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Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1980;50(1):52-60.

Regional brain ascorbic acid distribution: its functional relationship to appetite and leptazol-induced convulsions in guinea-pigs.


The distribution of ascorbic acid has been compared in the fore-, mid- and hind-brains of guinea-pigs maintained on a scorbutogenic diet alone, or the diet with supplementary Vitamin C, or the supplemented diet and a terminal convulsant dose of leptazol after 27 days. At the beginning of the investigation, mid-brain ascorbic acid concentrations were similar in both sexes and highest in the mid-brain. After 27 days on the supplemented diet, levels of ascorbic acid were raised in all three brain sections and were still highest in the mid-brains. In the scorbutic group, ascorbic acid concentrations had not changed from control levels in the mid-brain, but had fallen in the other two sections. In a dose-range of 40-60 mg/kg, leptazol caused an increase in convulsive index, and progressive depletion of brain ascorbic acid. No change occurred in fore-brain ascorbic acid, a reduction took place in the hindbrain, and the greatest fall occurred in the mid-brain. It is concluded that ascorbic acid plays an essential role in mid-brain metabolism, and that the convulsant effect of leptazol is influenced by an interaction with brain ascorbic acid.

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