ZnCl2 and vitamin C, known as antioxidants, differently potentiate the cytotoxicity of H2O2 in rat thymocytes : Cytometric analysis using forward and side scatters
The 'antioxidant hypothesis' proposes that antioxidant nutrients afford protection against chronic diseases bydecreasing oxidative damages. The ability of zinc to retard oxidative processes has been recognized for manyyears. However, the application of ZnCl2 potentiates the cytotoxicity of H2O2. Thus, some antioxidants maybe cytotoxic under certain oxidative conditions. Therefore, in this study, the effect of vitamin C, one ofantioxidant nutrients, on the cells treated with H2O2 has been examined to see if vitamin C potentiates thecytotoxicity of H2O2. Experiments were carried out with flow cytometer and rat thymocytes. Vitamin C alsopotentiated the cytotoxicity of H2O2. The increase in cell lethality induced by the combination of H2O2 andZnCl2 was associated with the increase in population of shrunken cells with increased intensity of side scatter.However, it was not the case for the combination of H2O2 and vitamin C. The profile of cytotoxicity inducedby H2O2 and vitamin C was different from that by H2O2 and ZnCl2. It may be suggested that the effects of zincand vitamin C varies from cytoprotective to cytotoxic, being dependent on the type of oxidative stress.
- 徳島大学総合科学部自然科学研究 = Natural Science Research, The University of Tokushima
徳島大学総合科学部自然科学研究 = Natural Science Research, The University of Tokushima 24(3), 12-19, 2010-07-20