Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a key vitamin to animals and plants. This book looks at all aspects of vitamin C; its chemical and biochemical properties, its role in various plants and animals and its effect on our health. Written by an international team of experts, together they represent much of the expertise on vitamin C throughout the world.
1. Ascorbate Biosynthesis in Plants, Fungi and Animals. 2. Ascorbic Acid Catabolism- Breakdown Pathways and Products in Plants and Animals. 3. Application of Biotechnology to Ascorbic Acid Manufacture. 4. Ascorbic Acid and Oxidative Stress/ Photoprotection in Plants. 5. Ascorbic Acid and Plant Growth. 6. Ascorbic Acid Uptake and Transport. 7. Membrane Redox Proteins involved in Ascorbate-Mediated Reactions. 8. Ascorbic Acid Recycling. 9. How does Ascorbic Acid Prevent Scurvy? 10. Function of Ascorbic Acid as an Antioxidant. 11. Ascorbic Acid and DNA Damage/ Antioxidant Pro-oxidant Effects of Ascorbate. 12. Ascorbic Acid and Aging. 13. Ascorbic Acid in the Central Nervous System.14. Ascorbic Acid and Inflammation. 15. Ascorbic Acid as an Antioxidant in Atherosclerosis. 16. What Intake of Vitamin C is Required for Optimal Human Health?