV methods, respectively. The detection limits (2? were determined as 1.810-5 M and 4.210-6 M by CV and DPV methods, respectively. This method was also used for determination of AA in some pharmaceutical preparations.

  11. Microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS) as a suitable selective method for l-ascorbic acid determination in beverages.

    Adam, Martin; Pavlkov, Petra; Ckov, Andrea; Bajerov, Petra; Ventura, Karel

    2012-12-01

    In this study the modern microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS) method followed by HPLC-UV analysis was optimised and evaluated for determination of l-ascorbic acid (AA) content in beverages. In this case 300?L of sample was passed through silica BIN (barrel insert and needle assembly) and entrapped AA was eluted by 60?L of methanol-water (10%, v/v) solution. Recovery of the proposed method for three concentration levels ranged between 97.46% and 106.88% with relative standard deviation 8.7% (low conc.), 2.49% (medium conc.) and 1.98% (high). Obtained results of AA contents in real samples were in the ranges 56.5-195.4?g/mL and 130.4-1090.0?g/mL for ice-tea and fruit juice samples, respectively. Proposed method was compared with iodometric titration and DPPH methods, but microextraction method was found to be more selective for AA determination in tested samples. PMID:22953901

  12. A highly selective and instantaneous nanoprobe for detection and imaging of ascorbic acid in living cells and in vivo.

    Li, Na; Li, Yanhua; Han, Yaoyao; Pan, Wei; Zhang, Tingting; Tang, Bo

    2014-04-15

    The development of a specific reaction of nanomaterials and reactive species is of fundamental importance for the determination of biomolecules. Here we report a novel nanoprobe for detection and imaging of ascorbic acid (AA) in living cells and in vivo based on the specific reaction of cobalt oxyhydroxide (CoOOH) and AA. Persistent luminescence nanoparticles (PLNPs) were used as the luminescence unit, and CoOOH nanoflakes served as the quencher. When CoOOH was modified on the surface of the PLNPs, the luminescence of the PLNPs was efficiently quenched by the CoOOH. In the presence of AA, CoOOH was reduced to Co(2+) and the luminescence of PLNPs was restored. The nanoprobe showed high selectivity and an instantaneous response. The luminescence property permits detection and imaging without external excitation, which could effectively avoid background noise and scattering of light from biological matrixes produced by in situ excitation. The current strategy provides an effective platform for monitoring and imaging reactive species in living cells and in vivo. PMID:24654795

  13. A surface plasmon resonance sensing method for determining captopril based on in situ formation of silver nanoparticles using ascorbic acid

    Rastegarzadeh, Saadat; Hashemi, Fatemeh

    2014-03-01

    A new method has been proposed to sensitive detection of captopril based on surface plasmon resonance band of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The stable and well-dispersed AgNPs with strong plasmon resonance signal were synthesized in situ using a simple and rapid procedure by applying ascorbic acid as reducer and sodium dodecyl sulfate as stabilizer, at room temperature. It was found that, the decreasing of AgNPs plasmon absorbance is proportional to the concentration of captopril which allows the spectrophotometric sensing of this compound. The presented method is capable of determining captopril over a range of 0.20-2.75 μmol L-1 with a limit of detection 0.07 μmol L-1. The relative standard deviation for eight replicate measurements of 1.00 and 2.50 μmol L-1 of captopril was 2.37% and 1.02%, respectively. The method was applied to the determination of captopril in pharmaceutical formulations with satisfactory results, which were in agreement with those of the official method.

  14. Highly sensitive and selective electrochemical determination of dopamine and ascorbic acid at Ag/Ag{sub 2}S modified electrode

    Li, Chen-Yan [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Cai, Ying-Jie [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Yang, Chien-Hsin [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung 81148, Taiwan (China); Wu, Chen-Hao [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Wei, Yen [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Department of Chemistry, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Wen, Ten-Chin, E-mail: tcwen@mail.ncku.edu.t [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Wang, Tzong-Liu; Shieh, Yeong-Tarng [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung 81148, Taiwan (China); Lin, Wen-Churng [Department of Environmental Engineering, Kun Shan University, Tainan 71016, Taiwan (China); Chen, Wen-Janq [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung 81148, Taiwan (China)

