Copper deficiency was induced in weanling rats fed diets whose sole source of carbohydrates was starch or fructose for 7 weeks. Conventional parameters of copper status, plasma copper concentrations, ceruloplasmin activity, and erythrocyte superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity-were longitudinally monitored weekly to follow the development of the deficiency and to correlate these indices with the degree of severity of the deficiency. Although 30% of the rats fed a copper-deficient fructose diet died and no deaths occurred in rats fed the copper-deficient starch diet, plasma copper, ceruloplasmin, and SOD activities were reduced to a similar extent in all rats fed copper-deficient diets regardless of the type of dietary carbohydrate. Thus, none of the indices used accurately reflected the greater degree of deficiency or mortality in rats fed the fructose diet deficient in copper. The results of the present study underscore the need for more sensitive tests or alternative parameters to assess copper status in living animals.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)