A Function for Ascorbic Acid in the Metabolism of an Insect

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Science  08 Jul 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3419, pp. 92
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3419.92


Homogenates of Blattella conjuncta oxidize L-tyrosine. The reaction is diminished by dialysis, but may be reactivated with L-ascorbic acid. Glutathione, pyridoxal phosphate, and folic acid also activate the system.