    2011-02-01

    A biosensor electrode possessing highly sensitive and selective determination of dopamine (DA) is fabricated. This electrode, a silver (Ag) thin film on indium-tin-oxide glass, is treated with a silver sulfide (Ag{sub 2}S) film using electrochemical deposition. Active Ag ion is easier to form on Ag{sub 2}S than on pristine Ag, which prefers to attract ascorbic acid (AA). The Ag{sub 2}S layer reduces the oxidation potential of AA due to the electrostatic interaction, which results in well-separation of mixed oxidation responses to both of DA and AA. Besides, the Ag{sub 2}S-modified electrode exhibits dramatic electrocatalytic effect on the oxidation of DA in the presence of AA. In 0.1 M phosphate buffer solution at pH {approx} 7.0, the differential pulse voltammetric peak intensity linearly correlates with DA concentration in two regions, viz. 1.0-10, and 10-100 {mu}M, with correlation coefficient of 0.998 and 0.995, respectively. The lowest concentration limit of 1.0 {mu}M DA can be detected. The interference of AA effectively diminishes in the mixed solution. These features make the Ag{sub 2}S significant for selective and sensitive measurement of DA in the presence of excess AA.

  15. A gold electrode with a flower-like gold nanostructure for simultaneous determination of dopamine and ascorbic acid

    We have developed a facile method for the preparation of a gold electrode modified with a flower-like gold nanostructure using potentiostatic electrodeposition. Its formation, morphology, and electrochemical properties were studied by scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The resulting nanostructures possess rough and enlarged surface areas and enable fast electron transfer in the selective and sensitive detection of ascorbic acid (AA) and dopamine (DA) in phosphate-buffered saline without disturbance by common interferents. The differential pulse voltammetry anodic peak currents at approximately −0.03 V and 0.16 V are strongly enhanced in the presence of AA and DA, respectively. The electrode responds linearly to AA in the concentration range from 60 μM to 500 μM, with a limit of detection at 10 μM. The respective data for DA are 1 μM to 150 μM, and the limit of detection is 0.2 μM. (author)

  16. Simultaneous Determination of Dopamine, Sertonin and Ascorbic Acid at a Glassy Carbon Electrode Modified with Carbon-Spheres

    Feng Gao

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available A novel glassy carbon electrode (GCE modified with carbon-spheres has been fabricated through a simple casting procedure. The modified GCE displays high selectivity and excellent electrochemical catalytic activities towards dopamine (DA, serotonin (5-HT, and ascorbic acid (AA. In the co-existence system, the peak separations between AA and DA, DA and 5-HT, and AA and 5-HT are large up to 230, 180, and 410 mV, respectively. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV has been employed to simultaneously detect DA, 5-HT, and AA, and the linear calibration curves for DA, 5-HT, and AA are obtained in the range of 20.0–150.0 μM, 40.0–750.0 μM and 300.0–2,000.0 μM with detection limits (S/N = 3 of 2.0 μM, 0.7 μM and 0.6 μM, respectively. The proposed electrode has been applied to detect DA, 5-HT, and AA in real samples using standard addition method with satisfactory results.

  17. Effect of γ irradiation and storage time on the ascorbic acid concentration in onion bulbs (Allium cepa L.)

    The stability of ascorbic acid (AA) of irradiated onion bulbs stored at 4 and 20 oC was studied. Gamma ionisation at 0.10; 0.15 and 0.30 kGy causes losses of 10, 13 and 20% of AA content, respectively, and the D value (Decimal Reduction Dose) of AA ionising treatment was estimated at 3.19. During the first 12 weeks of storage AA content decreased in nonirradiated and irradiated bulbs at 0.10, 0.15 and 0.30 kGy, respectively, to 4.52, 4.56, 4.81 and 5.18 mg 100 g-1 FW at 20oC. At 4oC, AA decreases to 5.92, 6.53, 6.08 and 5.92 mg 100 g-1 FW. From 12 weeks to the end of the storage period (24 weeks), AA increased but the final concentrations observed were lower than the initial levels and ranged from 15 to 30% less at 20oC, and from 5 to 20% at 4oC. (author)

