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Title: Vitamin C modulation of H2O2-induced damage and iron homeostasis in human cells
Authors: Duarte, Tiago L.
Jones, George D. D.
First Published: 15-Oct-2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2007, 43(8), pp.1165-1175
Abstract: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, AA) is an important antioxidant in human plasma. It is clear, however, that AA has other important, non-antioxidant roles in cells. Of particular interest is its involvement in iron metabolism, since AA enhances dietary iron absorption, increases the activity of Fe2+-dependent cellular enzymes, promotes Fenton reactions in vitro and was reported to have deleterious effects in individuals with iron overload. Nevertheless, the ability of AA to modulate iron metabolism and enhance iron-dependent damage in cells, tissues and organisms has not been fully elucidated. Here we investigated the effect of AA on iron-mediated oxidative stress in normal human fibroblasts. Incubation with physiologically relevant concentrations of AA was not harmful but sensitised cells towards H2O2-induced, iron-dependent DNA strand breakage and cell death. We also report that AA increased the levels of intracellular catalytic iron and concomitantly modulated the expression of two well established iron-regulated genes, ferritin and transferrin receptor. In summary, we present evidence of a novel, non-antioxidant role of AA in human cells, where it increases iron availability and enhances ROS-mediated, iron-dependent damage. We suggest that AA may exacerbate the deleterious effects of metals in vivo and promote normal tissue injury in situations associated with elevated ROS production.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2007.07.017
ISSN: 0891-5849
eISSN: 1873-4596
Version: Post print
Status: Peer reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is the authors' final draft of the paper published as Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2007, 43(8), pp. 1165-1175. The definitive version is available from, via DOI 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2007.07.017
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