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Abstract Title:

Ascorbate deficiency and oxidative stress in the alveolar type II cell.

Abstract Source:

Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 1997 Oct 1 ;273(4):L782-L788. PMID: 29585842

Abstract Author(s):

Lou Ann S Brown, Frank L Harris, Dean P Jones

Article Affiliation:

Lou Ann S Brown


The objective of this study was to determine the impact of limited ascorbate (Asc) availability on type II cell sensitivity to oxidant stress. Guinea pigs were fed diets with or without Asc for 18 days, and type II cells were isolated. Although lung Asc was decreased by 90% in deficient animals (scorbutic), type II cell Asc was decreased by 50%. Upon treatment with 250μM HO, the necrotic injury was twofold greater in scorbutic cells compared with control cells. With 100μM HOtreatment, apoptotic injury was twofold greater in scorbutic cells compared with control cells. Although there was less necrotic injury in cells exposed to 95% O, the scorbutic cells were more sensitive than control cells. Asc pretreatment protected against necrosis and apoptosis. The Asc analog isoascorbate provided partial protection and suggested that part of the protection was not chemical detoxification but was Asc specific. We conclude that limited Asc availability resulted in a functional type II cell but a cell more sensitive to oxidant-induced injury.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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