  18. Chemically Modified Carbon Paste Electrodes for Ascorbic Acid Determination in Soft Drinks by Flow Injection Amperometric Analysis

    M. Goreti F. Sales

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Simple, rapid and precise amperometric methods for quantification of ascorbic acid (AA are presented. Glassy carbon (GC, carbon paste (CP and modified carbon paste (MCP electrodes are used for this purpose. MCP electrodes are of CP with 10 % vanadate (V. All electrodes are inserted in a wall-jet device with an Ag/AgCl reference electrode and a platinum auxiliary electrode. This device is coupled to a flow injection analysis (FIA set-up. Hydrodynamic and amperometric parameters are optimized unvaryingly. GC electrodes present slopes of 4.75 10(5 nA L mol-1 ( 6.4 % under optimum conditions. CP and MCP electrodes show higher sensitivity, with slopes of 6.37 10(5 nA L mol-1 ( 6.6 % and 7.32 10(5 nA L mol-1 ( 4.4 %. Linear responses range (1.0-2.0 10-6 to (0.8-1.0 10-5 mol L-1. Correlation coefficients were > 0.994 and about 48 samples are analysed per hour. Application of the proposed method to the analysis of soft drinks is presented.

  19. Performance traits and immune response of broiler chicks treated with zinc and ascorbic acid supplementation during cyclic heat stress

    Chand, Naila; Naz, Shabana; Khan, Ajab; Khan, Sarzamin; Khan, Rifat Ullah

    2014-12-01

    This research was conducted to investigate the effect of supplementation of zinc (Zn) and ascorbic acid (AA) in heat-stressed broilers. A total of 160-day-old broiler chicks of approximately the same weight and appearance were divided into four treatment groups (control, T1, T2, and T3). Control group was fed a standard diet without any supplementation. T1 was supplemented with Zn at the rate of 60 mg/kg of feed, T2 was supplemented with 300 mg/kg of feed AA, and T3 was supplemented with combination of Zn and AA. From week 3 to 5, heat stress environment was provided at the rate of 12 h at 25 °C, 3 h at 25 to 34 °C, 6 h at 34 °C, and 3 h at 34 to 25 °C daily. The results revealed that feed intake, body weight and feed conversion ratio (FCR), and weight of thymus, spleen, and bursa of Fabricius improved significantly ( P broilers reared under heat stress.

  20. Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Ascorbic Acid Using a Poly(aniline-co-m-ferrocenylaniline Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode

    Ekasith Somsook

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available A poly(aniline-co-m-ferrocenylaniline was successfully synthesized on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE by electrochemical copolymerization using a scan potential range from −0.3 to +0.9 V (vs. Ag/AgCl in 0.5 M H2SO4 containing 30% acetonitrile (ACN, 0.1 M aniline (Ani and 0.005 M m-ferrocenyaniline (m-FcAni. The field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM and electrochemical methods were used to characterize the poly(Ani-co-m-FcAni modified electrode. The poly(Ani-co-m-FcAni/GCE exhibited excellent electrocatalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA in citrate buffer solution (CBS, pH 5.0. The anodic peak potential of AA was shifted from +0.55 V at the bare GCE to +0.25 V at the poly(Ani-co-m-FcAni/GCE with higher current responses than those seen on the bare GCE. The scan number at the 10th cycle was selected as the maximum scan cycle in electrochemical polymerization. The limit of detection (LOD was estimated to be 2.0 mM based on the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N = 3. The amperometric responses demonstrated an excellent selectivity for AA determination over glucose (Glu and dopamine (DA.

