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166 ascorbic acid and wound healing

  1. 1. Editorial Slides VP Watch, March 27, 2002, Volume 2, Issue 12 Ascorbic Acid, Wound Healing, and Vulnerable Plaque Vitamin C; Pro-Collagen vs. Antioxidant
  2. 2.  Free radicals have been suggested for decades as the major factor involved in pathophysiology of chronic disorders like Alzheimer, rheumatoid arthritis, and atherosclerosis.  Oxidation of LDL by free radicals is known as the major factor for initiation of atherosclerosis. 1,2  Therefore antioxidant therapy (Vitamin C and E) has been studied for prevention or treatment of atherosclerosis.  However despite many epidemiological evidence the controversy about antioxidant therapy in atherosclerosis remains an issue.
  3. 3.  Vitamin C is more than antioxidant:  Coenzyme for collagen production  Anti-oxidant • Antiinflammatory effects  Decreasing leukocyte adhesion to the endothelium  Inhibits OxLDL-induced leukocyte adhesion to endothelium  Inhibits activation of nuclear factor- kappa B • Improving endothelial dysfunction
  4. 4.  Insufficient ascorbic acid, a required cofactor for prolylhydroxylase in collagen biosynthesis, causes the formation of unstable collagen. 2  Studies show greater wound integrity in animals that received higher dose of vitamin C compare to moderate dose of the vitamin. 7  In 1999 Nobuyo Maeda and his colleagues generated L-gulono-gamma-lactone oxidase deficient mice (Gulo-/-), a key enzyme for ascorbic acid synthesis, in their lab. The mutant mice, like humans, entirely depend on dietary vitamin C. 6
  5. 5.  As highlighted in VP Watch of this week, Nakata and Maeda from University of North Carolina crossed Gulo-/- mice with ApoE-/- KO mice to study the effect of vitamin C deficiency on atherosclerosis.  They showed that low versus high vitamin C had no effect on the size of the atherosclerotic plaques that developed in the Gulo-/- Apoe-/- mice.
  6. 6. Aortic lesions at aortic sinus of the Gulo-/- Apoe-/- mice with high and low vitamin C High Vit. C Low Vit. C Low Vit. CHigh Vit. C Sections A, B, E, and F were stained for lipids with Sudan IVB and counterstained with hematoxylin. Their neighboring sections C, D, G, and H were stained for collagen with Sirius red. Sections A through D are from 4-month-old females fed Western-type diet. Sections E through H are from 9-month-old males fed normal chow. Arrows in E indicate small vessels in adventitia. Bar=100 µm. From: Yukiko Nakata and Nobuyo Maeda; Circulation 2002 105: 1485 - 1490; published online before print March 4 2002, doi:10.1161/01.CIR.0000012142.69612.25
  7. 7. Collagen-Stained Area in Advance Atherosclerotic Plaques 0 20 40 60 80 High Vit. C Low Vit. C P=0.002 P=0.002 P=0.0003 Green bars represent mean±SEM in high vitamin C plaques, and blue bars represent mean±SEM in low vitamin C plaques. Adapted from: Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque Morphology in Apolipoprotein E–Deficient Mice Unable to Make Ascorbic Acid ; Yukiko Nakata and Nobuyo Maeda ; Circulation 2002 105: 1485 - 1490
  8. 8. Conclusion: I. Vitamin C does not alter either foam cell formation or the size of atherosclerotic plaques. II. Vitamin C deficiency compromises deposition of collagen in the atherosclerotic plaques and significantly influences their collagen content and collagen in the adventitia surrounding vessels with plaques.
  9. 9. Questions: I. This study only shows the effect of lack of vitamin C on atherosclerosis and plaque vulnerability. The question is whether excess vitamin C can reverse atherosclerosis or stabilize plaque. II. Vitamin C has been long known for its wound healing properties, knowing vulnerable plaques as sites of injury/wound in arterial wall, would vitamin C administration help increase plaque stability? III. If so, should the treatment be administered systemic or locally?
  10. 10. Questions: IV. Vitamin C has two major roles, collagen production and antioxidation, which one is more dominant as far as atherosclerosis and vulnerable plaque?
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