Vitamin C

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Catalog No.S3114 Synonyms: Ascorbic acid

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Vitamin C Chemical Structure

CAS No. 50-81-7

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin indicated for the prevention and treatment of scurvy.

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Description Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin indicated for the prevention and treatment of scurvy.
In vitro

Ascorbate when combined with copper rapidly reduces the viscosity of DNA solutions and has exhibited some carcinostatic effects on transplanted sarcoma 180 tumours in mice. [1] Exposure of HL-60 cells to increasing concentrations of H2O2 results in dose-dependent intracellular accumulation of peroxides, which is accompanied by a decrease in intracellular ascorbic acid and an increase in apoptosis. Ascorbic acid loading also provides strong protection from apoptosis associated with serum- and glucose-free culture of HL-60 cells. [2] Vitamin C is found to protect GSH-depleted HL-60 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Vitamin C inhibits the formation of ROS in both normal and GSH-depleted cells. [3] Ascorbate (1 mM) generates 161 mM H2O2 in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium and induces apoptosis in 50% of HL60 cells, whereas in RPMI 1640 only 83 mM H2O2 is produced and no apoptosis is detected. [4]

In vivo Treatment of rats with Vitamin C 10 min prior to the cisplatin inhibits cisplatin-mediated damage. The enhanced serum creatinine levels which are indicative of renal injury shows a significant reduction with the three doses of Vitamin C tested. [5]


Solubility (25°C)

In vitro DMSO 35 mg/mL (198.72 mM)
Water 35 mg/mL (198.72 mM)
Ethanol Insoluble

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Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 176.12


CAS No. 50-81-7
Storage powder
in solvent
Synonyms Ascorbic acid
Smiles C(C(C1C(=C(C(=O)O1)O)O)O)O

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Clinical Trial Information

NCT Number Recruitment interventions Conditions Sponsor/Collaborators Start Date Phases
NCT04505878 Not yet recruiting Drug: Vitamin C Primary Graft Dysfunction|Lung Transplant; Complications University of Wisconsin Madison October 2021 Phase 2
NCT04999137 Not yet recruiting Drug: Vitamin C|Drug: Vitamin B1 Sepsis|Septic Shock|HIV Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine|Infectious Diseases Institute Uganda|Walimu|University of Copenhagen|University of Liverpool August 2 2021 Phase 2
NCT04641663 Recruiting Dietary Supplement: Multi-target Dietary Supplement (MTDS) Aging|Age-related Cognitive Decline Douglas Boreham|McMaster University|Northern Ontario School of Medicine July 15 2021 Not Applicable

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