Ascorbic acid metabolism in the organism under the lack of oxygen supply to the tissues

Sergiy Petrov, Oleksandr Budnyak, Kateryna Ozherelyeva, Oleksandr Bytlan, Kseniia Nikolaienko


The number and ratios of the metabolites of vitamin C - ascorbic, dehydroascorbic and diketogulonic acids were studied under the action of closed space hypoxia, acute blood loss and during sleep – the conditions associated with various oxygen saturation of the organism. It was found that in case of closed space hypoxia, the level of ascorbic and diketogulonic acid decreased with a simultaneous increase in the content of dehydroascorbic acid in the heart and brain. Acute blood loss resulted in decrease in the level of all metabolites of ascorbic acid. During sleep, the level of ascorbic acid metabolites increased. The ratio of vitamin-active metabolites to vitamin-inactive form of ascorbic acid in case of closed space hypoxia and acute blood loss decreased, and during sleep – it did not change significantly.


vitamins, metabolism, ascorbic acid, hypoxia

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