  1. Effect of packing on changes in erythrocyte osmotic fragility and malondialdehyde concentration in donkeys administered with ascorbic acid

    Folashade Olaifa

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Experiments were performed with the aim of investigating the effect of packing on erythrocyte osmotic fragility (EOF and malondialdehyde (MDA concentration in donkeys, and the effect of ascorbic acid (AA. Twelve apparently healthy donkeys raised under the traditional extensive system served as experimental subjects. Six donkeys administered orally with AA (200 mg/kg and subjected to packing were used as experimental animals, whilst six others not administered with AA served as controls. Blood samples were collected pre- and post-packing from all the donkeys for the determination of MDA and EOF. At 0.3% Sodium Chloride (NaCl concentration, the percentage haemolysis was 93.69% ± 2.21% in the control donkeys and the value was significantly (P < 0.05 higher than the value of 71.31% ± 8.33%, recorded in the experimental donkeys. The post-packing MDA concentration obtained in the control donkeys was 39.62 µmol ± 4.16 µmol, and was not significantly different (P > 0.05 from the value of 35.97 µmol ± 2.88 µmol recorded in the experimental donkeys. In conclusion, the increase in haemolysis obtained in the donkeys suggested that packing induced oxidative stress, which was ameliorated by AA administration.

  2. Point-of-service, quantitative analysis of ascorbic acid in aqueous humor for evaluating anterior globe integrity

    Gartia, Manas R.; Misra, Santosh K.; Ye, Mao; Schwartz-Duval, Aaron; Plucinski, Lisa; Zhou, Xiangfei; Kellner, David; Labriola, Leanne T.; Pan, Dipanjan

    2015-11-01

    Limited training, high cost, and low equipment mobility leads to inaccuracies in decision making and is concerning with serious ocular injuries such as suspected ruptured globe or post-operative infections. Here, we present a novel point-of-service (POS) quantitative ascorbic acid (AA) assay with use of the OcuCheck Biosensor. The present work describes the development and clinical testing of the paper-based biosensor that measures the changes in electrical resistance of the enzyme-plated interdigitated electrodes to quantify the level of AA present in ocular fluid. We have demonstrated the proof-of-concept of the biosensor testing 16 clinical samples collected from aqueous humor of patients undergoing therapeutic anterior chamber paracentesis. Comparing with gold standard colorimetric assay for AA concentration, OcuCheck showed accuracy of >80%, sensitivity of >88% and specificity of >71%. At present, there are no FDA-approved POS tests that can directly measures AA concentration levels in ocular fluid. We envisage that the device can be realized as a handheld, battery powered instrument that will have high impact on glaucoma care and point-of-care diagnostics of penetrating ocular globe injuries.

  3. Serum biochemical activities and muscular soreness in transported goats administered with ascorbic acid during the hot-dry season

    Ndazo S Minka

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The effects of handling, loading and 12 h of road transportation during the hot-dry season on muscular metabolism of 20 experimental goats administered orally with 100 mg/kg body weight of ascorbic acid (AA dissolved in 10 ml of sterile water, and other 20 control goats given equivalent of sterile water 40 min prior to transportation were investigated. The result obtained post-transportation showed that handling, loading and transportation were stressful to the goats, especially the control goats and resulted into muscular damage and the development of delayed-onset-muscular-soreness (DOMS, which may lead to dark-firm-dry (DFD syndrome meat with undesirable effects on its quality. In the experimental goats administered AA such transportation effects were minimal or completely abolished. The result demonstrated that AA reduced the incidence of DOMS and muscular damage in transported goats, therefore it may be used to improve the welfare and quality of meat obtained from goats subjected to long period of road transportation under adverse climatic conditions.

  4. Potato chip intake increases ascorbic acid levels and decreases reactive oxygen species in SMP30/GNL knockout mouse tissues.

    Kondo, Yoshitaka; Sakuma, Rui; Ichisawa, Megumi; Ishihara, Katsuyuki; Kubo, Misako; Handa, Setsuko; Mugita, Hiroyuki; Maruyama, Naoki; Koga, Hidenori; Ishigami, Akihito

    2014-09-24

    Potato chips (PC) contain abundant amounts of the free radical scavenger ascorbic acid (AA) due to the rapid dehydration of potato tubers (Solanum tuberosum) that occurs during frying. To evaluate the antioxidant activity of PC, this study examined reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in tissues from SMP30/GNL knockout (KO) mice that cannot synthesize AA and determined AA and ROS levels after the animals were fed 20 and 10% PC diets for 7 weeks. Compared with AA-sufficient mice, AA-depleted SMP30/GNL KO mice showed high ROS levels in tissues. SMP30/GNL KO mice fed a PC diet showed high AA and low ROS levels in the brain, heart, lung, testis, soleus muscle, plantaris muscle, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, eyeball, and epididymal fat compared with AA-depleted mice. The data suggest that PC intake increases AA levels and enhances ROS scavenging activity in tissues of SMP30/GNL KO mice, which are a promising model for evaluating the antioxidant activity of foods. PMID:25180784

