Millimolar concentrations of ascorbic acid in purified human mononuclear leukocytes. Depletion and reaccumulation

J Biol Chem. 1990 Feb 15;265(5):2584-7.


Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) was found in isolated human mononuclear leukocytes and their purified components in millimolar concentration. Intracellular ascorbic acid was depleted greater than 96% during cell culture and was rapidly reaccumulated after addition of physiologic concentrations of ascorbic acid to the extracellular medium. Purified cells maintained concentration gradients of ascorbic acid as large as 100-fold across the plasma membrane. The ability to vary intracellular ascorbic acid concentrations over such a wide range makes it possible for the first time in these cells to study ascorbic acid function in direct relationship to intracellular concentration.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Ascorbic Acid / blood*
  • B-Lymphocytes / analysis*
  • Blood Preservation
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid / methods
  • Humans
  • Monocytes / analysis*
  • T-Lymphocytes / analysis*
  • Time Factors


  • Ascorbic Acid