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Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1978;48(2):159-64.

Ascorbic acid, neutrophil function, and the immune response.


The role of ascorbic acid is reviewed with regard to antimicrobial activity, interferon production, and humoral and cellular immune responses. Ascorbic acid appears to play a role in a number of neutrophil functions including increased chemotaxis, increased particulate ingestion, enhanced lysozyme-mediated non-oxidative killing, protection against the toxic effects of superoxide anion radical, inhibition of the halide-peroxide-myeloperoxidase system without a pronounced bactericidal effect, and stimulation of the hexose monophosphate shunt.

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