  5. Comparative evaluation between ascorbic acid and N-acetyl cysteine for preventing tourniquet induced ischaemic reperfusion injury during lower limb surgery, a randomized controlled trial

    Mahmoud Hassan Mohamed; Tamer Yosef Hamawy

    2016-01-01

    Background: During tourniquet induced ischemic reperfusion, reactive oxygen species and cytokines appear and cause cellular damage and remote tissue injury. Aim: To compare the effects of preoperative intravenous infusion of N-acetyl cysteine or ascorbic acid on the production of malonyldialdehyde as a marker of oxidative stress and IL-6 and IL-8 as markers of systemic inflammation after ischemic reperfusion as primary outcomes. Also both agents were compared regarding post-deflation hemod...

  6. Annexin V assay-proven anti-apoptotic effect of ascorbic acid 2-glucoside after cold ischemia/reperfusion injury in rat liver transplantation.

    Liu J; Yagi T; Sadamori H; Matsukawa H; Sun DS; Mitsuoka N; Yamamura M; Matsuoka J; Jin Z.; Yamamoto I; Tanaka N

    2003-01-01

    Controversy exists over whether the predominant cell death of hepatocytes is due to apoptosis or necrosis after ischemia/reperfusion injury. In this study we investigated the predominant cell death of hepatocytes after cold ischemia/reperfusion injury using the Annexin V-based assay, and evaluated the anti-apoptotic effect of ascorbic acid 2-glucoside (AA-2G) added to the University of Wisconsin solution (UW solution) in rat liver transplantation. The retrieved liver was preserved in 4 UW sol...

  7. Role of Glycinebetaine and Ascorbic Acid in the Alleviation of Salt-Stress Induced Micro-Morphological Damages in Sweet Pepper Seedlings

    A.A. Arafa; M.A. Khafagy; M.F. El-Banna

    2007-01-01

    The effects of exogenously applied glycinebetaine or ascorbic acid (pre-soaking or pre-soaking plus spraying) on the salt-stress induced ultrastructural damages in sweet pepper seedlings were investigated. The seedlings grown in hydroponic culture containing nutrient solution for 4 weeks treated with NaCl at (0 and 6000 ppm). Salinity induced ultrastructural damages in leaf, the most notable changes were swelling of thylakoid membrane, disintegration of grana stacking and intergrana lamellae ...

  8. Effect of Ascorbic Acid Foliar Application on Yield, Yield Component and several Morphological Traits of Grain Corn under Water Deficit Stress Conditions

    Dolatabadian, Aria; Seyed Ali Mohammad MODARRES SANAVY; Kamal Sadat ASILAN

    2010-01-01

    In order to study effect of ascorbic acid foliar application on morphological traits, yield and yield components of grain corn under conditions of water stress, an experiment was conducted in Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran in 2006 growing season. Experimental design was RCBD (Randomized Complete Block Design) and treatments were sat in split-split plot arrangement. Water deficit stress treatment with three levels (no stress, vegetative phase stress and reproductive phase stress) was...

  9. The effect of combined treatment of alpha-tocopherol, ascorbic acid, and pyridoxine with NMDA blocker memantine on penicillin-induced epileptiform activity in rats

    AYDIN, Duygu; Yildirim, Mehmet; AYYILDIZ, Mustafa; AĞAR, Erdal

    2013-01-01

    To evaluate the effects of coadministration of vitamins alpha-tocopherol, ascorbic acid, and pyridoxine with memantine on a penicillin-induced experimental epilepsy model in rats so as to clarify the eventual interaction between these vitamins and the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) system. Materials and methods: The epileptic focus was produced by intracortical penicillin G potassium injection. The effects of intraperitoneal injections of memantine, memantine + alpha-tocopherol, memantine + asc...

