The effect of ascorbic acid on production of human interferon and the antiviral activity in vitro.


Dahl H, Degre M.




Acta Pathol Microbiol Scand


The effects of ascorbic acid on interferon production and on the antiviral effect of interferon in cultures of human cells were investigated. Ascorbic acid enhanced the interferon levels produced by human embryo skin and human embryo lung fibroblasts, induced by Newcastle disease virus and by polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid. The same concentrations of ascorbic acid had no effect on interferon production in two lymphoblastoid cell lines induced by Sendai virus. Leucocyte interferon assayed in lung fibroblasts titrated 0.2-0.3 log10 units higher in the presence of 5 mug ascorbic acid than in the absence of the latter.