Special Issue "Ascorbic Acid: An Antioxidant and Much More"

A special issue of Antioxidants (ISSN 2076-3921). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Outcomes of Antioxidants and Oxidative Stress".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2024 | Viewed by 108

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. David Njus
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Guest Editor
Department of Biological Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
Interests: cellular mechanisms of Parkinson's disease; mitochondrial function and aging; non-enzymatic redox reactions and oxidative stress

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As a molecule, ascorbic acid is a remarkable antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and reactive oxygen species. As a co-substrate for a number of enzymes, ascorbic acid is also instrumental in signaling, gene expression, and cellular metabolism. It is required by enzymes synthesizing norephinephrine and peptide hormones, and it regulates the transcription factor subunit HIF1α (hypoxia-inducible factor 1α) and the TET (Ten-eleven-translocation) DNA demethylases. Of course, the collagen-synthesizing enzymes, prolyl and lysyl hydroxylase, need ascorbic acid to maintain activity; this deficiency causes scurvy, the condition from which ascorbic acid gets its name. Ascorbic acid has been the subject of controversial claims about its effectiveness in combatting diseases such as the common cold and cancer and about the value of consuming megadoses of the vitamin for optimum health. To address these controversies and to truly understand the role of ascorbic acid in human health, we need to take a broader view of its actions. It is my hope that this Special Issue will bring together articles connecting the chemistry of ascorbic acid with its subtle but wide-ranging biological effects. Your work is an important part of this discussion, and I hope you will be willing to contribute your perspective. We invite you to submit your latest research findings or a review article to this Special Issue on “Ascorbic Acid: An Antioxidant and Much More”.

Best regards,

Prof. Dr. David Njus
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ascorbic acid
  • reactive oxygen species
  • vitamin C
  • epigenetic regulation
  • sympathetic signaling

Published Papers

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