Ascorbate Protects Neurons against Oxidative Stress: A Raman Microspectroscopic Study

A. Dutta, R. Gautam, S. Chatterjee, F. Ariese, S.K. Sikdar, S. Umapathy

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Oxidative stress due to excessive accumulation of reactive oxygen or nitrogen species in the brain as seen in certain neurodegenerative diseases can have deleterious effects on neurons. Hydrogen peroxide, endogenously generated in neurons under normal physiological conditions, can produce an excess of hydroxyl radical via a Fenton mediated mechanism. This may induce acute oxidative injury if not scavenged or removed effectively by antioxidants. There are several biochemical assay methods to estimate oxidative injury in cells; however, they do not provide information on the biochemical changes as the cells get damaged progressively under oxidative stress. Raman microspectroscopy offers the possibility of real time monitoring of the chemical composition of live cells undergoing oxidative stress under physiological conditions. In the present study, a hippocampal neuron coculture was used to observe the acute impact of hydroxyl radicals generated by hydrogen peroxide in the presence of Fe
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1794-1801
JournalACS Chemical Neuroscience
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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