Mineral composition and zinc metabolism in female mice of varying age and reproductive status

B. L. Reis, Carl L Keen, B. Lonnerdal, L. S. Hurley

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

11 Scopus citations


Zinc metabolism of adult female C57BL/6J mice varying in age and reproductive status was studied using 65Zn. Animals were injected intraperitoneally with isotope, and whole-body and tissue turnover of 65Zn was measured. Biological half-life of whole-body 65Zn for pregnant females was 129% of that for nonpregnant, nonlactating females of similar age (25.7 and 20.0, respectively). Conversely, the half-life of zinc was less for lactating (11.1 d) and aged (15.3 d) females than for either pregnant or nonpregnant, nonlactating young adult females. Retention of 65Zn was generally lower for all tissues of pregnant and lactating dams than for nonpregnant, nonlactating females except for brain and tibia. In aged females, specific activity at 20 d postinjection did not differ from that of nonpregnant, nonlactating young adult females for any tissue except bone. While specific activity of tibia increased during pregnancy and lactation, it was lower in aged females than in nonpregnant, nonlactating young adult females. Increased organ content of zinc resulted from changes in zinc concentration or in organ mass or both, and was supported by increased food intake. Thus, greater food intake for these groups than for young adult females contributed to the higher turnover of tissue 65Zn. Differences in concentrations of Cu, Ca and Mg were also observed among groups for some tissues; the significance of these differences and their relationship to zinc metabolism are not clear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-361
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Nutrition
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


Dive into the research topics of 'Mineral composition and zinc metabolism in female mice of varying age and reproductive status'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this