Send to

Choose Destination
Biochim Biophys Acta. 2002 Jan 15;1569(1-3):1-9.

Ascorbic acid: much more than just an antioxidant.

Author information

Dipartimento di Biologia e Patologia Vegetale, Università di Bari, via E. Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy.


Vitamin C (ascorbic acid (AA)) is very popular for its antioxidant properties. Consequently, many other important aspects of this multifaceted molecule are often underestimated or even ignored. In the present paper, we have tried to bring to the foreground some of these aspects, including the peculiarities of the AA biosynthetic pathway in different organisms, the remarkable function of AA as a co-substrate of many important dioxygenases, the role of AA-regenerating enzymes and the known pathways of AA catabolism, as well as the intriguing function of AA in gene expression.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center