  10. Synergistic Protection of N-Acetylcysteine and Ascorbic Acid 2-Phosphate on Human Mesenchymal Stem cells Against Mitoptosis, Necroptosis and Apoptosis

    Li, Chia-Jung; Sun, Li-Yi; Pang, Cheng-Yoong

    2015-01-01

    Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) contribute to ischemic tissue repair, regeneration, and possess ability to self-renew. However, poor viability of transplanted hMSCs within ischemic tissues has limited its therapeutic efficiency. Therefore, it is urgent to explore new method to improve the viability of the grafted cells. By using a systematic analysis, we reveal the mechanism of synergistic protection of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and ascorbic acid 2-phosphate (AAP) on hMSCs that were under H...

  11. ASCORBIC ACID FOLIIAR SPRAY COUNTERACTING EFFECT OF SALINITY ON GROWTH, NUTRIENTS CONCENTRATIONS, PHOTOSYNTHESIS, ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITIES AND LIPID PEROXIDATION OF BEAN (PHASEULUS VULGARIS L.) CULTIVARS

    Zeinab A. SALAMA; El Zanaty A.A. Abou El Nour; Mohamed M. EL FOULY; Alaa A. Gaafar

    2014-01-01

    A water culture experiment was carried out in the Department of Fertilization Technology at National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt, to investigate the effect of Ascorbic Acid (AsA) foliar application and salinity stress (100 ppm and 100 mmoL NaCl) on growth, nutrients concentration and some biochemical parameters of two kidney bean (Phaseulus Vulgaris L.) cultivars. Salinity caused significant reduction in growth parameters (leaves and root dry weights) and some of biochemi...

  12. The activity of ascorbic acid and catechol oxidase, the rate of photosynthesis and respiration as related to plant organs, stage of development and copper supply

    St. Łyszcz; M. Ruszkowska; U. Wojcieska; E. Zinkiewicz

    2015-01-01

    Some experiments were performed to investigate the physiological role of copper in oat and sunflower and to recognize some effects of copper deficiency. Oat and sunflower plants were grown in pots on a peat soil under copper deficiency conditions (–Cu) or with the optimal copper supply (+Cu). In plants the following measurements were carried out: 1) the activity of ascorbic acid oxidase (AAO) and of catechol oxidase (PPO) in different plant organs and at different stages of plant development,...

  13. Effect of Dietary L-ascorbic Acid (L-AA) on Production Performance, Egg Quality Traits and Fertility in Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica) at Low Ambient Temperature

    Shit, N.; Singh, R. P.; Sastry, K. V. H.; R Agarwal; Singh, R; Pandey, N. K.; Mohan, J.

    2012-01-01

    Environmental stress boosts the levels of stress hormones and accelerates energy expenditure which subsequently imbalance the body’s homeostasis. L-ascorbic acid (L-AA) has been recognized to mitigate the negative impact of environmental stress on production performances in birds. The present investigation was carried out to elucidate the effect of different dietary levels of L-AA on production performance, egg quality traits and fertility in Japanese quail at low ambient temperature. Sixty m...

  14. Application of bone marrow and adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells for testing the biocompatibility of metal-based biomaterials functionalized with ascorbic acid

    In this study, metal-based biomaterials were functionalized with ascorbic acid (LAA). Two types of substrates were used: austenitic steel 316L and titanium Ti6Al4V. Coatings were prepared with the sol–gel method and applied on metal surfaces using the dip-coating technique. Ascorbic acid was delivered with SiO2-coating at concentrations of 0.1 and 0.4 M. The morphology of the surfaces and coatings was determined using scanning electron microscope (SEM), whereas their elemental composition by SEM-EDX. Immobilization of ascorbic acid in the coatings was confirmed with Raman spectroscopy. The biocompatibility of the materials obtained was tested in vitro using both bone marrow- and adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSC and ADMSC, respectively). Proliferation rate and morphology of cells cultured in the presence of designed biomaterials were monitored after 24, 48, 120 and 168 h of propagation. The results obtained indicated that silica coatings doped with 0.4 M LAA had a positive effect on the proliferation rate of investigated cells, and in some cases on the growth pattern of culture. (paper)

  15. Induction of micronuclei and chromosomal aberrations by the mycotoxin patulin in mammalian cells: role of ascorbic acid as a modulator of patulin clastogenicity.

