Studies of marginal zinc deficiency in rhesus monkeys have demonstrated that plasma Zn levels are often a poor indication of Zn status. To better assess the Zn status of these animals, we examined their liver concentration of Zn as well as of other minerals, metallothionein (MT), and superoxide dismutase (SOD). Liver-wedge biopsies were obtained from adult rhesus monkeys fed for 15 mo, either a control (100 μg Zn/g) or a marginally Zn deficient diet (4 μg/g; ZD). Liver Zn and MT concentrations were lower in ZD monkeys than in controls whereas iron concentration was higher in ZD monkeys than in controls. Liver copper, managanese, and magnesium concentrations and activities of CuZnSOD and MnSOD were similar in the two groups. Data from the groups were pooled for regression analysis. Measurement of liver Zn and MT concentrations are useful in the assessment of the effects of long-term Zn deprivation in primates.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American Journal of Clinical Nutrition|
|State||Published - 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Medicine (miscellaneous)