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Ascorbic Acid in Cancer Treatment: Let the Phoenix Fly

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  • Ascorbic Acid in Cancer Treatment: Let the Phoenix Fly
    Title:Ascorbic Acid in Cancer Treatment: Let the Phoenix Fly

    Author:Niraj Shenoy,Edward Creagan,Thomas Witzig,Mark Levine

    Publication:Cancer Cell


    Date:12 November 2018

    Published by Elsevier Inc Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, ascorbate), despite controversy, has re-emerged as a promising anti-cancer agent. Recent knowledge of intravenous ascorbate pharmacokinetics and discovery of unexpected mechanisms of ascorbate action have spawned many investigations. Two mechanisms of anti-cancer activity with ascorbate have gained prominence: hydrogen peroxide-induced oxidative stress and DNA demethylation mediated by ten-eleven translocation enzyme activation. Here, we highlight salient aspects of the evolution of ascorbate in cancer treatment, provide insights into the pharmacokinetics of ascorbate, describe mechanisms of its anti-cancer activity in relation to the pharmacokinetics, outline promising preclinical and clinical evidence, and recommend future directions.
    How Vitamin C May Help Cancer Treatments Work Better
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