    Alves, I; Oliveira, N G; Laires, A; Rodrigues, A S; Rueff, J

    2000-05-01

    Patulin is a mycotoxin produced by several species of Penicillium, Aspergillus and BYSSOCHLAMYS: Patulin is a common contaminant of ripe apples used for the production of apple juice concentrates and is also present in other fruits, vegetables and food products. Patulin has been reported to have mutagenic, carcinogenic and teratogenic properties. Nevertheless, these properties are still a matter of debate. In this report, we further investigated the genotoxicity of patulin in mammalian cells by two different approaches. Firstly, we evaluated the induction of micronuclei in cytokinesis-blocked human lymphocytes. This approach is important because available data concerning the genetic toxicity of patulin in human cells is sparse. Secondly, we chose an established model for patulin genotoxicity, i.e. the chromosomal aberration assay in V79 Chinese hamster cells, to clarify whether concomitant exposure to ascorbic acid with the mycotoxin modulates or not the clastogenicity of patulin. The results unequivocally show induction of DNA-damaged cells by patulin as assessed by both cytogenetic assays. In addition, an almost complete abolition of patulin (0.8 microM) clastogenicity was observed in the presence of 80 microM ascorbic acid (P < 0.05), showing that although a genetic risk is present, ascorbic acid could somehow partially modulate this problem. PMID:10792015

  16. Simultaneous/Selective Detection of Dopamine and Ascorbic Acid at Synthetic Zeolite-Modified/Graphite-Epoxy Composite Macro/Quasi-Microelectrodes

    Rodica Pode

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The present paper aims to miniaturize a graphite-epoxy and synthetic zeolite-modified graphite-epoxy composite macroelectrode as a quasi-microelectrode aiming in vitro and also, envisaging in vivo simultaneous electrochemical detection of dopamine (DA and ascorbic acid (AA neurotransmitters, or DA detection in the presence of AA. The electrochemical behavior and the response of the designed materials to the presence of dopamine and ascorbic acid without any protective membranes were studied by cyclic voltammetry and constant-potential amperometry techniques. The catalytic effect towards dopamine detection was proved for the synthetic zeolite-modified graphite-epoxy composite quasi-microelectrode, allowing increasing the sensitivity and selectivity for this analyte detection, besides a possible electrostatic attraction between dopamine cation and the negative surface of the synthetic zeolite and electrostatic repulsion with ascorbic acid anion. Also, the synthetic zeolite-modified graphite-epoxy composite quasi-microelectrode gave the best electroanalytical parameters for dopamine detection using constant-potential amperometry, the most useful technique for practical applications.

  17. Simultaneous/selective detection of dopamine and ascorbic acid at synthetic zeolite-modified/graphite-epoxy composite macro/quasi-microelectrodes.

    Ilinoiu, Elida Cristina; Manea, Florica; Serra, Pier Andrea; Pode, Rodica

    2013-01-01

    The present paper aims to miniaturize a graphite-epoxy and synthetic zeolite-modified graphite-epoxy composite macroelectrode as a quasi-microelectrode aiming in vitro and also, envisaging in vivo simultaneous electrochemical detection of dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA) neurotransmitters, or DA detection in the presence of AA. The electrochemical behavior and the response of the designed materials to the presence of dopamine and ascorbic acid without any protective membranes were studied by cyclic voltammetry and constant-potential amperometry techniques. The catalytic effect towards dopamine detection was proved for the synthetic zeolite-modified graphite-epoxy composite quasi-microelectrode, allowing increasing the sensitivity and selectivity for this analyte detection, besides a possible electrostatic attraction between dopamine cation and the negative surface of the synthetic zeolite and electrostatic repulsion with ascorbic acid anion. Also, the synthetic zeolite-modified graphite-epoxy composite quasi-microelectrode gave the best electroanalytical parameters for dopamine detection using constant-potential amperometry, the most useful technique for practical applications. PMID:23736851

  18. Improvement of the healing of a rat tibia defect by means of a Calcium Carbonate based biopolymer mixed with Epidermal Growth Factor and Ascorbic Acid

    Mendoza-Barrera, C.; Meléndez-Lira, M.; Hernández-Flores, C.; Lecona-Butrón, H.; García-López, E. S.

