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S Afr Med J. 1979 Sep 8;56(11):429-33.

Effects of ascorbate on leucocytes: Part III. In vitro and in vivo stimulation of abnormal neutrophil motility by ascorbate.


Abnormal in vitro neutrophil motility was found in 10 patients with recurrent bacterial infection. The defect appeared to be primary in 3 patients, secondary to hyperimmunoglobulinaemia E in 2 patients and secondary to bacterial infection in 5 patients. In 7 patients impaired polymorphonuclear leucocyte (PMN) motility was the only detectable abnormality; defective lymphocyte function was found in 2 patients and 1 had a total IgA deficiency. Increased random motility and migration to endotoxin-activated serum (EAS) and partially purified C5a was observed when patients' neutrophils were incubated with 5 x 10(-2)M calcium ascorbate or 10(-1)M sodium ascorbate in the presence of 5% autologous serum in vitro. Six of the patients, 4 children and 2 adults, were given oral ascorbate, 1 g daily for children and 3 g daily for adults, and tests of neutrophil migration were performed at monthly intervals thereafter. Improved neutrophil motility was observed in all patients and this correlated with clinical improvement in 5 of the 6.

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