Abstract Title:

Vitamin C supplementation had no side effect in non-cancer, but had anticancer properties in ovarian cancer cells.

Abstract Source:

Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2020 Feb 3:1-11. Epub 2020 Feb 3. PMID: 32008465

Abstract Author(s):

Ewa Lucja Gregoraszczuk, Karolina Zajda, Joanna Tekla, Natalia Respekta, Paweł Zdybał, Aleksandra Such

Article Affiliation:

Ewa Lucja Gregoraszczuk


Vitamin C (Vit C) has been widely used in the treatment and prevention of cancer. Nevertheless, the clinical results are still inconclusive. Using non-cancer (HOSEpiC) and cancer OVCAR-3 cells cultured in basal medium or in ovarian cancer-associated fibroblast (CAF)-supplemented medium, we estimated the dose-dependent effect of Vit C on sodium-ascorbate coSVCT1, SVCT2) and g(GLUT1) protein expression. Additionally, the action of Vit C on cell proliferation (alamarBlue), membrane permeability (LDH assay), caspase3 activity, the selected cell cycle and apoptosis pathway, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP) protein expression, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) activity was determined. We showed different effects of Vit C on the expression of the co-transporter in non-cancer and cancer cells. In non-cancer cells, Vit C, at a pharmacological concentration, increased SVCT2 and decreased GLUT1, while the opposite effect was noted in cancer cells. In cancer cells, Vit C, in a pharmacological dose, decreased cell proliferation through an inhibitory effect on cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2) (4.4-fold; p < 0.01), mainly due to the stimulatory effect on the expression of cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitors, such as p21 and p53 (3.2- and 2.8-fold, respectively; p < 0.001), but not caspase pathway. The tumour microenvironment caused inefficiency of the lower doses of Vit C in ovarian cancer cells. At a pharmacological dose of 1 mM, Vit C decreased PARP expression (1.5-fold; p < 0.05). We suggest that it's nontoxic effects on non-cancer cells may be an indicator of its prophylactic use, while in a pharmacological dose Vit C should be considered a possible adjunctive drug in ovarian cancer. However, it is necessary to consider the effect of the CAF.

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