L-Ascorbic acid

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Description: Enhances the generation of iPSCs; increases reprogramming efficiency
Alternative Names: L-Ascorbate,Vitamin C
Chemical Name: 3-Oxo-L-gulofuranolactone
Purity: ≥99% (HPLC)
Citations (16)
Reviews (2)
Protocols (1)
Literature (4)

Biological Activity for L-Ascorbic acid

L-Ascorbic acid is an inhibitor of Cav3.2 channels (IC50 = 6.5 μM); displays no effect on Cav3.1 or Cav3.3 channels heterologously expressed in HEK 293 cells. Also enhances the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from mouse and human somatic cells by increasing reprogramming efficiency. Commonly used antifade reagent in live cell microscopy. Naturally occurring antioxidant.

L-Ascorbic acid synthesized to Ancillary Material Grade also available.

For more information about how L-Ascorbic acid may be used, see our protocol: Highly Efficient Generation of CiPSCs from MEFs

Technical Data for L-Ascorbic acid

M. Wt 176.12
Formula C6H8O6
Storage Store at RT
Purity ≥99% (HPLC)
CAS Number 50-81-7
PubChem ID 54670067
Smiles OC1=C(O)[C@]([C@@H](O)CO)([H])OC1=O

The technical data provided above is for guidance only. For batch specific data refer to the Certificate of Analysis.

Tocris products are intended for laboratory research use only, unless stated otherwise.

Solubility Data for L-Ascorbic acid

Solvent Max Conc. mg/mL Max Conc. mM
water 88.06 500

Preparing Stock Solutions for L-Ascorbic acid

The following data is based on the product molecular weight 176.12. Batch specific molecular weights may vary from batch to batch due to the degree of hydration, which will affect the solvent volumes required to prepare stock solutions.

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Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
5 mM 1.14 mL 5.68 mL 11.36 mL
25 mM 0.23 mL 1.14 mL 2.27 mL
50 mM 0.11 mL 0.57 mL 1.14 mL
250 mM 0.02 mL 0.11 mL 0.23 mL

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References for L-Ascorbic acid

References are publications that support the biological activity of the product.

Padayatty et al (2003) Vitamin C as an antioxidant: evaluation of its role in disease prevention. J.Am.Coll.Nutr. 22 18 PMID: 12569111

Nelson et al (2007) Molecular mechanisms of subtype-specific inhibition of neuronal T-type calcium channels by ascorbate. J.Neurosci. 27 12577 PMID: 18003836

Esteban et al (2010) Vitamin C enhances the generation of mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cells. Cell Stem Cell 6 71 PMID: 20036631

Cordes et al (2011) Mechanisms and advancement of antifading agents for fluorescence microscopy and single-molecule spectroscopy. Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys. 13 6699 PMID: 21311807

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16 Citations for L-Ascorbic acid

Citations are publications that use Tocris products. Selected citations for L-Ascorbic acid include:

Shahraz et al (2015) Anti-inflammatory activity of low molecular weight polysialic acid on human macrophages. Cell Rep 5 16800 PMID: 26582367

Yeligar et al (2009) Ethanol-induced expression of ET-1 and ET-BR in liver sinusoidal endothelial cells and human endothelial cells involves hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha and microrNA-199. J Immunol 183 5232 PMID: 19783678

Orly et al (2023) Evidence of shared transcriptomic dysregulation of HNRNPU-related disorder between human organoids and embryonic mice. iScience 26 105797 PMID: 36594023

Qian et al (2020) Thioredoxin-1 distinctly promotes NF-κB target DNA binding and NLRP3 inflammasome activation independently of Txnip. Elife 9 PMID: 32096759

Jianhui et al (2020) Longitudinal assessment of tumor development using cancer avatars derived from genetically engineered pluripotent stem cells. Nat Commun 11 550 PMID: 31992716

Wang et al (2018) The COPII cargo adapter SEC24C is essential for neuronal homeostasis. J Clin Invest 128 3319 PMID: 29939162

Lu et al (2013) Generation of integration-free and region-specific neural progenitors from primate fibroblasts. BMC Dev Biol 3 1580 PMID: 23643533

Tristan et al (2021) Robotic high-throughput biomanufacturing and functional differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells. Stem Cell Rep. 16 3076 PMID: 34861164

Guindon et al (2014) Optimization of a cisp. model of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in mice: use of vitamin C and sodium bicarbonate pretreatments to reduce nephrotoxicity and improve animal health status. Mol Pain 10 56 PMID: 25189223

Janet L et al (2022) Generation of human elongating multi-lineage organized cardiac gastruloids. STAR Protoc 3 101898 PMID: 36595961

Janet L et al (2022) A combined human gastruloid model of cardiogenesis and neurogenesis. iScience 25 104486 PMID: 35721464

Marc et al (2022) Enhancement of Neuroglial Extracellular Matrix Formation and Physiological Activity of Dopaminergic Neural Cocultures by Macromolecular Crowding. Cells 11 PMID: 35883574

Richard et al (2022) Substantial somatic genomic variation and selection for BCOR mutations in human induced pluripotent stem cells. Nat Genet 54 1406-1416 PMID: 35953586

Molly E et al (2022) High throughput 3D gel-based neural organotypic model for cellular assays using fluorescence biosensors. Commun Biol 5 1236 PMID: 36371462

Philippe et al (2022) The FDA-approved drug Auranofin has a dual inhibitory effect on SARS-CoV-2 entry and NF-κB signaling. iScience 25 105066 PMID: 36093378

Sten et al (2017) Direct Dopaminergic Projections from the SNc Modulate Visuomotor Transformation in the Lamprey Tectum. Neuron 96 910-924.e5 PMID: 29107519

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The hiPSCs were maintained with Essential 8 Flex Medium with L-Ascorbic acid.
By Anonymous on 02/08/2020
Assay Type: In Vitro
Species: Human
Cell Line/Tissue: ipsc

0.2 mM

PMID: 29939162
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iPSC media.
By Pinyuan Tian on 07/17/2018
Assay Type: In Vitro
Species: Human
Cell Line/Tissue: iPSC

Homemade media for iPSC culture containing L-Ascorbic Acid at a final concentration of 50 ug/ml gives consistent results. Image shows Mapx-5 cell line, containing collagen IV mutations from an Alport Syndrome patient.

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Protocols for L-Ascorbic acid

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