Ascorbic acid was found to accelerate amyloid degradation in an experimental animal model. Based on experiments on vitro which demonstrated the ability of ascorbic acid to restore the amyloid-degrading activity of amyloidotic human serum, the effect of orally administered ascorbic acid was tested in casein-induced murine amyloidosis. Histopathological examination of splenic tissue of mice killed at different times after the termination of the amyloidogenic stimulus showed a markedly decreased amyloid deposition in ascorbic acid-treated animals as compared to the controls. The effect of ascorbic acid was to a certain degree dose-dependent. Colchicine blocked amyloid synthesis when administered during amyloid induction. In animals which were given the drug during the post-induction period it had no effect. The amyloid-degrading activity of mouse serum was reduced in amyloidotic mice. Administration of ascorbic acid partially restored the amyloid-degrading activity of these animals.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||British Journal of Experimental Pathology|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1985|