Journal of Biomedical Science

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 172–178 | Cite as

Short-term ascorbic acid deficiency induced oxidative stress in the retinas of young guinea pigs

  • Yoshiji Ohta
  • Taku Okubo
  • Takafumi Niwa
  • Takashi Yamasaki
  • Masayuki Horiguchi
Original Paper


We examined whether short-term ascorbic acid deficiency induces oxidative stress in the retinas of young guinea pigs. Four-week-old guinea pigs were given a scorbutic diet (20 g/animal/day) with and without adequate ascorbic acid (400 mg/animal/day) in drinking water for 3 weeks. The serum concentrations of the reduced form of ascorbic acid and the oxidized form of ascorbic acid in the deficient group were 14.1 and 4.1%, respectively, of those in the adequate group. The retinal contents of the reduced form of ascorbic acid and the oxidized form of ascorbic acid in the deficient group were 6.4 and 27.3%, respectively, of those in the adequate group. The retinal content of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances, an index of lipid peroxidation, was 1.9-fold higher in the deficient group than in the adequate group. Retinal reduced glutathione and vitamin E contents in the deficient group were 70.1 and 69.4%, respectively, of those in the adequate group. This ascorbic acid deficiency did not affect serum thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances and reduced glutathione concentrations but increased serum vitamin E concentration. These results indicate that short-term ascorbic acid deficiency induces oxidative stress in the retinas of young guinea pigs without disrupting systemic antioxidant status.

Key Words

Ascorbic acid Reduced glutathione Vitamin E Lipid perioxide Oxidative stress Ascorbic acid deficiency (young guinea pigs) Retina 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshiji Ohta
    • 4
  • Taku Okubo
    • 2
  • Takafumi Niwa
    • 1
  • Takashi Yamasaki
    • 3
  • Masayuki Horiguchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology, School of MedicineFujita Health UniversityToyoake
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyShinshiro Municipal HospitalShinshiro
  3. 3.Yamasaki Eye ClinicKasugaiJapan
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry School of MedicineFujita Health UniversityToyoake, AichiJapan

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