In addition to its role as a strong antioxidant, vitamin C regulates the differentiation of several cell lineages. In vertebrate skeletal muscle, the vitamin C transporter SVCT2 is preferentially expressed in slow muscle fibers. To gain insights into the possible involvement of intracellular vitamin C on early myogenesis, we investigated the regulation of SVCT2 expression in cultures of chick fetal myoblasts. SVCT2 expression increases in cultures of both, slow and fast muscle-derived myoblasts, as they fuse to form mainly fast myotubes. Interestingly, we found that SVCT2 could be positively modulated by potassium-induced depolarization of myotubes. These findings suggest that SVCT2-mediated uptake of vitamin C could play diverse roles on skeletal muscle development and physiology.
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