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J Pharmacobiodyn. 1990 Nov;13(11):688-95.

Antiscorbutic activity of L-ascorbic acid 2-glucoside and its availability as a vitamin C supplement in normal rats and guinea pigs.

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Department of Immunochemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University, Japan.


Bioavailability of a newly-synthesized and chemically-stable 2-O-alpha-D-glucopyranosyl-L-ascorbic acid (AA-2G) as a vitamin C supplement was investigated in rats and guinea pigs. Oral administration of AA-2G to the animals resulted in an increase of serum ascorbic acid (AA) levels. However, in these sera the intact form was not detectable by the high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method, indicating its hydrolysis through the process of absorption. After an intravenous injection of AA-2G, the intact form diminished rapidly from the serum, followed by prolonged and marked elevation of serum AA levels. Various tissue homogenates from rats and guinea pigs were examined for their releasing activity of AA from AA-2G. High activity was observed in kidney, small intestine and serum of rats and in small intestine and kidney of guinea pigs. These hydrolytic activities were completely inhibited by castanospermine, a specific alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, suggesting the participation of alpha-glucosidase in the in vivo hydrolysis of AA-2G. AA-2G was found to exhibit obvious therapeutic effect in scorbutic guinea pigs by its repeated oral administrations. These results indicate that AA-2G is a readily available source of vitamin C activity in vivo.

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