Elizabeth Escobar

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Cellular glutathione levels may exceed vitamin C levels by 10-fold, generating the question about the real antioxidant role that low intracellular concentrations of vitamin C can play in the presence of a vast molar excess of glutathione. We characterized the metabolism of vitamin C and its relationship with glutathione in primary cultures of human(More)
Na(+)-coupled ascorbic acid transporter-2 (SVCT2) activity is impaired at acid pH, but little is known about the molecular determinants that define the transporter pH sensitivity. SVCT2 contains six histidine residues in its primary sequence, three of which are exofacial in the transporter secondary structure model. We used site-directed mutagenesis and(More)
Ascorbic acid is transported into cells by the sodium-coupled vitamin C transporters (SVCTs). Recently, we obtained evidence of differential regulation of SVCT expression in response to acute oxidative stress in cells from species that differ in their capacity to synthesize vitamin C, with a marked decrease in SVCT1 mRNA and protein levels in rat hepatoma(More)
The liver has an extraordinary regenerative capacity in response to partial hepatectomy (PHx), which develops with neither tissue inflammation response nor alterations in the whole organism. This process is highly coordinated and it has been associated with changes in glutathione (GSH) metabolism. However, there are no reports indicating ascorbic acid (AA)(More)
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