TitleAscorbate effect on cytokine stimulation of HIV production.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsHarakeh S, Jariwalla RJ
Issue5 Suppl
Date Published1995 Sep-Oct
KeywordsAscorbic Acid, Cell Line, HIV, Humans, RNA-Directed DNA Polymerase, T-Lymphocytes, Tetradecanoylphorbol Acetate, Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha, Zidovudine

We have recently shown that ascorbic acid (AA) suppresses the production of HIV in a latently infected T-lymphocytic cell line (ACH-2) following stimulation with the tumor promoter, PMA. To evaluate the effect of ascorbic acid on virus activation following treatment with inflammatory cytokine, we tested tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) whose levels are elevated in patients with HIV/AIDS. ACH-2 cultures, pretreated with various nontoxic concentrations of ascorbate or AZT were stimulated for 2 h with TNF-alpha, and incubated further with fresh supplements of ascorbate or AZT. At 24 to 48 h post-treatment, the RT activity released into culture supernatant was determined. Results showed that TNF-alpha alone caused approximately 13- to 16-fold stimulation in the level of extracellular RT. Pretreatment with ascorbic acid at 200 micrograms/ml caused a little more than about 2- to 4-fold reduction in extracellular RT levels. Most remarkably, exposure to 300 micrograms/ml ascorbate resulted in approximately 5- to 10-fold lowering of the extra-cellular RT titer. In contrast, no significant suppression in extracellular RT levels was seen with concentrations of AZT in the range of 1-5 micrograms/ml.

Alternate JournalNutrition
PubMed ID8748252