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Vitamin c helps control gene activation

Contributed by jajeh on Jul 23, 2013 - 03:02 PM

It turns out that vitamin C is a switch for gene activation inside mouse stem cells. A recent study that was conducted by UC San Francisco researchers made it possible to help guide normal development in mice, humans and animals, improving results of in vitro fertilization and growing healthy stem cells in the near future. What happens is that vitamin C assists a specific group of enzymes called “Tet” which are activated during the early stages of fertilization and development. This collaboration acts upon removing specific molecules called methylene groups. These groups when added to DNA at certain points through out the genetic material stop particular genes from being activated.

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