Effects of ascorbic acid and α-tocopherol on arsenic-induced oxidative stress

K. Ramanathan, B. S. Balakumar, C. Panneerselvam

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Arsenic is an ubiquitous element in the environment causing oxidative burst in the exposed individuals leading to tissue damage. Antioxidants have long been known to reduce the free radical-mediated oxidative stress. Therefore, the present study was designed to determine whether supplementation of α-tocopherol (400 mg/kg body weight) and ascorbic acid (200 mg/kg body weight) to arsenic-intoxicated rats (100 ppm in drinking water) for 30 days affords protection against the oxidative stress caused by the metalloid. The arsenic-treated rats showed elevated levels of lipid peroxide, decreased levels of non-enzymatic antioxidants and activities of enzymatic antioxidants. Administration of α-tocopherol and ascorbic acid to arsenic-exposed rats showed a decrease in the level of lipid peroxidation (LPO) and enhanced levels of total sulfhydryls, reduced glutathione, ascorbic acid and α-tocopherol and so do the activities of superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase to near normal. These findings suggest that α-tocopherol and ascorbic acid prevent LPO and protect the antioxidant system in arsenic-intoxicated rats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-680
Number of pages6
JournalHuman and Experimental Toxicology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


  • Antioxidants
  • Arsenic
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Oxidative stress
  • Tocopherol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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