A STUDY OF ZINC CONCENTRATION IN HAIR AS AN INDICATION OF ZINC IMBALANCES
Trace metal imbalances have been implicated in several disease and nutritional states. There is mounting concern to identify the nutritional balance of the trace metals needed for growth, mental acuity and physical functioning. These two factors, diseases in which trace metals show involvement and nutritional balance, have made it necessary to be able to accurately describe the trace metal balances of an individual. Although several investigators have measured the concentration of trace metals in the hair and related those observed concentrations to various disease and nutritional states, no one has satisfactorily answered the questions of whether hair is useful to determine trace metal imbalances, whether the concentrations found in hair reflect tissue or serum concentrations of the trace metals, or whether any tissue accurately reflects body status of the trace metals. Male mice were used to examine several tissues, heart, liver, kidney, spleen, intestine, brain, bone, hair and serum for copper and zinc concentrations. The environment and dietary intake of the animals were carefully controlled, so that environmental and physical variables were minimized. Dietary intake of zinc was varied while copper intake was held constant. Each experimental diet group was matched with a pair fed control group. Of the tissues examined, only the serum was indicative of an early state of zinc imbalance. Neither hair nor the other tissues examined for copper and zinc concentrations were indicative of an acute zinc imbalance in a normal mature mouse. Zinc deficiencies or excesses may manifest themself differently in the chronic imbalance state or in the weanling, aged or traumatized mouse. The tissue response to zinc imbalance may vary in these cases.
MARCKS, SHEILA NANCY, "A STUDY OF ZINC CONCENTRATION IN HAIR AS AN INDICATION OF ZINC IMBALANCES" (1981). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8119631.