    2000-10-01

    At the present bone reparation is commonly solved by means of different graft types. Biomaterials such as hidroxyapatite, coraline, octacalcium phosphate and tricalcium phosphate are used. By other side there are factors like Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (TGF), Laminine, Ascorbic Acid (AA), etc. that stimulate the osteogenesis in fracture or bony defect. The goal of this work is to evaluate the effect of the addition of EGF and ascorbic acid to a Ca2CO3 based biopolymer in the healing of a rat tibia model to improve the consolidation with adequate bony quality. No implant rejection or inflammatory reaction was observed during a 5 weeks period in our in vivo studies. The evolution of the osteointegration has been followed employing scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX), and biochemistry activity for calcium, phosphor and alkaline phosphatase. We conclude that the combined use of the based Ca2CO3 biopolymer with Ascorbic Acid and Epidermal Growth Factor (group B&AA&EGF) in vivo accelerates the process of bony repair, as compared with the other groups. The mixture B&AA&EGF provide a bridge in the lesion, helping in the cellular migration and increasing the collagen synthesis.

  19. A convenient strategy to functionalize carbon nanotubes with ascorbic acid and its effect on the physical and thermomechanical properties of poly(amideimide) composites

    Mallakpour, Shadpour, E-mail: mallak@cc.iut.ac.ir [Organic Polymer Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, I.R. Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Institute, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, I.R. Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zadehnazari, Amin [Organic Polymer Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, I.R. Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were functionalized by ascorbic acid by a fast strategy under microwave irradiation to improve interfacial interactions and dispersion of CNTs in a poly(amideimide) (PAI) matrix. This technique provides a rapid and economically viable route to produce covalently functionalized CNTs. The as-prepared, new type of functionalized CNTs were analyzed by several techniques. The thermal stabilities and mechanical interfacial properties of CNT/PAI composites were investigated using several techniques. The dispersion state of CNTs in the PAI matrix was observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mechanical interfacial property of the composites was significantly increased by the addition of ascorbic acid treated CNTs. The FE-SEM and TEM results showed that the separation and uniform dispersion of CNTs in the PAI matrix. The overview of these recent results is presented. -- Graphical abstract: Presentation of possible interactions of hydrogen bonding between the MWCNT-AS and the PAI chains. Highlights: Surface functionalization of MWCNTs with ascorbic acid under microwave irradiation. The MWCNT-AS/PAI composite films were fabricated by solution blending process. Microstructure and MWCNT states in the composites were studied. Thermal and mechanical properties of the composite films were evaluated. Films of different contents of the MWCNTs-AS showed a superior tensile behavior.

  20. Chemiluminometric determination of ascorbic acid in pharmaceutical formulations exploiting photo-activation of GSH-capped CdTe quantum dots.

    Sasaki, M K; Ribeiro, D S M; Frigerio, C; Prior, J A V; Santos, J L M; Zagatto, E A G

    2014-11-01

    An automated multi-pumping flow system is proposed for the chemiluminometric determination of ascorbic acid in pharmaceutical formulations, relying on the ability of semiconductor nanocrystals to generate short-lived reactive species upon photo-irradiation. A photo-unit based on visible-light-emitting diodes is used to photo-excite cadmium telluride (CdTe) quantum dots capped with glutathione, leading to the generation of radicals that react with luminol under alkaline conditions, yielding the chemiluminescence. Ascorbic acid acts as a radical scavenger, preventing the oxidation of luminol, thus ensuring a concentration-dependent chemiluminescence quenching. After system optimization, a linear working range of 5.0 × 10(-7) to 5.0 × 10(-6) mol/L ascorbic acid (r = 0.9967, n = 5) was attained, with a detection limit of 3.05 × 10(-7) mol/L and a sampling rate of 200/h. The flow system was applied to the analysis of pharmaceutical formulations and the results were in good agreement with those obtained by the reference titrimetric procedure (RD < ± 4.3%, n = 7). PMID:24585556