Author(s): Sakurai H, Fukudome A, Tawa R, Kito M, Takeshima S,
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Abstract Copper (Cu), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn) and manganese (Mn) levels in organs of LEC rats (Long-Evans rats with a cinnamon-like coat color), which develop spontaneous jaundice with hereditary hepatitis, were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis method. Unusual accumulations of Cu in the liver of LEC rats were found, depending on the age of the animals, the metal concentration being more than approximately 20-40 times those of normal LEA rats (Long-Evans rats with an agouti coat color). Fe and Zn were also accumulated, in addition to Cu, significantly in the LEC rats. The unusual Cu accumulations in the liver of LEC rats were associated with the induction of metallothionein, estimated by radioimmunoassay method, in the liver of LEC rats, rather than that of superoxide dismutase, estimated by electron spin resonance -spin trapping method. These findings suggest that the unusual Cu accumulation in LEC rats is involved in the development of jaundice, hepatic injury and hepatocellular carcinoma.
This article was published in Biochem Biophys Res Commun
and referenced in Hereditary Genetics: Current Research